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  • Why We Need Books From Diverse Authors

    ADUIDE
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    From the article, Characters in children’s books are almost always white, and it’s a big problem:In 2012, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reviewed 3,600 children’s books. Only three percent were about African-Americans. Asian and Pacific Americans were featured in two percent, followed by Latinos with less than two percent, and American Indians at less than one percent. “The Open Book” asked academics, authors, librarians, educators and reviewers to weigh in on why this is the case. One problem is that multicultural books and authors are not seen as profitable so they…
  • 8 Tips to Liven Up An Author Webinar

    Where Writers Win
    Shari Stauch
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Webinars, especially free webinars, are all the rage these days. You’ll enjoy these useful webinar insights from author and frequent WWW contributor, Steve Piacente. Have you participated in a webinar? Have an idea for an author webinar that would attract more readers? Share your comments below! Know that saying about technology being great until it quits working? Imagine delivering a webinar and the audio cuts out. How would you know? You’re lost in whatever point you were making. Eventually a message in the chat pane will catch your eye. We can’t hear you! In an environment where…
  • God Gave Us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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    Linda
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    God Gave us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren is another wonderful addition to the God Gave Us series.  The story is just wonderful with an honest Biblical view of angels. This is a sweet loving bear family, and Little Bear has many questions for Papa Bear after the bunnies tell her that there are angels everywhere.I am truly impressed with the way solid scriptural lessons were made so clear for very small children in this little book.  The questions that Little Bear asks sound exactly like the questions a child would ask. The illustrations by Laura J. Bryant are beautiful with soft…
  • Best Practices for Landing Retainer Writing Gigs

    WritersDigest.com
    Guest Column
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. Looking for the “easy path” to making a living as a writer? Set up retainer deals so that you have ongoing work, month after month, and a steady income. Last week I gave you my top three picks for retainers you should set up in the New Year – including how much you can expect to make and how to land them. And today I’m going to give you some best practices you should follow to ensure you land and…
  • President Obama, Sasha and Malia Buy Books for Christmas Gifts

    ReadersRead.com Book Blog
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia made their annual trek to a local bookstore for Small Business Saturday. They loaded up on books to read and to give as gifts. Read more on readersread.com
 
 
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    The Book Designer

  • The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

    Joel Friedlander
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Thank you! When I announced my new book on Tuesday and asked you to go pre-order the book, you responded. Here’s the proof: Yep, The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide rocketed to #1 and #2 in two of my target categories. Just with preorders. Only a few people have even seen the book up until now. Thanks to you. Now it’s publication date, and I’m very excited to get this book into the hands of the people who need it the most—authors starting to look around for the resources, vendors, and products they’ll need to move them along the publishing journey…
  • Ebooks: What a Long Strange Trip

    Joel Friedlander
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Matthews Hard to believe it’s only been seven years since Amazon released the Kindle. It happened in November of 2007, and while ebooks existed before then, that was a pivotal event for the future of publishing. More specifically, for the future of self-publishing. Back then the consensus among many writing circles was that self-publishing “is the sign of a bad book” or the author gave in to desperation when all else failed. I heard it a lot. Some people still feel that way, they’re just quieter in general. But times have changed. A newbie to self-publishing today is less…
  • Sneak Peek: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

    Joel Friedlander
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Although I’ve been publishing books for decades, I haven’t been doing much of it recently. Too busy writing about publishing, I guess. There are many book projects scattered on my hard drive in various stages of completion, but as I’ve said before, a book isn’t always the best way to distribute content. There are so many choices these days, and that’s great for readers, don’t you think? But when my friend Betty Sargent (Bookworks) suggested that we collaborate on a resource guide for self-publishers, I jumped on board immediately. Why? What Self-Publishers…
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • We Made You a Holiday Video

    Kathryn Jaller
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    We’re so proud to share our annual holiday video with you! Take a look, and then read this interview with the creative person behind it, Senior Designer Laura Bagnato. 1. What inspired this year’s holiday video? What were you trying to capture? We start thinking about this project in the summer, and had originally settled on the big idea of working with forced-perspective type. Then, in September, several things occurred that caused us to reconsider. A lot of design is about being fluid when you need to be, and ultimately that served us well with this project! We often talk about the…
  • Holiday Tips from Kittens

    Francesco Marciuliano
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Please join us in welcoming Francesco Marciuliano to the blog. He is the author of I Knead My Mommy, I Could Pee on This and I Could Chew on This It’s been a big year for the wee cats. First their book I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens was published and landed on the New York Times Bestseller List. Then they went en masse on a radio interview tour, often gathering in groups of 60 around a single microphone to recite their poems, only to get immediately distracted and just start clawing at the filter in front of the microphone instead. And then they used their book advance to fund…
  • Save The Date: Grumpy Cat is Coming to the Bay Area

    Albee Dalbotten
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    This time of year may be all holiday cheer and twinkling lights, but there’s a dark cloud on the horizon: Grumpy Cat! Mark your calendar and get your frowns ready: Grumpy Cat is coming to the Bay Area! She’ll visit Berkeley Humane on Saturday, January 24. Back in October, we announced that Berkeley, CA was the official winner of the #Grumpytown,USA contest. Led by Berkeley Humane (@berkeleyhumane), the campaign to bring Grumpy Cat to Berkeley included letters from the Mayor, Police Commissioner, and Chamber of Commerce and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Berkeley Humane’s…
  • So, You’ve Written a Children’s Book…Now What?

    Ariel Richardson
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Now that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) are over and you’ve made a few more tweaks and edits to your manuscript, I’m hoping you all have lots of exciting projects you’re just itching to send our way. And so it seemed like a great time to talk about how to submit children’s projects to us here at Chronicle Books. As you may know, Chronicle Books is one of the few publishers to still accept unsolicited children’s manuscripts from authors. We LOVE discovering debut authors and illustrators and cultivating them on our list. And some…
  • #GiveBooks: Corrugated Paper Book Wrap

    Sally J Shim
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Who better to give tips on how to wrap your book gifts than Sally J Shim, author of Pretty Packages Books are the perfect gift to give to friends and family of all ages. For those of you who might be stumped on how to wrap up the books you will be gifting this holiday season, pick up some corrugated paper and a few extra paper and craft supplies in order to create custom book wraps. Materials Corrugated paper Washi tape Tape (same color of corrugated paper) Paper scraps Optional: Letter stickers, thread Tools Measuring tape Cutting mat X-ACTO knife Ruler Tape adhesive Optional: Circle paper…
 
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    Bookslut

  • An Interview with Viv Albertine

    nina.gibb@gmail.com
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Before any movement hardens into history, there's a moment when the sacred flies are still wriggling in the mess that will eventually (too soon!) entomb them. It's a biblical moment -- a cacophonous Garden-of-Eden-time before a thing has a name....
  • Citizen: Listening to Ferguson

    nina.gibb@gmail.com
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    I was on a plane over the Midwest when Darren Wilson was not charged for killing Mike Brown. Before the pilot said turn off your phones I asked J. to tell me what happened, so when we landed there...
  • With and Against: Bad Feminism and Its Discontents

    nina.gibb@gmail.com
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:51 am
    I have always hated Roxane Gay’s writing, though I often agree with her, sort of, inasmuch as that is possible. This is a dramatic way to start a review of one of her books -- especially because the book in...
  • Coyote by Colin Winnette and McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh

    nina.gibb@gmail.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
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  • "Womanlike" "Domestic"

    nina.gibb@gmail.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Lately I've been reading books by women that address certain experiences: birth, divorce, the early days and worries of a family. It is womanlike to be so concerned with the domestic. What does it mean to say this? That women...
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    Charles Petzold

  • “The Imitation Game” and Alan Turing’s Real Contribution to Computing

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    If there is an annus mirabilis in the history of digital computing, it is the year 1936 (plus or minus a year or so, and hence technically anni mirabiles). It was in 1936 that Turing published his paper on computability, 1935 that Claude Elwood Shannon wrote his master's thesis that showed the equivalency between switching circuits and Boolean algebra, 1935–38 that Konrad Zuse built his first computer in his parent's apartment in Berlin, 1937 that Howard Aiken presented a concept to IBM that was to become the Harvard Mark I, and also in 1937 that George Stibitz wired up some relays on…
 
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    The Millions

  • Real People

    Kaulie Lewis
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    “Here is the last and biggest piece of advice I have: If you have a story that you want to tell, but you’re afraid that someone in your life is going to feel wounded, whether that feeling is justified or not, fair or not, tell it anyway.” Emma Straub, who recently wrote about her Year in Reading, gives some advice on fictionalizing real people in an essay for Rookie
  • A Year in Reading: Tess Malone

    Tess Malone
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    2014 has been a year of transition for me. After 19 years of being a student, I graduated with my master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri in May. By the end of the month, I moved to Atlanta, a city I had only been to twice before. And in the beginning of June, I started work as a copy editor for a magazine. Yes, I’m a single girl living on her own in the bright, big city and working in journalism — my life is a romantic comedy waiting for Ryan Gosling to arrive. Although my books were some of the first things I unpacked when I got to my new apartment, considering I…
  • A Year in Reading: Jean Hanff Korelitz

    Jean Hanff Korelitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    According to the elves at Goodreads, I’ve read 70 books so far this year, a feat made possible by the fact that I finally figured out how to get New York Public Library audiobooks onto my iPhone. Many were…just fine. Others had me pushing the fast forward button like a post-operative patient with a morphine drip. A few, like Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, were serendipitous discoveries. I was underwhelmed by one series of novels that writer friends have been urging me to read for years, but I was also forced to rethink my Hands-Off-Classic-Literature! position by Jo…
  • “Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid”

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Being nominated for an award feels the way I imagine winning the lottery must feel: You’re deeply grateful and a little disoriented, you feel very lucky, and you know that it could just as easily have been someone else.” Our own Emily St. John Mandel writes about “the vast distance between literary prizes and literary work” and reading Norman Mailer for The Atlantic‘s By Heart series (which we’ve covered many, many times before).
  • A Year in Reading: Rachel Cantor

    Rachel Cantor
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I divide this year’s shortlist into three categories: Tales Well Told, Fun Stuff, and Miracles of Voice. Tales Well Told includes books with stories that captivated. In some cases I wasn’t sure why I liked the book, but I just wanted to keep reading. More, more! These were the books I left parties early to go home to read (or for which, more likely, I skipped the party), the ones that might have caused me to miss my subway stop had I read them on the subway, but I usually didn’t because I had already read them through the night before. Gripping stories, unexpected turns of plot, I have…
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Firecracker: Review

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
     ... because I didn't read enough books for this month. Sorry, sorry. Don't kill me. But here's cute pumpkin gif in place of a review. Enjoy.Happy Halloween, everyone. Eat loads of candy.
  • The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2): Review

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Author: Rick YanceyAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, moderate language, high violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen Action and AdventurePublisher: Penguin Young Readers GroupPages: 320 Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world in which the fundamental trust is no longer enough to bind them together. As the 5th wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, Ringer, and Evan are forced to confront…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Football clockwatch: Premier League updates and latest news – live!

    Nick Miller
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Goals and news from the 3pm kick-offs in the top flight and beyondSend your thoughts to nick.miller.casual@theguardian.comCheck the latest in-running tables hereLive scores: the goals from Britain and Europe as they go in 3.52pm GMT So, interestingly, or boringly (I haven’t quite decided)” hedges John in Brighton, “in the last two games at St Mary’s between the Saints and the Toffees, that’s 3-0 (so far) to the Saints. However, all the goals have been scored by Everton. Own-goal-stat-tastic.” 3.52pm GMT 3.50pm GMT 3.49pm GMT Fulham are now 2-0 up over Sheffield Wednesday, Shaun…
  • Manchester City v Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened!

    Ian McCourt
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    Two goals from David Silva and a strike from Yaya Touré ensured City did not slip up against Palace 2.39pm GMT As expected, City come away with all three points. Palace put in a spirited first-half performance but they were completely blown away in the second half by Silva and co. They will be furious about the disallowed goal and well they should as it was one of the worst decisions in quite some time and would have given them a glimmer of hope of getting something from the game. Thanks for all your emails and tweets and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Bye! 2.35pm GMT And that is that.
  • Shopping for good: nine gifts that give back

    Katharine Gammon
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Haven’t found something for everyone on your list? Here’s our list of presents that also help build a better planetThe season of giving is here. But all the presents – as well as cards, wrapping, trees, travel, decorations, food and drink – associated with Christmas take a toll on the planet and its people. A 2007 study from York University, for example, found that the average British consumer creates about 1,433lbs (650kg) of carbon-dioxide emissions over three days of Christmas festivities. And in a 2008 report, King’s College professor Raymond Bryant called Christmas “the…
  • The best medicine books of 2014 | @GrrlScientist

    GrrlScientist
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    Today’s “best of” list are my choices of books published in 2014 that focus on the topics of human biology, psychology and medicine.Today’s list of “best of” are my choices of books published in 2014 that focus on the topics of human biology, psychology and medicine. This genre always produces a large and (mostly) excellent collection of books, so it was difficult to limit my choices to just “a dozen or so” titles that I think you will enjoy. Continue reading...
  • A-League: Melbourne City 1-0 Melbourne Victory - as it happened

    Scott Heinrich
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    Melbourne City 1-0 Melbourne Victory 9.34pm AEST What is it about derbies, eh? Melbourne Victory had the chance to move to the top of the ladder and extend their unbeaten run to 11, but their less-fancied cross-town rivals spoiled the party to record their second straight win.Not what the script read, but City were the better team and fully deserved their win. 9.31pm AEST 90 min + 1: Mooy collects a yellow deep inside the City half, but Finkler effort with the dead ball is uninspiring. 9.30pm AEST City make good from the resultant corner, which is first nullified by Victory, but on its way…
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Jim Morrison : Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre

    13 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Axl Rose to Sharon Osbourne, legendary rock journalist Mick Wall knows them all. A world-class raconteur, Mick joins Garry tonight for an evening of absolute rock nirvana. Mick’s story is a real-life Almost Famous with balls on. And goats. And many, many other substances. What a long, strange journey it’s been! Stopping-off points include The Police, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, and many more. Currently, Mick has just concluded an investigation into the death of Jim Morrison, lead vocalist of the Doors. Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors…
  • The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
     A novel that includes displaced persons, new countries, war, Cyprus, the OED, Venice, Blood Libel and Othello – this should be sweet. So why does it all taste so healthy? Caryl Phillips sucks all the sugar out of what should be a thrilling experience. Why? Granola. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that…
  • Bez, A Twenty-Four Hour Party Political Person

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    He’s a threat to democracy, as dangerous as ISIS, and keeps bees. He’s a freaky dancer, a maestro of the maracas and a brewer of fine old, traditional ale. Oh yes - and the icon that is Bez from the legendary Mancunian band Happy Mondays also wants to be your MP. Garry’s guest tonight is Mark Berry, known universally as Bez. By the late 1980s, the Happy Mondays were a central part of the Manchester music scene and personified rave culture. Musically, the band fused indie pop with house music, funk and northern soul. In terms of style and dress, they crossed hippy fashion and ideals with…
  • The Cosmic Trigger

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Ian’s guests tonight are Daisy Eris Campbell and Jon Higgs who are bringing Robert Anton Wilson’s cult classic The Cosmic Trigger, The Final Secret of the Illuminati to the stage.   Impossible?  Well, when you consider that this nonfiction and partly autobiographical work covers, amongst many other topics... Freemasons, Discordianism, Sufism, the Illuminati, Futurology, Zen Buddhism, Dennis and Terence McKenna, Jack Parsons, the occult practices of Aleister Crowley and G.I. Gurdjieff, Yoga, and many other esoteric or counterculture philosophies... yes, you might well conclude…
  • Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    One man goes against the system he helped create and the results are not encouraging. Koestler fictionalises the Moscow Show Trials of the 1930s, where parts are fused onto the whole and the whole is broken into parts. A masterful novel. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Graphic Novel Friday: Best of the Year

    Alex Carr
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Our editors pushed up their ruby quartz glasses and debated a Top 20 list with the fierceness of Black Panther and the eloquence of Cypher. What follows below is a collection of New York Times bestsellers alongside blockbuster reads and indie darlings. Of course, no list can cover everything, so we hope Omni readers will share their picks in the comments section below. Best of the Year 2014 in Comics & Graphic Novels Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples The Terrible and Wonderful…
  • A Boat, a Whale & A Walrus Walk Into a...Conversation with Renee Erickson

    Seira Wilson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Renee Erickson has earned local and national accolades for her Seattle restaurants over the last couple of years and this fall penned her first cookbook which we promptly chose as a Best Cookbook of October and recently a Best Cookbook of 2014.  A Boat, a Whale & A Walrus--named for three of her restaurants: Boat Street Cafe, The Whale Wins, and The Walrus and the Carpenter--is a collection of seasonal menus with personal stories, lots of extras (how-to make a nice cheese plate, favorite holiday wines, intros to local purveyors and family, etc.,), and absolutely gorgeous photographs.
  • Sara Says: All I Want for Christmas Is...

    Sara Nelson
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    All I want for Christmas, as usual, is a big fat novel I can curl up with, all the better to get some quiet time amid the usual family hubbub.   But even though I’m going to have to wait a bit to read one of the ones I’m most excited about, at least we got an early look at the jacket for Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event. Blume might be best known as a children’s author--many’s the woman who can quote verbatim from Are You There, God, It’s Me Margaret--the fact is that her last adult novel, Summer Sisters, was a huge hit a while back. And this one--about a series of plane…
  • The Wilderness Within: Author Diane Cook on "Man V. Nature"

    Jon Foro
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Claire Cameron and I have something in common: we both like books about the struggle between humans and the natural world, especially when nature has the upper hand (see her list of "The Best Books About Getting Eaten" as proof). Her 2014 novel, The Bear, is the tale of camping trip gone wrong: a 300-pound black bear orphans five-year-old Anna and her younger brother, sending them on a terrifying flight for survival through the Canadian wilderness. Told through the voice of the young girl, it made the longlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, which you may know by its…
  • "Nine Questions for Jim Shepard" by Andrew Eisenman

    Chris Schluep
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    9 QUESTIONS FOR JIM SHEPARD By Andrew Eisenman “What the hell am I doing here?” says Air Force Captain Gordon Phelan, the first time he sets foot on Texas Tower 4, the Cold War-era offshore platform at the center of Jim Shepard’s heart-crushing new Kindle Single. Tower No. 4—or “old shaky,” as one of the servicemen has painted over the mess hall door—was one of the Air Force’s “most unlikely achievements and most lethal peacetime disasters.” In “Safety Tips for Living Alone,” Shepard mines this forgotten piece of American history not only for its page-turning drama,…
 
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Larissa Ione | Top Five Favorite Angels and Demons

    Pasha Carlisle
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thanks, Fresh Fiction! Excited to be here, and super excited to share with you my list of Top Five Favorite Angels and Demons from TV and the Movies! So let’s do this thing: 1. From the TV series Angel, that fun-loving, green-skinned, always-had-a-drink-in-his hand entertainer, Lorne! Remember him? He was hilarious. 2. From Supernatural, I […]
  • Jennifer Barnhart | Sugarplum Fairies, Christmas Miracles, Santa: Not this Year

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Every year from Halloween to Christmas, people begin the frantic schedule of Holiday parties, shopping, family visits, and the marathon of sugary, sweet Christmas movies and romances that play 24/7. Sometimes I feel like the Grinch at the top of Mount Crumpit, “hating the Whos” because of all the “noise, noise, noise, noise” that has […]
  • Cynthia Sax | Hitting the Halfway Mark for SINFUL REWARDS

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Cynthia, congrats on being halfway through your 12-month serial Sinful Rewards! Can you tell us a bit about the trials and tribulations of writing in this story world non-stop for a year? Cynthia Sax: Thank you, Fresh Fiction, for being so supportive of writers. (big hugs) We really appreciate it! I knew when Avon Impulse […]
  • Jennifer Dawson | Something New Series Overview

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Something New series was never intended to be a series at all. My original idea was a runaway bride walks into a dive bar, hooks up with a hot bartender for one night in her quest for self-discovery, ending with her continuing on her journey a wiser, more sexually awakened woman.  My projected word […]
  • Amanda Usen | The Deep, Dark Making of MAKE ME, TAKE ME

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I did things in my wilding days that make me wince and suck in a slow, tight breath of sadder-but-wiser air. The most humiliating among them is this: I let a man put me on my knees. I let him break me. And he did not deserve that piece of my soul. I was driving […]
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    Latest blog entries

  • Nerd Riders Drive Through Movie Review - #TheHobbit : Battle of the Five Armies #YAMovieDay

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
      Hey YABCers! Today the Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, review The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies just for YOU! What did they think? Watch to find out! Then tell us what you thought in the comments below. (No spoilers, please, for those who haven't seen it yet.)   Go forth and get your nerd on!             Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh + Giveaway (International)

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
      Hi and welcome to this week's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILVER EVE by Sandra Waugh, releasing September 22, 2015 from Random House BFYR. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sandra:   Hello everyone! Thank you so much for checking out the cover reveal for SILVER EVE. I can’t believe I’m here, hardly a year later, introducing Book 2 in the Guardians of Tarnec series. Kisses to Marcela Bolivar for dipping her digital brush into this magical world once again to bring Evie’s tale to life.  My  vague suggestions…
  • Giveaway: Falling Kingdoms 3: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (US only)

    30 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
      GATHERING DARKNESS Book 3: Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes In stores December 9th        ABOUT GATHERING DARKNESS The seeds of revolution have been sown…but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme. THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred. THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be…
  • Nerd Riders Drive Through Movie Review - Mockingjay Part 1 - #YAMovieDay

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
      Hey everyone! Welcome to our first Drive Through Movie Review, brought to you by the Nerd Riders and hosted exclusively on YABooksCentral.com! Do you know how excited we are about this new feature on YABC? Here's a clue:   Today's film review is all about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.  What did Clint and Kristin think about it? Watch their video review to find out!     Have you seen the film? What did you think? Do you agree with the Nerd Riders? Leave your thoughts in the comments!              Read More
  • Giveaway: THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater + Tarot Cards (US only)

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
      ABOUT THE RAVEN CYCLE Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.   Book 1: The Raven Boys Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.   But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a…
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    The Horn Book

  • Week in Review, December 15th-19th

    Katie Bircher
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This week on hbook.com… Comics legend Stan Lee Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week Picture Book: Blizzard by John Rocco Fiction: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan Nonfiction: The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of 
the Oceans [Scientists in the Field] by Elizabeth Rusch Read Roger: “Everything must change“ Out of the Box: “Chanukah at the Chorn Book“: Recommended Hanukkah books “Five questions for Lizzie Skurnick” (and we want to know, which All-of-A-Kind Family sister are you?) “The Dance Happy Project“…
  • Merry Bookmakwanzaakkah

    Katie Bircher
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Miniature Classic Novels Book Necklace Charm: Garth Nix’s Sabriel by JaDaJewelry I know we’re in full holiday swing, but there’s still 1) time to think about bookish gifts to give your bookish loved ones and 2) time to hint about bookish gifts you’d like to receive yourself. Really, bookish gifts are great any time of year! I suspect I have successfully browbeaten my aunt into getting me a teeny-tiny Sabriel book pendant for Christmas. Not only does JanDaJewelry sell individual book pendants (Coraline! Fangirl! The Giver! lots of adult books too), you can also order a…
  • Gravity

    Lolly Robinson
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the past, Jason Chin has added a fantasy element to his information books. In Redwoods, for instance, a boy in the city reads about the redwood forest and is transported there, returning to his urban reality at the end of the book. In Gravity, Chin has gone fully meta: the children we see are not reading about gravity, but the very book we are holding causes gravity to change around those children. On each spread, we see the book exerting its influence on a boy at the beach or, in a mystery-solving spread at the end, four girls at a lemonade stand. On each spread, the text is coming true…
  • Boxers & Saints: Author Gene Luen Yang’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

    Gene Luen Yang
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe. This is an incredible, incredible honor. Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought in China in the year 1900. On one side of the conflict were the Europeans, the Japanese, and the Chinese Christians. On the other side was a ragtag army of poor, starving teenagers from the Chinese countryside. These young people were supposed to be farmers, but there was nothing for them to farm because a drought had killed all their crops. They felt helpless and hopeless, and they were angry that the…
  • The Port Chicago 50: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2014 BGHB NF Award Speech

    Steve Sheinkin
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    A few years ago I was researching a book on the making of the atomic bomb, and my brother-in-law Eric, who loves wacky conspiracy theories, as I do, hit me with a great one. “You know when the first atomic bomb was tested, right?” he asked. “Sure,” I said, falling into his trap. “New Mexico desert, summer of 1945.” “That’s what they want you to think!” And he told me the theory: the first test was actually in a place called Port Chicago, California, in July 1944. Sounded crazy, but I’d never heard of Port Chicago. I couldn’t offer any kind of refutation. But later that…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Requiem for the Bibliophile

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    "Lament" reproduced with permission from Nancy GiffordIf Jorge Luis Borges thought paradise would be a library, then he might find the gates of hell in an exhibit mourning the death of libraries and printed materials. Requiem for the Bibliophile opened in September at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, where seven artists explore how the historical role of libraries is evolving to meet the needs of 21st century patrons. Each of the installations examine the power of the printed word and the emptiness that prevails when physical books are reduced to pixels. Artist Emily…
  • Newly Discovered Cache of Erotic French Letters to be Published

    Nate Pedersen
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hoping to capture some of the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, that book's UK publisher, William Heinemann, has purchased a cache of erotic French love letters from the 1920s. The passionate love letters, written by a wealthy French woman to her younger, married lover were discovered by French ambassador Jean-Yves Berthault while helping a friend clean out an old apartment. The letters were hidden in a leather pouch beneath several jars.Penned by one "Mademoiselle Simone" to an unidentified man named "Charles," the letters depict increasing erotic obsession in explicit detail."We have no way…
  • The $5-Million Brown Brothers Photo Archive

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Brown Brothers, the first stock photo agency, was founded in New York City in 1904 by Arthur and Charles Brown. Utilized by major newspapers and presidents, Brown Brothers photographers snapped everything from Titanic survivors to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Now an archive of one million Brown Brothers photographs and negatives are for sale, with offers starting at $5 million. Historic documents collector and dealer Eric Caren, whose "How History Unfolds on Paper" collection was profiled in our Fall 2011 issue, is brokering the sale.Houdini in Chains, photographed by Brown Brothers. Courtesy of…
  • Bright Young Collectors: Sophie Ridley

    Nate Pedersen
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Our Bright Young Collectors series continues today with Sophie Ridley of Shropshire, collector of books on crafts and school education.Where are you from / where do you live? I'm a country girl through and through having been brought up in rural north Shropshire, close to the Welsh border.What do you study at University? What do you do now for an occupation?I studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University. Having graduated over the summer I am now aiming at a career in museums. To this end, I am building up as much voluntary curatorial experience as possible at local…
  • The Starry Wisdom Library

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    We at FB&C are excited to announce the publication of longtime writer, columnist, and blogger Nate Pedersen's new book: The Starry Wisdom Library: A Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time (PS Publishing, jacketed hardcover, £20, $31). Instead of stories, this anthology presents a fanciful "facsimile" of an 1877 rare book auction catalogue, listing 44 volumes "to be sold" by Messrs. Pent & Serenade from the collection of the Church of Starry Wisdom in Providence, Rhode Island. Among the offerings: the possibly 16th-century manuscript called "The Daemonolorum,"…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • The Librarians, Episode 3: “And the Horns of a Dilemma”

    Carrie S
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hey everyone!  Welcome to the dorkiest show in town: The Librarians.  We can’t resist its silly charms, as a team consisting of Eve (the fighter), Cassie, (the mathematician), Ezekiel (the thief) and Jake (the art historian) locate magical artifacts and solve magical mysteries with the occasional help of Flynn (the official Librarian) and Jenkins (keeper of The Annex).  Here’s a recap and group review of Episode Three:  “And the Horns of a Dilemma.” This episode opens with a poor schmuck running around an office building.  He begs two creepy robed figures for help, but they…
  • Whatcha Reading? December Edition

    SB Sarah
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s time, it’s time, it’s time! Let’s talk about what we’re reading and then buy all the books! Great plan, right? Works for me! Sarah: Currently I’m rocking out with some epic sickness, by which I mean I’m on the couch most of the day sleeping because holy bronchitis, Batman. A | BN | K | iBSo my reading is slooooow. I’m so congested and sleepy I can’t pay attention very well. The two books I’m convalescing with are The Lover’s Knot by Erin Satie, based on Jane from DearAuthor’s tweet about the book. It’s a…
  • Code Name Verity, Historical Boxed Sets, and More

    SB Sarah
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a great Audible daily deal today, but before I forget: this weekend there’s a 35% unlimited use coupon at Kobo.com, good on a selection of books. If you use code 35OFFthere are romances, thrillers, boxed sets and other books included, with titles such as Lucien’s Fall by Barbara Samuel, which is a classic I reviewed back in 2006. There’s a lot to choose from – so happy shopping! Code Name Verity Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the Audible Daily Deal today at $3.95. This is an unabridged audiobook narration of just over ten hours, and is…
  • The Smart Bitches Knitting Holiday Ornament

    Elyse
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Still looking for a last minute holiday gift? Know someone who knits or crochets? Here’s a project that costs less than $15 and takes about 30 minutes to complete. You’re welcome. Full disclosure: this is not an Elyse original design or anything. I was standing in JoAnn’s, looking at this eight-pack of tiny skeins of yarn and wondering “WTF do you do with those? Are those for teaching your hamster to knit? What the shit?” These skeins are literally, and I do mean literally, the size of an egg. Then this nice lady told me how she made them into ornaments. I then…
  • Friday Videos Like Sweeping Foes with the Dust Pan

    SB Sarah
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a bit of a long Friday Video at over 7 minutes, and it’s in Japanese with English subtitles, but it’s terrific. Fix yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy. This one comes from Castiron, who wrote: Hebocon – in spite of the name, not a Jewish SF convention but rather a Japanese robot-building contest for people who are crap at building robots. The parts you want to pay attention to, aside from the gleeful silliness of the whole freaking thing, is the supreme excitement that is the robot at 4:55. Castiron adds, When that [robot] appeared on the screen, my husband said I…
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    London Review of Books

  • Letters

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No. 24 (18 December 2014)
  • Joanna Biggs: Short Cuts

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Michael Hofmann: Richard Flanagan’s Sticky Collage

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s May or June, the Cam is stuffed with expensive punts, which in turn are stuffed with moneyed tourists. A bunch of under-employed post-examinal students are dementedly heaving and levering away at one of the massive ornamental granite balls crowning the parapet of one of the college bridges. They’ve prised it loose, the entire river – the strollers and dawdlers and smoochers along the Backs, the rest of the shipping – seems to be watching in horror as it’s directly threatening a punt-load of Japanese tourists.
  • James Meek: Shamed in Afghanistan

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The British army is back in Warminster and its other bases around the country. Its eight-year venture in southern Afghanistan is over. The extent of the military and political catastrophe it represents is hard to overstate. It was doomed to fail before it began, and fail it did, at a terrible cost in lives and money. How bad was it? In a way it was worse than a defeat, because to be defeated, an army and its masters must understand the nature of the conflict they are fighting. Britain never did understand, and now we would rather not think about it.
  • Edward Luttwak: Britain v. Napoleon

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I can recall few heated arguments with my father, but I remember very well our Napoleon quarrel. After two years at a British boarding school, I had learned a fair amount of English and just about enough history to mention Wellington and Waterloo as we were approaching Brussels on a drive from Milan. To my great surprise, my father burst out with a vehement attack on ‘the English’ for having selfishly destroyed Napoleon’s empire. Wherever it had advanced in Europe, modernity had advanced with it.
 
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    McSweeney’s

  • How to Write Good Sex Scenes by Mike Lacher

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    As an acclaimed writer of sexual fiction, I am often asked by readers, fans, and protégés how best to go about writing thrilling and realistic scenes of sexual congress. To them, I offer these simple tips:Be descriptiveImagine the sexual congress between your characters not as a schoolboy’s sketch but as a Dutch Master’s canvas, full of excruciating detail upon each pert nipple and goosefleshy thigh. Consider, as Vermeer did, how the dewy morning light falls about his ample foreskin or how her rosy loins tremble like a cello string struck by a moistened frisbee.Use metaphor…
  • @thereal_saintfrancis_: Peace on Earth by Nick Farrell and Rachel Farrell

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Snopes Investigates the Anderson Family’s Holiday Letter by Allen Rein

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    To our dearest friends and family,FALSE. While this letter was indeed sent to dear friends and family, it has been confirmed that the recipient list also included immediate neighbors, members of the PTO board, and Beth from work.We hope this little note finds you well and that you’re enjoying the holiday season. We’ve already had our share of snow here in upstate New York, and we’ve spent much of the last month digging out Tom’s beloved BMW!MOSTLY TRUE. It did snow a ton in upstate New York, and Tom’s car therefore required frequent digging out. However, the use of “beloved” is…
  • Product Review: The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege from L.L. Bean by Joyce Miller

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    [Thank you, Peggy McIntosh.]- - -The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege is pretty decent, I guess. I’ve had one as long as I can remember. My parents said it just showed up in the mail when I was born, and L.L. Bean’s policy is to replace the backpack for free if it ever breaks, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. It’s $8 extra to get your initials monogrammed, which I personally think should be free of charge. The backpack comes in different colors, more recently Irish, Italian, and Buffalo Plaid.The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege is great for carrying…
  • Monologue: Serial’s Sarah Koenig On Santa’s Alleged Hit-and-Run Murder of Grandma by Spencer Ham

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since the day after Thanksgiving, I’ve spent every waking moment investigating a murder that occurred nearly 35 years ago. During the holiday season of 1979, a woman named Grandma drunkenly stumbled out of her home and was allegedly struck by a Santa-driven sleigh. According to an eyewitness report, she got run over by a reindeer.Grandma was a typical, cartoonish old lady. She wore an eccentric blue and silver wig. She liked to have a drink or two and was not a fan of taking her prescription medicine. According to those close to her, she would often deny her husband the right to watch TV or…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Guys Can Read by Dave Cornford

    Evo
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Short stories that reinforce, ostensibly, that Guys Can Read by Dave Cornford: GUYS can read? Hell yeah, and they can listen too. You’ll love the eight stories in this collection because they each have something about them that appeals to male readers. Or might do. Not that females won’t like them, especially. Anyway, there’s no saccharine romance, no vampires and no soppy happy endings. But there are also no zombies, no dragons and no explosions. There is humor, there is sport and there are cars. There’s sadness and reality, wives and girlfriends, mates, success and failure.
  • New release! Astreya: Book 2. The Men of the Sea by Seymour Hamilton

    Evo
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Seymour Hamilton is back with the second book in his young adult series, Astreya. Please enjoy The Men of the Sea: In The Astreya Trilogy, Book 2: The Men of the Sea, Astreya learns from his grandfather Oron how to control his power over the shipstones aboard the great ship Cygnus. He still yearns for Lindey, left on shore against her will. Trying to purge a nagging guilt, Roaring Jack sails the Mollie south again, and this time Astreya’s friend Cam is a stowaway. Astreya’s cousin Adramin tries to make Astreya fail. At The City of the Sea, the lawful meeting place of the great ships,…
  • OYE! OYE! Big news for all our marvelous podcasters and listeners!

    Lucie Le Blanc
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
      Our lord and master, Evo Terra, was able to achieve quite a feat: with all his bargaining and diplomatic talents, he was able to strike a deal with both Spreaker and Stitcher. Yes, people, as of today, all of Podiobooks’ feeds are now available through those platforms! For the last weeks, our devoted minions (aka our interns) spent all their free time, and wore their little fingers raw, inputting every RSS Feed (all 689 of them!) into Spreaker and Stitcher. And we are glad to say that both platforms survived the attack: imagine having so much shows added in such a short time.
  • New release! The Sweetest One by Stephen L. Moss

    Evo
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It’s a new mystery book to kick off the final month of 2014! Check out The Sweetest One by Stephen L. Moss “Where Were You the Night Billy Reno Died?” Bass guitarist Paul Kingston didn’t kill his old friend Billy, but the cops say he did, and he’s got no alibi. He’s about to start the biggest recording gig he’s landed in years, and now he’s wanted by the law. Hounded by an overzealous police detective, stalked by a crazy homeless girl who claims Billy sent her, and struggling to make the recording sessions that can pull his music career out of limbo, can Paul find the…
  • New release! Alibi Jones and The Time War of The Devrizium by Mike Luoma

    Evo
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    The Alibi Jones saga continues in this, the fourth book of the The Adventures of Alibi Jones series. Get ready for the four short stories that make up Alibi Jones and The Time War of The Devrizium: A race of time travelers wants Alibi Jones’ time to come to an end! The Devrizium appear willing to alter time and space itself to remove him from both entirely. A connected Cycle of Four Short Stories: “About Time”, “Remember Two Things”, “Memory, Yet Green”, and “The Last Battle” –   Alibi Jones and The Time War of The Devrizium.
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • Best Football Autobiographies For Christmas

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    There’s something magical about a football autobiography. It opens us up to a world totally alien to us. A world with fast cars, expensive houses, and glamorous parties. But what’s more, it opens us up to the dressing room. There have been a number of great footballing books released over[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Best Football Autobiographies For Christmas appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • The Best Strategy? Read The Book Of Course…

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    No matter what we do in life, a clear strategy always will always boost your chances of success tenfold. Whether that be running a business, running a marathon, or running for president, it’s important to have clear steps on exactly how you will achieve this. And what better way to[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post The Best Strategy? Read The Book Of Course… appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

    Kathy Mizera
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    As the holiday shopping season swings into full force, it’s interesting to watch people buying books. Many a wish list has everything from the latest by Stephen King to an Amazon Gift Card (an actual card or via email) to a new e-reader device. Yet the battle for which is[Read More...] Author information Kathy Mizera The post Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Black Friday for Book Lovers

    Kathy Mizera
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    As the U.S. gears up for Thanksgiving and the ever-changing Black Friday sales, the focus tends to be on electronics, video games, toys and clothes. There are, however, a multitude of deals available for book lovers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for print or e-books, new books or classics,[Read More...] Author information Kathy Mizera The post Black Friday for Book Lovers appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
 
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • 19 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm

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

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

    Anne
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Because December is a good time to think back on the year, I was just tidying up my reading journal to see what I read in 2014. What I read was lots of very light mysteries of the type called cozies, with a monthly foray into something a bit more literary for the library book group and the occasional detour into the quirky. I did not read much non-fiction this year, but I did follow up on mystery series that I enjoy,  re-read some classics and discovered some new authors.Here are a few of my favorites:Best Holiday Title: A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer (2013)Best Rediscovered…
  • The Time of Year for Best Book List Roundups

    Anne
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While looking through the library blog, I came across this end of year post from six years ago. It made me realize that those end of  year look-backs are coming to tell us what happened in 2014. What happened to whom and where in the world it happened. For librarians, it's all about what we read and what we can recommend to our readers. So before I get to 2014, take a look at what we were reading not that long ago. If you missed these books, they  will no doubt be waiting on the shelves for you to check out. (Note: some of the links from 2008 no longer work - apologies.)Best Books…
  • Sure Bets for Readers

    Anne
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    What to Read: Sure Bets (originally posted March 27, 2013) or how does the librarian know what her patrons want to read next?'Sure bets' according to librarian Joyce Saricks in her 'At Leisure' column in the December 1, 2012 Booklist are,'titles and sometimes authors that appeal to a wide range of readers, that fly off displays, and that we turn to when our minds go blank and we can't think of anything to suggest to a waiting reader. These aren't current best-sellers but, rather, older titles we treasure.'However you define it, every reference librarian likes to have certain books to…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Lifelong learning looms large

    Joe Wikert
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    You’re probably familiar with Moore’s Law, which states that computing power doubles every couple of years. I think there should be a similar law for the amount of information and expertise most workers have to acquire in each generation. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Evernote as a content distribution channel

    Joe Wikert
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    I’m addicted to Evernote. I use it throughout the day to capture my meeting notes and other thoughts. I was recently joking with a fellow Evernote user and colleague about how the tool makes us smarter and dumber; smarter because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unlocking the hidden value of archives

    Joe Wikert
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    The cost of scanning, converting and digitizing content seems to decline every year. As a result, we’re seeing all sorts of print archives being converted to digital products. The problem is that too many publishers are applying the “if you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Disney shows how to tear down walled gardens

    Joe Wikert
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Tired of dealing with the fragmented mobile marketplace that iOS and Android represent? The imagineers at Disney have come up with a terrific way to address that problem. It’s both a much-needed solution for consumers and also a clever way... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ebook subscription services as publisher affiliates

    Joe Wikert
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    I was at an event last week where an attendee described the following scenario: She discovered an author on the Oyster unlimited ebook subscription service, she read one of their books and then realized the author’s other books aren’t included... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Cuddle Up with a Book

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

    Samantha McGinnis
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Today’s guest blogger is Andrea Brunk, a physical therapist at the National Children’s Center Early Learning Center in Washington, DC. I work with children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities. The children in my program range from infants to five year olds. Our families do their best to meet their child’s unique needs, but it can be a challenge. Many are single or foster parents. Others are grandparents or teens. They face balancing their own schooling and long hours at work with supporting their children. They also have few, if any, books at home.
  • Feeling at Home this Holiday

    Marissa Wasseluk
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Today’s guest blogger is Linette Claudio, Bilingual Coordinator at McAuliffe Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Linette Claudio in her classroom in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Remember a book character from your childhood that helped you through a time of growth and change? One that inspired you, helped you feel at home in our own skin and made you realize you weren’t alone. I believe that every child deserves to experience that kind of connection. I’m grateful that my students have, thanks to you and First Book. The kids in my Bilingual Transitional Program speak a…
  • Our Favorite Books for December

    Julia Hornaday
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Our five favorite books for the month of December feature caterpillars, pigs (both large and guinea), and several incredible heroines. All make perfect holiday gifts and can be found on the First Book Marketplace. PreK-1st (Ages 2-6) The Very Hungry Caterpillar / La oruga muy hambrienta written and illustrated by Eric Carle One of the most popular books on the First Book Marketplace is back after a brief hibernation in its cocoon. Eric Carle’s unique illustrations are as charming as they were 40 years ago, but now even more students can count along as our hungry friend eats its way through…
  • Investing in My Students

    Samantha McGinnis
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Lindsey Roache, Assistant Principal at University Heights Preparatory Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a principal, I know that if my students are going to care about school, they have to know their school cares about them. Sometimes this means our school buys clothes, purchases bus passes, provides a Thanksgiving meal or adopts a family around the holidays. It also means we make sure our students have great books. We do our best, but we have limitations. My school has no library, therefore we have a limited amount of books. Our teachers dig into their own…
 
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    Publishing Talk

  • How to write Science Fiction

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

    Andrew Webb
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever wanted to write about food? Award-winning food writer and journalist Andrew Webb shares his advice, approaches and tips for capturing the culinary. Food literature can be hard to categorize. Consequently bookshops struggle with exactly where to place such books on the shelves. This I know from bitter experience. All too often they get lumped in somewhere with the huge £25 hardback, recipe-led, TV-series-supporting tomes featuring gurning chefs looking slightly to one side on the cover. Food writing books then, are like remora fish, swimming along stuck to the bellies of much…
  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 6, Oct-Dec 2014 – Children’s Publishing

    Jon Reed
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Read Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s exclusive interview in issue 6. The PDF edition is FREE to download right now (22.5 MB). Issue 6 is also available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud, and a text-only Kindle edition from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Please also consider joining our mailing list for details of the next issue and new resources from Publishing Talk. In our first children’s publishing themed issue we’re delighted to have an exclusive interview with Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman. The author of the Noughts and Crosses series speaks to our…
  • Three business models for self-publishing your books in print

    Sarah Juckes
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    There are more options than ever for authors to self-publish print books. But which is right for you? They really boil down to three business models, says Sarah Juckes. When self-publishing a print book, you may wish to go it entirely alone and set up your own production, marketing and distribution networks, or you may wish to use one of the many companies offering some of these services. Well-known book creation and publishing platforms such as CreateSpace, Matador and CompletelyNovel offer the creation and distribution services you might lack, but in a variety of ways. Each company operates…
  • 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…
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  • Thousand Times Broken: A Conversation with Translator Gillian Conoley [Part II]

    Kaija Straumanis
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The writer Henri Michaux had two great missions in life: to explore the darkest parts of human consciousness, and record what he found in those explorations in the clearest possible way. That’s according to Gillian Conoley, who recently published the first English translations of three of Michaux’s books. Thousand Times Broken is a collection of three works by Michaux which he wrote while experimenting with mescalin, a drug he believed would help him explore “a state in which one part of the brain remains unillusioned and lucid during vision, fantasy, or hallucination.” Conoley joined…
  • Thousand Times Broken: A Conversation with Translator Gillian Conoley [Part I]

    Kaija Straumanis
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The writer Henri Michaux had two great missions in life: to explore the darkest parts of human consciousness, and record what he found in those explorations in the clearest possible way. That’s according to Gillian Conoley, a poet, the founding editor of Volt, and a translator who teaches at Sonoma State University. She’s recently published the first English translations of three of Michaux’s books. Thousand Times Broken is a collection of three works by Michaux which he wrote while experimenting with mescalin, a drug he believed would help him explore “a state in which one part of…
  • Latest Review: "The Madmen of Benghazi" by Gerard de Villiers

    Kaija Straumanis
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by P.T. Smith on The Madmen of Benghazi by Gerard de Villiers, and out from Vintage/Black Lizard. Sometimes you want a book to be good. You want it to be amazing, mind-blowing, and one of the best things you’ll have read in months. Sometimes you base this want off of seemingly irrelevant things, like de Villiers’s hat: And sometimes, judging a book by bit its author’s headgear turns out not that great. But sometimes you can walk away from that book, all eye-rolling aside, having enjoyed certain aspects of it. Isn’t…
  • 50/50: Fifty Books in Translation from Fifty Presses [Our 2014 Year-End Book List]

    Kaija Straumanis
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week I wrote a post that, among other things, included a brief rant on year-end book lists (one of our favorite things to rant about here). Already before the post’s draft stage, I had been scheming up the foundation to a more translation-inclusive year-end list than the other lists out there this year, and soon after started talking to friends and colleagues from across the spectrum of publishing-and-book related occupations. Thus was conceived, completed, and born a list of 50 spectacular books in translation from 50 spectacular (and mostly indie!) presses publishing books in…
  • Open Letter Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

    Kaija Straumanis
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    For those of you who haven’t yet seen the Facebook posts and re-posts, we are thrilled (and grateful) that Open Letter has once again received an Arts Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant awarded to the press for 2015 was one of the largest awarded this year. From the press release published by the University of Rochester: “The $60,000 grant will support the publication and promotion of several books in 2015, including Rochester Knockings, a novel based on the Rochester-based religious movement of Spiritualism and the famous Fox Sisters.
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  • The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

    Andrew Winston
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s been an amazing 12 months in the world of sustainable business. From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year — as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them. And citizens, using new social media tools and old-fashioned marches, rose up to drive change. Both in response and pre-emptively, the world’s leading companies continued to aggressively pivot their businesses toward more sustainable and innovative ways of operating. To make sense…
  • What’s Missing from Annual Reports

    Graham Kenny
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a shareholder of several companies, I receive many updates and reports. Even though I know how to dissect the financials and pull out any relevant ratios, I’m not satisfied with the story that these reports tell me. Nor, I’d suggest, are most shareholders. Many choose not to receive an annual report at all, online or in hard copy — and few of those who do actually read what they get. Who can blame them? What we want to know simply isn’t in there. We want assurance that our investments are secure, of course. But more than that, we want to know the health of the…
  • Stop Using Battle Metaphors in Your Company Strategy

    Frank V. Cespedes
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The economist Fritz Machlup wrote an essay about weaselwords: “words concealing voids of thought . . . used to avoid commitment . . . which destroy the force of a statement as a weasel ruins an egg by sucking out its content.” Machlup was talking about how economists often use words like “structure” instead of empirical cause-and-effect linkages. Ironically, after years of books, articles, and MBA programs dedicated to strategic thinking, that’s the danger with how strategy is used in business meetings. It’s too often a way of sounding smart or leader-like…
  • Case Study: Can One Business Unit Have 2 Revenue Models?

    Marco Bertini
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As two of his business units were completing their merger, Peter Noll, chief of the Diagnostics division at the Frankfurt-based Scherr Pharmaceuticals, felt it was time to address a nagging issue: The combined entity had no overarching revenue model. This deficiency had been weighing on him for a year, ever since the merger had been approved by the CEO, the executive team, and the board. Although the two units had similar products, they relied on different strategies to earn their money. Their sales forces sometimes even called on the same customers, leaving potential buyers confused by the…
  • How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

    Amy Gallo
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right. What the Experts Say “There’s nothing quick or easy about crafting an effective resume,” says Jane Heifetz, a resume expert and founder of Right Resumes. Don’t think you’re going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. “You have to think carefully about what to say and how to…
 
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  • BOTNS #311: Our Favorite Books of 2014

    Michael Kindness
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ann and Michael each pick their Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014!   Ann’s Audiobook of the Year (02:24) The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton, narrated by Davina Porter, is Ann’s pick for Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Year. (You’ll get my Audiobook of the Year next week) Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day…
  • BOTNS #310: National Readathon Day

    Ann Kingman
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    A TV show that we’re both hooked on, National Readathon Day, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Michael and I are now hooked on a TV show, Black Mirror, which is a UK show that has just come to Netflix (it’s also on YouTube,  and Not Safe for Work or for children). To keep this book-related, Michael says it reminds him of the work of George Saunders, especially the second episode, Fifteen Million Merits, which reminds him of “Escape from Spider Head” that is in  Tenth of December. Audiobook of the week (06:42)   Michael’s pick for…
  • BOTNS #309: Revisiting Book Polygamy

    Michael Kindness
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Download the Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide! Revisiting the concept of book polygamy. We recommend Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers and How to be both by Ali Smith   A reminder that the 2014 Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide is available now. It’s sure to make your holiday shopping easier, and your gift recipients more appreciative! You can download it by clicking here, or on the image below. Audiobook of the week (03:48) You by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
  • Books on the Nightstand’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

    Michael Kindness
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We’re pleased to present 2014’s Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide. This year, we each chose 12 books that we think are perfect for giving, and we feel sure that there’s something for everyone on your list. To download the Gift Guide, simply click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph or click on the image below. Be sure to send all of your friends the link to this page so they can download the guide as well! Thank you for your continued support of Books on the Nightstand, and remember to #GiveaBook this holiday season!
  • BOTNS #308: Books that missed the Gift Guide

    Ann Kingman
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Lots of book recommendations in this episode geared toward gift-giving!  #GiveABook     Our employer is ready to donate books to children in need. Can you help us? Simply use the hashtag #GiveABook on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, and for each post using that hashtag, Penguin Random House will donate one book to Save the Children, up to 25,000 books and through December 25th, 2014. We’d love it if you used the post to share a book you are giving as a gift, or a book you’d love to receive as a gift. Many authors have created videos — maybe you’ll want to…
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  • Graphic Novel Friday: Best of the Year

    Alex Carr
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Our editors pushed up their ruby quartz glasses and debated a Top 20 list with the fierceness of Black Panther and the eloquence of Cypher. What follows below is a collection of New York Times bestsellers alongside blockbuster reads and indie darlings. Of course, no list can cover everything, so we hope Omni readers will share their picks in the comments section below. Best of the Year 2014 in Comics & Graphic Novels Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples The Terrible and Wonderful…
  • A Boat, a Whale & A Walrus Walk Into a...Conversation with Renee Erickson

    Seira Wilson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Renee Erickson has earned local and national accolades for her Seattle restaurants over the last couple of years and this fall penned her first cookbook which we promptly chose as a Best Cookbook of October and recently a Best Cookbook of 2014.  A Boat, a Whale & A Walrus--named for three of her restaurants: Boat Street Cafe, The Whale Wins, and The Walrus and the Carpenter--is a collection of seasonal menus with personal stories, lots of extras (how-to make a nice cheese plate, favorite holiday wines, intros to local purveyors and family, etc.,), and absolutely gorgeous photographs.
  • Sara Says: All I Want for Christmas Is...

    Sara Nelson
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    All I want for Christmas, as usual, is a big fat novel I can curl up with, all the better to get some quiet time amid the usual family hubbub.   But even though I’m going to have to wait a bit to read one of the ones I’m most excited about, at least we got an early look at the jacket for Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event. Blume might be best known as a children’s author--many’s the woman who can quote verbatim from Are You There, God, It’s Me Margaret--the fact is that her last adult novel, Summer Sisters, was a huge hit a while back. And this one--about a series of plane…
  • The Wilderness Within: Author Diane Cook on "Man V. Nature"

    Jon Foro
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Claire Cameron and I have something in common: we both like books about the struggle between humans and the natural world, especially when nature has the upper hand (see her list of "The Best Books About Getting Eaten" as proof). Her 2014 novel, The Bear, is the tale of camping trip gone wrong: a 300-pound black bear orphans five-year-old Anna and her younger brother, sending them on a terrifying flight for survival through the Canadian wilderness. Told through the voice of the young girl, it made the longlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, which you may know by its…
  • "Nine Questions for Jim Shepard" by Andrew Eisenman

    Chris Schluep
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    9 QUESTIONS FOR JIM SHEPARD By Andrew Eisenman “What the hell am I doing here?” says Air Force Captain Gordon Phelan, the first time he sets foot on Texas Tower 4, the Cold War-era offshore platform at the center of Jim Shepard’s heart-crushing new Kindle Single. Tower No. 4—or “old shaky,” as one of the servicemen has painted over the mess hall door—was one of the Air Force’s “most unlikely achievements and most lethal peacetime disasters.” In “Safety Tips for Living Alone,” Shepard mines this forgotten piece of American history not only for its page-turning drama,…
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  • Nick Cave’s Personal Dictionary

    Dianna Dilworth
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Author and musician Nick Cave has a way with words. So it comes as no surprise that the Bad Seeds frontman and author of the novels And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro has a history of creating his own personal dictionary. Dangerous Minds has the scoop: “As a younger man Cave kept a journal in which he jotted down new words he wanted to remember and arranged them in alphabetical order. It’s definitely a good tip for writers starting out, you’re always learning, there’s always something to learn. Take notes endlessly and don’t waver!” New Career…
  • Authors Share Their Favorite Audiobooks of the Year on Audible

    Dianna Dilworth
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Looking for recommendations for some good audiobooks to listen to during your holiday travels? Audible.com has had some bestselling authors pick out their favorite audiobooks of the year, which is probably a good place to start. Author Anthony Doerr recommends Karen Joy Fowler’s audiobook We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves; Lisa Genova recommends You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero; and Lev Grossman recommends Ian Fleming’s Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Check it out: The best audiobook I listened to this year was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming.
  • Macmillan Has Made a Deal With Amazon

    Dianna Dilworth
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Macmillan has reached a multiyear distribution agreement with Amazon to distribute its print and eBooks, beginning on January 5, 2015. John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, revealed the news in a blog post earlier this week. “All our other retailers will also be on the agency model, leaving Apple as the only retailer who is allowed unlimited discounting. Irony prospers in the digital age,” he wrote. “This odd aberration in the market will cause us to occasionally change the digital list price of your books in what may seem to be random fashion. I ask for your forbearance. We will…
  • Nashville Stars Lennon & Maisy Sign Picture Book Deal With HarperCollins

    Dianna Dilworth
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Lennon & Maisy, the 15 and 11 year-old sisters that star on the  ABC drama series Nashville have signed a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers. The  Canadian born performers are working on a picture book called In the Waves.  The Associated Press has more: “Based on their song of the same name, “In the Waves” tells of boogie boards and homemade lemonade and a few unexpected adventures. The illustrations will be by Steve Bjorkman. The book is scheduled to come out April 28.” New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • William Shatner Uses Kickstarter to Raise Money For New Book

    Dianna Dilworth
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Star Trek star William Shatner is trying to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter to fund a book and website dedicated to teaching people over 50 how to reinvent themselves. According to the Kickstarter page, Catch Me Up will be about two things: “Achieving great things in your life at any age” and “How to leverage the new technology around us today to do anything you want, at warp speed.” Check it out: “I’ve been unemployed over 400 times in my life. I’ve had to reinvent myself over and over to get hired by TV shows, movie producers, and even by Priceline.com when I…
 
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • Hello world!

    David Niall Wilson
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • FORENSICS 182: SPOOKY SCIENCE

    Robert Jones
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:37 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. The essay is In keeping with a tradition of offering a spooky piece in honor of the October month of Halloween. Al fostered…
  • Thomas Sullivan: GHOSTED POSTS HOSTED COAST-TO-COAST

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Your questions are both tricks and treats to me any time of year – “treat” because I’m so glad to get them and “trick” because some are daunting to answer. In any case, I’m giving it my best Halloween shot here. But please don’t feel overlooked if you sent something I didn’t use. In fact, what gets used may date back months or longer, so you never know. I select questions by “3 R’s”: Relevance, Repeaters, Relationships (always try to get at least one relationship question in because you send more of those than anything else). Take it away, Q&A… Q [asked by a…
  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

    almaalexander
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It’s a little like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the kind of dirty little secret that everyone who knows you already knows about you. It’s so obvious, you with your little notebook always in your pocket, the way you forget appointments (or sometimes entire days) because your head is in a whole different space, the way your eyes sometimes light up in the middle of an unrelated conversation and whoever you’re talking to sighs and stops talking because they know you’re no longer listening. You’re a writer. You have friends warning people you’ve just met not to say anything interesting…
  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

    almaalexander
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a little like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the kind of dirty little secret that everyone who knows you already knows about you. It’s so obvious, you with your little notebook always in your pocket, the way you forget appointments (or sometimes entire days) because your head is in a whole different space, the way your eyes sometimes light up in the middle of an unrelated conversation and whoever you’re talking to sighs and stops talking because they know you’re no longer listening. You’re a writer. You have friends warning people you’ve just met not to say anything interesting…
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  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    John Heilprin The Associated Press GENEVA – The bestselling author said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he was prepared to make himself an example — even if it meant inviting criticism and potential threats — if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its […]
  • Fighting injustice

    Paulo Coelho
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    By Paulo Coelho T.H. Huxley says: “The consequences of our actions are scarecrows for the cowards and beams of light for the wise. The world is a chessboard. The pieces are the gestures of daily life, the rules are the so-called laws of nature.” Although he concentrates on what he is doing, the warrior of […]
  • A day at the mill

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    By Paulo Coelho At the moment my life is a symphony made up of three different movements: “many people,” “some people,” and “hardly anybody.” Each of these movements lasts about four months a year; they often come together during the same month, but they never get mixed up. “Many people” are those moments when I […]
  • Words to the wind

    Paulo Coelho
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    ________________________ EM PORTUGUES: Palavras ao vento _______________________ I was feeling very lonely when I left Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral right in the heart of New York. Suddenly I was approached by an American: “You are Mr. Coelho. I very much need to talk to you,” she said. I was so enthused by this meeting […]
  • Cobwebs

    Paulo Coelho
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    When I was travelling the road to Rome, one of the four sacred roads in my magical tradition, I realised, after almost twenty days spent entirely alone, that I was in a much worse state than when I had started. In my solitude, I began to have mean, nasty, ignoble feelings. I sought out my […]
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Excerpt from Shotgun, Wedding, Bells (Kiki Lowenstein #11)

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Although Ilona didn't want to share her Red Velvet Cake Recipe, I was fortunate that three of my readers shared these yummy concoctions. Many thanks to all three!JoannaCarrie Wolfgang’s (Iona’s) Red Velvet Cake RecipeCake Ingredients:1 ½ C. Sugar2 C. Cooking oil2 Eggs1 Tsp. Vinegar2 Oz. Red Food Coloring2 ½ C. Flour1 Tsp. Baking soda1 Tsp. Salt3 T. Cocoa1 C. Buttermilk2 Tsp. VanillaDirections:1.     Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour two 9 inch layer pans. 2.     Cream together sugar and oil. 3.     Add eggs…
  • Part 4--The Conclusion of Kiki Lowenstein and the Penny Pincher

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    By Joanna Campbell SlanEditor’s Note: In Parts 1, 2, and 3, Kiki Lowenstein, owner of Time in a Bottle, has been teaching a two-session class called “The Double-Dip.” This week, her customers brought in one of their favorite dessert recipes to use in an 8- by 8-inch cookbook album. There's a bit of friction in the group because Iona Lippman and Lisa Ferguson both claim to make an outstanding red velvet cake—and now Iona's prized family recipe has gone missing! The arrival of Kiki's husband, Detective Chad Detweiler, has temporarily shifted attention away from the missing index card.
  • Taking Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    So often we take care of everything and everyone but ourselves during the holidays. I know, because I'm a poster child for trying to do too much. Right now, I've got a miserable cold, and I suspect it's from getting too little sleep and working too many hours.The question seems eternal: "How do we care for ourselves, especially during the holiday season?"One way is to listen to our needs, to make time for us. For those of us who work at home--especially those of us who are writers--it can be especially tempting to work around the clock and on weekends. That seems like a great way to get…
  • Dollhouse Lamp Base Tutorial

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In the BONUS gift for pre-ordering Handmade, Holiday, Homicide, I showed readers how to make this adorable "Dollhouse in a 3-Ring Binder" room. Here's how to make the matching base for the lamp.NOTE: The BONUS gift will be available to those who pre-order Handmade, Holiday, Homicide on or before December 15, 2014. Hurry! You don't want to miss out!Here's the link to get your copy:http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Holiday-Homicide-Lowenstein-Scrap-N-Craft-ebook/dp/B00PA26YL2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417791560&sr=8-1&keywords=Handmade+Holiday+HomicideSupplies:  Polymer…
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  • Family Bonds

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If you are a New Yorker reader you're familiar with Roz Chast, the cartoonist whose squiggly-lined drawings manage to make the mundane, the maudlin, or even the misanthropic events of everyday life seem unexpectedly funny. My favorites often involve parents and children, and the ways in which they can drive each other crazy. So I expected that her graphic memoir “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant” would offer similar enjoyment. And it does. But this book is so much more than that.Chast's parents George and Elizabeth are an eccentric, mismatched pair, essentially friendless, who…
  • A Girl and A Boy

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Time for my beach read, and this year it is All The Light We Cannot See. It's a story about a girl and a boy. In August of 1944, in the waning days of World War II, the picturesque Breton town of Saint-Malo, occupied by the retreating German army, is being bombed by Allied forces. Alone on the top floor of a tall narrow house, a French sixteen-year-old blind girl named Marie-Laure LeBlanc fears for her life. Five blocks away eighteen-year-old German private Werner Pfennig, a radio specialist stationed in a grand old hotel, is assigned to intercept messages from Allied sympathizers and…
  • 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…
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    The Millions

  • Real People

    Kaulie Lewis
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    “Here is the last and biggest piece of advice I have: If you have a story that you want to tell, but you’re afraid that someone in your life is going to feel wounded, whether that feeling is justified or not, fair or not, tell it anyway.” Emma Straub, who recently wrote about her Year in Reading, gives some advice on fictionalizing real people in an essay for Rookie
  • A Year in Reading: Tess Malone

    Tess Malone
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    2014 has been a year of transition for me. After 19 years of being a student, I graduated with my master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri in May. By the end of the month, I moved to Atlanta, a city I had only been to twice before. And in the beginning of June, I started work as a copy editor for a magazine. Yes, I’m a single girl living on her own in the bright, big city and working in journalism — my life is a romantic comedy waiting for Ryan Gosling to arrive. Although my books were some of the first things I unpacked when I got to my new apartment, considering I…
  • A Year in Reading: Jean Hanff Korelitz

    Jean Hanff Korelitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    According to the elves at Goodreads, I’ve read 70 books so far this year, a feat made possible by the fact that I finally figured out how to get New York Public Library audiobooks onto my iPhone. Many were…just fine. Others had me pushing the fast forward button like a post-operative patient with a morphine drip. A few, like Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, were serendipitous discoveries. I was underwhelmed by one series of novels that writer friends have been urging me to read for years, but I was also forced to rethink my Hands-Off-Classic-Literature! position by Jo…
  • “Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid”

    Kaulie Lewis
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Being nominated for an award feels the way I imagine winning the lottery must feel: You’re deeply grateful and a little disoriented, you feel very lucky, and you know that it could just as easily have been someone else.” Our own Emily St. John Mandel writes about “the vast distance between literary prizes and literary work” and reading Norman Mailer for The Atlantic‘s By Heart series (which we’ve covered many, many times before).
  • A Year in Reading: Rachel Cantor

    Rachel Cantor
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I divide this year’s shortlist into three categories: Tales Well Told, Fun Stuff, and Miracles of Voice. Tales Well Told includes books with stories that captivated. In some cases I wasn’t sure why I liked the book, but I just wanted to keep reading. More, more! These were the books I left parties early to go home to read (or for which, more likely, I skipped the party), the ones that might have caused me to miss my subway stop had I read them on the subway, but I usually didn’t because I had already read them through the night before. Gripping stories, unexpected turns of plot, I have…
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Your Last Minute Gift Solution

    Boomerang Books
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers make awesome Christmas Gifts. Here are 9 reasons why you need to buy a Boomerang Books Gift Voucher right now… 1. Ok, admit it…you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, haven’t you? And now you need to buy something quick smart! Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers are the answer. Guaranteed to […]
  • Best-Of Book Lists

    Fiona Crawford
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I have a love–hate relationship with best-of book lists. I find sometimes people try too hard to seem clever about what they’ve chosen and not hard enough about including honest-to-goodness good reads. But I am simultaneously unable to abstain from perusing said lists. I feel an innate need to gauge whether or not I think […]
  • ”A Tapestry of Experiences Folded into Fiction”; Victoria Lane Talks About ‘Celia and Nonna’

    Romi Sharp
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Victoria Lane has made a successful career from writing; as an award-winning financial journalist for many years, editor and correspondent for many leading media publications, and of course, as a picture and chapter book writer for children. Today, we delve into Victoria’s writerly mind as she shares her inspirations behind her touching picture book, Celia […]
  • Doodles and Drafts – Drawing Boxes with Peter Carnavas

    Dimity Powell
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    Every once in a while something special sneaks into your life, so unassuming you are barely aware of its presence. However, its ability to change and influence is a forceful undercurrent with powerful impact. It might be meeting a new friend for the first time. It could be finding a dog to call your own. […]
  • The Twelve Books of Christmas

    George Ivanoff
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    You may have noticed, with Christmas fast approaching, that the Boomerang Books bloggers have been writing about the festive season — recommending books for Chrissy presents; sharing festive reads; reminiscing about Christmas-themed books; etc. I was originally planning to recommend some Christmas reads… but then I changed my mind. I thought I’d do something a […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • 2014′s most expensive sales on AbeBooks – Hemingway, Joyce, Rowling, Tolkien, Twain & many more

    Richard Davies
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    A poster from Les Maîtres de L’Affiche Lewis Carroll, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Harper Lee, Salman Rushdie, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, William Wordsworth, and Voltaire – they are all on this year’s list of the most expensive sales on AbeBooks.com. Art features prominently, with books illustrated by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Two copies of David Bailey’s Box of Pin-ups – one of the quintessential photography books of the 1960s – are featured. A collection of books displaying Art Nouveau…
  • Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers

    Beth Carswell
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Numizmatichar AR Nos 1-20 by the Belgrade and Serbian Numismatic Society We were recently introduced to one of our booksellers, located in Gahanna, Ohio. We love to meet and learn about all of our sellers and this was no exception. Their store is called Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. For your information, “numismatic” does not refer to a new-fangled type of exercise, as I thought, or an automated breathing machine, as I also thought. Rather, the term numismatics refers to the practice of studying and collecting currencies such as coins, tokens, paper money, medals, but…
  • Smaug and Friends: Dragons in Literature

    Beth Carswell
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    It’s been over a decade since Peter Jackson released his blockbuster film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then in 2012, the first installment of Jackson’s three-film treatment of The Hobbit, called An Unexpected Journey, hit the theaters, followed last year by part two, The Desolation of Smaug. And now, at long last, the third and final piece of the puzzle is here. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Bilbo’s big screen story to an end next week. Which means we get to hear more of Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice through the throat of Smaug.
  • The 5 Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2014

    Beth Carswell
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    And now for a list as different as possible from Beth’s Best Reads of 2014, I give you The 5 Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2014. I was surprised to see there was a novel included. I’m curious to see what kind of fiction Bill Gates reads. I also think Making the Modern World sounds very interesting in its exploration of our global dependence on everything under the sun. How much farther should the current generation of privileged, wealthy people be able to stretch the world’s resources with its rabid consumption? Food for frightening thought. Here is the list of Bill…
  • Rare Dutch books, prints & manuscripts from Antiquariaat A.G. van der Steur

    Richard Davies
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:11 pm
    A rare 17th century Italian book about Roman innovation and inventions, including glasses for people with crooked noses. Welcome to Antiquariaat A.G. van der Steur – the latest bookseller from the Netherlands to join our marketplace. This experienced seller offers more than 40,000 books and items of ephemera ranging from prints to maps and manuscripts Located in the city of Haarlem, Antiquariaat A.G. van der Steur specializes in books on Dutch history, topography, genealogy and heraldry, books on Dutch literature before 1880, books about books, and rare Dutch prints. There is also an…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • BookTrack: Why Soundtracks For Books Are Great For Readers And Authors

    Joanna Penn
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I just did a fantastic event in Auckland, New Zealand, so a big thanks to everyone who came! Plus a big thanks to BookTrack who sponsored and organized the event, as well as Auckland Libraries who hosted it. So what is Booktrack? First up, watch this quick video to get the idea about what it is – watch below or here on YouTube In order to learn more about this, I interviewed Paul Cameron, CEO and co-founder of Booktrack about the service. In this video, we talk about why he and his brother started the company and what they want to achieve, as well as the benefits for authors and…
  • Audiobooks For Indies With Simon Whistler

    Joanna Penn
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Have you put your books into audio yet? Today I interview Simon Whistler about his new book, Audiobooks for Indies. I’m in New Zealand on a family visit! Delirium is now available as an audiobook, you can find it here on Audible or please email me if you’d like a review copy. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Kobo’s financial support pays for the hosting and…
  • Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor

    Joanna Penn
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The fast-growing self-publishing environment is attracting all kinds of start-ups and companies that intend to serve authors. However, most of them seem to aim at the periphery of what authors really need, which in my opinion, is primarily editors and cover designers. Then I met Ricardo Fayet at a number of events, and discovered that his start-up, Reedsy, is aimed at connecting indie authors with editors and other professionals. The providers on the site are curated so you can trust that they offer a quality service. Reedsy itself is a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors,…
  • Writing The Million Dollar Outline And Resonance In Writing With David Farland

    Joanna Penn
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Would you like to hear the advice that Stephenie Meyer used to create Twilight, one of the bestselling books of all time? David Farland taught her and today he shares his advice on million dollar stories with you. In the introduction, I mention Mark Coker’s fantastic post about the realities for indie authors right now, how amazing the STORY conference was and my writing update: Gates of Hell is back with my editor for final edit, and will be out in the new year. Delirium, London Psychic Book 2, is now out in audiobook format. I also mention the fantastic Author Marketing Live online…
  • Final Chance To Get My Courses For Authors. 25% Off. Limited Time Offer.

    Joanna Penn
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Would you like to learn more about book marketing, becoming a pro writer, writing a novel or writing fight scenes? If you’ve been following my annual author-entrepreneur reports about my income split, you’ll note that I have been reducing my online course sales and ramping up my fiction, effectively swapping income streams over time. I started out with a business model of education through video courses, but now I focus more on books and sales through other online platforms. Well, now I’m biting the bullet and pulling down my courses. And it just so happens to coincide with…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Best Practices for Landing Retainer Writing Gigs

    Guest Column
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. Looking for the “easy path” to making a living as a writer? Set up retainer deals so that you have ongoing work, month after month, and a steady income. Last week I gave you my top three picks for retainers you should set up in the New Year – including how much you can expect to make and how to land them. And today I’m going to give you some best practices you should follow to ensure you land and…
  • Write Better: 3 Ways To Introduce Your Main Character

    Guest Column
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Readers want to know quickly the protagonist’s sex, age and level of sophistication in the world of the story, and they want to relate to the character on an emotional level. Readers’ interest in the protagonist has to be earned, in other words. If we like a character, then we want to see her do well and we’re willing to follow her around and invest our time and interest in rooting her on in her struggle. But it’s important we know some…
  • Reading Selection of the Month: The Vintner’s Daughter

    Brian A. Klems
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Writer’s Digest is particularly proud to highlight our recommended read of the month in December because the author, Kristen Harnisch, is member of the Writer’s Digest community. At our 2012 conference, she made connections that led to her agent. At the 2013 event, she connected with keynote Adriana Trigiani to secure a blurb for her book. And at our 2014 event, we were proud to host Kristen as one of our speakers. Kristen’s novel, The Vintner’s Daughter, is an extraordinary read – something that would make a great last-minute gift for Christmas, or a perfect pick to start reading…
  • Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/ Critique): How to Craft Query Letters & Submission Materials That Get Noticed — Starts Jan 20, 2015

    Chuck Sambuchino
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent’s assistant) will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This all-new Writer’s Digest Boot Camp is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way.
  • Writing the Unlikable Character (and Why You Should)

    Adrienne Crezo
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ignatius J. Reilly We talk a lot about the importance of writing characters that readers like or can relate to—and by “we” I mean anyone who feels strongly about books, regardless of profession. It’s nice to know when the good guy is good and when the bad guy is bad. That’s what you expect from a story. You want a hero, right? Nope. Not this reader. I love unlikable characters. It’s fair to say that if there’s a no-good, dirty, rotten scoundrel in the lead, I am 100 percent on board. But it seems incongruous, doesn’t it, that a character who is…
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    Better World Books

  • Getting your books by Christmas, Part 2

    Better World Books
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    We’re back with a second tip for US shoppers aiming to get their books by December 24th. Tip #2: Instead of tomorrow being the last day to order Standard Free Shipping and still hit the Christmas Eve arrival deadline, we are offering our US shoppers the ability to upgrade their shipments at no extra charge. That means that if you buy at least 3 used books that ship from us (as opposed to other sellers on our website) to a continuous US address now through Monday night AND choose Standard Free Shipping, we’ll upgrade your order to Expedited for free just to keep your gift-giving…
  • Getting your books by Christmas, Part 1

    Better World Books
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    With the holiday shopping season decidedly upon us, you may have shifted from a “Hey, I should start my gift shopping soon!” kind of tone to one that’s more “Out of the way, I need my presents ASAP!” While it’s true that we’re well into December, don’t worry—it’s not over yet. We’d like to share some helpful pointers to make sure you get what you need with plenty of time to look like Captain Best-Present-Giver. Tip 1: Use the Holiday Shipping Guide! We can’t stress this one enough. If you need your book by the 24th and…
  • Fall Book Donations Update

    Better World Books
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    As a followup to #GivingTuesday, we’d love to catch you up on some recent book donations made possible by your support. These eager readers received 500 books: Ms.Marshall’s 3rd gr.class at Iddings School in Merrillville, IN received 500 books. They’re Happy, Happy, Happy!! pic.twitter.com/fBZSccSbKj — Barb Coyle (@BWB_Barb) November 26, 2014 A hayride with the St. Joseph County PD D.A.R.E. program that ended with a book giveaway: After a scary hayride everyone perused the tables of 2,500 books to take with them donated by Better World Books pic.twitter.com/JoVEl7R9Jo —…
  • Inspiration for #GivingTuesday

    Better World Books
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    It’s Giving Tuesday, a day “for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving.” This is just a quick collection of photos that we found inspirational—a reminder that there are efforts all around you to give back to your community and others around the world, just waiting for you to get involved. You could deliver books via bicycle, like Ride for Reading does: Or you could supply home libraries for kids to read: Or you could identify a community of young readers…
  • Thanks for giving!

    Better World Books
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Our unique business model keeps books from going to waste—over 150 million prevented from going to landfill to date. We’re fortunate to call thousands of libraries our partners, and we are able to donate lots of books to literacy nonprofits, education groups, and other worthy organizations. But what we’re really thankful for is you. Seriously! Your involvement with Better World Books is crucial to our impact around the globe. If you’ve ever bought a book from us: THANK YOU. Every time you do, your purchase allows us to donate another book to someone who needs it. If…
 
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Hip Hop Santa

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    He's here, he's got presents, ... must be Christmas time! Yay!
  • Santa and the Mouse!

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Ho, ho, ho... this here be a new Santa Claus drawing for this year!More to come! Stay tuned for the color Santa painting.
  • 13 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am

    13 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Sorry I haven't been posting much the last few months. New job doing a lot of concept art work that I can't show to anyone, having a book that I'm working on for a publisher after work and also having log in problems with my blog. I plan on posting more from now on.This is a recent ink drawing before I started in on doing more Christmas art... which I will be posting soon. Glad to be back.
  • Illustrator show Saturday Nov 22nd!!!

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    You are cordially invited to this Exhibit of excellent art from the illustrators in western Washington's SCBWI at the Washington State History Musseum in Tacoma! It starts at 11am and goes till 2pm.An extra bonus is that you can see the other excellent exhibit "Time Intrusionator" on the 3rd floor while you are there. It features art by myself and several other SCBWI illustrators.Hope to see you there!!!
  • 20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A recent ink drawing... "Da Plane"A little left over from the Halloween fun.
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    To Be Published, Week of December 22 TUESDAY FICTION Hartman, Rachel – Seraphina (Teen) Kaufman, Amie – This Shattered World (Teen) Perry, Thomas – A String of Beads TUESDAY NONFICTION Alexander, Anne – The Sugar Smart Diet McCaffrey, Dee – The Science of Skinny Cookbook Morin, Amy – 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do Promaulayko, Michele – 20 Pounds Younger: The Life-Transforming Plan for a Fitter, Sexier You! Sundquist, Josh – We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story (Teen) FRIDAY NONFICTION Harris, Carla A.
  • Best Books 2014

    Sarah Statz Cords
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Root: Fifteen Best Novels by Black Authors in 2014 Daily Beast: Best Nonfiction of 2014 Science for the People: Best Science Books of 2014 Mashable.com: Ten best YA books of 2014 Seattle Times: Best Books of the Year Flavorwire: Great books you might have missed in 2014 Flavorwire: the year’s most interesting and beautiful art books Flavorwire: the best novels of 2014; and Best Nonfiction of 2014 NPR: best cookbooks of 2014 People magazine: best books of the year Huffington Post: Best Books of 2014 Seattle Times: 28 Great Gift Books Boston Globe: Best Fiction of 2014 New York Times:…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:56 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
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    To Be Published, Week of December 15 MONDAY FICTION Patterson, James – The Lost (Teen) TUESDAY FICTION Chapman, Vannetta – Murder Tightly Knit Ione, Larissa – Revenant TUESDAY NONFICTION Corrigan, Gordon – Waterloo: A New History Dorling Kindersley – Watch My Baby Grow Martin, Chris – Modern American Snipers: From The Legend to The Reaper—on the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers Powell, David – The Chickamauga Campaign – A Mad Irregular Battle: From the Crossing of Tennessee River Through the First Day, August 22 –…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:31 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 YA FICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Try This!!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Try This! 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in Youby Karen Romano YoungNational Geographic Children's Books (August 5, 2014) Summary:Provides instructions for fifty kid-friendly science experiments and an explanation of the science involved, as well as more than twenty bonus experiments, science fair tips, and STEM connections for each project.Why You'll Love It:The dynamic full-color photographs and layout meet the standard set by other National Geographic books and are undeniably appealing.Some experiments take days, while others take just minutes, but it is always obvious that the…
  • Best of the Best!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Contrary to what you normally see here, I do still read "adult" books. Quite a lot of them.Here are my top 10 best reads of 2014 (in no particular order.)I hope some of these books bring as much joy to you as they did to me.Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBelow Stairs by Margaret PowellThe Darlings by Cristina AlgerThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsSmoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin DoughtyWorking Stiff by Judy MelinekParis Architect by Charles BelfoureRemarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb by Nicholas RinaldiA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Book With No Pictures

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Book With No Picturesby B. J. NovakDial (Sep. 30, 2014)Picture Book -- kind of...Summary:A book with no pictures “probably seems boring and serious. Except . . . Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say." Genius!!! Why You'll Love It:If you love yelling, singing, and being generally goofy while reading to kids (like I do), this book was MADE for you! Dynamic design, judicious use of color, and varied typeface and font size all work together to bring personality and expression to the story.The text is presented through artful typography that visually conveys its…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Fear the Amoeba

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Fear the Amoeba (Squish #6)by Jennifer Holm & Matthew HolmRandom House (Jul. 8, 2014)Graphic NovelSummary:Afraid to watch horror movies with his friend, Pod, Squish the amoeba feels better after learning that even comic book superheroes get scared sometimes.  Why You'll Love It:This graphic novel sympathetically and realistically depicts Squish’s two competing fears: first, of the frightening Water Bear movies his friends enjoy, and second, his worry that if he admits he is scared, he will “look, you know, lame in front of other kids.” Squish’s outsized panic after seeing the…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Zero Degree Zombie Zone

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Zero Degree Zombie Zoneby Patrik Henry BassScholastic (Aug. 26, 2014)Summary: Fourth-grader Bakari Johnson is having a really bad day--class bullies Tariq and Keisha are mad at him, his best friend Wardell has nominated him for hall monitor, a pack of ice zombies from a frozen world are demanding he return the magic ring that Keisha has, and somehow he has to find a way to save the school. Why You'll Love It:Kids will enjoy this school story that includes familiar details such as class elections and library time, while offering an exciting sci-fi twist. A fun middle-grade fantasy…
 
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    Minnesota Reads

  • A not-very-enthusiastic shrug

    Jodi Chromey
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven a post-apocalyptic tale of a theatre troupe is a much-beloved National Book Award Finalist that seems to make people incoherent with swoony love. However, I don’t get the adoration. And it’s probably me. Unless it’s Y: The Last Man, the apocalypse kind of bores the daylights out of me. I get caught up in the whys and the why nots of the post-apocalyptic world. In Mandel’s most of Earth’s population is wiped out by something called the Georgia Flu it moves quickly and as the population is wiped out so, apparently, is…
  • Sounds of the seventies

    Christa
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve read enough Darcey Steinke that parts of this felt familiar: The Instagram filter backdrop, the religious figure of a father, the voice of the narrator — a young, curious girl with her own shade of humor. This one uses familiar ingredients to create something new, fun, and nostalgia-inducing. Steinke’s coming-of-age novel Sister Golden Hair is a delicious collection of stories about Jesse, a young girl growing up in an apartment complex in suburban Virginia. It’s a place where it’s cool to walk along the highway to the mall, say. Her former minister father uses a sort of…
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    Jodi Chromey
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here’s my advice when it comes to Karen Joy Fowler’s fabulous We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, don’t read anything about it at all. Skip the jacket copy, the blurbs, every review, including this one, pick up the book, and start reading. The less you know the better the experience and trust me this is a book worthy of your time. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. But if you insist on knowing more about it, I will tell you as much as I can without spoiling the delightful reveal that comes roughly 1/3 through the book. First, you should know that this is not some kind of…
  • The wondrous return of the Wao

    Christa
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I started reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao about 100 years ago — or at least long enough ago that my only option for purchase was hardcover and I still smoked cigarettes. I know this because I found a piece of foil from an old pack of Camel Lights that I’d been using to mark a spot. I loved the book. I loved the voices of the different characters: Dorky Oscar and the strong women in his life. A compassionate sister and a hardworking, kinda scary mom. And then I set it aside for a few minutes, a few days, a few months. Maybe I accidentally bought something newer or shinier…
  • Rain Taxi 2014 Online Benefit Auction

    Jodi Chromey
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Support Rain Taxi and bid on an eclectic selection of signed books, broadsides, chapbooks, LPs, original art, and more! Bidding takes place on eBay through Sunday, December 14 at 10 pm CST — go HERE to check it out.
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • 2 Poems by Michael Passafiume

    Danielle White
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    why you can never go home again You don’t realize how much water is in a pint glass until one evening doing the dishes, an elbow upends one across the kitchen counter. By the time you’ve turned your head, assessed the damage, liquid is rushing toward the grocery store receipts, a loaf of bread in a paper bag, down cabinet sides, pooling on the floor, rushing out to the no man’s land between tile-work grooves. Reaching for a dish towel, you remember the college professor who warned, Don’t ever have any regrets. And pretty soon you’re thinking about high school…
  • Classics in Russian by Keith Nunes

    Danielle White
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    classically handsome violinists probe sweet spots of women navigators on the rebound from ex-Fed Ex drivers cruising the port gangways the Tartar artist in her native dress takes hold of her father’s head and removes in silently as the wide-mouthed mother carves her own tattoos god-fearing villagers walk the streets with pitchforks looking for Hans Adepto who speaks for the politically unhinged it’s all too much for Catherine the Great who puts Rasputin in her mouth and pulls the trigger “d-221 Books” image by Flickr user az – Keith Nunes is a former New Zealand…
  • 2 Poems by Frankie Alexander

    Danielle White
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    #45 Last night I had a dream about a boy I hadn’t seen or spoken to in years. He came to me and took my face in his hands. He looked into my eyes and he said in that deep, rich voice, “Stop talking about yourself. It’s fucking annoying and no one cares.” “Bricks” image by Flickr user Tina Negus Mobile Home You’re fucking me against a brick wall  in a stairwell at midnight. The rough wall is biting into my ass as you grunt and sweat through your shirt.. It is dirty, painful, awkward and desperate, so very desperate as we cling to each other almost losing our footing in…
  • REVIEW: The Red Chameleon by Erica Wright

    Kristen Valentine
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Reviewed by Kristen Valentine Private investigator Kathleen Stone has a lot of associates: Kate, Kathy, Katya, Kiki, Keith. Notice a pattern? They’re all one and the same, thanks to the superior skills of Vondya, Kathleen’s Brighton Beach wig-maker. A former cop who worked deep undercover in the Magrelli crime family, Kathleen is now using her ability to morph into any persona on working divorce cases. It might not be as exciting as her days on the force, but she’s grateful for a slower, less dangerous pace. Or is she? No matter—Kathleen is about to find herself back in…
  • The Clock Strikes Midnight: An interview with Joan C. Curtis

    Laura Roberts
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness. If you found out you had only three months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page. Hiding behind the façade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to…
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  • Gamergate Update: Someone Wrote Erotica About Gang-Raping a Female Game Designer

    Shane Barnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just when we thought #Gamergate had come and gone, news of this: a book, self-published on Amazon by someone operating under the username Valeria O., called Roughed UP, which details in 11 pages the gang-rape of a video game designer named Zada Quinby. The “official” details of the story: Zada Quinby is a controversial video game designer who may have stepped the line… When her latest game offends the nation, five upset players decide to teach her a lesson. This gang of gamers decides to give Zada of piece of their mind, and much more! Things are about to get incredibly…
  • 10 Fictional Assassinations of Real People

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Honestly, I have no idea why two fictional assassinations of real people are causing controversy at the same time. First it was author Hilary Mantel’s short story “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” (see below). Next, as you probably know, The Interview — about the fictional assassination of Kim Jong-un — drew the ire of some hackers somewhere, and the result has been a maelstrom of insanity and AutoCorrect the likes of which Hollywood has never seen. But fictional assassinations are not new. And this is not the first time they’ve caused controversy. Here…
  • George R.R. Martin Is “Pissed Off” About Sony, Too

    Alison Herman
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    George R.R. Martin is an old-school guy: he spends a solid chunk of his time thinking up a medieval fantasy world, he writes his books on an ancient word processor from the pre-Internet days, and when he gets mad, he takes to LiveJournal, not Facebook. Take his “Corporate Cowardice” riff on Sony, particularly the studio’s decision to pull The Interview from all theaters, including independent ones (like the theater Martin himself owns in Santa Fe) who’d be happy to risk North Korea’s wrath: I haven’t seen THE INTERVIEW.  I have no idea how good or bad…
  • In Praise of Fact-checking

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The media has been making plenty of apologies lately, for articles that caused a splash and, just as quickly, were exposed as fraudulent. First, it was Rolling Stone‘s exposé about rape on college campuses, and now it’s New York Magazine’s tiny feature on the 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School student who claimed to have made $72 million in the stock market. Turns out the kid made it all up. Each is a case of a respected publication dropping the ball on verifying the truth of a piece. It’s hard not to conclude that the ever-more-precarious economics of journalism…
  • J.K. Rowling: There Was a Jewish Wizard at Hogwarts

    Sarah Seltzer
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hanukkah happened at Hogwarts, according a fan Q+A on Twitter with J.K. Rowling last night. Rowling introduced us to Anthony Goldstein, a Jewish wizard who makes a few small appearances in the Harry Potter books. .@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014 This announcement caused much apoplexy in the Jewish Harry Potter fanbase. Later, Rowling had to clarify a few things. First of all, she imagined all religions except Wiccans coexisting at Hogwarts: To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is…
 
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with these Kindle Book Freebies & Deals! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction Darkness Awakened by Stephanie Rowe Still free? Click Here to find out! The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East – Save 83%

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan Genre: Nonfiction In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:52 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: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller DECADES by Ruth Harris Still free? Click Here to find out! THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES. Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rule-breaking “Make Love, Not War” 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the radical changes and upended expectations of the turbulent decades in which they lived. Evelyn,…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Check out tonight’s Freebies & Deals for your Kindle! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, History, Mystery, Romance Defender by Chris Allen Still free? Click Here to find out! When an intelligence agent is brutally murdered and the president of a small African country is put in danger, Morgan is sent in on his first solo mission for Intrepid. His cover is to evacuate a group of aid workers, with the help of the beautiful but distant Arena Halls, before the country is swept by civil war. But…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Austenland – Save 79%

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Austenland by Shannon Hale Over 250 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Jane Austen, Romance Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Predjudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the…
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  • Hail To The King With The King Size Jack Kirby Collection Coming In July 2015

    Larry Fire
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    He’s the King of Comics. A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. In 2015, celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to comic book history in the monumental, decades-spanning King-Size Kirby Hardcover collection! Presented in Marvel’s Adamantium-sized format, this titanic tome clocks in at more than 800 pages of Kirby’s finest stories and stands more than a foot tall! For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience these truly genre-defining stories in a…
  • Funko Announces Frozen Series 2 Pop! Vinyl Figures & Mystery Minis

    Larry Fire
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Today Funko announced that Frozen Series 2 Pop! Vinyl figures and Frozen Mystery Minis will be coming to a store near you in February 2015. The new Pop! figures are Young Elsa and Anna along with Coronation Elsa and Anna plus Summer Olaf! Funko will also be releasing Frozen Mystery Minis. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Marshmallow, and the Troll are all featured! The figures will be blind boxed and you can check the rarity scale below!
  • Dark Hall Mansion’s Officially Licensed “It’s A Wonderful Life” Laurent Durieux Limited Edition Prints On Sale Friday December 19, 2014

    Larry Fire
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:23 am
    Beginning this Friday, December 19th, 2014 and lasting until 11:59 PM Monday evening, December 22nd, 2014, Dark Hall Mansion will make its Standard edition Laurent Durieux “It’s a Wonderful Life” print available to all buyers via a timed edition. For those not familiar with timed editions the process is quite simple: By midday (PST) Friday, Dec 19th, the Standard edition print will be available for purchase in our DHM store page here: http://darkhallmansionstore.com Buyers may purchase and check out anytime to secure a print(s) up till 11:59 PM PST Monday, December 22, when…
  • MONDO To Release Big Eyes Print By Anne Benjamin On December 19, 2014

    Larry Fire
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    Today MONDO will release a poster by Anne Benjamin for the film Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The film opens on Christmas Day and you can view the trailer here. This is MONDO’s final release of 2014. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Friday, December 19, 2014. Big Eyes by Anne Benjamin. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. $45
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances By Neil Gaiman

    Larry Fire
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume. In this new anthology, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances ($26) Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and…
 
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  • A Little Lumpen Novelita

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I had to do things and not die – Roberto Bolaño, A Little Lumpen Novelita When starting a new book it’s tempting to hurry through the first few pages. You want to get into the meat of the book and I can’t count the number of books when on finishing them and looking over the opening page or two I realise just how much was said in those four or five hundred words. In this novella it’s the opening clause that one needs to pay close attention to: Now I’m a mother and a married woman… It tells us that our narrator is now a grownup, a woman and, most importantly, a survivor. The events…
  • Falling Out of Time

    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    [T]here is no there, of course there isn’t, but what if you go there? – David Grossman, Falling Out of Time The blurb describes this book as follows: “Part prose, part play, and pure poetry, David Grossman’s Falling Out of Time is a powerful exploration of mortality, mourning, and the long good-bye that follows the death of a loved one.” It’s an apt description but this description also pinpoints the book’s weakness: it’s neither fish nor fowl nor, as I suppose we need a third creature to pad out our comparison, beast. For my purposes I treated it as a novel in dialogue since…
  • Half Life

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Vanishing twin syndrome usually occurs in the womb. In our case it came about considerably later in the developmental process. – Shelley Jackson, Half Life If, as I did, you struggled with this book (especially its ending) you might want to read Stéphane Vanderhaeghe’s essay ‘How to Unread Shelley Jackson?’ published in Transatlantica. It won’t answer all your questions but it’ll probably help you ask more sensible questions than, “WTF?” I’ll come back to that. For the most part this is… correction, appears to be, a fairly straightforward novel. It tells the story of two…
  • Commentary on commentaries

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. – Shel Silverstein I’ve mixed feelings about commentaries. I’ve said before that a poem which needs notes to explain it—e.g. Beckett’s ‘Whoroscope’—is basically a bad poem; the poem should stand or fall on its own merits. I do talk about my poetry in some of my articles but they’re not really commentaries. I don’t think I’ve ever dissected a poem for everyone to see. Perhaps I should. I do what I do mainly for newbies. When I was starting out I hated the fact that everyone seemed to…
  • The Bell Jar

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Of all the mental illnesses that we’ve labelled the one I expect most people imagine they’ve got a handle on is Depression. I, myself, have suffered from depression-with-a-capital-d since I was a teenager but the more I read about other people’s experiences the more I think the following is true: If you’ve met one person with depression you’ve met one person with depression; I’ve heard the same said of sufferers of…
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  • On heaviness

    Chelsea
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The world is heavy and I am heavy in the world. This is, at least in part, the reason for my current lack of blogging. November was an exceptionally difficult and stressful month, for me, but also, it seems, for almost everyone else. Personally, this has been a time of trying to love people better, trying to love some people less, trying to let some people go. It’s been a time of having to get really real with myself and my life and the ways I’ve let my mental health issues affect both, as well as other people. It’s been loss and regret and planning and packing and moving…
  • Monthly roundup: September 2014

    Chelsea
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    As inconsistent as ever, but here I am with another one of these. This month I: Read: “The Sleepwalker” by R.L. Stine (3*) “The Stepsister” by R.L. Stine (4*) “College Weekend” by R.L. Stine (4*) “Broken Date” by R.L. Stine (3*) “Wrong Number” by R.L. Stine (2*) “The Best Friend” by R.L. Stine (4*) “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed (5*) “Who We Are: Our Official Autobiography” by One Direction [abridged] (5*) Watched: “Brave” (3*) “New Girl” s3 (5*)…
  • Happy wagon: 09.21.14-09.27.14

    Chelsea
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Stereotypical hippie white girl edition. For the first time in months, I feel like there were finally enough good things in the past week to do one of these again, if only just. seeing a couple of affordable and actually habitable houses during our househunting trips–even if we don’t end up living in them, it gives me hope that eventually we’ll find the one that’s meant for us, and the secret garden backyard we saw at one of them has increased my determination to get out of apartments and onto some land where I can grow things My “Antidepressants” playlist…
  • Review: “Songs for Ophelia” by Theodora Goss

    Chelsea
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Theodora Goss’s poetry collection, “Songs for Ophelia”, and it has taken me an absolutely inexcusable amount of time to post about it here. There are two reasons for this. Partly, as ever, depression things–getting out of bed has taken all my attention, leaving little extra for blogging of any substance. And partly, I didn’t want to finish reading. Not because it’s a bad book, but because it’s so wonderful. I’m reminded of the Faerie Market from Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”, and the glass…
  • Life lessons from Fear Street

    Chelsea
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve been reading a lot of the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine lately, because for some reason their ridiculous plots and terrible characters are the only things that are bringing me any happiness these days. Shadyside is an awful place to live and it’s pretty amazing that any of its residents are still living at all, but their trials have taught me some valuable life lessons and now I’m here to share them with you. If you think it’s a dead body, it’s probably just a harmless household item, or a mannequin. If you have in any way broken the law, even if that…
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  • My Writing Room by Bette Lee Crosby

    Debs Carr
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Where you write often sets the tone for what you write. I am my most creative when I write in my own space. It is an office in our home. My office is a small room, overcrowded with books and memorabilia, but I am happy here. I am with the people, places and things I love. The books on my shelf are ones I have read. Many of them have been around for decades, they are a bit worn but no less loved. On the bookshelves there are also a dozen or more framed photos – they keep me close to my family and friends, they remind me of vacations we’ve enjoyed and even the dogs I’ve loved and…
  • Review – Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

    Debs Carr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Debs Carr Lily Stump is a well-known and much admired actress forced to live in the burnt out remains of a theatre where she once played. She lives with her son, Indio, his little whippet Daff and her protective maid, Maude. When Indio comes across a huge, mute man working in the ruined theatre gardens Lily overcomes her concern about having this stranger around her son, and invites him into her home for something to eat. Although he pretends to be simple, Lily soon works out that the man her son calls Caliban is anything but. Slowly the two become friends and Lily is unable to…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Jenny Kane

    Debs Carr
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Jenny Kane, author of the Another Cup Of... range of books, has popped over to chat to us about her novels and tell us more about her five draft writing and editing process.  Can you tell us a little about your average writing day? I am very much a creature of routine – and I’m pretty unproductive if that routine gets messed with. My writing day begins between 8.30 and 8.45 every morning with a read through of the last few pages of my previous day’s work, while I munch toast and drink black coffee in the corner of my local cafe. Once I’m happy with the story on paper so far, I put…
  • Review – Alarm Girl by Hannah Vincent

    Debs Carr
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Eleven-year-old Indigo Taylor and her older brother Robin have been living with their grandparents since the death of their mother, Karen. Their father has been setting up a new life and business in South Africa and now Ian is keen for his children to join him. As a taster for their potential new lifestyle, Indigo and Robin travel to South Africa to spend Christmas with their father. But Indigo isn’t entirely comfortable with the new life Ian has carved for himself and she begins to question what actually happened to her mother, growing increasingly suspicious…
  • The Novelicious Book Club – What We Thought of The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver

    Novelicious
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last month, we launched the December edition of The Novelicious Book Club – a fun, friendly and festive read-along with The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver as our 2014 Christmas pick. We whooped for Ella when she walked out on Max, we salivated over Mum Davenport’s cooking (so hungry for Greek food) and we laughed and giggled through some of the mishaps and quirks of the novel. Did you join in? Ahead of the #NoveliciousBookClub chat at 8pm on Twitter and Facebook tomorrow (you’ll find a few discussion questions for the chat below), we thought we'd share some of our initial…
 
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  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5)source:…
  • Exclusive Sponsored Giveaway and Guest Post: The Mainframe by Simone Pond

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Mainframe by Simone PondThe Mainframe is the latest addition to the New Agenda book series.A dystopian book series about love and the fight for freedom.The hunt for Morray continues . . . Book three picks up in the year 2345, seventeen years after the disappearance of former city center leader, Chief Morray. There has been peace among the West Coast regions for years, but in Ojai Village there is very little peace between Ava and her sixteen-year old daughter Grace. Both have different ideas about what it takes to maintain independence. Ava spends hours inside the mainframe searching for…
  • Review: The Heart of the Ancients by Elizabeth Isaacs

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's Redemption (Kailmeyra #3) by Elizabeth IsaacsFollowing Nora and Gavin’s defeat of the Dokkalfar, the kingdom has flourished and brought hope to its people.But looks can be deceiving.Like wisps of death, darker emotions seep into unexpected places. Now the nighttime holds fresh horrors for Gavin as Nora’s visions of the future invade her dreams. Though Nora can’t remember them, she knows Gavin sees her mind as clearly as his own. Noticing the affects her nightmares have on him, Nora warns Gavin of the dire consequences of altering fate.
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    17 Dec 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:Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)Scott, VictoriaWhat would you do to save someone you love?In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the…
  • Book Blast: The Last Enchantress by Scott & Judith Powell and $100 giveaway

    Brandi Kosiner
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Last Enchantress by Scott & Judith PowellBeing nineteen for over three hundred years bites, and being single in New York with magical powers isn't much better.Eva is trying to live an everyday life in New York. When this fails, she takes a seemingly unmagical job as a translator for a wealthy American family in Spain. Eva cannot stay out of trouble for long as she runs into a friendly but hungry vampire named Louis. Eva feels drawn to this handsome, dangerous stranger who has problems of his own.Louis's life was just fine until Eva walked into his church. She smells like heaven. Or is…
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  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (7) Used (6) Refurbished (2) from $174.9534x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Buy New: $399.99New (5) Used (20) Refurbished (4) from $349.99Built-In Touch Display: Frame your shots. Easily adjust settings. Play back videos and photos. Improved Camera Control: New dedicated button enables quick access to camera settings. Simplified menus make navigating settings easier than ever., Fast, Powerful Photo Capture: Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps., Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote, Protune - Now for Video + Photos: Cinema-quality capture and manual control of color, ISO limit, exposure and…
  • GoPro HERO4 BLACK

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Buy New: $499.99New (2) Used (13) Refurbished (5) from $430.002x the Performance: With improved image quality, a 2x more powerful processor and 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. With professional Video up to 4K30 - records ultra high-resolution, high frame rate 4K30, 2.7K50, and 1080p120 video., Fast, Powerful Photo Capture: Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps., Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote, Protune - Now for Video + Photos: Cinema-quality capture and manual control of…
  • Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Black)

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    List Price: $649.95Buy New: $496.95 You Save: $153.00 (24%)New (20) Used (25) Refurbished (18) from $419.9924.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 AF points with 3D tracking, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV), 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots, Expeed 4 processing, Easy panorama mode and beginner-friendly Guide mode, Wi-Fi enabled with WU-1a Wireless Adapter and compatible smartphone or tablet (not included), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory...
  • Sony NEX-5TL Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    List Price: $698.00Buy New: $399.99 You Save: $298.01 (43%)New (3) Used (21) Refurbished (9) from $299.00DSLR-quality in about half the size and weight, 16 MP APS-C sensor with fast 10 fps shooting speed, Fast Hybrid phase-detection AF for DSLR-like focus...
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  • Masterpieces #38: Final Fantasy IX

    Dave Brown
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    About Final Fantasy IX (2000)Brahne, the evil Queen of Alexandria, is using highly advanced magical weapons to terrorise neighbouring kingdoms. Players follow a group of bandits, knights and magicians as they try to foil her plans. The heroes quickly learn that her wicked doings are part of a much larger plot, and as they progress, they learn about the sinister motives of a powerful sorcerer named Kuja. More than 30 million copies of the Final Fantasy franchise have been sold, making it one of the bestselling video-game series ever. This edition offers new characters and 3-D environments,…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #11

    Dave Brown
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    Monday Beard Face and Frizzy Hair saw family today so we had the house mostly to ourselves. Frizzy Hair was delighted to be spending time with her two year old niece but on her return she was shouting at Beard Face. Apparently his choice of conversation continues to be inappropriate for a young child. He wasn’t being rude or anything but such questions as “What are your thoughts on the economy?”, “Did you see that screamer from Messi the other night?” and “I think the red head is giving me the eye, you know” are not what a two year old should be hearing. Tuesday Christmas is…
  • Congratulations Winners!

    Donna Brown
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The winners of our giveaway to celebrate the launch of Losing Heart and The Bleaklisted Books have now been drawn. Thank you very much for taking part! a Rafflecopter giveaway If you missed it, don’t worry! The Bleaklisted Books is on tour with Buy the Book Tours this coming week! The post Congratulations Winners! appeared first on B-Lines and Felines.
  • Masterpieces #37: Kingdom Hearts

    Dave Brown
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    About Kingdom Hearts (2002)Guide a young boy named Sora, and his friends Riku and Kairi, as he saves the world from destruction at the hands of an evil group known as the Heartless. Set off from Sora’s island paradise home with the help of Disney characters such as Donald Duck and Goofy, who are on their way to find their missing king, the one and only Mickey Mouse. Use Sora’s secret weapon, the keyblade, in an adventure that takes you through familiar Disney worlds. You will also run into many of Squaresoft’s favorite characters as they join the struggle.    …
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #10

    Dave Brown
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Monday Once every two weeks, myself and the other cats gather on the landing and watch as Beard Face endures his least favourite job. This job is the changing of the litter trays. There are four of them in total and it’s quite a challenge for the old boy. By the time he’s finished there are clean litter trays and a huge bag of used cat litter that he has to carry with both arms wrapped around it. At this juncture we consider tripping him up and making a mess but thus far our mercy has always taken charge and we’ve been content with the pitiful moans of a grown man who is hardly strong…
 
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Review: Black Spring by Christina Henry (Black Wings #7)

    Krista
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Black Spring (Black Wings #7) Christina Henry Published: Oct. 28, 2014 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Purchased Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the series. In my head the Black Wings books feel like a ‘new’ series even though we are now on book 7. It’s been one of my staple recommendations when someone is looking for something fresh or different in the urban fantasy genre. But I hate endings, so I was somewhat surprised that at the ending of…
  • Giveaway Time! Falling Kingdoms Series & Swag

    Chelsea
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Did you catch Amy’s review of Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms last week? (Spoiler alert: She liked it.) Well, we’re excited about this series and decided it’s time to get Santa-y and give away all three books in the series (Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness)…and a dartboard for good measure. Yep. YA fantasy books and games. Our kind of holiday. ABOUT THE SERIES In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple…
  • Review: The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson (Witches of Echo Park #1)

    Margaret
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park #1) Amber Benson Published: Jan. 7, 2015 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Lyse lost her parents at thirteen and went to live with her great aunt Eleanora. She grew up never knowing that Eleanora was a witch, much less that she was the leader of the Echo Park coven or that Lyse was destined to succeed her and lead the coven through trying times. When Eleanora calls to say that she’s dying of cancer, Lyse puts…
  • Review: Christmas with a Bite by Patricia A. Wolf

    Amy
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Christmas with a Bite Patricia A. Wolf Published: Dec. 15, 2014 (Entangled: Covet) Purchase at: Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Mara Livingston is headed home for the holidays. Just ending a marriage that’s already been over for too many years, Mara’s ready to get home to her family and heal. When weather slows down her trip, she tries taking an alternate route, but that also proves futile as she ends up crashing her car into a snow bank. Luckily, help comes in the form of handsome stranger…
  • Regan Summers on Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow and Buffy [Guest Post & Giveaway]

    Chelsea
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    There are so many good paranormal, fantasy, and sci fi shows on TV right now. Seriously, I could take a week and do nothing but watch good TV, and I still probably wouldn’t be caught up. Series are tough to manage. There have to be major arcs, but they can’t be resolved immediately or easily lest they feel contrived. Not to mention the story would be concluded, which networks seem loath to do even when the story should be concluded sometimes. So the Big Story has to come more slowly. There have to be setbacks, red herrings, complications, revelations, betrayals. Plus the character…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: LAND OF CAREFUL SHADOWS by Suzanne Chazin

    Native NYer
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
            "Maybe it was necessary, this shedding of the old ways with each generation. He had abandoned so much of what defined his mother...But lately, he'd begun to wonder if he'd abandoned too much.  He felt like there was a box inside of him that had been locked away for so long, he'd forgotten where he'd put the key.  There were things he treasured in that box: the sultry music of his childhood, the playfulness and sensuality of his culture.  He longed to open himself up to these things again." --Jimmy VegaThe Latina Book Club is happy to…
  • INTERVIEW WITH YADHIRA GONZALEZ-TAYLOR

    Native NYer
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club is pleased to welcome children's author Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor.  Yadhira is a Native New Yorker, born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents. She served in the US Army Reserves, was an Assistant District Attorney, and is now an adjunct professor at a community college.  She was inspired to become a writer by her three daughters and her parent's homeland, Borinquen bella.Q:  Yadhira, you are a lawyer by day and an author by night.  What attracted you to writing? Why children’s books?There is a great deal of writing that takes place in a…
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: NUNO by Carlos Aleman (and Giveaway!)

    Native NYer
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
        Fans of Carlos Aleman are in for a Holiday Treat!  We are giving away autographed copies of NUNO to three lucky readers.  Just leave a comment below or Retweet our social post.  Good luck!--mcf    Aignos Publishing, Dec 2014  Woman is the only hope for this world, a world that is long-suffering, patient, kind, forgiving, peaceful and loving. What a gift a woman is, absolute proof that God loves us.  But foolish man can't appreciate this because of the ego.--Bernando Bolocco   An ancient river of fallen tears and…
  • REVIEW: THE GHOSTS OF HERO STREET: How One Small Mexican-American Community Gave So Much in World War II and Korea by Carlos Harrison

    Native NYer
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In honor of Veteran's Day, The Latina Book Club would like to take a moment to say "Thank You" to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in this country's armed forces around the world.  We thank you for our liberty and our freedom, and we wish you come home soon, safe and sound.  God bless You All.---mcfAll gave some. Some gave all.Carlos Harrison has written a gripping, harrowing and triumphant book about Mexican families who immigrated to a small railroad town in search of a better life.  It was rough for them--learning a new language, adapting to a new…
  • LITERATURE IS A GIFT TO THE WORLD: WHY THE YOUNIVERSITY MATTERS

    Native NYer
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    by Jonathan MarcantoniAuthors Jonathan Marcantoni and Chris Campanioni are the founders of YouNiversity.  Their first class is about to “graduate.”  It’s been a learning experience for both the students and the teachers.  The Latina Book Club congratulates Jon and Chris on their vision, and wish their graduating students much publishing success.---mcfJonathan Marcantoni I am a Puerto Rican writer. That is how I introduce myself. Puerto Rican first, writer second. Writing, not only the practice but my entire conceptualization of the artform, is filtered through that…
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    21tiger

  • Kobe and Michael

    Michael A. Robson
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Okay, so I’m kind of obsessed with basketball. I played a bit in high school, and have been a KB24 fan since before he was in the league. To commemorate his career points milestone (coming up any day now), I thought I’d draw/sketch a cool KB/MJ picture. My method is based on reference material, but it’s still a fun exercise. First, the background: a few daubs of paint, then set a Gaussian blur on the whole layer, to simulate the out of focus audience/crowds/sidelines. I do this first, because it’s very satisfying to see the tone within the first few minutes of working.
  • Lust and Love

    Michael A. Robson
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
  • Lucky Star

    Michael A. Robson
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Ah, restaurant websites. Believe it or not, some of them are still stuck in the 90’s opting to display just the food menu on their website and nothing else. Just a scrolling text list, with nary an image of food. I thought I’d redesign the site, to not only help people check out the restaurant, but actually help them order their food, and benefit the operation of the small business itself. I sketched a few of the problems: no responsive design, a wacky color scheme, no branding to speak of, a total mess of font sizes, too much text, and so on. Considering everyone has a smartphone…
  • Daily Mastery

    Michael A. Robson
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Recently I re-read George Leonard’s sublime “Mastery”, and it made me re-consider what I really spend my time on. Do I spend enough time on design? What is ‘enough’? What are my goals anyway? What does it gain me to get ‘better’ at something (in a simple measurable way) if it’s the wrong thing? George Leonard’s book (not to be confused with another wonderful book of the same name by Robert Greene), takes his experiences learning and mastering Aikido, and applies them to all of life’s endeavours. He describes the various patterns of failure (losing…
  • ETEA Union

    Michael A. Robson
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    I recently spent a few days designing and implementing a responsive WordPress site for a local English teacher union, the ETEA.They wanted something clean and modern they could use as not only a newscenter, but also a resource for all their teachers to share content, lesson plans, and more. They had a ton of great assets already, they just needed a unified image and brand. So the ETEA is now working hard to get the word out both in person and via social networks. I love working with WordPress, and I know the client will have a great time using the CMS backend. For ETEA members brand new to…
 
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    Better World Books

  • Getting your books by Christmas, Part 2

    Better World Books
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    We’re back with a second tip for US shoppers aiming to get their books by December 24th. Tip #2: Instead of tomorrow being the last day to order Standard Free Shipping and still hit the Christmas Eve arrival deadline, we are offering our US shoppers the ability to upgrade their shipments at no extra charge. That means that if you buy at least 3 used books that ship from us (as opposed to other sellers on our website) to a continuous US address now through Monday night AND choose Standard Free Shipping, we’ll upgrade your order to Expedited for free just to keep your gift-giving…
  • Getting your books by Christmas, Part 1

    Better World Books
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    With the holiday shopping season decidedly upon us, you may have shifted from a “Hey, I should start my gift shopping soon!” kind of tone to one that’s more “Out of the way, I need my presents ASAP!” While it’s true that we’re well into December, don’t worry—it’s not over yet. We’d like to share some helpful pointers to make sure you get what you need with plenty of time to look like Captain Best-Present-Giver. Tip 1: Use the Holiday Shipping Guide! We can’t stress this one enough. If you need your book by the 24th and…
  • Fall Book Donations Update

    Better World Books
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    As a followup to #GivingTuesday, we’d love to catch you up on some recent book donations made possible by your support. These eager readers received 500 books: Ms.Marshall’s 3rd gr.class at Iddings School in Merrillville, IN received 500 books. They’re Happy, Happy, Happy!! pic.twitter.com/fBZSccSbKj — Barb Coyle (@BWB_Barb) November 26, 2014 A hayride with the St. Joseph County PD D.A.R.E. program that ended with a book giveaway: After a scary hayride everyone perused the tables of 2,500 books to take with them donated by Better World Books pic.twitter.com/JoVEl7R9Jo —…
  • Inspiration for #GivingTuesday

    Better World Books
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    It’s Giving Tuesday, a day “for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving.” This is just a quick collection of photos that we found inspirational—a reminder that there are efforts all around you to give back to your community and others around the world, just waiting for you to get involved. You could deliver books via bicycle, like Ride for Reading does: Or you could supply home libraries for kids to read: Or you could identify a community of young readers…
  • Thanks for giving!

    Better World Books
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Our unique business model keeps books from going to waste—over 150 million prevented from going to landfill to date. We’re fortunate to call thousands of libraries our partners, and we are able to donate lots of books to literacy nonprofits, education groups, and other worthy organizations. But what we’re really thankful for is you. Seriously! Your involvement with Better World Books is crucial to our impact around the globe. If you’ve ever bought a book from us: THANK YOU. Every time you do, your purchase allows us to donate another book to someone who needs it. If…
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Can Wikipedia Influence the Developing World?

    Guest Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Florence Devouard, former chair of the Wikimedia Foundation and co-founder of Wikimedia France, describes the work Wikipedia does in the developing world. The post Can Wikipedia Influence the Developing World? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Worldreader on Book Donations in the Digital Age

    Guest Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dani Zacarias of Worldreader argues book donations have a dramatic impact on the developing world and it is both easier and cheaper in the digital age. The post Worldreader on Book Donations in the Digital Age appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Open Letter Book’s Chad Post on the State of Translation

    Dennis Abrams
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Three Percent and Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post talks with Caitlyn Christensen at Sampsonia Way about the contemporary literary scene, publishing and translation. The post Open Letter Book’s Chad Post on the State of Translation appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Top 12 Articles of 2014 on Publishing in Asia and South Asia

    Hannah Johnson
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    International companies are keeping a close eye on publishing in Asia and South Asia, including the latest rights trends and digital developments there. The post Top 12 Articles of 2014 on Publishing in Asia and South Asia appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • In Agra, Literature and Reading is “Dying a Slow Death”

    Dennis Abrams
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Writing for the Times of India, Ishita Mishra describes the declining literary landscape in Agra as fewer people visit libraries and bookstores in the city. The post In Agra, Literature and Reading is “Dying a Slow Death” appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    Quill and Quire

  • Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick fiction and graphica for young readers

    Q&Q Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.   Amulet Book Six: Escape From LucienKazu Kibuishi(Scholastic Canada) The battle with the Elf King is far from over. Emily, Navin and their friends find brand new enemies in Lucien, a mysterious city, ravaged by war. Fantasy &…
  • Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick music & poetry picture books

    Q&Q Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.   Goodnight Songs Margaret Wise Brown (Sterling Publishing) From the author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon comes a new collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists and accompanied by a CD.
  • Farewell to book nerd Stephen Colbert, Amazon and Macmillan deal, and more

    Sue Carter Flinn
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Saying goodbye to Stephen Colbert, late night’s “most passionate book nerd” Amazon and Macmillan reach multi-year ebook agreement The Association of American University Presses rallies support for Wilfrid Laurier University Press Moomin creator Tove Jansson loved her mother so much she “wanted to live with her under a bell jar, or like two bears in a den” Art Spiegelman is adamant that Maus will never be adapted for film Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s cough syrup–induced Christmas dream The post Farewell to book nerd Stephen Colbert, Amazon and Macmillan deal, and…
  • Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick non-fiction for young readers

    Q&Q Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.   Bear on the HomefrontStephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat; Brian Deines, illus.(Pajama Press) A Bear in War’s famous teddy returns to help English children travel to host families on the Canadian homefront during World War II. When two…
  • Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick hockey books

    Q&Q Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.   The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey Larry Robinson (Fenn/McClelland & Stewart) Legendary Canadien and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Larry Robinson takes readers rink-side in this highly anticipated and poignantly told memoir. His…
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2014

    Trisha
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenLolita by Vladimir NabokovWarrior Women by Jeannine Davis-KimballLetters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke13 Reasons Why by Jay AsherRaven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily BlueThe Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterPilgrim's Wilderness by Tom KizziaDear Committee Members by Julie SchumacherThe Martian by Andy WeirOkay,…
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley

    Trisha
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Robin McKinley's Beauty is, as its subtitle states, a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. This new reading stays close enough to the original to feel remarkably authentic while changing enough to make it relatively refreshing.Fascinatingly - to me at least - much of the story takes place before the Beast is even mentioned. Beauty is a three part story, and it isn't until part 3 that Beauty goes off to live with the Beast. Before Beauty is imprisoned - in a beautiful castle where her every need and want is catered to - she is the bookish daughter of a wealthy merchant living in the…
  • Top 10 Tuesday: New Authors in 2014

    Trisha
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.This week's Top Ten is about Authors that were new to me this year. Clearly I'm supposed to list the top 10, but seriously ten is about all I have.....still, I read some good ones! Vladimir Nabokov  Read: Lolita     Next Read: Pale FireJeannine Davis-Kimball  Read: Warrior Women     Next Read: This may be her only book.Jay Asher  Read: 13 Reasons Why     Next Read: The Future of UsRainer Maria Rilke…
  • Thoughts on Audio

    Trisha
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Audiobooks and I have never been copacetic. I can count on one hand the number of audiobooks I have tried, and it takes very few fingers to count the number I enjoyed. For the most part, I find audio too slow (I can read 10 times as fast as someone can speak); I am rarely in a position where I can listen to audio, meaning it takes even longer to finish the book; I can't stand not being able to easily flip back and re-read a section or knowing how much of the book is left; and I am easily distracted when listening.I listened to Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen years ago when I…
  • Classics Club 50 Question Survey Part 2 and Giveaway

    Trisha
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Classics Club posted a 50 question survey for participants, and since it sounded like fun, I split the questions in half, then deleted a few of them, and went crazy answering.Which classic character can’t you get out of your head? Humbert Humbert from Lolita. And his voice is that of Jeremy Irons since I listened to the first half of the book...Which classic character most reminds you of yourself? I have no clue. I can't say that I've ever seen myself in a character in a novel of any sort, let alone a classic where the characters, especially the female characters, are so remarkably…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

    Linda
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Remy and her daughter Olivia are starting over in a new home, but this home already has a resident – a ghostly one.  This is another great paranormal story by Michael Phillip Cash, A light romance is added to the paranormal aspect of the story. The story travels back in time so that we get the story of Eli the captain of a whaling ship, and forward to the present to meet Remy, a young mom making a new way in life for herself and her daughter. Remy’s matchmaking mother leads her to Hugh, the mayor the town.  This one won’t scare your socks off, but it is a good read that held…
  • Evening Prayers for Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    Linda
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    This is a beautiful book of the evening prayers taken from the devotions of Christopher Friedrick Blumhardt (1842-1919).  These are dated daily passages for a full year. Each page has a bible verse, most often New International Version, followed by an evening prayer.  I come from the teachings of a church that didn't like reading prayers, but just praying from the heart, so I did not really know what to expect from this book. I am so happy to have it for the coming year because reading these thoughtful and powerful prayers spark a burden in my heart to pray more often and more…
  • Doggie Delicious by Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston

    Linda
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Doggie Delicious is a charming little book that would be a nice bedtime chapter book. It is a story about an adopted dog that grows wings, flies around the farm, and wants to help care for the animals.  Each animal plays an important role on the farm and each has its own talent.  The illustrations by Malinda Raines are bright and colorful. They add the perfect touch to the story.With the title containing the word Doggie, I expected the book to be geared for a much younger child. The vocabulary is for much older children, and it includes words not usually used in general…
  • If You Were Me and Lived in Greece by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    With her If You Were Me series, Carol P. Roman has provided children with a trip around the world, and the next stop is Greece.  Theseries introduces unique cultures around the world by answering the questions that children would ask. The tour of Greecebegins with a sense of place and history. Next you are introduced to the common given names of Greeceand what young children call their parents and grandparents.  Also explained are local foods, toys and games, holidays, and what you would visit if you were a tourist.  The story is accompanied by interesting and…
  • God Gave Us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren

    Linda
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    God Gave us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren is another wonderful addition to the God Gave Us series.  The story is just wonderful with an honest Biblical view of angels. This is a sweet loving bear family, and Little Bear has many questions for Papa Bear after the bunnies tell her that there are angels everywhere.I am truly impressed with the way solid scriptural lessons were made so clear for very small children in this little book.  The questions that Little Bear asks sound exactly like the questions a child would ask. The illustrations by Laura J. Bryant are beautiful with soft…
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    Market Your Book

  • A Blueprint for Writing Nonfiction

    Jan Bear
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you ever wonder how to get started on a nonfiction writing project? Do you stare at the screen wondering what to say? Do you get tired of the sound of your own voice? (I know I do.) If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to read Judy Cullins’ blog post, The One Edit Book Chapter […]
  • When to Use Jargon in Writing for the Web

    Jan Bear
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    From web usability expert Jakob Nielsen, a few kind words about jargon: Jargon has a bad reputation in communications circles: in fact, a thesaurus suggests “waffle”, “gobbledygook”, “guff”, and “mumbo jumbo” as possible substitutes. But that’s because jargon obscures the message for readers outside a field. For professionals, enthusiasts, hobbyists, or others who specialize in a […]
  • When Your Publisher Buries Your Book . . .

    Jan Bear
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    This cautionary tale about book publishing is true. I heard it from the author herself, and I’ve run across similar others. I’ve changed all the identifying information to preserve the author’s privacy so that you can have the benefit of her experience. Margaret is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating depression. About 10 years […]
  • How Do You Find Ebooks That Are Worth Reading?

    Jan Bear
    30 May 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Whenever the topic of the new publishing landscape comes up, the sticky objection is that with all the new books being published, there’s no way to sort out the good from the bad. The objection often comes from advocates of the established traditional publishers, confident that they have always and will continue — if permitted […]
  • Why Do You Write?

    Jan Bear
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Someone on one of the LinkedIn authors’ groups posted something like: I heard that sex sells! Get my sexy new romance … I didn’t finish reading the pitch. Now, I’ll admin that a sexy romance isn’t my cup of tea, but don’t we all want our authors to bring something more to a book than, […]
 
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    Book Dirt

  • 10 Most Bizarre Calendars for 2015

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    A few years ago, author Neil Gaiman proposed the idea of giving books for Halloween—an All Hallow’s Read. “Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle,” he wrote. “Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.” While I like the idea of Halloween as a book-giving (and book-getting) holiday, I don’t think you can beat giving a book to yourself.With that in mind, I present this year’s picks for Halloween reads. Just as in previous years, I try to select books I’ve read that are less likely to be recommended (I presume you’ve heard of Dracula), and I always include…
  • Book Review: The Pothunters by P. G. Wodehouse

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    My reading of Wodehouse has been haphazard up till recently. I devoured the Jeeves and Wooster books when I first discovered them, then set about reading whatever turned up at the used bookstore: a Blandings novel here, a Psmith there. It occurred to me at some point that reading all of Wodehouse’s 90-or-so books is something I’d very much like to do before I die, so I’ve begun reading them in order of publication to fully appreciate his evolution as a writer. I didn’t originally plan to review each novel, which is why you may have already read my reviews of Tales of St. Austin’s…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Firelight - Sophie Jordan

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Jacinda’s got a lot going on. New town, new school, new friends: one of the plain old girl variety, one of the not-so-plain (and not-so-strictly-friend-zoned) boy variety. Everything in her life is different now…except her mom’s five-cheese macaroni with unique blend of herbs.Of course, this particular dish is made especially delicious because Mom is a Verda draki – the kind that know everything there is to know about herbs, specifically how to optimize them into food and medicines. In other words, the exact type of dragon descendant you want your mom to be.Maybe I should back…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lauren Clark, Author of Pie Girls

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    As I was getting close to finishing my novel, Pie Girls, I planned an entire weekend taste-testing the very best recipes to include in my novel.  The Pie Girls storyline centers on Searcy Roberts, a Southern belle who has her life upended when her husband leaves her for another man. She returns home to Fairhope, Ala., where she takes over running the family pie business for her ailing mother.During my Pie-tastic taste-testing weekend, I prepared 9 pies in three days for my two boys, my friends, and neighbors using my grandmother’s recipes. I selected something simple and sweet,…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Nick Cato, Author of Don of the Dead

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    SQUIDLICIOUS Calamari is popular in many Asian and Italian dishes. In Italian/American culture, calamari is considered a rite of passage; when you finally enjoy it, you’re no longer a child, but on your way to having adult tastes. While many people have no problem eating squid when it is cut into rings and deep fried and drowned in marinara or hot sauce, those who are too timid to sample the mini tentacle clusters are missing the true flavor and auraof calamari.In my debut novel, DON OF THE DEAD (2009 Coscom Entertainment), there are several dinner scenes, which is befitting of a gangster…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Greg Carrico, Author of Apocalypstick

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Thanks for inviting me to guest post at BWATE. Like most of us, this is super-busy time of year for me. I’m launching a new business this month, preparing for next month’s release of the 2nd book in my super-hero/horror series, Sand, and I’m writing an entirely new six-book series with my awesome new writing partner Jennifer L Oliver. But even with all of this AND the holidays, I simply had to do this post. Food Fiction? Two of my favorite things in one place? Brilliant!If you are reading this and have never read any of my stories, which is a pretty safe assumption, I write dark science…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Rob Carter, Author of The Language of Stones

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    Food is probably in everyone's top ten list when it comes to good things to think about, especially when you're hungry. So what better way to get further into your favorite novel than to consider what the characters might be eating? Willand, the young hero in my mythic history – The Language of Stones, was a lad from a village background with simple tastes. For him and the other people of the Vale, the staple diet was a late medieval pottage, or thick stew, that followed the seasons. In spring and summer there was the fresh bounty of all that a green and pleasant land could provide. In the…
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    Packabook

  • Kindle Deal – a book set in Turkey and France

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

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

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

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

    packabook
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    I am in the process of doing something quite a bit scary, and wanted to share it with you. I have been working on this for what feels like years now, but have only recently taken the concrete steps to make it happen – and that is to develop a Packabook iPad App. My dream is, that when you are out and about with your iPad, you can find the locations near to you that are featured in great novels. Or if you are heading to Paris, and you are staying in a particular area, you can choose some novels right near where you are staying. Eventually, the app will be a travel app as much as a book…
 
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    The Browser

  • GM’s Greatest Hit: The 1955 Chevrolet | Paul Niedermeyer | Curbside Classic | 20th December 2014

    Paul Niedermeyer
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The 1955 Chevrolet was the greatest full-size car ever made in America. “Has a car ever exuded more self confidence, optimism, and all-round competence?” Cars would get better in many technical ways, but never again was a car so perfectly suited to its time and place. The Chevrolets of the mid fifties “achieved a pinnacle”, as did GM, which was the Apple of its day — the most admired and profitable company in the countrySubscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Interview: Edward Lucas On Russia | Alec Ash | Five Books | 19th December 2014

    Alec Ash
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Discussion of best recent books on modern Russia, including Putin’s Kleptocracy by Karen Dawisha, and Internal Colonization by Alexander Etkind. “The whole idea of choice is anathema to the Kremlin. It believes that proximity to Russia should inherently limit the sovereignty of the countries concerned … Mr Putin is a man in a hurry. He needs a gamechanger, and I fear he will find one”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • King Of The Dump | Jared Downing | Roads And Kingdoms | 19th December 2014

    Jared Downing
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Beguiling portrait of a refugee village atop a garbage dump on the Thai-Burmese border. An elderly Brit has been there for years. NGOs and aid workers come and go offering short-lived programmes and vying for attention. The villagers respond “like children of divorcées playing their parents against one another for better presents”. They treat aid “as a kind of consumable resource that allows them to remain on the trash”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Americans In North Korean Films | David Marchese & Paul Fischer | New York | 19th December 2014

    David Marchese & Paul Fischer
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    North Korea understands well the propaganda value of films. For decades its own film industry has demonised America. It treats foreign films as a serious threat, and rightly so; even the most innocent of them challenges the regime merely by showing how much better people live in other countries. A film such as The Interview, which mocks, deflates, and finally annihilates Kim Jong Un, “just couldn’t be allowed”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • The Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II | Daniel Trilling | New Republic | 19th December 2014

    Daniel Trilling
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Conversations with migrants from Africa and the Middle East seeking new lives in Europe. Thousands wait in Calais hoping to reach Britain – where they will be arrested and deported. “All of the people I interviewed for this story made their first journey to Europe in a smuggler boat across the Mediterranean. Our government believes that, had any of them drowned, it would have been a useful deterrent to others”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Expanding Your Brand: A Guest Post by John Vorhaus

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Normally I'm a sci-fi and horror guy. While I do venture outside of these genres from time to time, a story has to have something that grabs my attention. We didn't receive any sample chapters for Poole's Paradise and the blurb didn't have a firm grip on me, so I was on the verge of passing on it. But before I did, I checked out its author, John Vorhaus. I was impressed by what I saw on Amazon and his website. It was there that I got hooked. He had so much going on with novels, poker guides, Twitter, and videos that I was sold on reading Poole's Paradise. And I'm glad I did. In the publishing…
  • Poole's Paradise by John Vorhaus

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    When you’re Alexander Poole, everyone’s your teacher: a skeevy stereo salesman, master of the bait and switch; a flaky folk singer and his dog that reads Tolkien; a drug dealer loan shark with a passion for trees; a ballsy townie chick who turns you on to Springsteen; your wiseass roommate whose favorite pastime is smoking your dope; even your one true love. Together they point you to paradise — Poole’s Paradise – but what will it cost to get in?Poole's Paradise is set in 1974 in the "wilds of Western Connecticut", among the Berkshires to be more specific. It's the story of…
  • The Northern Star: Civil War by Mike Gullickson

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Reviewed by The Bookworm's Fancy.Mike Gullickson’s The Northern Star: Civil War picks up with a bang eleven years after the events of The Northern Star: The Beginning. The tentative cooperation between the world government and MindCorp (the company that owns the technology that makes civilization possible in a world drained of oil) has slowly begun to fray. Like its predecessor, Civil War is full of complex characters with interconnecting motives. It is very hard to separate the bulk of the characters into good/bad or black/white. Instead they all (except for Evan Lindo) exist in a state of…
  • Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis by Dan O'Brien and Steve Ferchaud

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis is a six-part illustrated series that is a throwback to pulp books. The first installment goes on sale this Halloween, but you can pre-order now.Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis takes place in an alternate universe where lizard men, fish-faced nightclub owners, and tentacled mobsters are everyday people. Derrick Diamond, a private eye, is tasked with delivering a mysterious artifact to the Fat Man. But there are others who are interested in the artifact, and their intentions appear to be just as malevolent as the titular Nazis. To put it succinctly, Mobsters,…
  • Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    The only person that Leon ever loved was his sister, Lily. But ten years ago, she left a suicide note and allegedly drowned. Allegedly, because her body was never found. Regardless, he was left alone. But then a postcard in Lily's handwriting arrives one winter, drawing him to New York City. What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that knows no bounds. A grisly trail of clues leads him to "The Bear", a sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police are of little help and don’t like Leon’s methods or the mess he leaves in his wake. He is single-minded in his purpose…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Shop Amazon 12 Days of Deals Sponsored message Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe’s Bullion Stores: USA By George M. Taber ISBN: 1605986550 Publisher: Pegasus Publication date: December 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.50 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Lost Stores: USA By James Patterson, Emily Raymond ISBN: 0316207705 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: December 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Shop Amazon 12 Days of Deals Sponsored message Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10: True Stories from Around the World Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle By Editors at Travelers’ Tales ISBN: 160952098X Publisher: Travelers’ Tales Publication date: December 16, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $11.78 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Lost Brooklyn Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Marcia Reiss ISBN: 1909815667 Publisher: Pavilion Publication…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Lost Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle By James Patterson, Emily Raymond ISBN: 0316207705 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: December 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.00 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie Omnibus Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Kieron Gillen ISBN: 0785191712 Publisher: Marvel Publication date: December 16, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $38.10 Share this…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Shop Amazon 12 Days of Deals Sponsored message Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Podium: What Shapes a Sporting Champion? Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Ben Oakley ISBN: 1472902165 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publication date: December 16, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $10.27 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | UK Kindle By Kelly Cordes ISBN: 1938340337 Publisher: Patagonia…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Shop Amazon 12 Days of Deals Sponsored message Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Best Job in the World: How to Make a Living From Following Your Dreams Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Ben Southall ISBN: 073031376X Publisher: Wrightbooks Publication date: December 15, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $19.80 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Passionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out Stores: USA | Canada |…
 
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    The Virginia Woolf Blog »

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a 1962 Broadway play about the troubled marriage of a middle-aged couple named Martha and George. The play critiques the idea of the perfect American family and challenges social expectations about life, love and … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: “The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club” by S.P. Rosenbaum

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

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

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

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

  • Αρμίδα – Ανασκόπηση του 2014

    Haris Ioannides
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    Αρμίδα – Ανασκόπηση του 2014Πότε ήρθε, πότε έφυγε! Για να την ξεπροβοδίσω σωστά, αποφάσισα να κάνω μια γρήγορη ανασκόπηση των εργασιών της Αρμίδας για το 2014.Πολλά έχουν αλλάξει τα τελευταία χρόνια, τόσο στην Αρμίδα, όσο και στο χώρο του βιβλίου τοπικώς και διεθνώς. Το μόνο στοιχείο που έχει μείνει το ίδιο είναι η δέσμευση μου για…
  • Armida Books. 2014 in review.

    Haris Ioannides
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    2014 was a very busy year for us here at Armida.Many things have changed over the past few years but the only constant is our steadfast commitment to bringing out titles of the highest quality. 2014 was no exception. Even though the going has been rough, we managed to produce 14 high quality books that we are proud to add to our ever expanding list.Let’s start off with the new Greek titles:Many of you know that Panos and I are related so if he writes a new book, it goes without saying that I’ll publish it. As if I have a choice : ) Panos’ older books have been out of stock…
  • Words as Images

    Haris Ioannides
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The post Words as Images appeared first on Armida Books.
  • When I was a child…

    Haris Ioannides
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    An article by Lina Ellina,author of THE VENETIAN (shortlisted for the European Book Prize 2012)Anogyra has always formed an integral part of my childhood memories. Spending summer vacations in the village with giagia and pappous, my grandparents, was a time of freedom and a journey back to time.Those were the days when you needed to light an oil lamp at night and go through the internal yard to reach the outside toilet or get up at four in the morning to fill the containers with water to serve the day’s needs, as tap water was available only a couple of hours a day.Giagia would then boil…
  • Andreas Karayan – Photo gallery

    Haris Ioannides
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    ANDREAS KARAYAN As published in In Focus, Vol. 11, No 1, March 2014Reblogged from Cyprusinfocus.org The post Andreas Karayan – Photo gallery appeared first on Armida Books.
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Perfect Gifts for Travelers Who Read

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Old Fashioned Western Saga

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/feedburner/atravelerslibrary Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
 
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    On Books and Writing

  • The One With The Five Best Moments on FRIENDS

    Johann Thorsson
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    I’m a big fan of Friends. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode, and most of them I’ve seen more than once. It is embarrassing how well I can quote from the show, especially Chandler’s lines. Being of the booky persuasion, I was especially tickled whenever something on the show revolved around books. Here are…
  • 11 Quotes on Fiction and Writing | George Saunders

    Johann Thorsson
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    You know those times when you read something fantastic and afterwards you are in a bit of a daze?  That just happened to me, as I finished George Saunders short story collection, Tenth of December. It was named one of the best books of the year by a few places you may recognize: People •…
  • In Which I Humbly Answer Aspiring Writers

    Johann Thorsson
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    You know when you get interesting and unexpected email, the kind that’s both flattering and humbling at the same time? Yeah, that happened to me this week when I found the following email in my inbox on Wednesday morning: hello my name is … and i’m here with my best friend … and we’ve been inspired…
  • Bookish Black Friday Deals

    Johann Thorsson
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Here’s a quick roundup of some unmissable deals on books and magazines I noticed today. ChiZine has, to be completely honest, silly prices on their books now. I mean, I just bought The Year’s Best Weird Fiction for $1.99. I missed it when it was on amazon in print so I was doubly thrilled today…
  • 4 New Books or…. Money, Meet Mouth

    Johann Thorsson
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Don’t you just love it when you come home to discover that you got new books in the mail? Yeah, me too. This is just what happened today; 4 new books in a box. There was a little Baader-Meinhof phenomenon surprise waiting for me as I unpacked them, almost to the point of being creepy.…
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    Where Writers Win

  • 8 Tips to Liven Up An Author Webinar

    Shari Stauch
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Webinars, especially free webinars, are all the rage these days. You’ll enjoy these useful webinar insights from author and frequent WWW contributor, Steve Piacente. Have you participated in a webinar? Have an idea for an author webinar that would attract more readers? Share your comments below! Know that saying about technology being great until it quits working? Imagine delivering a webinar and the audio cuts out. How would you know? You’re lost in whatever point you were making. Eventually a message in the chat pane will catch your eye. We can’t hear you! In an environment where…
  • 10 Ways to Write Your Way Around the World

    Shari Stauch
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to Brendan Brown, founder of Global English Editing, for this guest post. There has always been a certain appeal about being a writer. Being able to express your feelings, thoughts, ideas and opinions, and getting paid for it, is a lot of peoples dream job. In the past it was notoriously difficult for both authors and journalists to get published, but these days the internet and the demand for knowledge and information has made writing a much more accessible occupation. It is also one that has become more rewarding. With the internet allowing people to read, comment and share…
  • Best Christmas Books of All Time? (Infographic)

    Shari Stauch
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Enjoy this holiday infographic “Best Christmas Books of All Time” and help us add to the list with any of your favorites with your comment below! (When I was a youngster, my favorite was always one of the Bobbsey Twin mysteries where they built a snow castle, and coming down Christmas morning to open the stockings, having to wait for their parents to join them before opening anything else. Made my own folks start doing the same thing!) The post Best Christmas Books of All Time? (Infographic) appeared first on Where Writers Win.
  • Wise Gift Ideas for Book Lovers!

    Shari Stauch
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our sincere thanks to the tribe at Wise Ink Creative Publishing for this fun post full of great gift ideas for all us bibliophiles. Sure, give a copy of your book to everyone but these nifty items all need to find a place in our homes somewhere, without a doubt… Enjoy and share your own ideas below, too! If you’re anything like us, you’re in the midst of frantically finding holiday presents for friends, children, coworkers, and family. I always like to inject some of my own personality into the gifts I give—within reason, of course—to really communicate to my loved one that what…
  • What is an Editorial Review? And How is It Different from a Review?

    Shari Stauch
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Based on some reader questions we received after the post we ran about Editorial Book Reviews, we thought you’d enjoy another insightful post from guest Kiffer Brown of Chanticleer Book Reviews! There several types of reviews and reviewers: peer reviews by peer reviewers (other authors) editorial reviews by professional reviewers in the publishing industry manuscript overviews – pre-publication editorial reviews consumer reviews by individual consumers (readers) An author requires all four to make a professional impression on potential readers because each type of review has its own…
 
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • “Awakening” by Karen Sandler

    Grace
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Kayla is a GEN, short for Genetically Engineered Nonhuman.  The GENs were engineered by the higher classes to do manual labor and are basically cyborg slaves.  Kayla has been given the opportunity for a treatment that would dissolve her circuitry and let her pass as a member of a lower caste, but she’s turned it down repeatedly in favor of others who she feels need it more than she does.  Instead, she continues her work in the underground resistance that’s dedicated to helping the GEN.  But then mysterious bombings start occurring throughout the city around…
  • “Redshirts” by John Scalzi

    Grace
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
      You know how in Star Trek and other stereotypical sci-fi shows there always seem to be characters who exist only to die in horrific ways in order to create drama and a sense of danger?  In Redshirts by John Scalzi, a group of newly arrived crewmembers on the Intrepid quickly find that everyone’s really weird about away missions.  This is because someone always dies, although for some reason, a core group of about five officers always survive, even if they sustain injuries along the way.  The redshirts realize that they are redshirts, but instead of calmly accepting their…
  • Author Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke

    Grace
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Today I am delighted to welcome Cassandra Rose Clarke to my blog for an author interview.  Some of Cassandra’s books include The Mad Scientist’s Daughter and the Assassin’s Curse series.  She is a remarkably talented writer, and if you haven’t read any of her books, you should definitely check them out! You have written both young adult novels (The Assassin’s Curse series) and adult novels (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter).  What kind of challenges do you see in each?  Which is more fun to write? Interestingly enough, I feel like writing YA has more…
  • The 2015 Science Fiction Experience & Vintage Sci-fi Month

    Grace
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    “I write about people who do extraordinary things.  It just turned out that it was called science fiction.” -Octavia Butler Science fiction is one of my favorite book genres because it stretches the frontiers of the imagination while being grounded in and influenced by the problems of our own society.  I didn’t read much science fiction until a few years ago, when I participated in the 2012 Science Fiction Experience hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The challenge encouraged me to expand my horizons, and I discovered a love for a genre that I had previously…
  • Holiday Giveaway: “There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In” by Ludmila Petrushevskaya

    Grace
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey everyone!  I am delighted to be hosting a holiday giveaway of the book There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmila Petrushevskaya.  I reviewed the book last week and loved it, and I hope that you will too! Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina opens with the quote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  Petrushevskaya explores that theme in this collection of novellas, exploring dysfunctional Soviet families filled with broken relationships and dreams.  Her work was heavily censored for a…
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    Digesting the Words

  • Third year is kicking my butt

    Farhana Chowdhury
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Really and truly. There’s my reading for university which involves 3-4 books a week (I don’t usually manage to get it done in time though sigh), there’s essay deadlines, there’s my dissertation, there’s all the books I need to read for my dissertation, there’s the work experience I need to try to get before I graduate, there’s the graduate jobs I need to search and apply for, there’s my part-time job, there’s my attempts to have a social life, there’s my need to spend quality time with my family, there’s my inner lazy teenager…
  • Top Authors I Want to Read More From

    Farhana Chowdhury
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been suffering from blogger’s block this summer. Reading, reviewing, blogging… My motivation is feeble at best. So to help get inspired, I’ve decided to take part in a few memes. Starting with Top Ten Tuesday, held over at The Broke and the Bookish. Disclosure: Digesting the Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info. Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More 1. Rainbow Rowell I can’t tell you how much I loved reading Eleanor & Park. It was everything I wanted from a teenage young adult…
  • 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……
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    Reading in the Garden

  • The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Spinster and the Madam (Deception and Greed in the Old West) The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas Emma is a thirty-something spinster who sets out to marry a man she’s only corresponded with, but never met.  Her brother thinks she’s a twit and minces no words about his opinions of her when he helps Emma board a train to Nalgitas, New Mexico in the late 1800s.  He makes sure she sits next to a respectable woman during the train ride to keep his naïve sister safe.  That woman, however, ain’t no lady. She’s Addie French, a madam at a brothel called The Chili…
  • Notable Authors’ December Birthdays

    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Honoring the Magic Makers (Authors)Happy Birthday to Notable Authors born in December!  Click on the links to read reviews. December 7, 1873              Willa CatherAmerican author born in Nebraska who wrote stories of the struggles of pioneer life, including O’Pioneers and My Antonia (both are quick reads which I have enjoyed)She won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours. ________________________________________________________________________________December 12, 1821…
  • Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Reign of Terror and Oppression (Memorable Memoir) Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah is the heart-breaking true story of an “unwanted Chinese” daughter.  Adeline’s birth mother died from complications shortly after Adeline was born and soon a new stepmother entered the lives of the Yen family. The new mother called “Niang” gave birth to a girl and a boy, bringing the total brood to seven children.  Right from the beginning her own children were favored as the stepchildren suffered under her rule. Niang was a vindictive, conniving, tyrant who manipulated her husband, kids,…
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Dark Burden of Love (Love and Tragedy)The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife on an isolated island in Western Australia in 1926 who save a baby from a ship wrecked on their shores and bury the dead man who was with her.  This baby seems to be a gift from God to Isabel, the lighthouse keeper's wife, who's had several miscarriages.  With a heavy and reluctant heart, her husband, Tom, gives in to her pleas to keep "Lucy."  This sets the stage for an emotional journey of love, guilt, betrayal, and justice.  It's no secret…
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Crime and Drama in California(Classic Love and Murder) Do you believe in love at first sight?  Frank and Cora did. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain is about a couple who instantly fall in love, tainted with a hearty dose of brutal lust.  He’s a drifter and she’s married to the owner of a roadside diner. They start a passionate and violent affair where bitings and beatings are all part of the fun. It isn’t long before they plan to take out Cora’s husband and then the fun really gets rolling.  Their quest brings them down a windy road with twists and turns…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Festive Reading: 10 Warming Books to Enjoy by the Christmas Tree

    Lucy
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    After postponing the Christmas music, mince pies and decorating for a few weeks later than most, I'm finally letting myself enjoy the run-up to Christmas. And what goes best with a glass of mulled wine? A good book, of course. Here are a few cheery, uplifting and warming books (in my opinion - feel free to contest) to enjoy over the next few weeks.1. The Snowman by Raymond BriggsWhether it's the TV adaptation or the book with its wonderful drawings, The Snowman epitomises childhood Christmas memories for me. If it brings back happy memories for you too, I say find a copy for your living…
  • "Head and shoulders above the others": What James Joyce Thought of Leo Tolstoy

    Lucy
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:31 am
    Stephen Longstreet, Elliot Paul and James Joyce, 1927James Joyce wrote to his brother, Stanislaus, in September 1905 at the age of 23:As for Tolstoy I disagree with you altogether. Tolstoy is a magnificent writer. He is never dull, never stupid, never tired, never pedantic, never theatrical! He is head and shoulders over the others. I don't take him very seriously as a Christian saint. I think he has a very genuine spiritual nature but I suspect that he speaks the very best Russian with a St Petersburg accent and remembers the Christian name of his great-great-father [...] He goes on to…
  • Retreating into a Book for Bibliotherapy: 8 of the Best Retreats in Fiction

    Lucy
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I'm convinced that when we read about characters retreating into settings that allow them to recuperate and relax, we undergo a similar process. Here are a few of my favourite literary retreats - they might just help you too. 1. The Pyrenees mountains in The South by Colm TóibínCalm, quiet days in the Pyrenees. The sharp chill of winter yielding to the subtle movements of spring. The foresters were at work in the hills above the village. She watched the elaborate ritual of felling a tree, the long preparations, the shouting, the resting periods.2. The haymaking fields in Anna Karenina…
  • Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín: A Novel About Transforming Ourselves That's Inspired by Austen

    Lucy
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Colm Tóibín is a writer I know a fair bit about yet have never properly read. Until now, that is (one of the great benefits of taught literature modules being that you must read writers you'd otherwise skate around).When researching my blog article about novels set in Barcelona before moving there, Tóibín was right at the top of every Goodreads list or Guardian top-ten article. His non-fiction guide to Barcelona, Homage to Barcelona, is a book that I've meant to read (much like Orwell's Homage to Catalonia that the title nods to) but never got round to, despite some…
  • Reasons to Read Anna Karenina, Part 1: The Authenticity of Levin

    Lucy
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    I shared some thoughts on the introduction to Rosamund Bartlett's translation of Anna Karenina at the start of October, happy to have found a new edition of Tolstoy's classic novel. War and Peace has always seemed to win more of my attention, but I think that's largely due to the diversity of translations available and the rereads I've enjoyed. As a result, I'm so glad there's a new, exciting and high-quality translation of Anna Karenina available as an alternative to the standard Pevear & Volokhonsky found in most bookshops.I began the book impressed by the introduction, and I'm…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – G J Griffiths

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   It began as a collection of stories about the very many children I had taught over the years, but when I had about a dozen or so it felt very disjointed and clumsy, without a central theme, […]
  • The Seventh Holy Man

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      The destruction of the Catholic Church is imminent. There is no apparent means of preserving the church as it’s very foundation is being destroyed by demonic forces. Sean Carrol, a reporter from the New York International News, has investigated the strange occurrences taking place […]
  • So What! Stories or Whatever!

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Hilarious and sad in equal measure! So What! Stories or Whatever! is a collection of stories about the people who are found in a contemporary High School in England; tales that will make the reader laugh, cry, think deeply or differently, and maybe even be […]
  • Author Interview – Charles Pomeroy

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   The inspiration for this book came on my first visit to Otsuchi seven weeks after the tsunami. While viewing the bare foundations of our former home, I was struck by the absolute stillness of a now dead […]
  • Author Interview – Michael Edwin Q.

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   I live in the world of “What if!” I started working on the idea five years ago. When I wrote a similar short story and it won the 2013 ART AFFAIR LITERARY AWARD, I realized it was […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • A Book a Week

    info@lipulse.com
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every year, your gift list gets longer. Some of the newbies on your list are also new to the family. Some are friends to whom you’ve grown close. There’s that neighbor who’s so awesome, the new supervisor at work, an uncle who’s visiting this year, your child’s new teacher, and a Secret Santa program you’ve joined. And usually, you’re able to keep up with your list and know exactly what to give… but then there’s that one person who’s so hard to shop for. Why not give a book?  Books never run out of batteries, they don’t have to be turned off before bedtime, and…
  • Treasure in the Back Yard

    info@lipulse.com
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson c.2014, Harper                           $25.99 / $31.99 Canada                 275 pages Your back yard was filled with treasure. When you were a kid, you were sure of it – and while it mightn’t have been Pirate booty, there were certainly other riches there. Fossils beneath the grass, remnants from long-ago warriors, glass bottles, even coins awaited discovery. Alas, all you ever found were…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids and Teens

    info@lipulse.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    LITTLE KIDS I seriously don’t think I know one little kid who doesn’t like a bedtime story. Heck, I like a bedtime story, and I liked “Day is Done: Prayers and Blessings for Bedtime” by Elena Pasquali, illustrated by Natascia Ugliano. This is one of those books that can be read quietly for a soothing night-night, both for adult and for child.  Wrap it up with “Little Owl’s Day” by Divya Srinivasan, a cute story about a little guy whose inability to sleep gets him into a big adventure. Board books are always great gifts for the smallest person on your list, and “I Love…
  • Men are a Foreign Country

    info@lipulse.com
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:28 am
    There are aliens among us. That’s how it might seem when you’re dealing with members of the opposite sex. You often feel, for instance, as though you speak different languages. Surely, you see the world in ways they don’t, and they intuitively understand certain things you never will – hence, they must be from another universe or… something. But you love ‘em anyhow, and so does Laura Kipnis. In her book “Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation,” she writes about some she’s known. While rifling through a bunch of her old critiques and essays, Laura Kipnis, a “daddy’s…
  • The Stories Behind Our Food

    info@lipulse.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everything looks so delicious. It all smells great, too, and you can’t decide what you like best. The meat is done just right, potatoes are mashed to perfection, biscuits are to die for. And then there’s dessert!  But – wait, leftovers. That’s your favorite… You’ve got a lot on your plate this month, in more ways than one. And in “The American Plate” by Libby H. O’Connell, PhD, you’ll learn the stories our food can tell. Imagine inviting a long-ago ancestor to dinner this week. What he’d find at the table might astound him; surely, there’d be some dishes he…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: It Takes a Fool by Sasha Dreams

    Beth
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    About the book:Life couldn't be sweeter for ten year old Sasha...She's the darling of her fifth grade class and her best friend always has her back... just like a sister. But simmering beneath the beautiful life are the dark secrets her parents harbor, secrets that slowly wind their way around the heart of the family, choking the life from Sasha. Helpless, afraid and alone, she fights the only way she can but her desperate quest for survival could lead to her own destruction!It Takes a Fool explores the darkest depths of poverty, addiction and bullying, and how even the innocence of a child…
  • Featured Book: Angel Guides by Jan Porter

    Beth
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    About the book:Your Angel Guides are waiting to formally meet you! Communicate and allow your Angel Guides to flow comfort, love, insights and inspiration. A wonderful life path and to fulfill your soul’s purpose, is your birthright. The best of your ancestors and the magic of the cosmos is in your DNA! Table of Contents: Introduction Chapter 1. Your Happiness Is Sacred: Sacred Space, Your happiness is sacred Chapter 2. Spirit World Power: Stress management ~ Journaling ~ Expect good changes ~ Sharing your story ~ Stuck points and new skills ~ Higher healing concept ~…
  • Featured Book: Soul Skin by Jan Porter

    Beth
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    About the book:Soul Skin1000 lifetimes, 100 sacred dream journeys, A journey, with a life of its own'Soul Skin' is one of those books that you wish would never end. like a 3D movie on the inside of your eyelids. You read, stop, digest, and are hungry for more."Mid life crisis Navi communes with her dead Grandmother and a mysterious soul skin man. Doomed to marital heartbreak, she clumsily follows a shamanic path, all the while coping with a child's cancer, spirit world intrusion, church doctrine, menopause, a dark shadow nemesis, and job loss. All of these,rudely slamming her into a dark…
  • Featured Book: Sacred Space by Jan Porter

    Beth
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    About the book:The Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Sacred SpaceAn Inspiring Body Mind Soul Guide for Healing of Sexual Abuse.Dedicated to all of those who seek healing, wholeness and inner peace from sexual abuse and for those who support and care for them. The author's sensitivity for healing of sexual abuse journey, includes soul freeing insights, perspective, tips and resources for overcoming sexual abuse, case samples. The philosophical spiritual insights are integrated with the healing path with reference to modern science.Gain comfort and peace of mindThe journey out of the pain of sexual…
  • Featured Book: What a Ride! by Barry Libman

    Beth (BBRB)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: This is my first book and as the title says, “What a Ride”.  I never thought my life to be extraordinary, but when I was encouraged to write this book by so many people, I just started doing it—and this is the result of that effort.  I was actually surprised what a life I had lived when I looked back and put it all together.  So this is the story of my life, my accomplishments, my challenges, my travels and my sharing it all with the love of my life my extraordinary wife Carmen.  I hope you have as much fun reading as I did writing about the people,…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Story: The Long Walk Home

    Author
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    By: JP Miller The day after I arrived in the Nam, I was immediately choppered out to Camp Radcliffe in An Khe where we were tasked to run operations in […]
  • Poem: Catharsis

    Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:17 pm
    By: Paulo Lorenzo L. Garcia Silence Falls from your lips In little quantities Dripped with a distant hum Of disconcordant whispers The staccato of your voice Winds around my neck […]
  • Poem: Wanderlust

    Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    By: Paulo Lorenzo L. Garcia By the cliff overlooking the sea Where the waters lick the sand My shadow is cast Stretching out its invisible hand The weather is fair But […]
  • Poem: Ode To The Midnight Meanderer

    Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    By: Paulo Lorenzo L. Garcia Her mind meanders Through fair and starless clime And may no other thought keep hither Than the taste of love sublime This moment’s preoccupation A Feat […]
  • Poem: Maiden of the river

    Author
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    By: Linda M. Crate perhaps i am but a mad poet but they say crows lurk where faeries are and crows always follow me, i wonder how many faeries have […]
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    WordTrance

  • Anime and Storytelling

    Michael
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Sam Handrick — I recently saw the season finale of a show that consisted of a man who simultaneously exists in every parallel dimension traveling through space with a talking cleaning robot and a humanoid cat. In the season finale that man fought a giant energy dragon while piloting an armed mechanized version of the Statue of Liberty, ended the universe, and then turned down an offer to become god, instead recreating the universe to be the exact same as before so that he could visit his favorite breastaurant. Does that sound strange? Well,…
  • Stephen King at GWU

    Michael
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Michael DeCesaris - Over a thousand fans wait eagerly in the sold-out Lisner Auditorium Wednesday, November 12th at George Washington University, for Stephen King to speak on his tour for his newest book, Revival. (I am not working off a transcript of the event, so the following is not word-for-word accurate.) The Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Source: http://livedesignonline.com/blog/mha-audio-installs-mla-compact-lisner-auditorium Two jumper cables walk into a bar… A din of voices, the empty stage looming, the…
  • Don’t promote your book, promote yourself

    Michael
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By A.E. Albert — I decided to write a book. Tell a story. Combine words on a page in such a way that would communicate a message. Yes, this was hard work, but none-the-less I believed it was a simple and direct endeavor. Then I was told, I needed to create a social platform to promote myself. Of course, I now know this is absolutely necessary. However, for the technologically challenged and computer illiterate, I found myself almost drowning in HTML. In This Case, It Really Is About You In the beginning, I made all the necessary accounts.
  • Short Stories Set on Halloween

    Michael
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A short story is just the right length for a scary tale because it can be read in the span of a night. Written by some of the greats in the genre, these tales that take place on Halloween are not to be missed. So, turn the lights down low, lock your doors, take a breath, and let the screams begin. The October Game Author: Ray Bradbury Published: 1948 EC Comics adaptation of “The October Game” Mich is getting dressed for his and his wife’s Halloween party. They have all the trappings: candy apples, apple bobbing, punch, carved pumpkins.
  • Great Novels Set on Halloween

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Written with moonlit and ghost-filled imaginations, all of these novels are set either on or right around Halloween. These gold and ocher tinged stories are sure to be the best tricks and treats you get this year. The Halloween Tree (1972) Author: Ray Bradbury Author: Ray Bradbury / Art: Leo and Diane Dillon A group of boys search for their missing friend Pipkin, who has been taken on Halloween night by a mysterious force. Led by the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, the boys venture to different times and places that have inspired the…
 
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 110

    Peter J Story
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “[W]riting is a product of silence and solitude.” —– Author Unknown
  • San Antonio Book Signing Tomorrow

    Peter J Story
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Be sure to stop by Half Price Books on Bandera Road tomorrow and pick up a signed copy of Things Grak Hates for only $15! I’ll be there between noon and 4 pm, signing books, answering questions, and maybe even harassing the staff. I don’t know. Depends on how I feel. As always, this book tour is ...
  • Notable Quotes: 109

    Peter J Story
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, no one was there.” —– Author Unknown
  • What is control?

    Peter J Story
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my recently released debut novel, Things Grak Hates, one of the major themes I explored was the question, “What is control?” Or to elaborate, “Are we ever really in control? If so, what do we control?” Or perhaps more haunting, “Why do we crave control?” In the context of this book, those questions would sound something ...
  • Notable Quotes: 108

    Peter J Story
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Sometimes it’s more important to be human, than to have good taste.” —– Brecht
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: The City Center (The New Agenda #1) by Simone Pond

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    During the man-made apocalypse in the 21st century, a group of elites killed off a majority of the population. Only two groups of survivors remained––those selected to reside inside the Los Angeles City Center and the rebels, relegated to live on the Outside.Centuries later, Ava Rhodes is one of five potential successors competing to become the next Queen of the City Center. A week prior to the final competitions she encounters Joseph, a rebel from the Outside, and discovers her utopian home is actually a prison and breeding facility aimed at designing the perfect human. She escapes with…
  • Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting…
  • Review: Sparrow 59 (The Sleepers' Coalition #1) by Devon Ashley

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Members of the CIA’s specialized team Sparrow, who investigate specifically into black market deals involving stolen medical research, were all murdered in one quick sweep. Drew and Samantha, team five-nine, have been more than just partners since their academy training days. Safeguarding their secret tryst from everyone in their professional lives, they trust no one but themselves. But when Samantha finds herself suspiciously spared and Drew missing, she doesn’t want to believe what the CIA claims – that Drew is not only alive and has defected from their organization, but is…
  • Review: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her…
  • Review: Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plant-life has gone feral.Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a…
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    John Harbour

  • Christmas Chili

    John Harbour
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Friends of mine had a chili cook off a couple of weekends ago that I couldn’t attend so I decided to post my contribution online by sharing the recipe here. Although, like all good cooks, I have left out a few ingredients just to keep mine, mine. That being said, this will still rock your chili world. Chili recipes are like partners; you date some -- some more serious than others -- you explore some and try to make them yours, and then you find the one. The one that you commit to. And it becomes the go-to recipe you know you will use for the rest of your life. Below is mine. It’s perfect…
  • Dreaming of Trout : The Willowemoc

    John Harbour
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate and fools to pass by - an ingenious Spaniard (reported by Izaak Walton) I sit here on a cold Saturday evening dreaming of things that might have been; Because of schedules and work and life and Provence and this and that, I did not make it to the waters of the Willowemoc and Beaverkill this year. A friend and I were supposed to go yesterday -- a hail Mary pass to salvage the respectability of a year, but the weather turned to the low '30s with snow showers. I have 5 weight guide waders, but even to me that…
  • They Paved Paradise

    John Harbour
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot Starbucks. This week brought distressing news. No, I am not talking about Taylor Swift being named the ambassador of New York City, although that is a symptom of the disease on which the news is based. Yet another iconic New York business is being forced out of existence because of the new economy. Cafe Edison, the broadway landmark that won the hearts of Neil Simon and August Wilson as well as many of the actors they fed for free when times got tough, is closing. Not because they couldn’t make it but because the Edison Hotel has refused to renew…
  • Hunting Crayfish

    John Harbour
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Behind the sliding glass door of the apartment in which I grew up in Maryland was a hill.  A hill that in the off season, Norm Bulaich of the Colts, ran up and down backwards to build up his calf muscles. This was old school. Train yourself with what you have. No fancy gym equipment. Pure heart.  Behind that hill was a field. A field with weeds, cattails, and scrub grass.  And beyond that was the stream.  The barometer of my boundaries.  A stream that flowed East to West.  Horizontal to the anchor in my life that was the apartment in which I lived. The stream was narrow. Maybe seven…
  • I'm in a New York State of Mind

    John Harbour
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Sometimes you forget the charms of where you live and need to be lovingly reminded. It’s a chilly, wet, Saturday morning. The rain started last night and looks to last through the day. I’ve ducked into one of those places that is a quintessential New York experience, as evidenced by the room full of tourists trying to collect a memory to take home. I’m fortunate in that I live two blocks from what one could arguably say is the best bagel in the city -- Murray’s. You stand in line, it’s always long but fast moving, and gaze at the bins full of every bagel and bialy known to man. Hand…
 
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  • WinREO Software

    Mohammed Jamma
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:32 am
    Review WinREO (Real Estate Office) is a capable tool for managing both traditional real estate and REO (Real Estate Owned) transactions. WinREO’s ease of use comes through its preset tasks and rules for all sales types. The software was developed by a small number of leading real estate agents and brokers. To work with WinREO, simply add your users and clients with their fluent set-up wizard, and you’re ready to discover the software’s power. Investment The best thing about investing in WinREO is the lack of paying additional fees for new features. The software is regularly…
  • Expert Agent Software

    Mohammed Jamma
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Review Considered the top estate agent software in the market, Expert Agent is an award-winning multi-platform tool that may have you forgetting the competition in no time. Despite being launched in 2004, Expert Agent’s history goes back a few decades. In 1977, founder Mike Griffiths began his career in estate agencies. Already a graduate in Land Management studies, Griffiths worked in volume residential sales in Leicester, Twickenham, Birmingham, and the South West. He ran an agency for an entire year. In 1988, Griffiths took the opportunity to make a living out of developing estate…
  • Multi Level Marketing in UK and More Countries

    Reporter
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Comparing to every other online and off-line companies, multilevel marketing is one of the best choice for anyone wither a professional like a doctor, an engineer, an accountant, lawyer or any profession.  To join a multilevel marketing company you do not have to be s professional, even a taxi driver can join a multilevel marketing company. Going through a bunch of many other network marketing companies we have picked one of the best who deals with essential services and is based in many countries in the world ACN. ACN: Very Simple, ACN provides you with opportunity. The opportunity to own a…
  • Selling Products Online

    Mohammed Jamma
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    In our current day and age, there’s quite literally hundreds of ways to make money. The current job climate, despite some improvements, is still a little dire. Jobs are hard to come by for most people, and even those with creative skills face a tight environment where they compete with people of the same level. Still, if old traditions are anything to go buy, one of the most effective ways of making money is to sell products. Historically, people gathered in the town’s marketplace to sell items, ranging from shoes to lamps to priceless artworks. And with the advent of the…
  • Get paid for writing blog posts!

    Rayon
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    How to make money with Blog? Nowadays you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home to earn a living. With the aid of the World Wide Web so much can be achieved before you even leave your home. One way to earn money is by writing blogs as a freelancer. With this you don’t have to have your own website but it does help if you do because it gives you instant credibility and a lot more exposure because you will be able to expose your skills and your portfolio. Upon researching this (blog writing, article writing and copy writing) you will see that this is one of the top skills in…
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 2

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

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

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

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

    Bernice Landry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Since you never know what will happen on a travel day, we didn’t set up anything special for our first night in New York, but, of course, that didn’t stop us from going out. After consulting listings for every kind of event imaginable, we decided on a reading, discussion and signing event at the Barnes & Noble close to our airbnb apartment on the Upper West Side.Though the author, Peter Mehlman, was unknown to us, since he was listed as a producer on the TV show “Seinfeld” — and one who had written some of the most recognized episodes — I was curious to see how his particular…
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    The Mad Hobbit - Blog

  • My thoughts on Battle of five armies (quick)

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

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

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

  • A Review: Remote Life by Edward Anki

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

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

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

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

    Matthew J. Hall
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Two words kept springing to mind when reading Wayne F. Burke’s debut collection of poetry; and they are words I wish more poets would impress upon me. Words that Burn is one of the most unapologetically honest books I have read to date. Reviewing a book like this is a wholly unnatural process which I […] The post A Review: Words that Burn by Wayne F. Burke appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
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    ADUIDE

  • Bear Spirit Press is Looking for New Indigenous Authors

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Bear Spirit Press, a Mohawk-owned publisher, is looking for new indigenous authors who write literary fiction (including novels and anthologies), historical looks at Aboriginal social issues, Children’s lit (picture books), or Young Adult books (graphic novels, comic books, etc.). Also, consider submitting to Bear Spirit Press if you have a short story about contemporary life as a First Nations individual as they are always looking for new submissions and plan on releasing themed anthologies every year. Read their submissions guidelines to find out how to submit you long or short work.Deron…
  • A Newsletter That Is Curated, Not Automated | Introducing The ADUIDE Newsletter

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Coming January 1st, I'll start sending out a bi-monthly newsletter (on the 1st and 15th of each month) that shares in the focus of this blog. You'll notice a sign-up bar at the top and I'll be talking about this more as time goes on, but I wanted to share some reasons for why you should sign up.Why Sign-Up For A Newsletter?The goal of ADUIDE is to promote indigenous literature through every means possible and to as wide a demographic as possible. I understand that a lot of people aren't on Twitter or Facebook and that a lot of people don't have time to consistently check the blog for…
  • Join the Kickstarter Campaign to See Waubgeshig Rice's "Midnight Sweatlodge" Turned Into an Audiobook

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Waubgeshig Rice's short-story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, is now in the midst of its second printing, so–because of the book's popularity and the lack of indigenous audiobooks–Rick Harp and Rice have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for an audiobook version.From the Kickstarter campaign:Born of a classic 'a-ha' moment, this project aims to remedy a curious gap: with an ever-growing catalog of Aboriginal titles now filling bookstore shelves, why have so few been translated into audiobooks? Whatever the reason, it means fans of this hugely popular medium have been…
  • Why We Need Books From Diverse Authors

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    From the article, Characters in children’s books are almost always white, and it’s a big problem:In 2012, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reviewed 3,600 children’s books. Only three percent were about African-Americans. Asian and Pacific Americans were featured in two percent, followed by Latinos with less than two percent, and American Indians at less than one percent. “The Open Book” asked academics, authors, librarians, educators and reviewers to weigh in on why this is the case. One problem is that multicultural books and authors are not seen as profitable so they…
  • IAIA's Writers Festival in January Looks Great

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Jess Walter, Claire Watkins, and more will be conducting readings of their works at a writer’s festival held at The Insititute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM, from January 3–9, 2015. IAIA CampusThe Writers Festival, presented by IAIA’s Low Rez MFA in Creative Writing, will take place each evening at 6pm in the Library and Technology Center of the IAIA grounds. This is a great opportunity to hear from both established and new Indigenous authors as they read from their creative works. Find a more detailed description of the…
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    The Oddballer: Flash fiction suspense and horror by Oren Shafir

  • Martha's Throat (a 300-word flash fiction horror story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Even as I called her name, I knew something horrible had happened.The lights were on in the kitchen, yet soft yellow sunlight filled the room like a poisonous vapor. From the basement came the sound of the washing machine's incessant beeping, and my heart immediately accelerated to match its rhythm. I looked down at dark red footprints that became a long bloody smear leading across the pinewood floor and into the living room.There she was with her back to me. She was propped up on the soft brown leather easy chair - the one we used to fight over - and for a fraction of a second, I…
  • Hitcher (a 500-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Anyone else would have sped right by the big man, but not him. Everyone is God, Charlie thought: me, the children, even this hitchhiker."Thanks for pulling over, man." the hitcher said. "I'm going all the way to L.A, but anywhere you can take me out of this rain is fine with me.""I'll take you all the way, brother.""Oh, far out man."Charlie laughed. "Climb on board, man."Now Charlie could see that the big man was not much more than a teenager really. He had some light blonde peach fuzz on his upper lip, smooth shiny skin and disarming blue eyes. But despite the baby face, his arms were…
  • My poem is written on the wall

    Oren Shafir
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    My poem, originally published in Connotation Press, is now on the wall of Café Blå Time, which is otherwise covered by great art and soon to be joined by more poetry from esteemed Danish and international poets.
  • Laughing with the Dead (a 600-word Halloween flash fiction short story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    In my country, cemeteries are just like parks, she says.Lately, she’s started calling it her country, like she didn’t leave when she was zero-years.old. They’re more in touch with death in her country, she says. The living and the dead all together laughing and celebrating. Go say hello to your dead relatives’ ghostly spirits, she says.Listen, I don’t want to say hello to them any sooner than I have to.  In my country, the dead are just dead. I hate being late, but I’m not cutting through a fricking cemetery in the middle of the night.But she keeps at it. Don’t be such a…
  • Regret (a 40-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    The moment I slept with her, I knew I wanted only you. The moment I decided not to fight for you, I knew I needed you. The moment I jumped off the bridge, I knew I still wanted to live.
 
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    Pocket Sized Fiction

  • The Drunk and the Bicycle - Guest Post by Jesse Heikkila

    Marshal Hunter
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Dawn was just awakening giving me enough light to glance down and notice I was already on my 13th mile. The air smelled like desert rain and lifesavers. The miles were flat and smooth and my mind was clear and bright. I was surprised by my progress. I was already on county road 233 and feeling like I had only begun. Thirteenth mile I thought to myself. For some reason it sorta vibrated between my ears. I'm not one for superstition but I couldn't shake the eery feeling I felt in my gut. Thats when I glanced in my mirror and saw him. Like a big metal billiard ball bouncing back and forth off of…
  • The Afterdom (part 4)

    Marshal Hunter
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Five miles is not that far. Before my parents got their second car - if I wanted to go anywhere, I would have to walk. I walked to school, to the movie theatre, to the mall. I hoofed it over to the park across from Rave's house every Saturday; Rave and I would play basketball from sun up to sun down. Ok, we weren't actually allowed to play cause all the real ballers owned the court, but we stood around outside of the fence hoping that maybe a couple of cute girls would catch us dribbling a basketball and presume that we were ballers too. Now I know better. Walking is the worst. My…
  • The Afterdom (part 3)

    Marshal Hunter
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We watch the last drop of acid rain drip from the crinkled shell of what is left of the silverado. Rave's chest continues to peak and valley as he gasps for breath. Not wanting to heighten an already tense situation, Patty tries to deliver a message to me in code pig-latin."Av-Re t-cant k-make' it uch'ma onger-le."Thank God the Russians aren't invading the mother land. We wouldn't stand a chance."I know, Patty." That was not encoded. She gives me a steely look to silently scold me for not playing along."What are we going to do?""I'm…
  • Whupped - Guest Post by Jesse Heikkila

    Marshal Hunter
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first time I remember getting a nose bleed was also the first time I remember getting into a fight. Neither of these firsts would be the last but they will be the ones I'll never forget. I was young. I had a very large nose and an even bigger attitude. I was an easy target for both picking on and punching so I mostly stayed to myself and tried to keep my mouth from getting me into the situations I knew my body wasn't capable of getting me out of. But it wasn't easy. School was almost out for the year and everyone had the jitters. Even the teachers were on edge. The very air…
  • The Afterdom - part 2

    Marshal Hunter
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don't know how many times I have yelled at the darkness, demanding to know why this happened. "Not again!" Rave yells as drops of acid rain begin to burn beebee sized wholes in his leather jacket. We all take cover under the hollowed out shell of an old silverado. "This looks like grandpa's truck," Patty says - a tear trickling down her cheek. I hate it when she cries. Such a waste of the only good water left on the planet."That's ridiculous. Grandpa's been dead for almost ten years," I grumble back. "Even if it was his, he would…
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    Adam Oster

  • Flash Fiction: Snow Day

    Adam
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here it is, folks…my first actual, real attempt at Flash Fiction.  Feel free to be as cruel as you want in the comments. Snow Day I pull my comforter in tightly around me as the first rays of sunlight peer in through my window and attempt to wake me.  I hear the faint cries of my mother from downstairs as… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. Disney World

    Adam
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have to admit that out of all of the topics I came up with for the weekly schedule the item that I was most nervous about was Tidbit Thursday.  Not because I don’t have things I know about that I like to talk about, but that I really just don’t know how to make most of these facts interesting.… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. Giving Writing Advice

    Adam
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I know that not very long ago, I had a long post on here about offering advice that wasn’t asked for (and how I thought it was a dangerous, and often bad, idea). Guess what?  Once a week, I’m doing precisely that, right here, on this very blog, as announced on the post on Monday. Funny thing is…I’m not sure… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Infant

    Adam
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s rather odd for me to realize that out of all of my posts on here, the ones that tend to get the most attention are the ones about my children, and yet, my newest little guy is over 3 weeks old now and I’ve barely talked about his directly…you know, outside of the plethora of posts regarding how absolutely… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Blog Schedule

    Adam
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey folks! Today marks yet another milestone in the effort toward making this blog something that you might actually want to read.  That’s right, I’ve developed a schedule.  Every week, more or less, I will make the effort toward sticking to the following daily topics.  There will be additional posts from time to time, for things like book reviews and… Read more →
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    Brain Pickings

  • Take Away the A: An Unusual Illustrated Alphabet Book about How We Make Meaning

    Maria Popova
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    A playful celebration of the magic of language. As a lover of unusual alphabet books, I was gladdened by this year’s crop of particularly wonderful additions, including Maira Kalman’s imaginative design history primer, Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag and Oliver Jeffers’s magnificent short stories for the letters, Once Upon an Alphabet. Joining them is Take Away the A: An Alphabeast of a Book! (public library) by writer Michaël Escoffier and illustrator Kris Di Giacomo — an irreverent exploration not only of the letters and their alphabetic order, but also of how they come together…
  • John Maeda on Creative Leadership, Talking vs. Making, and Why Human Relationships Are a Work of Craftsmanship

    Maria Popova
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    “You make relationships. One at a time. With the same painstaking attention to craft that you knew as a maker.” “A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him,” David Foster Wallace wrote in what remains the wisest meditation on leadership I’ve ever encountered, “and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.” But for many people in creative fields — artists, designers, filmmakers, writers — “leadership” remains an alienating notion that belongs in the business world or,…
  • Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story

    Maria Popova
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Few things in creative culture are more enchanting than an artist’s interpretation of a beloved book. There is Maurice Sendak’s rare and formative art for William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence,” William Blake’s paintings for Miltpreon’s Paradise Lost, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek comedy, Matisse’s 1935 etchings for Ulysses, and Salvador Dalí’s literary illustrations for Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Dante’s Divine…
  • Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art

    Maria Popova
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Terrible things happen. And those are the things that we learn from… The amazing thing is that despite all… the human spirit still manages to survive, to stay strong.” In addition to being one of the most foundational texts on creativity ever published, pioneering psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 1996 book Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention (public library) — which sheds light on why “psychological androgyny” is essential to creative genius — is also a precious time-capsule of insights by some of the twentieth…
  • How New York Became New York: A Love Letter to Jane Jacobs, Tucked Inside a Graphic Biography of Robert Moses

    Maria Popova
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    How two titans faced off to shape the ideal of the modern metropolis. Few people have done more to redefine the fate of a city — and, by a halo of influence, of cities in general — than Robert Moses (December 18, 1888–July 29, 1981), “master builder” of New York during the city’s astonishing growth spurt in the middle of the twentieth century. He envisioned and brought to life 658 playgrounds, which increased the city’s previous supply of these precious play-areas fivefold, 416 miles of parkways, 288 tennis courts, and 678 baseball diamonds, in…
 
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