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  • 5 Unforgettable Love Letters to Libraries

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    Guinevere de la Mare
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Authors have long professed their love for libraries, and in celebration of National Library Week, we’ve collected five of our favorite quotes, from Jane Austen to Ray Bradbury. Share your own #LibraryLoveLetter on Twitter and Instagram, and we’ll post our favorites here on the blog this Friday. Enter the Library Love Letter Giveaway for a chance to win $500 of books and a Library Cart bookshelf from The Land of Nod! (Designs by Angela May Chen) Guinevere de la Mare Senior Community Manager
  • In Praise of Library Workers

    Chronicle Books Blog
    Guinevere de la Mare
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    These are portraits of just a couple of the people who make the San Francisco Public Library the exceptional place that it is. In addition to providing reading, educational, and cultural opportunities to hundreds of thousands of people every year, these people provide much needed social services to SF residents in need. —Wendy MacNaughton National Library Week is April 13-19. Celebrate with us all week long!
  • Bright Young Librarians: Sarah Burke Cahalan

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

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

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

  • Why Ebook Authors Need to Embrace New Technologies

    Joel Friedlander
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Jason Matthews “Knowing what you know now…” I work with new writers online and at events. They ask a myriad of smart questions including this one: how would you publish differently if you did it all over again? As the saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. I’d do dozens of things differently than the blind assault to digital publishing I debuted with. But that’s true for most authors. This industry has evolved so much in just a few short years; even the “experts” have had to learn the ropes on the fly. You’ve probably heard most of the common answers that follow I wish I had:…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during March, 2014. This month we received: 85 covers in the Fiction category 16 covers in the Nonfiction category Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree,…
  • This Week in the Blogs, April 5 – 11, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    One of the remarkable things about the new world of self-publishing is that there are new writers coming along every week. New writers who need to learn how publishing works today to make the best use of their time and to enable their books to reach their potential. That’s what the best blogs offer, and that’s what you’ll find in this week’s selection. Have fun. Sarah Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog 10 Ways Pre-Published Writers Can Start Establishing Their Careers NOW “A writer can easily go through several years and several manuscripts before they are…
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  • March 2014: Book notices

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch out parents: Easter is coming

    Guinevere de la Mare
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    For those of you parents who, at some point over the next three days, will be googling “How to get egg dye out of carpet,” here are some words of advice from Jason Good—writer, comedian, and the author of This is Ridiculous This is Amazing. In this collection of 71 lists that capture the absurdity and joys of family life, Jason delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and a lot more fun when approached with a sense of humor—especially parenting. Watch out parents: Easter is coming. It’s more or less Halloween without the costumes or shameless begging; a…
  • In Praise of Library Workers

    Guinevere de la Mare
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    These are portraits of just a couple of the people who make the San Francisco Public Library the exceptional place that it is. In addition to providing reading, educational, and cultural opportunities to hundreds of thousands of people every year, these people provide much needed social services to SF residents in need. —Wendy MacNaughton National Library Week is April 13-19. Celebrate with us all week long!
  • Win a Library Cart Full of Books!

    Guinevere de la Mare
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Love libraries? You’re in good company. Albert Einstein, Jane Austen, Jorge Luis Borges, and Virginia Woolf were all enamored of libraries, and we’re celebrating local branches across the country during National Library Week (April 13-19). If you haven’t checked out a stack of books lately, here are 10 Reasons to Dust Off Your Library Card. Enter the Library Love Letter Giveaway on Facebook and you could win this Library Cart bookshelf from The Land of Nod, and a $500 shopping spree at ChronicleBooks.com to fill it up with the books of your choosing. Then, post your own…
  • 5 Unforgettable Love Letters to Libraries

    Guinevere de la Mare
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Authors have long professed their love for libraries, and in celebration of National Library Week, we’ve collected five of our favorite quotes, from Jane Austen to Ray Bradbury. Share your own #LibraryLoveLetter on Twitter and Instagram, and we’ll post our favorites here on the blog this Friday. Enter the Library Love Letter Giveaway for a chance to win $500 of books and a Library Cart bookshelf from The Land of Nod! (Designs by Angela May Chen) Guinevere de la Mare Senior Community Manager
  • 10 Reasons to Dust Off Your Library Card

    Guinevere de la Mare
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    In honor of National Library Week (April 13-19), we’ve collected the top 10 reasons you should hightail it to your local branch. Not only will it make you smarter, it will improve your quality of life, save you a bundle of money, and it might even help you find a new job. On second thought, maybe you should also hug the librarian while you’re in there. Celebrate National Library Week with us by posting your own #LibraryLoveLetter on Twitter or Instagram! 1. According to the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans ages 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at…
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    Bookslut

  • Gazelle in the House by Lisa Williams

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

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

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

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

    Jon
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    TweetWe are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Business Book Awards. Thousands of business books are published each year, each with the potential to promote change and enlighten the way people think about business. We began recognizing these efforts in 2007 with the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, highlighting the best works in a number of categories. Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and the quality of its content. Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2014 is eligible within the following categories: Leadership Management…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    800-CEO-READ
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tweet The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard, Jossey-Bass, $28.00, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 9781118829424 When you see a book has a foreword written by Tom Peters,and an afterword penned by Clayton Christensen, you pay attention. When the author of that same book is the publisher of Forbes, you get your wallet out. And the return on the investment of time and money you put into Rich Karlgaard’s new book, The Soft Edge, will be well worth it. Karlgaard begins The Soft Edge by describing a “triangle of long-term company health.” The first two edges…
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    The Millions

  • Dr. Doyle

    Tess Malone
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When Arthur Conan Doyle wasn’t writing Sherlock Holmes, he was a practicing doctor. Thomas Goetz’s new book The Remedy discusses the history of tuberculosis and Doyle’s role in finding a cure with Robert Koch. The Daily Beast interviewed Goetz about how he came up with the idea for the book. “These two characters were part of a much larger story about how scientific discoveries evolve into social change.”
  • Ghosts of Novels

    Tess Malone
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s always disappointing when your novel fails to get published, but what if that novel were still lurking online? At The New York Times, Jason K. Friedman writes about finding the Amazon and Google links for his novel that never made it to print. “Google admits, ‘We haven’t found any reviews in the usual places,’ which in this case would be the planet Earth.” Pair with: Our own Edan Lepucki’s essay on how to cope with not selling your novel.
  • Elmore Leonard’s Detroit

    Tess Malone
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Does a writer make the city or does the city make the writer? At Grantland, Michael Weinreb discusses why Elmore Leonard is the ultimate Motor City writer and discovers Leonard’s Detroit. “Without his books, the city would still have suffered the same hellish decline. But because of him, that suffering was rendered into an art form all its own.” Pair with: Our own Bill Morris writing against Detroit’s ruin porn reputation.
  • Transylvanians Gone Wild: On Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy

    Matt Seidel
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    1. The first volume of Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy opens as the protagonist, Count Balint Abady, is carried “peacefully and gently” in his carriage to a sumptuous ball. Having recently returned from diplomatic service to his native Transylvania and luxuriating in the memories evoked by the landscape, Balint is not concerned with making good time: Soon Balint’s old fiacre, moving slowly, was overtaken by all sorts of other vehicles, some driving so fast that he could only occasionally recognize a face or two before they too were swallowed up in the dust. Our first portrait…
  • RIP Márquez

    Tess Malone
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87. The Colombian writer was a prominent novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He was most famous for One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and The Autumn of the Patriarch and won a Nobel Prize in 1982 for his work.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Catcher in the Rye: Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • MediaWeek (V8, N15): Hilary Mantel, Easy Printing, Science Fiction, NYC Bookstores + More

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Butler
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Brentford were promoted to the second-tier for the first time since 1993, while Wigan beat Reading 3-0 to sure up a play-off spot in the Championship 5.28pm BST 'Is Cristy Pym [Exeter's goalkeeper] the poshest sounding footballer player in Britain?' emails captain_corduroy. 'I can't think of any contenders...'Off the top of my head ... Jasper Johns, currently with Sheffield United. 5.25pm BST A big day across all three leagues. Here are the headlinesChampionship 5.10pm BST Goal for Wolves again! Kevin McDonald scores to finally put the result beyond doubt! Full-time: Wolves 6-4 Rotherham.
  • MLS week seven: winless Timbers seek to build against nemesis RSL

    Graham Parker
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Portland Timbers visit nemesis RSLColorado come home after victories in CanadaSporting KC come off rest week to face fragile MontrealWelcome to week seven of MLS, and owing to certain teams false-ing where they should have true-d last week, its one of those weeks where rather than MASSIVE HEAD-TO-HEADS, were seeing a few games with teams on a roll against teams who have suddenly found themselves dipping. (Yes, were talking to you, Dallas and Toronto thanks for ruining our Two teams enter, one team leaves etc headline, replete with Frisco pun).Anyway, were contractually obliged to hype the…
  • Yasiel Puig takes Dodgers on a wild ride but there's no defect in his play

    David Lengel
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    MLB: Five things we learned this weekCuban star reportedly faces death threatsYankees' Tanaka is the real dealAstros fans see beginning of beginningCubs forecast: cloudy with chance of meatballsYasiel Puig is still acclimatising to everyday life in the US, while dealing with the on-field adjustment that comes with moving from Cubas Serie Nacional to Major League Baseball. Now, however, we've learned that the 23-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, an enigmatic sort who grabs headlines for his exciting and undisciplined play, has allegedly been faced with death threats linked to his…
  • Disco dystopia: what are the best apocalyptic albums?

    Alex Denney
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    This month sees the 40th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's Orwell-inspired Diamond Dogs. From Gary Numan's 'machine' phase to Janelle Monáe's messianic android influenced by Fritz Lang's Metropolis here are some of the best end-of-days LPsThis month sees the 40th anniversary of a transitional moment in David Bowies career: the release of the Diamond Dogs LP. His first set of original songs since "retiring" his Ziggy Stardust character (and firing his band, the Spiders from Mars), the record has its roots in a theatrical adaptation of George Orwells 1984 that Bowie had…
  • Transcendence: 2014's most unexpected turkey?

    Ben Child
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Johnny Depp sci-fi film had an all-star cast, Christopher Nolan's right-hand man as director and the hottest script in Hollywood. So where did it all go wrong?Even if real life mirrored science fiction and we could predict the future, it would have taken a pretty sophisticated bit of kit to have nailed the emergence of Wally Pfister's Transcendence as one of 2014's bigger critical turkeys. Christopher Nolan's cinematographer lined up a sumptuous cast including Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara for his directorial debut. Jack Paglen's script, about the…
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • Terence Davies' Of Time and the City

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Negotiate With A Publisher

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

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

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

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

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

  • Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"

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

    Neal Thompson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    To do list: Get the snow tires exchanged Renew tabs on Sean’s car; schedule Leo’s practice drives Call the landscaper – what’s with those weeds? Get rid of the damn woodpecker poking a hole in the house at 6am each day Reschedule call with Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed, which you had to cancel four times I found it fitting that it took a week of texts and emails for Schulte and me to find a window in our respective schedules. When we finally connected, Schulte was charging her dying iPhone at the booth of a Eugene, Oregon burger joint, during a brief pause between book tour…
  • Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

    Jon Foro
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian-born author known for his stories that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality--as well as the lines between tragedy and comedy--has died following a bout with pneumonia. As the author of novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, "Gabo" was instrumental in introducing Latin American literature to a worldwide audience, and was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of…
  • Lay of the Land: Photos from Arlo Crawford's "A Farm Dies Once a Year"

    Kevin Nguyen
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    After finishing Arlo Crawford's memoir A Farm Dies Once a Year, I found myself wanting to quit my desk job and do something that involves working with my hands. The book details Crawford's decision to leave his city life to help out on his parents' farm in rural Pennsylvania. To my surprise, the narrative is as much a curious look at the intricacies of organic farming as it is a rich, poignant portrait of Crawford's family and their relationship to the land and their neighbors. (On top of moving to the country, A Farm also gave me the urge to call my mom and tell her how…
  • YA Wednesday: Dreaming of Gods & Monsters with Laini Taylor

    Seira Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    At the beginning of this month Laini Taylor came to town and we got together to talk about Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final book in her trilogy.  I first met Taylor in 2011 when I interviewed her here in Seattle for Daughter of Smoke & Bone and we bonded over our shared love of YA novels and John Fluevog shoes.  At the time, I tried not to sound like an obsessed fan girl. Even though I kind of was. And am.  If you haven't read this trilogy yet, prepare to get hooked on a beautifully told otherworldly story of angels, monsters, and a couple of key humans, enmeshed in love…
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Erynn Mangum | Expectations

    SaraReyes
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Every so often, I get this huge craving for ice cream. It doesn’t last long but I never remember that as I’m buying three gallons of ice cream at the grocery store on the day it hits. So then I have three half-opened containers just growing ice crystals in my freezer for the next month […]
  • Sign Up for Weekly Steals And Deals from Entangled Publishing

    SaraReyes
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Everyone loves a great deal, right? What if you could have amazing deals, and get a steal of a price (sometimes even free!) on riveting books every single week? Entangled’s Steals & Deals offers you just that opportunity. We offer new release books On Sale, or at the introductory price of just 99¢, and every […]
  • Fresh Pick | HARD TIME by Cara McKenna

    SaraReyes
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Fresh Pick for Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 is HARD TIME by Cara McKenna #RomanceWednesday InterMix April 2014 On Sale: April 15, 2014 310 pages ISBN: 1101622016 EAN: 9781101622018 Kindle: B00GY9SK4O e-Book Add to Wish List Romance Contemporary Buy A Copy Amazon.com Kindle BN.com Powell’s Books Indiebound Hard Time by Cara McKenna In this all-new novel […]
  • Terri Osburn | Finding Your Way Home

    SaraReyes
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    After eighteen years in a dying town where nothing ever happened, I struck out on my own and ended up living in five different states over the next two decades. And in that time, I never lived in the same house for more than a couple years. But all that changed when I settled near […]
  • Vanessa M. Knight | Lucky Charms

    SaraReyes
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Lucky Charms? No. I’m not talking about the cereal, although they are magically delicious. Sugary oats and colorful marshmallows… Num! Sorry, I’m easily distracted by yummy things. I’m talking lucky charms, talisman, totem or symbols. However you wish to classify those things we hold dear. Symbols for love. Symbols for protection. Symbols for luck. We […]
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    Latest blog entries

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Rift by Chris Howard + Giveaway (US/Canada)

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

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

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

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

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
      Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe Christian Schoon, author of Under Nameless Stars – A  Zenn Scarlett Novel, April 2014, can convince you with tales from his teen…
 
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    Kristina Blogs

  • Finding Books

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

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

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

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

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

  • “Where do you buy these?”

    Randy Ribay
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    Barnes and Noble at Cherry Hill, NJ. Eight years ago, the question shocked me: “Mr. Ribay, where do you buy these?” The student was holding up a book. He had no idea where to buy a book. That was my first year teaching in Camden, NJ and the first time I had ever encountered someone who had to ask this question. But it wouldn’t be the last. “Umm,” I said, “a bookstore.” The answer seemed obvious, but later I thought about it further. Had I bought it in a physical bookstore? I probably purchased it online. This eighth grader couldn’t do that without a parent with a credit card.
  • Endless Reader app review

    Katie Bircher
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    From Originator (formerly Callaway Digital Arts), developer of the fantastic Endless Alphabet, comes Endless Reader (November 2013). Endless Reader closely follows the format and style of the previous app. A narrator speaks a sight word — such as all, eat, on, up, or you — as it appears in lowercase letters on the screen. A stampede of cute monsters scatters the letters, which the user places back into the correct order to spell the word. The narrator then reads a context sentence (this time with the invitation to put the words in the correct order after the whole sentence appears on the…
  • April Notes on the way

    Katie Bircher
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Vampires, werepeople, and yetis — oh my! In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, I get to ask Cynthia Leitich Smith five questions about her (ahem) tantalizing new series Feral, a spin-off to her Tantalize quartet. Other goodies in this issue: • more YA fantasy sequels • picture books about the big city • recommended reading for National Poetry Month • intermediate books about wartime Read the issue online here, or subscribe to receive Notes from the Horn Book newsletter (and its supplement Nonfiction Notes) in your inbox. Find more recommended books and…
  • Review of Here Comes the Easter Cat

    Cynthia K. Ritter
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood; 
illus. by Claudia Rueda Preschool    Dial    80 pp. 1/14    978-0-8037-3939-0    $16.99    g Cat discovers an advertisement for the Easter Bunny’s arrival on the front endpapers of this witty offering, and from the very first page he is unhappy about it. The text addresses Cat directly throughout the book, and he responds using placards, humorous expressions, and body language to convey his emotions to great effect. When asked what’s wrong, Cat explains that he doesn’t understand why everyone loves the Easter Bunny. To…
  • The queen of all biographies

    Nicole Hewes
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    “What?! You can’t stop reading there!” bellowed one of my second graders as I shut our read-aloud book and left the main character, Annie Taylor, sealed in a barrel and about to reach the precipice of Niagara Falls. I smiled at his uncontainable outburst and began soliciting predictions about whether Annie would survive her madcap freefall or meet what seemed to be imminent doom. As a brand new teacher, this was the breakthrough for which I had been waiting — the first book that would enrapture my students and captivate their imaginations long after we finished reading it. So, it…
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • O'Hara Gets His Due

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

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

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    At last, a way to gauge one's level of bibliomania: What would you give to own a copy of A.S. Byatt's Possession inscribed by the author to Nicholas Basbanes? Or, Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, inscribed to the man who brought book collecting into the mainstream? How about Alberto Manguel's A History of Reading inscribed to the author of eight books on reading, writing, and collecting books?These three association copies, and more than six hundred other modern first editions, all inscribed to Basbanes, are being offered en bloc by Lux Mentis Booksellers in Portland, Maine.   Most…
  • Swann Galleries to Hold First Vernacular Photography Auction

    Nate Pedersen
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    On Thursday, April 17th, Swann Galleries will hold the first ever vernacular photography auction presented by a major house. The sale, entitled "The Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots, and Objects," commences at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, with 294 lots represented.Swann was inspired to hold an auction dedicated to vernacular photography (described as "anything outside of the fine art realm") after being surprised by the high prices realized by vernacular photography in previous auctions. For example, an album of 27 spiritualist photographs depicting seances in Winnipeg blew through…
  • The Grapes of Wrath at 75

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. The novel, which traces the Joad family's journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The National Steinbeck Center (NSC) in Salinas, California, plans to celebrate with a three-day festival next month. Events include an "Opening Night Speakeasy" and various talks and tours. Last fall, the NSC sponsored a migration reenactment in which a team of artists traveled along Route 66, presenting programs and collecting oral histories…
 
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Friday Videos Love Optical Illusions

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    by SB Sarah This week's Friday video comes from James, and it's pretty amazing. I found a few people doing this sort of illusion performance, but none in a park like this gentleman:  Link! The music, if you're curious, is from the soundtrack to the movie Amelie by Yann Tiersen I hope your weekend is filled with simply beautiful things! Categories: Friday Videos, General Bitching
  • 87. An Interview with Maya Banks

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    by SB Sarah Jane and Sarah interview New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks. We talk about what she's writing, and what she's reading - both Maya and Jane are fans of books that contain crack. We talk about her feelings about first person point of view, new books, antiheroes, and recurring characters in the Banks world. PLEASE NOTE. In the middle of the podcast, Jane and Maya discuss Kristen Ashley's newest book, and there is a SPOILER ALERT between 20:30 - 24:34 in the podcast audio. (There's also an announcement during the podcast at that point so don't be worried…
  • Books on Sale: Western Historicals from Susan Kay Law

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah The Bad Man's Bride by Susan Kay Law is $2.99 digitally. This is a historical western, and is book 1 in the Marrying Miss Bright series. This book was originally published in 2001, and has a 3.8-star average. Most of Law's books are well reviewed, in fact. This one is about a woman who moves to Kansas to be a school teacher, which is one of my favorite conceits for historical westerns.  At first glance, the lovely Easterner Anthea Bright seems woefully unsuited for her position as the new schoolmarm in Haven, Kansas. But behind that fine finishing school polish…
  • Book Budgeting

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    by SB Sarah In recent discussions, especially in the comments for some of the Books on Sale posts, a few of you have mentioned your book budgets. Sometimes it's howls of agony that the monthly budget has been exceeded by yet another tempting $1.99 deal - I feel your pain, as I'm equally susceptible.  But a few have mentioned interesting solutions, such as Tam and Dora on 11 April. Dora mentioned how tempting some of the sales are, and that she needed to come up with a book buying rule.  Tam replied:  I try and budget (note the use of the word try), by using gift…
  • HaBO: Stained Glass Secretly Made by Women

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    by SB Sarah This HaBO request is from SusieQ, who is searching for a historical romance:  Historical, with an 'older' rogue-type hero who finds the heroine when he goes through her downtrodden (war-torn?) village. I'm pretty sure she was all alone/had been left behind somehow. Maybe her family had been killed? Anyhow, she comes from a family of stained glass artists, who I guess had made a famous stained glass dome at some point. Hero ends up taking her back to wherever with him, so she can make a new dome. When they get back to society, she ends up living with him (so she…
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    London Review of Books

  • David Motadel: Short Cuts

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

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

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

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

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

  • Short Story Template by Peter Kispert

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    [Beginning in media res in mother’s house.][Sufficiently dramatic exposition with an obvious, planted echo to the story’s climax.][Flashback serving to illuminate character that could have been filtered through the present action.][Unsatisfying cliffhanger.][Disorienting scene break.][Re-introduction to protagonist’s mother.][Quirky habit of mind revealed.][Sudden realization that protagonist’s father is to blame for much of the present narrative.][Jarring shift to present action.][Jarring shift back to flashback.][Second disorienting scene break.][Broken vase.][Flash forward to an…
  • Monologue: The Holy Spirit Reacts to Jesus Sitting At the Right Hand of The Father by Conor James McKeon

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don’t believe this.Now, obviously “nepotism” isn’t an accusation one just throws without reason, but when a person ascends to Heaven and is given everlasting dominion and glory and kingdom on their first day, well, what else are you supposed to call that? Monarchical theocracy?Please. Spare me.Of course, it’s not like I’m surprised. I’ve always been treated like the Holy Trinity’s version of myrrh. You don’t bless yourself in the name of “The Father, The Holy Spirit, and The Son.” And yes, I realize having me at the end works better…
  • Putting the Biscuit in the Basket: A Review of Go for the Goal by Mia Hamm. by Miles Wray

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    - -Under Review: Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life by Mia Hamm with Aaron Heifetz (HarperCollins, 1999, 222 pages)- -The curious reader would notice, if they were to scroll through this column’s archive, that every Self-Help Book by a Professional Athlete thus far reviewed has been written by an athlete who was born and lives within the mighty, star-spangled boundaries of these U.S. of A. And this review is no exception, as Mia Hamm played exclusively for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team as well as the Women’s United Soccer Association’s…
  • Reviews of New Food by Various New Food Tasters

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Twix and Snickers EggsSubmitted by Amy BarnesIn the religious/candy section of Dollar General (a full three months before Easter), I found the holy grail of long shelf life Easter candy. Nestled in a cheap display basket, Twix Eggs and Snickers Eggs flanked leftover clearance Christmas candy canes as some near-heretical cashier joke. Like Mary Magdalene looking for Last Supper party favors, I scooped up two of each.It was to be only a cruel joke. Each Egg set me back $.85 and only offered half the size of a non-themed Twix or Snickers. These were obviously cult candy bars luring me in with a…
  • Your Mother’s and My Divorce Explained Through This Awesome Infographic by Aboubacar Ndiaye

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Jake, son, have a seat. As you know, your mom and I have been having problems lately, and I’m sorry to say we’re splitting up. This change will be really hard, but to make it easier to understand I’ve designed a beautifully intuitive infographic.Maybe you thought your mom and I were just going through a rough patch but, as I explain in this embedded flash video, after I met Janine there was nothing we could do to salvage our relationship. Here, you can click through to see her Instagram profile. I think you’ll be proud of me Jake!To help you through this transition I’ve made the…
 
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    Podiobooker

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Building a Devoted Readership Person by Person

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

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

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

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

  • Spring at the Berkeley Heights Public Library

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

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

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Just Do Itby Robert J. DaniherI am a procrastinator.  There…I said it.  The secret’s out.  I procrastinate, as my absence from contributing to this blog has proven.  Like most people (especially writers), I allow life to get in the way of things I truly enjoy doing.  And when it comes to writing there are tons of excuses to stay away from that keyboard.  Maybe it’s about the fear of failure, or not knowing how to begin, or even fear of success.  Fill in the blank.  But when you get right down to the nitty gritty, it’s really just about…
  • How do you call your children home for dinner?

    Fleur
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Because I'm leaving for a few days to see my grown children who live out-of-state, I thought I would post a few old blog posts. My children and I talk and text by cell phone, we use 'Facetime' (video by cell phone or computer), we share online calendars, and follow each other on 'Facebook' and 'Twitter', but I just can't remember how I got them to come home for dinner when they were young. Probably a prearranged time and/or the old land-line telephone. But here's how it was when my friends and I were growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs.Excerpt from an old post about Bill Bryson's…
  • Who Wants Your Old Books - revisited

    Fleur
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    One of our favorite posts, our statistics tell us, is the one about how to get rid of your old books. This is a common question in most libraries and a question not easily answered. Or at least, not easily answered in the way that people would like to hear. Sadly, most old books are just unwanted, unloved and worth very little, but no one wants to just throw them out. Here is what we wrote:Disposing of Old Books Who wants your old books? Have you tried in vain to sell them at a yard sale or give them to your local library, school, college or thrift store only to be sent away not empty-handed?
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Why you need to experiment with content sponsorship

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

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

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

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

    Joe Wikert
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:16 am
    Have you seen the “Seat Monitors” ad by Southwest Airlines? They recognize the fact that most travelers already have a laptop or tablet with them, so why install all those expensive (and heavy) seat back video screens? United Airlines is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair round-up 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Doc Martyn's Soul: Publishing for the Good of Humanities

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

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

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

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

    nebraskapress
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Emily Levine is an independent scholar and the editor of Witness: A Húŋkpapȟa Historian’s Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas. I am privileged and honored to be the editor of Josephine Waggoner’s monumental life’s work. What historian would say no to editing one of the few new Native manuscripts to come to light in recent decades? What historian would say no to bringing to publication the voluminous work of a Hunkpapa historian long unrecognized? What historian would say no to taking on this work when asked to do so by members of the woman’s family? Looking back, I am chagrined to…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

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

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

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

    Jon
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    TweetWe are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Business Book Awards. Thousands of business books are published each year, each with the potential to promote change and enlighten the way people think about business. We began recognizing these efforts in 2007 with the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, highlighting the best works in a number of categories. Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and the quality of its content. Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2014 is eligible within the following categories: Leadership Management…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    800-CEO-READ
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tweet The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard, Jossey-Bass, $28.00, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 9781118829424 When you see a book has a foreword written by Tom Peters,and an afterword penned by Clayton Christensen, you pay attention. When the author of that same book is the publisher of Forbes, you get your wallet out. And the return on the investment of time and money you put into Rich Karlgaard’s new book, The Soft Edge, will be well worth it. Karlgaard begins The Soft Edge by describing a “triangle of long-term company health.” The first two edges…
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    Three Percent - Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can Charisma Be Taught?

    The Shortlist
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Brain GamesThe Charm HackerMatterOlivia Fox Cabane is an introvert who was an outcast in school. Today she earns six figures teaching people, mostly up-and-coming Silicon Valley leaders, how to be charismatic. Her story is not only an inspiring one of adapting self-help narratives and neuroscience to "trick" her own mind; it’s also a tale couched in almost a century of management thinking about who can and can't be a leader. Sixty years ago, Matter's Teresa Chin writes, "somebody like Olivia would have been better off seeking a profession in which she could mostly avoid people." It was, in…
  • Why Entrepreneurs Will Beat Multinationals to the Bottom of the Pyramid

    Paul Polak
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    C.K. Prahalad and Stuart Hart’s seminal book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid gained a wide audience when it was published in 2004 and has continued to be widely read ever since. Its iconic phrase, “bottom of the pyramid,” entered the English lexicon. The book was a call to action to the world’s largest companies to develop new products for the four billion people living on $4 a day or less—a market representing what was in effect the new frontier for corporate expansion. What was the result of this stirring cry a decade ago? On the fifth anniversary of the book’s…
  • Midsized Firms Can’t Afford Bad Bets

    Robert Sher
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    CEOs of midsized companies who make big bets can lose the farm. The executives of Fortune 500 companies might be able to lose the same bet with impunity, and the founders of venture capital-funded startups are only renting the farm (with the VC’s money) anyway. But for a midsize company, an ambitious investment that you don’t have the wherewithal to execute on can be fatal. These travails don’t just happen to declining midsized firms making the business equivalent of a Hail Mary pass. In fact, rapidly growing midsized companies are even more vulnerable to running out of cash while…
  • Your Tendency to Put Things Off May Have Been Inherited

    The Daily Stat
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    46% of the trait of procrastination is due to genetic influences, according to a study of hundreds of sets of twins. The research also lends support to a theory that procrastination, in its tendency to undermine adherence to long-term goals, is a byproduct of impulsivity, which may have had an evolutionary origin: Hunter-gatherers had an advantage if they acted swiftly to satisfy their survival needs. Your genetics don’t necessarily condemn you to a life of procrastination: The 46% figure means procrastination is only “moderately heritable,” according to the researchers, led by Daniel…
  • Privacy Is a Business Opportunity

    David Hoffman
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Technology innovation and the power of data analytics present tremendous value, but also new challenges. While a digital economy requires businesses to rethink priorities and practices, this doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead, privacy protection should be a practice as fundamental to the business as customer service. Privacy is an essential element of being a good business partner. It may take time for this idea to sink in at the highest executive levels of some companies, but the conversation is advancing rapidly after a number of recent high-profile data breaches. Consumers are now not…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #276: Poor Donna Tartt…

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

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

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

    Ann Kingman
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fountain pens, fandom, Sous Chef and The Cold Song … More questions from the inbox The Tournament of Books is underway and The People in the Trees is quite the spoiler! I’m watching every round, rooting for Hanya Yanigaraha’s novel which beat Life After Life in round one and trounced The Goldfinch in the quarter-final round. As an addendum to this podcast, which was recorded on March 24th, The People in the Trees has gone on to beat Philip Meyer’s The Son. Please excuse my glee. After the gloating, we answer two questions: Andrea in Louisville, KY asks about…
  • BOTNS #272: Celebrating a Dark Modern Classic

    Michael Kindness
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Updates on previous topics. Geek Love turns 25. Recommendations for Apple Tree Yard and A Life in Books. A Few Updates on Previous Topics Last week, we gave Joe from Buffalo a few ideas of authors to read, considering he loves John Grisham and Dan Brown. BOTNS’ librarian friend Carol rightly pointed out that we forgot to mention Steve Berry, whose first book, The Amber Room, is one that Ann loved. Following up on the discussion Melissa and I had about books that don’t work so well in e-form, Ann recently found out about Wink Books, a site dedicated to “Remarkable Books that…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"

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

    Neal Thompson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    To do list: Get the snow tires exchanged Renew tabs on Sean’s car; schedule Leo’s practice drives Call the landscaper – what’s with those weeds? Get rid of the damn woodpecker poking a hole in the house at 6am each day Reschedule call with Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed, which you had to cancel four times I found it fitting that it took a week of texts and emails for Schulte and me to find a window in our respective schedules. When we finally connected, Schulte was charging her dying iPhone at the booth of a Eugene, Oregon burger joint, during a brief pause between book tour…
  • Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

    Jon Foro
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian-born author known for his stories that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality--as well as the lines between tragedy and comedy--has died following a bout with pneumonia. As the author of novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, "Gabo" was instrumental in introducing Latin American literature to a worldwide audience, and was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of…
  • Lay of the Land: Photos from Arlo Crawford's "A Farm Dies Once a Year"

    Kevin Nguyen
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    After finishing Arlo Crawford's memoir A Farm Dies Once a Year, I found myself wanting to quit my desk job and do something that involves working with my hands. The book details Crawford's decision to leave his city life to help out on his parents' farm in rural Pennsylvania. To my surprise, the narrative is as much a curious look at the intricacies of organic farming as it is a rich, poignant portrait of Crawford's family and their relationship to the land and their neighbors. (On top of moving to the country, A Farm also gave me the urge to call my mom and tell her how…
  • YA Wednesday: Dreaming of Gods & Monsters with Laini Taylor

    Seira Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    At the beginning of this month Laini Taylor came to town and we got together to talk about Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final book in her trilogy.  I first met Taylor in 2011 when I interviewed her here in Seattle for Daughter of Smoke & Bone and we bonded over our shared love of YA novels and John Fluevog shoes.  At the time, I tried not to sound like an obsessed fan girl. Even though I kind of was. And am.  If you haven't read this trilogy yet, prepare to get hooked on a beautifully told otherworldly story of angels, monsters, and a couple of key humans, enmeshed in love…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • Photo Book Recreates Classic Meals From Literature

    Dianna Dilworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Have you ever found yourself salivating while reading about meals in a book? Graphic designer Dinah Fried will take your hunger to the next level. She has created a photo book of meals featured in classic literature called Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals which just came out on Harper Collins. The book includes fifty photos of meals photographs from books ranging from The Secret Garden to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Check it out: Showcasing famous meals including the madcap tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel…
  • Jot Down Writing Ideas With Six Word’s New iPhone App

    Dianna Dilworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    You are walking down the street and have a great idea, but as soon as you get back to your computer it’s gone. All writers have experienced it. Lawrence Smith, the founder of the storytelling community SMITH Magazine, has created an iPhone app to help solve this challenge. Six Words is designed to help you quickly write down ideas in six words. Users can write six words on any topic and include a photo to help keep track of their ideas on-the-go. There is a social component as well, for users that want to engage their ideas with the community. Writers can share their six words to get…
  • Netflix Releases Trailer For ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 2

    Maryann Yin
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black. The video embedded above features scenes with Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov, and Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Follow this link to hear the cast describe the forthcoming season in three words. According to Time, “the series premiered to critical acclaim last summer, and though Netflix does not release its audience data, it was rumored to have outpaced Netflix’s other popular originals, including House of Cards and…
  • Interactive Game of Thrones Map

    Dianna Dilworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Game of Thrones fans, listen up! There is an interactive Game of Thrones map available that lets readers track the paths of each character from Song of Ice and Fire. The tool lets readers explore the map based on how far they into the book they are so far. Readers can set their chapter level so as to avoid spoilers. Readers can explore the paths of multiple characters at a time, to show how those characters have crossed paths. Follow this link to explore the tool further. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Barry Buggles, Gina Lamm, & Gail Mencini: Coming Attractions

    Maryann Yin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Here are some handpicked titles from our Coming Attractions page. Want to include your book? Just read our Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers post for all the details. Humphrey the Bug Eyed Alien: Adventures in France by Barry Buggles: ”Humphrey The Bug Eyed Alien, finds himself high above the French Alps mountain range. He goes on to discover many wonderful sights and facts about France in Europe.” (January 2013) continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
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    The Writing Life

  • Why Words Are Magic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thomas Sullivan: ZIGZAG

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

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

    Robert Jones
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. Fans of the forensic investigation dramas on television have probably noticed various instruments used in crime laboratories to analyze evidence. One has likely been used to identify constituents of various substances and is known as a mass spectrometer. Such instruments appear to be quite complicated, but their…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CABIN FEVER QUESTIONS

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:37 am
    The Q&A’s used here borrow a lot from Sullygram correspondence – my monthly newsletter.  Sullygrams are basically an inspirational/philosophical email W/photos that you can get free just by request at mn333mn@earthlink.net .  Read by thousands of people around the world, interesting threads develop into a backlog of questions, some of which I include here.  Feel free to email me on any topic you like.  Writing and creativity can go in any direction, and they have over the years from the technical to the personal.  I think cabin fever added to the total this month – at least…
  • THOSE WHO KNOW, BUT DON’T KNOW THEY KNOW

    Robert Jones
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:40 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. Scene 1 I first noticed an odd phenomenon after having played a guitar for several years during my teens. My folks had given me an acoustic guitar for my birthday, and I bought a pickup for it. I didn’t have an amplifier, but made do by installing a jack in a small radio to receive a cable connected to the…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • “If I Should Die,” Emily Dickinson

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

    Paulo Coelho
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I have have asked my readers to reflect upon “prayer” and write to my blog. Amanto: The only true prayer is the one in which our heart burns with the presence of God. If you have prayed in this way, perfect! If you have prayed because you want something, or because of financial difficulties, you […]
  • Father and Daughter (Oscar 2000 short animation)

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    6:36 min beautiful video.
  • 4 Things I Learned About Life

    Paulo Coelho
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    By Wan Muhammad Zulfikri haven’t read The Alchemist. Yeah, I know. For someone who writes an article about Paulo Coelho AT LEAST I should read the book that made him a success. But the only book I read was Aleph and it was really good. After reading it, I had an image of him as […]
  • The atheist and the lion

    Paulo Coelho
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    An atheist is going through a forest in Africa, filled with admiration for everything created by that “accident of evolution”. “But what majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals! And all this happened by chance, without anyone interfering! Only the weak and ignorant, afraid they cannot explain their own lives and the universe, feel […]
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    Advanced Fiction Writing

  • Smashing The Fiction Writing Bottleneck

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

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

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

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

    Randy Ingermanson
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Bravo to Hugh Howey and to his collaborator, “Anonymous Data Guy,” for their recent series of articles at AuthorEarnings.com Hugh and Data Guy have done a remarkable series of calculations that work as follows: Data Guy wrote a program to crawl through various best-seller lists on Amazon. Hugh already had data from many indie authors allowing him to correlate a sales-rank to an actual number of sales. Data Guy then used Hugh’s data to estimate author earnings. You can read all the results at AuthorEarnings.com. We can summarize their results  as follows: Indie authors as a group are…
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • My First

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

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

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

    25 Jan 2014 | 3:38 pm
    In The Circle, David Eggers's imagined society in the not so distant future, it's not that Big Brother is watching. Instead, everyone is watching each other. The Circle is a fictional Silicon Valley corporation which has absorbed earlier social media outlets like Google, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook into the all encompassing TruYou. It sounds so appealing – one password, one identity, one account which connects you to everything and everyone.Mae Holland joins The Circle as a starry-eyed enthusiast of this new vision, and is thrilled by her job. The 'campus' is luxurious, with fountains,…
  • Favorite Books of 2013

    1 Jan 2014 | 6:54 pm
    It's time again to pick my favorite books of the year. My blog production was down this year – my New Year's resolution is to produce more in 2014. But I still have lots of recommendations for books that touched me, surprised me, fascinated me. So here are my top three, with three move runners-up too good to ignore:A Hologram for the Kingby Dave Eggers surprised me - he managed to encapsulate so many of the themes of America in the twenty-first century into the travails of one decent man. Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son fascinated me – it was an eye-opening glimpse at life in…
 
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    The Millions

  • Dr. Doyle

    Tess Malone
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When Arthur Conan Doyle wasn’t writing Sherlock Holmes, he was a practicing doctor. Thomas Goetz’s new book The Remedy discusses the history of tuberculosis and Doyle’s role in finding a cure with Robert Koch. The Daily Beast interviewed Goetz about how he came up with the idea for the book. “These two characters were part of a much larger story about how scientific discoveries evolve into social change.”
  • Ghosts of Novels

    Tess Malone
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s always disappointing when your novel fails to get published, but what if that novel were still lurking online? At The New York Times, Jason K. Friedman writes about finding the Amazon and Google links for his novel that never made it to print. “Google admits, ‘We haven’t found any reviews in the usual places,’ which in this case would be the planet Earth.” Pair with: Our own Edan Lepucki’s essay on how to cope with not selling your novel.
  • Elmore Leonard’s Detroit

    Tess Malone
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Does a writer make the city or does the city make the writer? At Grantland, Michael Weinreb discusses why Elmore Leonard is the ultimate Motor City writer and discovers Leonard’s Detroit. “Without his books, the city would still have suffered the same hellish decline. But because of him, that suffering was rendered into an art form all its own.” Pair with: Our own Bill Morris writing against Detroit’s ruin porn reputation.
  • Transylvanians Gone Wild: On Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy

    Matt Seidel
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    1. The first volume of Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy opens as the protagonist, Count Balint Abady, is carried “peacefully and gently” in his carriage to a sumptuous ball. Having recently returned from diplomatic service to his native Transylvania and luxuriating in the memories evoked by the landscape, Balint is not concerned with making good time: Soon Balint’s old fiacre, moving slowly, was overtaken by all sorts of other vehicles, some driving so fast that he could only occasionally recognize a face or two before they too were swallowed up in the dust. Our first portrait…
  • RIP Márquez

    Tess Malone
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87. The Colombian writer was a prominent novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He was most famous for One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and The Autumn of the Patriarch and won a Nobel Prize in 1982 for his work.
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  • Where No One Has Gone Before: The Star Trek Graphic Novels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jon Page
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    When I received a copy of Kevin Powers’ collection of poetry I was quite apprehensive. I definitely wanted to read the collection as The Yellow Birds was beyond amazing. It still resonates very strongly with me everytime I think about it and Powers’ poetry background really comes through in his writing. But I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to have the same feelings and get the intensity from his poems, and if I did, I wasn’t confident in being able to review or talk about the poetry collection in the same way I am comfortable in doing so with prose. Kevin Powers first poetry…
  • Player Profile: Anna Jaquiery, author of The Lying Down Room

    Jon Page
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Anna Jaquiery, author of The Lying Down Room Tell us about your latest creation: It’s a crime novel set in France and the first in a series. The main character is a senior French detective at the Criminal Brigade in Paris. This book opens with an investigation into the murder of an elderly woman. Others will die. The main suspects are two evangelists, a man and a boy, who go door-to-door distributing religious pamphlets. I won’t give the rest away – I hope you’ll read the book! Where are you from / where do you call home?: There’s no simple answer to this. My father is Malaysian and…
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    14 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
  • Day 4 - Thur 4/10/14

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today was a rough day.  Only got 7 hours - difficult to wake up.  Felt sluggish and tired all day with headache and light sensitivity, foggy brain.  At first thought I was just lacking in sleep but then I realized I was dehydrating and losing sodium as happens in early keto-adaptation so I drank some beef broth to get sodium and fluids which helped a lot.  I also felt some annoying muscle twitching so had a magnesium drink which helped as well.  But later in the evening I was getting restless leg so I rubbed some magnesium gel on my legs and that seemed to help as…
 
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the giant of Latin American literature, dies at 87

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

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

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

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

    Jessica Doyle
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Three debut novelists – Hannah Kent, Audrey Magee and Eimear McBride – have found themselves side-by-side with industry veterans Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist.  Whittled down from an impressive list of 20, the shortlist includes six novels: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride The Undertaking Audrey Magee Favorites Margaret Atwood, Eleanor Catton…
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  • Christian Book Club Recommendations

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

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

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    Here is a calendar of the big new book releases expected this month: April Book Release Calendar Cover Photo Courtesy Simon & Schuster
  • Unbroken - Read it before the movie comes out

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand came out in 2010 and has been a bestseller ever since, so many of you are probably thinking, "Why are you telling me to read this? I read this a long time ago. It's great. Everyone knows it's great." I, however, just read it. And since I read a lot of books and I just got around to this one, I figure there are probably some of you who are hold outs and think, "not my kind of book." If that's you, here is why you should read Unbroken. Unbroken Book Club Questions Photo Courtesy Random House
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If you liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, find out whether the sequel, Hollow City, is as good: Review of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs Hollow City Book Club Discussion Questions Cover Photo Courtesy Quirk
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  • Why Indie Authors Need A Team

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

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

    Joanna Penn
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    At Harrogate Crime Festival last year, I heard Lee Child being interviewed on his incredibly successful Jack Reacher series. When asked about his writing process, Lee mentioned being like a trucker. A trucker doesn’t get up in the morning and wonder whether or not to get in the truck and do his job. He just does, and off he drives. So, Lee said, he just gets in his version of the truck and writes. It’s a job, just do it. This workman attitude also resonates through Steven Pressfield’s book ‘Turning Pro,’ which sits on my desk and which I re-read every new year.
  • Writing Fiction: 5 Lessons From Game Of Thrones

    Joanna Penn
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Game of Thrones fever is at its peak as Season 4 finally hits the screens. We haven’t had a TV for years now, but in the last few months, we’ve watched the whole series, glued to the drama of Westeros and the battle for the Iron Throne. As a viewer, I have been addicted to the story, and as a writer, I bow my head to a master story creator and world builder. It must be the ambition of every creative to see their work loved as widely as Game of Thrones now is. The adaptation to screen is fantastic, creating new fans outside the realms of the fantasy genre and drawing more into the…
  • See Your Book Idea Through the Lens of a Publishing Professional

    Nina Amir
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:47 pm
    One of the best things about being an indie author is that the creative control rests with you. You get to write and publish what you want. But that doesn’t guarantee that anyone will notice your book, or that they will buy it. If you take a business orientated view of the publishing and marketing side of things, you’ll find your chances to sell and make an impact will be greater. In today’s article, Nina Amir explains how to take your book idea to the professional level, giving it more chance to succeed. For centuries authors, as well as readers, relied on acquisitions…
 
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  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

    Robert Lee Brewer
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the cool things I was asked to do already this year is to be a guest judge at the InterBoard Poetry Community for the first three months of the year. It was fun reading through the submissions each month, and my last round of judging recently went live on the site. Click here to read the winners–and to check out the various forums/communities.For today’s prompt, write a weather poem. A weather poem can be a poem about a hurricane or tornado; it can be a poem about the weatherperson; it can be a poem about forgetting an umbrella on a rainy day; it can be big; it can be…
  • What Magazine Editors Want (& Don’t Want)

    Brian A. Klems
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    What are editors pet peeves? What can you do to get more and more assignments tossed your way by editors? Do editors expect you to know SEO? (Do you know what SEO means?)I was honored to be interviewed by Laura Pepper Wu, editor of The Write Life magazine, where we discussed many important topics that relate to freelance writers. It’s a lot of great info packed into a relatively short conversation, so it’s worth checking out (not to mention I look incredibly dashing in my bright blue headphones). Here’s the clip.Thanks for visiting The Writer’s Dig blog. For more great…
  • Successful Queries: Agent Sara Megibow and “Falls the Shadow”

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    This series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letter examples that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting these query letter samples, we will also get to hear thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked.The 66th installment in this series is with agent Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary) for Stefanie Gaither’s young adult novel, FALLS THE SHADOW (Sept 2014, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Kristi Helvig, author of BURN OUT, said of the book: “[It's] a smart, futuristic…
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

    Robert Lee Brewer
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday afternoon, I posted about the value of poetry (at least in my eyes). Spoiler alert: It’s more than just publication credits and rolling around in hundred dollar bills. In fact, it has nothing to do with either. Click here to check it out and share your thoughts.For today’s prompt, write a pop culture poem. I guess I broke out the Bon Jovi a day early, eh? But hey, write a poem about Bon Jovi or Van Halen; write a poem about the Kardashians (or don’t–and say you did); write a poem about a popular SNL skit; write a poem about Dr. Who or Downton Abbey; write a…
  • What Is the Value of Poetry?

    Robert Lee Brewer
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In the opening poem (“matters of great importance”) of my collection, Solving the World’s Problems, I ask a simple question: what’s more important / writing a poem / or building a bridge…At least, the question starts off simple enough, but then it continues to spiral out into giving thanks, stocking chairs, delivering chairs, managing systems, and so on. But there are times when I waste time worrying about which really is more important. There are times when I wonder, “What am I doing here?”Here being writing poems and devoting a tremendous amount of…
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  • 8 Books You Should Read At Least Once

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

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sustainable education is becoming more and more popular as we learn about environmentally sound practices and behaviors humanity engages in that could be potentially damaging to the Earth. For anyone considering pursuing an education in sustainability or environmental sciences, there are several factors to consider, from the different types of degrees and job prospects after school to the unique opportunities that may come from a sustainable career. Image credit: Flickr Degree Possibilities Colleges and universities are now offering graduate and undergraduate degrees relating to…
  • 5 Must-See Attractions at Better World Books World

    Better World Books
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    By now, you’ve no doubt heard the announcement about our literary amusement park Better World Books World, where great reads make great rides. So when you look up the location closest to you, be sure to visit these great attractions based on famous works: 1. Melville Mayhem This nautical-themed ride is a thrilling twofer featuring elements of Moby Dick as well as Billy Budd, Sailor. When you round up your crew and hop aboard, you’ll really be impressed! (Note: Please no harpooning, fisticuffs, or scrivening.) 2. Starship Shakespeare You know how that other theme park has that big…
 
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  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

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

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

    Sarah Statz Cords
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Huffington Post: 9 Best New Books of Spring Leading Blog: April Leadership books Bustle.com: April’s 6 Must-Read Books TIME: Best Spring/Summer Photo Books Quill and Quire: Spring Preview 2014: International Books Graphic Novel Reporter: Spring 2014 Graphic Novels Huffington Post: Spring’s hottest teen books Boston Herald: A “bouquet of spring books” Huffington Post: 11 Must-Read Books for Spring Parade: 10 New Books You’ll Love This Spring Publishers’ Weekly: Parenting Books 2014 The Rap Sheet: Spring Crime Fiction Huffington Post: Can’t-miss…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    To be published the week of Apr 14-20, 2014: MONDAY FICTION Bacharach, Jacob – The Bend of the World – 9780871406828 Wyld, Evie – All the Birds, Singing – 9780307907769 MONDAY NONFICTION Aczel, Amir – Why Science Does Not Disprove God – 9780062230591 Howard, Philip K. – The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy – 9780393082821 Leibovitz, Liel – A Broken Hallelujah: Rock ’n’ Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen – 9780393082050 TUESDAY FICTION Ace, Cathy – The Corpse with the…
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  • Islamophobia, Extremism, and the War on Terror: Arun Kundnani (BSS #540)

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

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

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

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Why are we so consumed with providing every moment of our lives to a faceless corporation who will share this data with other companies without our consent? What makes the NSA worse than the Stasi? And to what extent are we determined to become enslaved by convenience? We talk with journalist Julia Angwin, author of DRAGNET NATION, about these dilemmas, the inevitability of mutually assured disinformation, and why the black helicopter lifestyle is becoming more legitimate.
  • Dave Itzkoff and Translated Literature: Mad as Hell (BSS #536)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:07 pm
    This one hour program looks into two "mad as hell" scenarios. We talk with journalist Dave Itzkoff about MAD AS HELL, the making of NETWORK, Paddy Chayefsky's colorful personality, and why something that seemed so absurd forty years ago became so real. We also investigate a controversy at Open Letter Books which may reveal an emerging ecosystem of smaller publishers being abused by agents on the make. That segment features Open Letter's publisher Chad Post, Scott Esposito, and Michael Orthofer.
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  • Hater without hate

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

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

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

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

    LeAnn Suchy
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    I am so not a 15-year-old boy. That was my first reaction after I finished reading Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. It’s not a bad story, there are many things I liked about it, but man, is that kid horny. He tells us constantly. And he’s horny in the weirdest situations. Grasshopper Jungle is all about Austin Szerba who is chronicling the end of the world. Austin is sixteen years old and lives in Ealing, Iowa, a small town where the end of the world begins, or so Austin tells us at the beginning of the book. Austin tells us a lot of things, making this book part coming of age novel…
 
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  • Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

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

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

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

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

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    After the death of his son, Thomas Tessler locks himself in his room for three years, surfacing only late at night to buy food at the 24-hour store. His wife, desperate for his return, hires a "rental sister" to coax him out of his reclusive state, but she may have signed up for more than she bargained for when Megumi and Thomas begin to get close....Read Full Post
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  • Catacombs by Jennifer Zilm

    Laura Roberts
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    You fingered the spot on the wall where Mother Mary’s skirt was missing. You were still bummed by the misleading directions in the guidebook and how the bus driver had pretended not to understand when you asked him in Italian. You’d been enrolled in that Continuing Ed class for six weeks and had only missed half the classes. You were also smarting because the driver had spoken of you to another passenger, laughed lightly, said the word Americano. The Italy you’d wanted was not two dimensional. “Catacombs” image by Flickr user thriol You’d wanted hulking marble…
  • Goulash by Steven Tomlins

    Danielle White
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Goulash In-between performances; on your mark-set-No! Pale and heavy with thick blue lines, Covering her swollen limb a thin branch of olives. Feeding me second hand oxygen, My senorita squeezes my fingers red, the oil from her forehead takes up a space on my cherub-pink cheek. Is that hair, or is it stitches? It your tooth ceramic? No alarm, no siren, no island drawing me to its shore. No comfort in touching land, for fungus, foam and broken shells pave the beach. I need to own my arm again; stolen from her straight jacket hip. Focus on the soothing, warm blank stare of intuition. Nestle my…
  • The Glassblower by Valerie Borey

    Laura Roberts
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Seven-year-old Crystal sometimes filled her cheeks with glass marbles of different sizes, sorting through them with her tongue and spitting them out one at a time to see if she could correctly identify them. Clinking against her teeth, they whispered to one another, sharing secrets in their cosmic swirl of color. Covered with the sea foam of her saliva, they gleamed in the light, suddenly intimate with her interior and she imagined herself an oyster, a soft moist capsule meant to break open and reveal something of inviolable value. “If you swallow twenty of them,” her older brother Danny…
  • Mockingbirds by Marlin Jenkins

    Laura Roberts
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Her fingertips turn black from the speckled grime. Piano keys old, jagged, wooden under cracked exterior. She runs her fingers down from one side to the other like she’s seen in movies and they catch a corner. Long streak of blood. She imagines her brother sitting in his cell playing along with her, his fingers striking the air with haphazard grace. Stampeding gazelle. She feels him sitting next to her now, his hand on her thigh. He whispers something that she does not hear, does not want to hear. Soon his soft breath forces her ears open. Voice, sand; cochlea – oyster. He tells…
  • Cleopatra After the Snake by Stephanie Valente

    Danielle White
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cleopatra After the Snake my organs are pulpy intertwined & bloated a saggy feeling; almost sweet the heaviness almost– swollen overstuffed apricots I want to put my tongue inside his mouth all blue I writhe it thickens shit. “Cleopatra” image by Flickr user Missouri Southern Stephanie Valente lives in Brooklyn, New York. One day, she would like to be a silent film star. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from dotdotdash, Nano Fiction, LIES/ISLE, and Uphook Press. She can be found at here: http://kitschy.tumblr.com
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  • 25 Essential Graphic Novels

    Brie Hiramine
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent graphic novels out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! The world of the graphic novel is one that spans a wide range of authors, artists, styles, and subject matter, and this primer covers all the bases. While the distinction between graphic novels and comic books gets dicey (the term “graphic novel” was only introduced in the late 1970s), for the purposes of this list, they are…
  • National Poetry Month Poem of the Day: “Exile” by Hart Crane

    Jason Diamond
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire is posting a poem a day. For today’s poem, we’ve picked “Exile” by Hart Crane. “Exile” by Hart Crane  My hands have not touched pleasure since your hands, – No, — nor my lips freed laughter since ‘farewell’, And with the day, distance again expands Voiceless between us, as an uncoiled shell. Yet, love endures, though starving and alone. A dove’s wings clung about my heart each night With surging gentleness, and the blue stone Set in the tryst-ring has but worn more bright.
  • Gabriel García Márquez Was a Literary Legend — But We Should Remember Him for More Than Just His Writing

    Jason Diamond
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    “May it, finally, be hoped that this enthralling, exceedingly comic novel will not encounter the lazy indifference that other Latin American novels have met with in this country.” So wrote David Gallagher in his June 28, 1970 Guardian review of Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Today, García Márquez, the Nobel winner who passed away yesterday at the age of 87, looks up at readers from the front page of the New York Times,confirming that he left the world of literature a very different place than he found it. As he told Peter Stone in a 1981…
  • Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at 87

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The Associated Press is reporting that Nobel Prize-winning literary giant Gabriel García Márquez has passed away today, April 17th. The 87-year-old has been in ill health, and he was hospitalized earlier in the month. His family had said that he was “very fragile.” Marquez, a journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter, was one of the giants of 20th century writing. He is best known for his use of “magical realism.” The publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude in 1967 made his career. He went on to win the Nobel Prize in 1972. His work includes…
  • 50 Incredible Novels Under 200 Pages

    Emily Temple
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Springtime can make even the most devoted of readers a little bit antsy. After all, there are flowers to smell, puddles to jump in, fresh love to kindle. You still want to have a novel in your pocket — just maybe one that doesn’t require quite so epic an attention span. Never fear: after the jump, you will find 50 incredible novels under 200 pages (editions vary, of course, so there’s a little leeway) that are suitable for this or any season. For simplicity’s sake, the list makes no distinction between novel and novella, excludes children’s books, and only allows one novel…
 
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  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 18th: Part 2

    Pixel of Ink
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Take a peek at tonight’s great reads and snag your favorites while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Call Me Cat by Karpov Kinrade Still free? Click Here to find out! “Make me forget about everything except you.” Catelyn Travis is a good girl who gets good grades in law school, doesn’t date and never gets into trouble. But when a run of bad luck threatens to destroy everything she’s worked for, she’s forced to become Cat, phone sex goddess…
  • [Kindle Daily Deal] House of Bathory – Today Only!

    Pixel of Ink
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Amazon has a daily promotion called the Kindle Daily Deal. You can view this special deal every day here: http://amzn.to/KindleDailyDeal Today’s deal is… House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty Genre: Historical Fiction In the early 1600s, Elizabeth Báthory, the infamous Blood Countess, ruled Čachtice Castle in the hinterlands of Slovakia. During bizarre nightly rites, she tortured and killed the young women she had taken on as servants. A devil, a demon, the terror of Royal Hungary – she bathed in their blood to preserve her own youth. 400 years later, echoes of the…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 18th: Part 1

    Pixel of Ink
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:50 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: Biographies & Memoirs, Classic Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Medical Thriller Aloha Also Means Goodbye by Jessica Rosenberg Still free? Click Here to find out! Jo and Jordan tied the knot five years ago in a mud hut in the middle of Zambia far from all their friends and family. Now they’re in Hawaii for a big wedding vow renewal ceremony elaborately planned by Jo’s mother. There’s just one small issue,…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 17th: Part 2

    Pixel of Ink
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with these great reads tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Steampunk, Suspense, Urban Fantasy Almost Kings by Max Doty Still free? Click Here to find out! With their father lost in anger and self-loathing, James “Truck” Wheeler has raised his younger brother Ted as best as he could, considering he’s just a teenager himself. In return, Ted idolizes his brother. Now, during their one year of high school together, Ted will realize there are troubling aspects to…
  • [Hot Deal] More Than You Know – Save $10

    Pixel of Ink
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter Genre: Contemporary Fiction New York Times Bestselling author Nan Rossiter weaves a poignant, empowering novel in which three sisters gather to celebrate their mother’s life – and find new inspiration for living their own… Losing her father on the night she was born could have torn Beryl Graham’s family apart. Instead, it knitted them together. Under their mother’s steady guidance, Beryl and her older sisters, Isak and Rumer, shared a childhood filled with happiness. But now Mia Graham has passed away after battling…
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  • Gallery 1988 Presents Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Show Opening In New York On April 19, 2014

    Larry Fire
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Gallery1988 is proud to announce it’s partnership with Sony Pictures and a traveling art exhibit that will celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest movies of all-time, Ghostbusters. Starting in New York City, a group of over 70 artists will display original paintings, limited edition prints and sculptures, all inspired by the classic film. They have also teamed up with clothing brands Johnny Cupcakes, LRG, Homage and Rebel8 to create very limited t-shirts. This is a once-in-a-lifetime artistic experience. The show will debut on April 19th in New York, with an opening…
  • Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack Coming In October 2014

    Larry Fire
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Today DC Comics announced a Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack coming in October 2014. The set will include various incarnations of The Dark Knight such as Hush Batman by Jim Lee, Batman Arkham Origins, New Frontier Batman by Darwyn Cooke and First Appearance Batman by Bob Kane. A second set is slated for the Fall of 2014 that will feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Justice Batman by Alex Ross, Batman by Greg Capullo and Super-Friends Batman by Alex Toth.
  • Jersey Boys Trailer

    Larry Fire
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for Jersey Boys, director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Broadway musical. The film serves as a biopic of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi and their hit singing group, telling the meteoric tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.
  • Pascal Campion Joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Art of Level 7

    Larry Fire
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Marvel Television is proud to announce acclaimed animator and illustrator Pascal Campion (Iron Man, All-New Invaders) as the newest recruit for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7, a new initiative uniting top artists from around the world to celebrate the final six episodes of the series’ inaugural season(airing Tuesdays, 8|7c on the ABC Television Network). As Hydra continues their war against the remaining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson finds the enemy targeting him where it hurts the most – the woman he loves! In the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of…
  • The World Premiere of Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed Debuts On Comedy Central on April 27, 2014. Obsessed Extended & Uncensored Available On CC: Stand-Up Direct, DVD, Blu-ray, CD, Video On Demand & Vinyl On April 29, 2014

    Larry Fire
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Jim Gaffigan keeps fans full of laughter with the world premiere of his new one-hour stand-up special, “Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed,” debuting Sunday, April 27 at 10pm. The full uncensored special will also be available on the Comedy Central App the day after its premiere. In front of a live audience at The Wilbur Theater in Boston, Gaffigan’s obsession with all things food comes to fruition as he tackles a cornucopia of new food topics from fruit to seafood to donuts. Never without wry social commentary, Gaffigan digs deep into other obsessions as well, from underwear to weddings to not…
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  • Get real

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

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Say what you have to say and get off the page – Me. I’ve been writing for forty years. Longer actually. That’s a long time. I could tote up how many novels, novellas, short stories, flash fictions, poems, plays, children’s books, songs, blogs and essays I’ve written and if I did—I’m not going to—it would not be a figure to be embarrassed about. It would be more than a great many great writers. In fact I’m often taken aback when I look up such-and-such and find he’s only published, I dunno, three novels or something. What’s he been doing with his life? I don’t write a…
 
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  • Microsoft XP Support Ending

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

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

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

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

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

    Novelicious
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Independent publisher Robert Hale launched a brand new imprint, Buried River Press, at the London Book Fair last week, with a promise “to select and produce paperbacks to entice, intrigue and delight those readers with an appetite for superb stories”. Named for The Fleet, the largest of London’s historic subterranean rivers, Buried River Press will publish seven novels in 2014, and three in particular have piqued our interest. Cicely’s King Richard (published 31st May) will be the first in a trilogy of sexy historical fiction by Sandra Heath Wilson, which features Cicely Plantagenet,…
  • Antonia Hodgson's Top Five Writing Tips

    Debs Carr
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Little, Brown Editor-in-Chief Antonia Hodgson has worked in publishing for 19 years. Her debut novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea was published recently and will be reviewed here soon. Today, drawing from her vast publishing experience, Antonia has given us her top five writing tips. Before I begin I should stress that there is no right or wrong way to write – only the way that works for you. (And my way, obviously.) 1. Only do it if you love it. Otherwise there really is no point. That said, I was on a panel a few years ago and an author disagreed vehemently with this advice. He said he…
  • Review – Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband by Natalie Young

    Debs Carr
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Kate Appleton Lizzie Prain is an ordinary fifty-something housewife who lives in a cottage in the woods with her dog Rita. She spends her days cooking and avoiding her crazy neighbours and at one time she dallied in running a cake making business. However, no one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days and that's largely because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie bashed in the back of his head with a spade and hid his body in the deep freezer in the garage. Although this was apparently not premeditated, Lizzie now acknowledges that it’s her chance to embark on the new life…
  • Novelicious Chats To…Chris Pavone

    Debs Carr
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Chris Pavone's book The Accident – not to be confused with C.L. Taylor's book of the same name – is the story of a manuscript which lands on the desk of Isabel Reed, an influential New York literary agent, giving shocking revelations about one of the most powerful figures in the country. This is the book that Isabel has been waiting for her entire career, but as the manuscript changes hands and ignites interest, lives are soon lost while the anonymous author watches from afar. Can you tell us a little about your average writing day? I leave home at 8:40 to take my children to school –…
  • Review – Take Me Home by Daniela Sacerdoti

    Debs Carr
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Writer Inary Monteith moved away from the Scottish village Glen Avich three years ago after her heart was broken. Now working for a London publisher, Inary is forced to return home when she receives the news that her sister is seriously ill. Leaving behind her flatmate and best friend, Lesley, as well as her complicated friendship with Alex, Inary travels back to Scotland where she faces up to her past – as well as her future. I really liked the character of Inary, and felt for her when she had to return home when her sister’s illness takes a turn for the worse.
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  • Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
      To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to…
  • Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

    Brandi Kosiner
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh MafiThe heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could…
  • WoW, waiting on wednesday

    Brandi Kosiner
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read. This week, I'm featuring:RandomLeveen, TomWho's the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall andThirteen Reasons WhyLate at night Tori receives a random phone call. It's a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.He asks for a single…
  • Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

    Brandi Kosiner
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie KagawaVENGEANCE WILL BE HERSAllison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.MONSTERAllie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren…
  • Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

    Brandi Kosiner
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Probability of Miracles by Wendy WunderDry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list,…
 
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  • Celebrate the Spirit of Easter with the BookBuzzr Easter Widget

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

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

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

    Naveen
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
      1. Max Myllan – The Carpenter   2. Kerry Donovan – The DCI Jones Casebook: Raymond Francis Collins & The DCI Jones Casebook: Ellis Flynn   3. Fat Poets Society – Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly   4. Nirmala – That Is That: Essays About True Nature   5. Vikram Narayan – 2014 – Facebook Marketing Guide for Authors _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
  • How to Have a Successful KDP Free Day Using Facebook Ads

    Vikram
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    A few days ago, we enrolled our book – 2014 Facebook Marketing Guide for Authors – onto the KDP Select program. This would give us 5 KDP free days during which time we could promote our book and achieve our goal of reaching out to more authors. We decided to set the dates between March 11th and March 15th 2014 as our KDP free day period. Partly because of constraints of time and partly because we wanted to ‘eat our own dog food’, we decided to rely primarily on Facebook marketing to bring up our numbers. We also sent out about 100 emails to authors who had shown an interest in the…
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    Amazon.com: Best Sellers in Books

  • #7: The Fault in Our Stars

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    The Fault in Our Stars John Green (Author) 8 days in the top 100 (13077)Buy new: $12.99 $8.15 74 used & new from $7.16(Visit the Best Sellers in Books list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
  • #1: Frozen Little Golden Book (Disney Frozen)

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Frozen Little Golden Book (Disney Frozen) RH Disney (Author, Illustrator) 103 days in the top 100 (235)Buy new: $3.99 $2.39 84 used & new from $0.55(Visit the Best Sellers in Books list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
  • #2: Journey to the Ice Palace (Disney Frozen) (Jumbo Coloring Book)

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Journey to the Ice Palace (Disney Frozen) (Jumbo Coloring Book) RH Disney (Author, Illustrator) 63 days in the top 100 (63)Buy new: $5.99 $3.45 79 used & new from $1.89(Visit the Best Sellers in Books list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
  • #9: Divergent

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Divergent Veronica Roth (Author) 445 days in the top 100 (13552)Buy new: $9.99 $5.49 268 used & new from $2.22(Visit the Best Sellers in Books list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
  • #3: One Hundred Years of Solitude

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Author) 1 day in the top 100 (987)Buy new: $18.99 $10.72 61 used & new from $5.91(Visit the Best Sellers in Books list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Review: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe (Bound by Hades #2)

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

    Chelsea
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We’re not ready to say goodbye to Secret McQueen, but the release of the eighth and final book is set for December 2014. Sierra Dean has always packed an emotional punch with this urban fantasy series, and from the tagline for A Secret to Die For—”No one is safe”—it looks like the final book will give us all the feelings. While I can’t share any snippets from the book just yet, I can give you this exclusive reveal of the cover art. Are you ready for A Secret to Die For? What ending do you hope for Secret? If you haven’t dived into the world of Secret McQueen,…
  • Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 1 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.1)

    Amy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Kraken King Part 1: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster (Iron Seas #4.1) Meljean Brook Published: April 15, 2014 (Avon) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note from Chelsea/VBC: The Kraken King is being published as a serial with a new part offered each week. We’re such super fans of Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series that we decided to review this as a read along. So each week you’ll get Amy’s take on the latest part and we’ll discuss it in the comments. Hope…
  • Dual Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #3)

    Chelsea
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) Julie Kagawa Published: April 15, 2014 (Harlequin Teen) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea and Jo Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: This review assumes you’ve read both The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure. If you haven’t, please start with those reviews lest you be spoiled on this must-read series. Chelsea: Was it just me or has this series really grown up with each book? Jo: Definitely. Allison felt like much younger teen in the first book. I…
  • Review: Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens (Ghost Seer #1)

    Krista
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Ghost Seer (Ghost Seer #1) Robin D. Owens Published: April 1, 2014 (Berkley) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 4 stars I have to admit that I was taken by surprise by Robin D. Owens Ghost Seer. The only other books I have read by Owens are from her Celta Series. So I have to say I was expecting a paranormal futuristic romance. Instead I found something much more unique and different than anything that I have read lately. Clare Cermak is a straight-laced buttoned-down…
 
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: RIPPER by Isabel Allende

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

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

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

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

    Native NYer
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    the poet shouted one last grito de Dolorespara her mam and all the women who came before herwho carved the path and created this red road to followevery one stood on their feet and threw a grito con orgulloPanocha!  Power!Personal. Familial. Cultural.CHOPPER! CHOPPER!  is dramatic and bold.  This collection will "seep into (our) sueos" and "linger on (our) everyday thoughts," which is why it is a Finalist for Best Poetry Book in the 2014 International Latino Book Awards.   Vernica Reyes paints intimate portraits of her East L.A. neighborhood, family and local haunts…
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    21tiger

  • Midas

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

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

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

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

    Michael A. Robson
    20 Dec 2013 | 10:04 pm
    ChocoMaya is a seasonal Chocolate Drinks and Snacks Cafe Identity and Web Design Concept.
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    Better World Books

  • 8 Books You Should Read At Least Once

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

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sustainable education is becoming more and more popular as we learn about environmentally sound practices and behaviors humanity engages in that could be potentially damaging to the Earth. For anyone considering pursuing an education in sustainability or environmental sciences, there are several factors to consider, from the different types of degrees and job prospects after school to the unique opportunities that may come from a sustainable career. Image credit: Flickr Degree Possibilities Colleges and universities are now offering graduate and undergraduate degrees relating to…
  • 5 Must-See Attractions at Better World Books World

    Better World Books
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    By now, you’ve no doubt heard the announcement about our literary amusement park Better World Books World, where great reads make great rides. So when you look up the location closest to you, be sure to visit these great attractions based on famous works: 1. Melville Mayhem This nautical-themed ride is a thrilling twofer featuring elements of Moby Dick as well as Billy Budd, Sailor. When you round up your crew and hop aboard, you’ll really be impressed! (Note: Please no harpooning, fisticuffs, or scrivening.) 2. Starship Shakespeare You know how that other theme park has that big…
 
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    A Woman Reading

  • Contemporary Romance Author, Kennedy Ryan Raises Awareness for Autism

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

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

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

  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards shortlists announced

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

    Courtney Harper
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    The Retail Council of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2014 Libris Awards. Nominated and selected by members of the Canadian book industry, the awards recognize excellence among authors, publishers, editors, sales representatives, and booksellers from across the country. Winners will be announced on June 2 at the Toronto Congress Centre, as part of the Retail Council of Canada’s Store Conference. This year’s lifetime achievement award will be presented to CBC Radio host and author Stuart McLean. The nominees are: Author Joseph Boyden Amanda Lindhout Louise Penny…
  • E.L. Doctorow wins Library of Congress Prize, Kickstarter fundraises for NYC pizza book, and more

    Courtney Harper
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    E.L. Doctorow wins 2014 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Kickstarter project aims to raise $15,000 for New York City pizza-themed coffee-table book Jaden Smith to act in adaptation of James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird Samsung Galaxy to launch custom Kindle for Samsung app National Endowment for the Arts to award $1.42 million to U.S. literature non-profits
  • Q&A: Cinema Politica’s Ezra Winton on launching a self-published book

    Julie Baldassi
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Svetla Turnin, filmmaker John Greyson, academic Tom Waugh, and Ezra Winton Last week, Montreal’s Cinema Politica launched its first book, Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism, a compendium of writing by filmmakers, activists, and academics to mark the non-profit organization’s 10-year anniversary. What began as a screening series of independent political films at Concordia University has, over the past decade, expanded into a vast network of more than 100 community and campus chapters across Canada and beyond. True to the organizations’s independent, anarchist…
  • Cover to Cover: Janet Munsil’s That Elusive Spark

    Sue Carter Flinn
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click on the thumbnails to see how designer Natalie Olsen draws on a 19th-century industrial accident to suggest the story and themes in Janet Munsil’s play That Elusive Spark (Playwrights Canada Press). This feature appeared in the April 2014 edition of Q&Q.  
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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

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

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

    Trisha
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I can't remember where I first heard about M.T. Anderson's Feed; it was quite a while ago, it was on a blog, and the review was positive and intrigued me enough to add it to the wishlist. Now if I was a nicely organized blogger, I would have added the link or at least the blog name where I read about this one, but alas, I am not that on top of things - or at least I wasn't at the point in time.The plot of this novel revolves around consumerism - specifically media manipulated culture creation. Every person in America has their brain wired in to the "feed." They are constantly bombarded with…
  • Fardorougha and I

    Trisha
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    So I was supposed to have Fardorougha the Miser by William Carlton read and reviewed by today for The Classics Club, but, alas, I have miserably failed in this endeavor. I am, embarrassingly, only on page 37 of 228. Yep, that's really, really shame worthy.What I have read, I have enjoyed. The language is beautiful, the characters unique, and the possibilities intriguing. Unfortunately, my lazy brain is sucking down large doses of easy reading in the small moments of time I have to read instead of savoring a few bites of this more difficult read.A bit of background: I first read Fardorougha…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • I want to do Yoga Too by Carole Roman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FOODFIC: The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    George Rodriguez
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    I’m a huge fan of Dan Ariely.  If you haven’t read Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions stop reading this, go buy the book and read it.  It’s OK, I’ll wait. Good, now you know why I’m such a big fan.  Dan (I can call him that because I bought and read his book), explains why we do the things we do.  And he is a wordsmith (fancy way of saying he writes well), so reading his books is a double whammy.  You learn something and get entertained. In his latest, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We…
  • How to Start a Business – Without Their Permission

    George Rodriguez
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    I’m reading Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.  Alexis is the co-founder of reddit.  If you are looking for the front-page of the web, check it out. Alexis has gone on to start other businesses and invest in a wide array of startups.  If you want to learn from someone who has the hard-won experience of what works and what doesn’t, you can’t do better than this guy.  And he’s pretty damn funny. He writes: I encounter plenty of startup founders who have a great technology they’ve engineered and…
  • Why Reading Lists?

    George Rodriguez
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Farnam Street had a post this week that discussed book recommendations from Bill and Melinda Gates. I’m always on the lookout for reading lists and whenever I come across a good one I’ll spend the time to research the books, add the interesting books to my Amazon wish lists and save the link for future reference. I write up reading lists myself so I started thinking why I have this affection for reading lists.  After some thought I realized that a reading list represents a huge amount of work that is already done for me.  And if I respect the person/site that created the list…
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Chained by Fear by Jim Melvin

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

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

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

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

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

    Any new books?
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Health, Mind and Body’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Ben Greenfield ISBN: 1628600128 Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing Publication date: April 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $18.45 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Superfood Juices: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Julie Morris ISBN: 1454910771 Publisher: Sterling Publication date:…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Nathan W. Pyle ISBN: 0062303112 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Publication date: April 15, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $5.20 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Samuel Ikua Gachagua ISBN: 0800722795 Publisher: Revell Publication date:…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Maya Van Wagenen ISBN: 0525426817 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Publication date: April 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.97 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Betty Cornell ISBN: 0525427473 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Publication date: April 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle By John Calipari, Michael Sokolove ISBN: 1594205736 Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The Publication date: April 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $12.94 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By AJ Mass ISBN: 162336003X Publisher: Rodale Books…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Greg McKeown ISBN: 0804137382 Publisher: Crown Business Publication date: April 15, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $7.90 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Katty Kay, Claire Shipman ISBN: 006223062X Publisher:…
 
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    The Virginia Woolf Blog

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

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

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

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

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

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    16 Sep 2013 | 6:42 am
    Actress Christina Carty has been cast to portray Virginia Woolf on season 4 of the popular period drama Downton Abbey. Not much is known about Woolf’s role in the new season but according to an article in The Telegraph, Lady … Continue reading →
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  • Is “Heaven is for Real” for real? (A look at the 2014 film)

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

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

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

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

    Christopher Hutton
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:23 pm
    After following the Christian sphere,  it’s easy to predict when conflict will arise.  One of the most recent examples was in a small conflict between the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and Julie Anne Smith of Spiritualsoundingboard.com. The CBMW is one of the more prominent groups promoting the idea of Biblical Complementarianism; the belief that men and women are made differently, in the sense of personality, biology, and roles in society.  This group was founded by Wayne Grudem and John Piper, and has been around since the early 1990s.  . Julie Anne Smith is a…
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  • Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacy O'Neale

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

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

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

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

    28 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am here to review Deucethe third and final book in the Vortex Series by Janine Caldwell.  At the end of the last novel we find Cassie embarking on what seems to be her first jump.  Much to Trent’s surprise it is true Cassie somehow is now a time traveler just like him!  They don’t have much time to contemplate the lingering questions for very long though. Time stops for no one, even if you are a time traveler.  If you have been keeping up you know now that Cassie and Trent live in a 3rd parallel universe where she WAS shot, but came out of it better mentally then the…
 
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Delivering the Sultan’s Babies–Constantinople Intrigue

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

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

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

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

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

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    It's a FAB party here today at My Book and My Coffee. Check out 'The Blog Affair' Book Blast right here > > The Blog AffairAlissa BaxterChick Lit/ContemporaryUbuntu line from Decadent PublishingEscape to Africa246 pagesAmazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Decadent PublishingBlurb: Twenty-something, white, South African Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. Romance with her boss is…
  • WW Giveaway: Getting By (A Knight’s Tale I)

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's time for another international giveaway here @ My Book and My Coffee! Enter this giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy (Nook or Kindle version) of Getting By (A Knight’s Tale I), a new-adult contemporary romance novel by Claudia Y. Burgoa. Getting By (A Knight’s Tale I) by Claudia Y. BurgoaNew Adult Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: February 18, 2014When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years…
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  • How to Enjoy PubSmart (Even If You Can’t Be Here!)

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

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

    Shari Stauch
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Send to KindleThis question came from one of our tribe and delighted to be able to say, “NO!” — With qualifications, of course… Granted, if your book came out a year ago, you won’t want to be sending out a press release that screams, “New Release.” Lying to the media isn’t a great start to building a relationship. But there are plenty of media-savvy authors and publicists that can continue to garner press long after that book releases. Here are just five ways: 1. Send a release out on your next book signing. Depending on the book store, they may…
  • Do Big Publishers Make Sense Anymore?

    Shari Stauch
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Send to KindleWe were asked this question recently by a WWW reader: Does it make sense anymore to try to get a big publisher interested? They seem frantic with their survival and only name authors get enough marketing/publicity help! Well, you’ve said a mouthful there, sister. Let’s break it down: 1. Look, everyone’s frantic with their survival these days; I don’t think we can limit that to just book publishers. Start-ups have to worry about being one-upped (there’s ALWAYS a bigger, better idea around the corner). Bookstores have become coffee shops with books.
  • Spoiler Alert: Deals and Steals at PubSmart 2014

    Shari Stauch
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Send to KindleWith the countdown now at just TEN days away from PubSmart 2014: Emerging Authors, Emerging Avenues, we’re excited to report that so many of the sponsoring companies are on board with gifts and deals for attendees! And just FYI, it’s not too late to register; there are several open spots in the regular sessions, and a handful of spots left in each of the master classes. Visit PubSmartCon.com to get registered today! Also, visit the latest news links on the site – many of the fab faculty attending this year have done blog posts – it’s a treasure…
 
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  • Placeholder Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am here to review Deucethe third and final book in the Vortex Series by Janine Caldwell.  At the end of the last novel we find Cassie embarking on what seems to be her first jump.  Much to Trent’s surprise it is true Cassie somehow is now a time traveler just like him!  They don’t have much time to contemplate the lingering questions for very long though. Time stops for no one, even if you are a time traveler.  If you have been keeping up you know now that Cassie and Trent live in a 3rd parallel universe where she WAS shot, but came out of it better mentally then the…
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  • 2014 Debut Author Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sherry Helms
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Guest Author: Eddie Jones Why do I write for boys? Because I am one. Have been for as long as I remember. And I love boy books. Especially boy books that involve mystery, adventure, and dead bodies. I fell in love with reading in the seventh grade, when I found a used copy of Tom […]
  • Does Size Matter?

    Sherry Helms
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    Guest Author: Gerry Bartlett It’s always tough to pick just the right title for a book. I have a series with ten books about the same heroine. Glory St. Clair is an ancient vampire who was bloating when she was turned in 1604. Or at least that’s what she tells people. Actually she went on […]
  • The Story Behind The Story

    Sherry Helms
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    Guest Author: Lisa Harris Several years ago, I wrote Blood Ransom, a romantic suspense that focused on human trafficking in Africa. At the time, I had no idea this was an issue in the US, but as I did my research, I was shocked with what I discovered. While human trafficking has gained more exposure […]
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  • “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson

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

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

    Grace Troxel
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The daughter of a marquess does not charge out of the ballroom.  The daughter of a marquess does not abandon her partner in the middle of a dance. The daughter of a marquess does not hunt faeries. -The Falconer, by Elizabeth May Lady Aileana Kameron is a teenager living in a steampunk version of Scotland in the 1840s.  On the night of her debut, Aileana watched as her mother was murdered by a faery.  Determined never to feel so helpless again, Aileana spends her nights hunting and killing the fae, hoping to one day have her revenge.  By day,... Read more » The post “The…
  • “Master of the Opera Act 6: Crescendo” by Jeffe Kennedy

    Grace Troxel
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      After much suspense, the conclusion to Jeffe Kennedy’s Master of the Opera serial is finally here!  For anyone who hasn’t been following the previous reviews, Master of the Opera is a serialized erotica novel that’s based on Phantom of the Opera.  You can see the review for Act 1 here.  This is going to be a very short review, because I don’t want to give away the ending. Crescendo starts off with Christine trying to come up with a plan to take down the Sanclaros, especially her jerkface fiance, and free the Master, a Native America god trapped beneath...
  • “The Kingdom of the Gods” by N.K. Jemisin

    Grace Troxel
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      I recently participated in a readalong of The Kingdom of the Gods, book three in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.  To conclude most readalongs, I like to post a spoiler-free review for anyone who didn’t read along but is curious about the book. The first two books in The Inheritance Trilogy are narrated by mortals, but The Kingdom of the Gods gives us the chance to experience the world from the gods’ perspective.  Sieh is a godling and the first child of the Three.  He’s the god of childhood, and like most children, he can can be a selfish little... Read…
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  • Updates: Failed Resolution, Romeo & Juliet, and Review Requests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lucy Horner
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Some of you may know that from August 2013 I was in Spain, working in Barcelona for the year abroad of my degree.Well, time has flown by and I'm now back in England, surrounded by the familiar comforts of home. Am I happy to be back? I can't lie. I'm so, so glad to be back. Living in Barcelona was great, but I was definitely ready to come home.Now that life is pretty much to normal, I think a quick overview of my time in Barcelona is due.Why don't I tell you about my year abroad through the books I read?La Setmana del Llibre en Català, September 2013The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert GalbraithI…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – Kim Triedman

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

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

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   A lot of scenarios came together at once to make me want to write this book. First, a dear friend in her late forties briefly believed herself to be expecting a baby. Her feelings were quite mixed, […]
  • Steel’s Treasure

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    A thinking man’s swashbuckler set around Clark Air Base in the 1980s, Steel’s Treasure follows U.S. Air Force Captain William Steel as he hunts for the treasure hidden in the caves of Philippine jungle by WWII’s General Yamashita, the infamous Tiger of Malay. Steel navigates […]
  • How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    If you love dynamic female leads and succinct yet poetic storytelling, then this novel is for you. Belinda “Pecan” marries too young and too quickly, and on top of that she marries an abusive man in Ricky Morrow. She gives him four daughters, each with […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey

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

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

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

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

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    18 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
    You always hold doors open. That’s because your mama taught you to help others: you hold doors for stragglers, lend your ear, dispense advice, volunteer, donate, and keep an eye on your neighbor’s house.  Really, it’s no big deal. You’re a good helper, but how involved do you get in other people’s matters? Read “Kitty Genovese” by Kevin Cook, for example, and ask yourself what you’d do if you heard a murder. By all accounts, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was a nice girl with a great smile and a generous spirit. As the manager of a local bar near her Queens, New York…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: The Atlantian Chronicles by Gary English

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

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

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

    Beth
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes coming home for the holidays isn’t as easy as it seems….It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They’re also coming to bury their father.Claire, the youngest, a free spirit who journeyed to California,…
  • Review: Coaching for Caregivers by Yosaif August

    Beth
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This book promotes caregivers' resiliency and helps them sustain themselves by reaching out for the love and support they and their loved ones need. It addresses the paradox of how difficult it is to help people who are stressed out and overwhelmed without, inadvertently, adding to their stress. This is especially so with caregivers who are at risk of burning out. This lively and easy to use how-to manual coaches caregivers - family and friends who are providing care to a loved one - to reach out for help before they, themselves, get so depleted that they burn out (and, in turn, need…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: Straining at the Seams

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    18 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    By: Priya Anand Flip-flops slap the muddy ground Stained by liquids best left unanalysed A gawkish stance on reed thin legs A faded floral print that touches scabby knees Eyes […]
  • Poem: The Lady of Dahn has gone the castle keep

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    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    By: M.F. Nagel The Lady of Dahn has gone the castle keep Gone the tallest tower Gone with the boy child Gone this Christ-mass eve. Burn My lord Burn White […]
  • Poem: Now is the month of Maying

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    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    By: M.F. Nagel Now is the month of maying; Dance; For broken consorts (April was my mistress.) Now is the month of maying Sing we-chant it; A mass for four […]
  • Poem: Love or a trick of light

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    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    By: M.F. Nagel Love or a trick of light. Somewhere East of the the pale moons of twilight Cometh the iceman Sing ‘in memory in vespers’; In sacrarium; in sacrarium […]
  • White Doves Will Fly Above The Lie

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    15 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
      By: P. M. Merlot “White doves will fly from her wedding cake.” Those were words from a young mother’s dream of her daughter’s wedding day. My cousin’s words. An […]
 
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    Stories by Mercilo Daviss

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • DISCOVERY WRITING VS. OUTLINING

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

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

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

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

    Michael
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:26 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Fiction We are very pleased to present a story from the brand-new novel Immortal L.A. by Eric Czuleger. The Meeting His fingernails are clean. His belt buckle is silver. You can see the ceiling in the toes of his shoes. He speaks in a silken baritone. “My question is this: Are you using it for anything? “Because if you’re NOT using it for anything, why have it? You know what I mean? “I had a– you know? A Bowflex once. You know the Bowflex, right? Yeah, the Bowflex. It’s a workout machine. I was going to get in the best shape of my life. I don’t…
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  • Notable Quotes: 10

    Peter J Story
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” —– Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931
  • Bundled truth

    Peter J Story
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Apparently my writings leave some wondering whether to classify me as a Republican or a Democrat. While I’m not offended by the question, I’m often baffled as to how we came to be so thoroughly entrenched in a system of all-encompassing categorization. How did we get to the point where we bundle our ideas, opinions, ...
  • Ch 14: and Sore Losers

    Peter J Story
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak reserves a special place in his heart for the highly unique disgust he feels toward sore losers. He finds “pathetic” to be the most apt description, but only when in a hurry. If time allows, he considers it obligatory to elaborate with thorough detail and hyperbolic impersonations. Much to his dismay, however, and in spite ...
  • Grak needs to regain control

    Peter J Story
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak stays his hand, alarmed by this new defiance. He looks up and quickly finds the source. She’s standing ten paces to his right with an arrow trained at his chest. Ruch’s standing at her side, ax drawn. They walk forward slowly. Frolan steps in front of Grak and draws his own ax, prepared to meet the ...
  • Grak’s justice

    Peter J Story
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak punches the man. Many in the crowd cheer, but clearly some are upset about it. Well, that tells me where my children stand on the issue. Grak raises his voice in appeal to the crowd, “To those of you feeling sympathy for this traitor, let me remind you of what he’s done. When I ...
 
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: More (More #1) by T.M. Franklin

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

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    SummaryCourtney Hamilton is a Velveeta-loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul-sucking status seekers. When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men--the Los Angeles Eco-Chain of Dating--Courtney goes on a self-destructive binge that doesn’t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress.Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers. Worse, they expect Courtney to do the…
  • Review: Dark Surrender by Erica Ridley

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    SummaryTRAPPED IN DARKNESS . . .Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. When its master offers her a temporary post, Violet cannot say no. Just as she begins to see him in a new light, her past catches up to her and endangers them all. THEIR PASSION BURNS BRIGHT . . .Alistair Waldegrave keeps his daughter imprisoned in the black heart of his Gothic abbey. As he searches for a cure to the disease the villagers call demonic, his new governess brings much needed…
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Welcome to the Cover Reveal forCall Me Grim by Elizabeth Hollowaypresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake -- and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper... and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.And the choice goes from hard to…
  • Review: Deadly Curiosities (Deadly Curiosities #1) by Gail Z. Martin

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
     SummaryCassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous…
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