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  • Who’s your book hero?

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    Jessica Doyle
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    By our definition, a book hero is ‘a person admired for noble achievements relating to the preservation and celebration of books and reading.’ Book heroes come in all shapes and sizes and can include parents, friends, teachers, librarians, community workers or neighbors. We’re celebrating the world’s book heroes by sharing their magnificent stories. Meet a school teacher who battles illiteracy in Ghana, a rare book dealer who saved a priceless literary treasure from thieves, an organization that uses books to finance worthy causes, and two friends who started a…
  • New Books From Louisa Hall, Christian Kracht, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Others

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    JOHN WILLIAMS
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Other offerings include a reissue of Linda Rosenkrantz’s “Talk” from 1968 and Ted Kosmatka’s third novel, which is kick-started by quantum physics.
  • Notable Quotes: 256

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    Peter J Story
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.” —– Samuel Butler
  • Go Home Faulkner, You're Drunk ('Difficult Books' series)

    The Contemporary Reader
    18 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    In my quest to 'broaden my literary horizon' I made a point to go out of this  terrible 'complaisant zone' I am currently at. To be honest, my reading state is probably a lot bleaker that what I'm letting on: I have not finished a novel since three months ago!As penitensya for my incessant lack of drive and, I suppose, to jolt my brain back to the pace it used to enjoy prior to this reading
  • Millennials ‘Least Likely to Buy E-books’

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    Publetariat
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:58 pm
    This post by Charlotte Eyre originally appeared on The Bookseller on 6/24/15. Millennials are less likely to purchase e-books than any other age group, with 63% of 16-24 year-olds saying they have never bought one, according to a report from Deloitte. For its Media Consumer Report 2015, Deloitte surveyed 2,000 UK consumers about their media […]
 
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  • With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.» E-Mail This
  • 'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

    Colin Dwyer
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.» E-Mail This
  • Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History

    Etelka Lehoczky
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.» E-Mail This
  • Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

    NPR Staff
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.» E-Mail This
  • Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

    Petra Mayer
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Book Designer

  • 5 Awesome Benefits to Writing Flash Fiction for Your Email Subscribers

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Looking for new content for your emails? More effective marketing? Better writing skills? How about all three at once? The idea is simple for any fiction writer that does email marketing. Write a story, roughly 300 – 1,000 words long, and send the creation to your subscribers. You can publish via a newsletter if you have one, or as part of an email update if you don’t. If you’ve never done this before, it’s not too late to start. Even if your email list is small, you can still reap rewards. What are the advantages for publishing flash fiction for your…
  • What Makes an Authorpreneur? I Tell My Story

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    Last year author and entrepreneurial publisher Sharon Jenkins asked me to participate in a book she wanted to publish for authors thinking about making the leap to indie publishing. I was happy to oblige. After all, helping writers become authors and then make the leap to marketers, is one of the primary goals of my writing, blogging, speaking, and product creation. And I know full well that it’s not a simple or risk-free thing to do. It can be scary and test us to our limits. In this interview from Sharon’s book, Will the R.E.A.L. Authorpreneur Please Stand Up?: 81 Tips for the…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #58

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for July, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Valerie Shanley presents All the Ways to Self-Publish on Amazon posted…
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Survive the Switch from Summer to School

    Lara Starr
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    The countdown to the first day of school has begun, with many kids heading back to class in just a few weeks! We’ve got books and more to help your little scholar—and you—get an A+ in Back to School! Kindergarten Luck Follow Theodore through a day bursting with the simple joys and endless verve of young children—a reminder of how much luck abounds in the world, and how sometimes, it’s just waiting to be found. “A cheerful, moving lesson on positive attitude and generosity.”-Booklist “Readers who look closely are sure to be rewarded by small, humorous…
  • Every Person in New York

    Irene Kim
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Artist Jason Polan has been drawing people in New York for over six years and is currently at 30,000 drawings total. He’s on a mission to draw every person in New York–capturing folks in the subway, at a museum, on the street corner, dining in restaurants, and more. Many of these drawings are now in his new book, which we’re excited to say is available for preorder now. With some introductory words from Kristen Wiig (and a fabulous portrait), this book is as full as a phone book and as invigorating as a walk down a bustling New York street. Reading through Every Person in New…
  • Fortune Favors the Brave

    Lisa Congdon
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon shares the story behind her second book of hand-lettered inspiration, Fortune Favors the Brave When I was thirty-one years old I got two words tattooed on my right arm. Those two words—truth and courage—lettered inside of banners blowing from the beaks of two barn swallows represented a conscious shift to live my life more authentically. Until that time, throughout my teens and twenties, I spent a lot of time attempting to fit into the mold of who I thought I should be and what I thought I should do with my life. By the time I was thirty I was bored,…
  • Baking with Less Sugar: 5 Tips from Joanne Chang

    Joanne Chang
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    You can’t have your cake and eat it too…or can you? Pastry chef Joanne Chang shares her secrets about how to create delicious desserts using less sugar, giving all sweet tooths a reason to rejoice. Since my book Baking with Less Sugar was published, I have been inundated with questions from bakers eager to jump on the low sugar bandwagon. I love it! I learned so much about reducing sugar in baked goods and I want to share as much as I can. One of the most common questions I get is: can I just cut the sugar in half? As with so many questions in life, the answer is…it…
  • Paper Love

    Emily Dubin
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    As a print designer, I geek out over paper. Vintage paper especially. The official term for the stuff is ephemera, which refers to printed items of collectible memorabilia that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. But years after they were designed and printed, people prize these old postcards, posters, brochures, and photos for their beautiful and often quirky typography, illustration, and images. The designer of that fabulous Redwoods postcard featured above probably wouldn’t have guessed that copies would continue to be resold 70+ years later.
 
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    Bookslut

  • An Interview with Helen Garner

    jessa@bookslut.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    In Helen Garner's latest book, This House of Grief, she follows the trial, conviction, and eventual appeal, of Robert Farquharson, a man accused of deliberately drowning his three young sons by driving his car into a body of water....
  • The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far by Quintan Ana Wikswo

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    6 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
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  • Love is a Form of Resistance: Talking with Jabari Asim

    jessa@bookslut.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    "Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it." ― Langston Hughes Langston Hughes famously shared his grandmother's advice about choosing to laugh when you feel like crying, an ethos author Jabari Asim uses to great effect...
  • Orion Omnibus by Walter Simonson

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    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
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  • An Interview with Amy Butcher

    jessa@bookslut.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    "There are stories," writes Amy Butcher in Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder, "and then there's life." The story: Amy Butcher had a friend, Kevin, in college who joined her one night in April of 2009 for...
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    Charles Petzold

  • De-Obfuscating the Statistics of Mass Shootings

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    After the horrifying killings at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama once more had to speak publicly about a mass shooting. "Let’s be clear," he said. "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency." ... more ...
  • Music Streaming for the Rest of Us

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Only a company with aspirations to cultural hegemony like Apple could show a video at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote they called “The History of Music” but which contained not a single reference or even allusion to Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Dvorak, Mahler, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Schoenberg, Berg, Copland, and so forth and et cetera. ... more ...
  • Reading “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage”

    25 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Charles Babbage is easily the most annoying person in the history of computing. After conceiving a Difference Engine to compute mathematical tables and create strereotype plates for printing them, and actually getting government funding for the machine, he abandoned that project to design an Analytical Engine that would have been the first general-purpose mechanical computer. Yet, neither project was finished, largely as a result of his failure to finalize design. His eccentric and often irascible personality didn't help matters. His most extensive writings about the Analytical Engine uses it…
  • Drones on Screen and Stage

    21 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The ability to carry out targeted assassinations using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (known better as drones) seems like an ideal solution to the problem of combatting terrorism. If a terrorist in a desert of Afghanistan can be identified from the sky, and his body blasted apart with the simple press of a button from a trailer on an Air Force base in the desert of Nevada, then potentially many lives can be saved with the elimination of just one. There is no danger at all to the soldier pushing the button, who can finish off a daily shift and immediately go back home to a loving spouse and kids,…
  • Pushback on “The Imitation Game”

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

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As part of a collaboration with several international magazines, Full-Stop is publishing Babelsprech International, a series of articles on poetry around the world. In the latest edition, Karel Piorecký writes about contemporary Czech poetry, drawing a line between the pre- and post-Communist periods. Related: John Yargo on the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.
  • Little Ones

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Recommended Reading: Adam Gopnik on the writings of Max Beerbohm.
  • Airy Fairy

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Anyone who’s majored in the humanities has likely heard warnings that it’s better to major in the sciences. If, as many would have it, we live in a scientist’s world, what place is there for the arts? At the Ploughshares blog, Cathe Shubert finds a place for writers in a STEM-obsessed society. You could also read Cathy Day on the job prospects of writers.
  • Pirouettes

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve covered the Atlantic series By Heart a number of times before. It features notable authors writing about their favorite passages. In the latest edition, Mary-Beth Hughes picks out a paragraph from Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower, about a poet who’s trying to cope with grief. Sample quote: “Reading Fitzgerald, I felt it was possible to write as I’d experienced dancing.”
  • The Booker’s Dozen: The 2015 Booker Longlist

    Editor
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    In the second year that the Booker Prize has been open to U.S. authors, five American authors make the longlist. Anne Enright is the lone former winner on the list, while Marilynne Robinson is the most celebrated American to be tapped. Other notable names include Hanya Yanagihara, Tom McCarthy, and Bill Clegg, who has been better known as a high-powered literary agent and memoirist. Laila Lalami, who now calls the U.S. her home, is the first Moroccan-born writer to land on a Booker longlist. Seven countries are represented overall. All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with bonus links…
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  • MH370 search: plane debris found on Réunion Island under investigation – rolling updates

    Claire Phipps and Michael Safi
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Officials examine aircraft part washed up on Réunion Island in the French Indian Ocean as possible clue to fate of missing Malaysian Airlines planeRead our latest summary 3.04pm AEST Here is the latest summary of what we know – and what we don’t – following the discovery of plane wreckage on La Réunion island in the southern Indian Ocean:We expect in two days we can complete the verification.In the event that the wreckage is identified as being from MH370 on La Réunion Island, it would be consistent with other analysis and modelling that the resting place of the aircraft…
  • Manchester United 0-2 PSG: International Champions Cup – as it happened

    Tim Hill
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Goals from Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic give PSG a deserved victory over an off-colour Manchester United side in ChicagoEmail tim.hill@theguardian.com or tweet @timmyhilleh 11.30pm ET Related: Man Utd slip to PSG defeat as De Gea's substitution exposes keeping concerns 11.05pm ET That was a difficult night for Manchester United. I know it was only a friendly, but they didn’t play well, and improvement is needed. Schneiderlin gave them some purpose when he came on: I think Schweini and Carrick struggled against PSG’s energetic midfield trio, and they could do with another body in…
  • The Joy of Six: sports movie villains

    Russell Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:56 pm
    From a sweaty, dead-eyed killing machine with a peroxide flat-top to a jazz-loving, crepe-eating ‘Formula Un’ champion – six bad guys on film“Whatever he hits, he destroys.” Dolph Lundgren is a fearsome sight in Rocky IV; a sweaty, dead-eyed killing machine with rippling muscles and a peroxide flat-top. In the most adventurously-scripted of all of Stallone’s boxing films he played the seemingly bionic Ivan Drago, a Soviet Olympic champion and infantry captain whose punches are said to be more than twice as punishing as the average heavyweight. 1980s dot-matrix computer read-outs…
  • The FFA Cup returns with a seven-goal extra-time thriller at Hume City | Paul Connolly

    Paul Connolly
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    The FFA Cup delivers again on a bitterly cold night in Victoria as Hume City and Brisbane Strikers serve up a feast of goals in their round of 32 tieUntil Wednesday night Hume City’s most memorable moment was a toss up between two incidents, just a year apart. There is 2007 when the club – 33 years after being founded by Turkish immigrants – finally won promotion to the Victorian Premier League after finishing second in Division One. And then there’s 2008 when, at season’s end, it took a 93rd-minute header by former South Melbourne and Trabzonspor player Tansel Başer to stave off…
  • The Weekly Beast: And he's off, dropped from list of Telegraph award nominees

    Amanda Meade
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Tele leaves Christian Nicolussi off its list of Kennedy award nominees, Weekly swims against marriage tide, News ranks itself, and Seven brings back kingA late scratching from the Kennedys?Last week media outlets were trumpeting the number of nominations they had received for the 2015 NRMA Kennedy awards for excellence in New South Wales journalism. The Daily Telegraph was particularly thrilled, boasting in a page-three story of “dominating” the awards. Continue reading...
 
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Master Georgie – Beryl Bainbridge

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Spare parts make up the engine of this rickety ride from here to there. One solipsistic young man from England leads friends and acquaintances to Crimea, and for some reason they follow him. With allusions to Nicholson Baker and Peter Carey, this episode also features a drop from Masterchef Australia, which is what I’m into these days. The plating was not successful. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy,…
  • When Garry Met Steven Berkoff

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    There is only one Steven Berkoff. Perhaps there’s only room for one. What happens when an enfant terrible of the British theatre grows up? They become Steven Berkoff, that’s what. Prepare yourself for an encounter like no other. Bad boy Berkoff is every bit as bad as you’ve heard, and then some. But in this searingly honest encounter with Garry, he bares the soul of a great actor. “Great actors are stupid” he spits out, contemptuously. Typical Berkoff. Uncensored, unrestrained, unleashed. The sort of radio you only get right here, on Litopia. Pass it on. Download the show as mp3…
  • A Gronking We’d Rather Forget

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Links to stories mentioned in this show... A Gronking To Remember Suit Gets Strange While Amazon Argues Liability Would Chill Speech And Art Mom’s Story Of Raising ‘Princess Boy’ Facing Library Censorship - Gay Star News Florida Man, Accused Of Terrorism Based On Book Collection, Set Free - The Intercept Brussels Tries To Ban Selfies At Tourist Landmarks; Need Permission To Photograph Eiffel Tower? Europe Is Not Banning Tourist Photos Of The London Eye, Says Eu Blog Follow-ups:  Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Apple  Best-Selling Maine Author Tess Gerritsen Drops Lawsuit…
  • Out of It

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    Links mentioned in the show: After 800 years, Britain finally asks: Do we need a written constitution? Amazon is going to start paying authors according to how many pages people read Authors Guild Announces 'Fair Contract' Initiative Simply Read Books Faces Complaints of Late Payments, Breached Contracts SCOTUS rules in favor of man convicted of posting threatening messages on Facebook Follow ups: Sirius Beats Fla. Case Over Pre-1972 Songs Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, but Not as News Anchor 'Gravity' Author Tess Gerritsen Says Latest Court Ruling 'Could Be Devastating to All Writers'…
  • The German Mujahid – Boualem Sansal

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    A history of one aspect of the Nazi genocide is brought to present day Parisian suburbs via a massacre in an Algerian village. Extremism, integration, ghettos, religion – all the elements are refashioned to their new context. A memorably good book by an excellent writer and thinker. Fresh. Photo - John Perivolaris Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the…
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    Omnivoracious

  • "Fiction at Its Finest": The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

    Jon Foro
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The longlist for the 2015 Man Book Prize has been announced. This "Man Booker dozen" of 13 books is the first step in selecting the prestigious award for literary fiction; the shortlist will be announced September 15, and the winner of the £50,000 prize will follow on October 13. This is the second year in which all English-language writers (published in the UK) have been considered, regardless of nationality. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, A.S Byatt, Kingsley Amis, and Salman Rushdie. The 2015 longlist: Bill Clegg (US), Did You Ever Have a…
  • The Last (?) Dr. Seuss

    Seira Wilson
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    After months of waiting and speculation readers have been weighing in on Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and now we've finally cracked another much-discussed manuscript curiosity, Dr. Seuss' What Pet Should I Get?  The story itself doesn't have the sing-song rhythm many of us would expect, but it's still great fun to pick out the various creatures and characters we recognize from other Seuss books. It feels kind of weird to say, but my favorite part of What Pet Should I Get? is tucked in the extra pages of back matter.  Photos of Seuss with his own pets over the…
  • Paula McLain on the Much Anticipated Follow-Up to "The Paris Wife"

    Sara Nelson
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham, one of the first female aviators and a compelling character long before she had wings. I recently caught up with author Paula McLain, who channeled Markham for her much anticipated follow up to the beloved The Paris Wife. Why/how did you choose Beryl Markham as your next historical heroine? The runaway success of The Paris Wife changed my life in all sorts of wonderful ways, but definitely threw me for a loop creatively. I had a hard time even imagining finding a subject that captured my imagination as fiercely as Hadley did. My connection to…
  • "9 Questions for Ben Marcus" by Andrew Eisenman

    Editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com New American Stories by Ben Marcus Vintage Contemporaries this week published New American Storiesa long-awaited anthology of short fiction selected and curated like a playlist by author Ben Marcus. The book features 32 short stories by a who’s who of contemporary American fiction, from heavy-hitters such as Anthony Doerr (author of All the Light We Cannot See), Don DeLillo and Zadie Smith, to more obscure masters and emerging stars on the literary scene. The anthology is in many ways a successor to 2004’s The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, also…
  • Romance Writers of America Name Best Romances of the Year

    Adrian Liang
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    There’s nothing like a Romance Writers of America national conference. For four days, successful authors and industry professionals share their advice, from enhancing your writing to marketing your book, through more than 150 workshops given to fellow writers. The positive energy level is so high and the chatter in the halls so thick that this gathering often feels more like a fan convention than a professional conference—though make no mistake, every author there has his or her eyes on the prize of a thriving writing career. Capping the weekend is the RWA’s breathtaking awards…
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Fresh Pick | COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE by Cheryl Bolen

    SaraReyes
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Fresh Pick for Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 is COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE by Cheryl Bolen #WhatsNewTuesday sometimes the best-laid plans go awry in a delightful way House of Haverstock #3 Harper & Appleton July 2015 On Sale: July 7, 2015 276 pages ISBN: 193960236X EAN: 2940151246194 Kindle: B00YTISP60 Paperback / e-Book Romance Historical Buy A Copy […]
  • Chelsea Fine | Release Day for RIGHT KIND OF WRONG

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    It’s release day for the paperback edition of Chelsea Fine’s RIGHT KIND OF WRONG, and we’re celebrating with a tease… Excerpt from RIGHT KIND OF WRONG Opening my car door, I slide into the driver’s seat, turn to put the key in the ignition and— “Ahh!” Jumping back, I thwack my open palm against the […]
  • Fran Stewart | How to Write a Ghost

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    I’ve written elsewhere about the first time I ever saw a ghost, but the ghosts I used as inspiration for Dirk, the 14th-century Scotsman who is—somehow—attached to a shawl Peggy Winn buys while visiting Scotland, appeared to my sight in the 1980s. It was my first visit to London. I wandered the streets alone, map […]
  • Samantha Chase | Planning the Perfect Romance

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my newest romance RETURN TO ME, Selena’s love of event planning could really be put to the test by her love for James. She’s a list maker, a planner, but James has a way of catching her off-guard and messing up her best laid plans throughout the story! But in a perfect world, if […]
  • Tonya Burrows | Trail of the Plot Bunny

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Ever wonder where a writer gets story ideas? Short answer: Everywhere. Long answer: More of everywhere. For this post, I thought it’d be fun to give you a peek into the randomness that goes on in my mind. Be prepared to be amazed.  Or confounded. Horrified. Pick your adjective, any adjective. So here we go. […]
 
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  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae + Giveaway (US Only)

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hello, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae, releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ava:   Hi YABCers! I’m so psyched to be here sharing the cover for my debut YA Sci-Fi BEYOND THE RED with you guys!    Waiting to see what your cover will look like is half terrifying and half exciting, but I’m delighted with the result—it’s pretty amazing how close it is to the way I imagined it when we first came up with the title. I’m so grateful to the team over at Sky Pony…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Yearbook by Carol Masciola + Giveaway (US/Canada/Europe)

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hi, everyone! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE YEARBOOK by Carol Masciola, releasing November 18, 2015 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Carol:   I’m so delighted to show off the cover of my novel, The Yearbook, which I think conveys the mood of magic and uncertainty I’ve tried to create in the story. Lola Lundy, the protagonist, is a teenager who seems to find a portal to the past among stacks of antique library books. The designers, Christina Riddle of Edgewater Graphics, and Frank Rivera, with FW Media, used an…
  • Oh the Thinks You Can Think About Dr. Seuss!

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
      Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager      Today is the day for a brand new book. So stay awhile and have a look. We promise there's more in this post as well. But those are things we cannot tell.   Okay, that is silly, we know you know, too. Today we are sharing a book revew! It's from Oh the Thinks You Can Think! and it's just down below. Go on, take a peek! No, not with your toe. Did you see? Did you see? What all those Thinks could be? Well don't stop there, we have more to share!   We have pictures and sayings and a special something you'll love (we…
  • What's New in YA--July 28, 2015

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
      Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!     From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other. Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer.  When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility.  The newfound friends head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat. …
  • YABC Book Haul - July 2015

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Hey, YABCers! This month we celebrate the birth of the chosen one, Harry Potter. And we celebrate the only way we know how...with a book haul! Enjoy the awesomeness. Happy birthday, Harry.  Read More
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  • We got your Brooklyn booklist right here.

    Elissa Gershowitz
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    A quick and handy search on the Horn Book Guide Online (keyword search: “Brooklyn”) brings up 167 reviews of books published since 1989 that are about, in, or around Brooklyn. (Plus, we’ve heard a tree grows there.) Here’s a selection of favorites to consider while enjoying Stephen Savage’s article about the People in His (Brooklyn) Neighborhood.   Picture Books Cooney, Barbara Hattie and the Wild Waves 40 pp. Viking 1990 ISBN 0-670-83056-9 A portrait of an unconventional, questing child who quietly determines the course of her own future. Exquisite…
  • Review of Tommy

    Betty Carter
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal Middle School, High School     Roaring Brook     223 pp. 6/15     978-1-62672-084-8     $19.99     g In this biography of a gun and the times in which it lived, Blumenthal traces the Thompson submachine gun, a.k.a. the Tommy. After the Spanish-American War, an Army officer, John Thompson, believed that America needed a lightweight, automatic, hand-held rifle in order to be prepared for the next conflict. The Army did not share his opinion, so he left the service and developed his own weapon, completed with superior bad…
  • Haunted home

    Roger Sutton
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    With the theme “Homecoming,” Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature held its biennial Institute this weekend; the Horn Book staff provides an excellent summary. (And Shoshana Flax has written a poem in its honor, too.) The funniest moment was when Jack Benny Gantos quipped about Go Set a Watchman, whose publication, he said was like the meeting of Heaven, “Harper Lee,” whom his left hand personified as a shining point in the sky, and Hell, “HarperCollins,” Jack’s voice dropping to a growling bass as his right…
  • Review of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

    Anita L. Burkam
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne Intermediate, Middle School     Simon    247 pp. 7/15     978-1-4424-9882-2     $16.99     g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9886-0     $10.99 While out grave-robbing with his father one night, Thomas Marsden digs up a corpse that looks exactly like him, down to the birthmark on his cheek. In his hand the dead boy is holding tickets to a performance by the famous spiritualist, Mordecai, along with a note bearing the corpse’s name, Thistle, and the instruction Tell no one! Deadnettle, the elder faery who left the note,…
  • The People in My Neighborhood: One Author/Illustrator’s Rambles Around Brooklyn

    Stephen Savage
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. Illustration by Stephen Savage. The Place Brooklyn: home to skinny jeans, artisanal pickles, that famous bridge, and yes… one of the biggest children’s book communities in the world. And I’m one of those authors that ends his jacket flap copy with “…lives and works in Brooklyn.” Here’s a brief history, as well as an insider’s guide, to this kid-lit mecca. The Rise and Fall (Again) of Brooklyn Brooklyn rose to prominence at the end of World War II. Many of the country’s artistic and intellectual elite from the last…
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • The British Library to Digitize Hebrew Manuscripts

    Nate Pedersen
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Over 2,000 Hebrew manuscripts held at The British Library will be digitized and made freely available online thanks to a new partnership with the National Library of Israel. The manuscripts date from the Middle Ages through the 19th century and include some of the most important previously unpublished Hebrew documents in existence.Notable among the manuscripts slated for digitization are the First Gaster Bible, c. 10th century (pictured above), the Second Gaster bible, c. 11th - 12th century, a daily prayer book decorated in Italy in the 15th century, a festival prayer book from 15th century…
  • Hoover Presidency Autograph Book

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Who keeps a good autograph book these days? For decades, these handy blank books cherished by celebrity seekers and schoolchildren were employed in the collecting of notable signatures. The ornate--almost outlandish--one seen here, bound in quarter leather and highly decorative boards, served Paul N. Peck, a White House staff administrator during the presidency of Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933. Peck assembled an impressive roster of political autographs, including those of President Hoover, Vice-President Charles Curtis, Secretary of State Henry L. Stinson, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W.
  • The First Book of the Authors Club

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    The Authors Club, an association for literary-minded gentlemen, was formed in New York City in 1882. In an effort to raise funds for a permanent clubhouse, its members published Liber Scriptorum, a collection of original work, in 1893. Contributors included Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, William Dean Howells, Andrew Carnegie, and printer Theodore Low De Vinne, who ensured the production of a beautiful book, featuring hand-made paper, wood-block engravings, and fine typography bound in blind- and gilt-tooled brown morocco. Incredibly, each of the 109 writers who submitted a story signed his…
  • Rizzoli Reopens

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Bibliophiles rejoice! Rizzoli, a New York City landmark among book lovers, has opened today a new 5,000-square-foot store at 1133 Broadway, near Madison Square Park. Rizzoli was formerly located on 57th Street, before its much lamented closure in April 2014. The new shop, occupying the ground floor of the historic St. James Building, has preserved some of the classic hallmarks of its previous home, including its cherry wood bookcases and brass and iron chandeliers. New features include an enormous glass showcase facade, a peaked skylight, and stunning Fornasetti Milano-designed wallpaper of…
  • New Seuss Story Discovered After Being Locked in a Box

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes great discoveries are right under our noses. Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss to millions of children) died in 1991, and soon after, Audrey, his widow, found a box of unpublished manuscripts and illustrations in his office during a home renovation. The box was put aside, and remained undisturbed and unopened for another 23 years. In 2013, Audrey took a second pass at cleaning her late husband's office, this time with Geisel's longtime secretary, Claudia Prescott, whereupon the box was opened again. This time, the contents were examined more carefully, and inside was the complete…
 
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • A Carina Coupon, Plus Blue Covers with Backless Dresses, Guitars, & Motorcyles

    Amanda
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In honor of their RITA finalists and their RITA winner (Congrats to Anna Richland for His Road Home!), Carina is offering a 40% off coupon on those titles! You can purchase the books at CarinaPress.com. RITA Finalist for Erotica Romance and Best First Book – Purely Professional by Elia Winters Use coupon code PP715. You can read the Reader Challenge review here. RITA Finalist for Erotica Romance – Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher Use coupon code BD715. You can read the Reader Challenge review here. RITA Winner for Best Romance Novella – His Road Homeby Anna Richland Use…
  • Announcing NPR’s Summer of Love: The List of 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

    SB Sarah
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I was part of a four-person committee force (or task-ittee?) with Michelle Monkou, Sherry Thomas, and Bobbi Dumas to determine the NPR’s Summer of Love list of 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances. After a ton (a TON) of nominations via Google and two very long (whoa long) conference calls, the list has been announced. Have a look at the NPR top 100 Romances! AND ALSO THE GRAPHIC which I LOVE SO MUCH, and was created by Mary McLain at NPR. Applause and champagne for Ms. McLain! We tried to build a list that would show the variety of the different types of romance while highlighting titles that…
  • The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

    Redheadedgirl
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    B The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward July 28, 2015 · NAL Literary Fiction I’d never read a J.R. Ward book before. When we were given this ARC at RT, people in the room squealed, and a few (who shall remain nameless) cried a little, and I was like, “…okay, that looks interesting.” And that’s kind of where I am with the whole book. This is not a paranormal, and it’s not really a romance; it’s a Southern soap opera with a bunch of horrible people making horrible choices. It’s the story of the Bradford family, the people who run Kentucky’s…
  • Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland

    SB Sarah
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    D Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland July 27, 2015 · Carina Press Contemporary RomanceRomance I’m totally cheating here, and giving you the cover copy because it does a much better job of explaining the plot than I could: On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons–actual freaking dragons–battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life. As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance…
  • HaBO: Girl Has Butterfly Wings

    Amanda
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    This HaBO request is from Rachel, who is looking for a book she used to sneakily read during Catholic school: I’m hoping to find the book that contained my first naughty scene, read while I hid in the back of my Catholic school classroom, ahhh memories. That was 1988, but the book could’ve been a few years old. Here’s what I remember: There’s a grand mansion on a hill in the 1910s or 20s (maybe 1900). The man who owns it is throwing a huge costume party. It might be New Year’s Eve. He throws the switch on a giant machine and the mansion, guests included,…
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    London Review of Books

  • Andrew O’Hagan: Short Cuts

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Tariq Ali: In Athens

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Why did Tsipras hold a referendum at all? ‘He’s so hard and ideological,’ Merkel complained to her advisers. If only. It was a calculated risk. He thought the ‘Yes’ camp would win, and planned to resign and let EU stooges run the government. The EU leaders launched a propaganda blitz and pressured the Greek banks to restrict access to deposits, warning that a ‘No’ vote meant Grexit. Tsipras’s acceptance of Varoufakis’s resignation was an early signal to the EU that he was about to cave in.
  • Frederick Wilmot-Smith: Court Cuts

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In his first speech as lord chancellor, Michael Gove warned of a ‘dangerous inequality’ in the justice system. There was, he said, a ‘gold standard’ for the wealthy and a ‘creaking, outdated system’ for everyone else. This, from a minister in a government that has made enormous cuts to legal aid, is a little like Orestes asking for mercy on account of his being an orphan. Even so, his diagnosis is correct. What should be done?
  • Letters

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 15 (30 July 2015)
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick: What Stalin Built

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Back in the day, everyone knew that Stalinist architecture was hateful. The Poles notoriously loathed the Palace of Culture and Science that was the gift to war-ruined Warsaw from the Soviet elder brother or – as the Poles saw it – master. Foreigners and sophisticated Russians sneered at Moscow’s wedding-cake buildings and lamented the old Tverskaya that had undergone a Stalinist remake as Gorky Street.
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    McSweeney’s

  • Required Reading Essay Questions Written By a First-Year Adjunct Who Does Not Have the Time or Wherewithal to Do the Required Reading by Shay K. Azoulay

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Select one of the following topics and write a detailed essay discussing the work in question. Please support your argument with examples from the text. 1. Compare and contrast the two cities in A Tale of Two Cities. Which one do you think Charles Dickens preferred? 2. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, why does the caged bird sing? Is it because it gets free food and shelter for just sitting there, doing nothing? Please elaborate and provide textual evidence. 3. What made The Great Gatsby so great? Does everyone think he’s that great? Why? 4. In Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, how did…
  • Best Joke Ever: Coyle and Sharpe: ’60s Pranksters Who Were a Bazillion Years Ahead of Their Time by Mark Peters

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all have our own Mount Rushmore of comedy: the TV shows, movies, stand-ups, and humor writers that rule Funny Land in our minds like Odin rules Asgard, only without the ravens. For me, that pantheon will always include Coyle and Sharpe: an early 1960s radio team that created some of the weirdest and funniest bits in the history of comedy. James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe were put-on artists in an era far removed from our own share-happy planet. Carrying then-current recording equipment, these two well-dressed, conservative-looking fellows strolled the streets of San Francisco asking bonkers…
  • List: Strain of Marijuana or Shade of Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosstini? by Chloe Kent

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Sulfur Blaze 2. Flamed Out 3. Blue Dream 4. Inferno 5. Violet Flicker 6. Seared Bronze 7. Super Lemon Haze 8. Lemon Drop 9. Scalding Emerald 10. Black Heat 11. Pink Lady 12. Bahama Mama 13. Pina Colada 14. Sangria 15. Orange Oasis 16. Appletini 17. Blue Hawaiian 18. Purple Freeze 19. Tsunami Crush 20. White Ice - -Shades of Nail Polish: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18 Strains of Marijuana: 3, 7, 19, 20 Both: 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17
  • Bay Area to Standard American English Translator by Louis Weinstein

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Bay Area: “Who are you again?” \ˈhü\ \ˈär\ \ˈyü\ \e-ˈgān\ English: “What company do you work for?” - -Bay Area: “Do you live in this neighborhood?” \ˈdü\ \ˈyü\ \ˈliv\ \ən\ \ˈthis\ \ˈnā-bər-ˌhud\ English: “Can you afford to live in San Francisco?” - -Bay Area: “We should get lunch.” \ˈwē\ \ˈshud\ \ˈget\ \ˈlənch\ English: “I’ve identified your value relative to me and wish to start the process of exploiting your talents.” - -Bay Area: “Our new mobile optimization will change the internet as we know it.” \är\ \ˈnü\ \ˈmō-bəl\…
  • List: What My Boss Is Jamaican Me Feel Besides Crazy by Jess Zeidman

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Jamaican me nervous that you called me into your office Jamaican me uncomfortable that you asked me to sit down Jamaican me dwarfed by your desk chair, who knew chairs could be so big? Jamaican me vulnerable after you exhale deeply Jamaican me speechless when you say, “Some changes are being made” Jamaican me anxious about how I’ll get another job in this unpredictable economic climate Jamaican me resentful that I just moved apartments so I could be closer to the office Jamaican me worried that I will break your stupid, oversized desk chair Jamaican me curious as to how long it took you…
 
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    Podiobooker

  • The Heavenfield series is now complete!

    Evo
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:28 pm
    (Evo’s note: I’m going to break with tradition and gush unapologetically about this series. It’s quite simply amazing, from writing, production, narration… everything. I’ve blocked off the rest of the morning to mainline these final seven episodes!) The fourth and final installment of the Heavenfield story! Hailed as a ‘Modern-day Classic of Science-Fiction’, the Heavenfield is a dark science-fiction thriller set within a British experimental research facility, involving clandestine Government Agencies, Supernatural Forces, and Alternate Realities.
  • New release! My Brother’s Story by Allen Johnson Jr.

    Evo
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:21 pm
    We’ve got a three-times award-winning book live on the site today! Please enjoy the young adult tale, My Brother’s Keeper by Allen Johnson Jr! The Blackwater Novels are set in the 1930s along the Blackwater Swamp, near the fictional town of Turpentine, Georgia. Get in trouble with the twins when they shoot green tomatoes in a giant slingshot, and dynamite a toilet with a cherry bomb. Explore the magic and mystery of nature . . . hear the critters in the swamp, sleep in a treehouse, find a hidden grave, and sleep on an island by the embers of a campfire. The post New release! My…
  • New release! The Champion by Scott Sigler

    Evo
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    Book five in the gangsters-meet-aliens young adult series The Galactic Football League is finally on Podiobooks.com. Get caught up on all the action, then dive right into The Champion by Scott Sigler. Seven centuries in the future, the sport of American football has never been bigger, never been faster, never been more lethal. Trillions of fans from all over the galaxy watch six unique races battle in contests so violent that deaths are part of the stat sheet. Star quarterback Quentin Barnes has led his beloved Ionath Krakens to glory on the gridiron and become the most-recognized individual…
  • New release! Scrapper’s Hope by Timothy P. Callahan

    Evo
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:26 am
    Check out Scrapper’s Hope, the newest free serialized audiobook by science fiction author Timothy P. Callahan! Scrapper, a disgraced United Corp Captain, and his crew of salvagers have found a bounty too large to ignore orbiting a gas giant. Upon arriving on the unnamed science vessel, they find all but two of the crew slaughtered. The survivors, Naomi, a computer programmer, and Professor Litchen, the ship’s lead scientist, tell conflicting stories of crew members turning into murderous monsters. With the ship’s treasures promising Scrapper redemption and a better life, he ignores…
  • New release! Wild Blue Yonder: A Novel of the 1960s by Jack B. Rochester

    Evo
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    Wild Blue Yonder is the first in a trilogy about Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers. Listen, enjoy, and look for the other two books coming soon to Podiobooks.com! Wild Blue Yonder is the coming-of-age story of Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers, a smart but sheltered boy from suburban Chicago whose beloved father suddenly dies, resulting in his flunking out of college. Nate receives a draft notice from the Army but after some “encouragement” from his mother, decides to enlist in the Air Force instead. It is 1965. Nate is 20 years old. Airman Flowers goes not to Vietnam but Germany, straight into a…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Summer Reading: a Summer trilogy, Books about Bookstores, turn back the clock a decade or two and more...

    Anne
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Summer Reading So Far I have been remiss in writing a summer reading post this year.  My intentions were good, as usual, but the last few hot days have served as a reminder that I can’t ignore.  I always start with a summer/beach trilogy and Mary Alice Monroe’s Low Country Summer Trilogy is just right.  When the first book, Summer Girls, ended with a cliff-hanger, I was anxious to see how the second book, Summer Wind, would start.  Well, it started the next day.  No flashbacks or explanations, the action picked up right where it ended.  The last book,…
  • If You Like PBS Mysteries, Read the Books

    Anne
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    'In a Dry Season If you like the PBS television show 'DCI Banks,' read the series it is based on by Peter Robinson. 'In a Dry Season' is the tenth in the series and the first I've read. Alan Banks has been relegated to boring desk jobs for insubordination and is assigned to a cold case when a skeleton is found in an abandoned village which is revealed when the summer drought dries up the reservoir that had covered the town for fifty years. The book alternates between the story of the village during WWII and the current investigation into what appears to have been an unreported murder there.
  • Top 5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Audiobook advantages: The 5 top reasons to 'read' audiobooksAudiobook Advantage #1: Your house will be very clean!I recently started “reading” books on my daily commute and discovered a few advantages to listening to a book compared to reading words on a page.  I was a little reluctant to listen to someone else do the reading (I rather like the voices in my head,) but two people convinced me to give it a try; plus I was curious as to how a narrator manages the voices of more than one character. The first person told me that she downloads audiobooks to her smartphone and listens while…
  • What to Do in New York City: a Shaggy Dog Story

    Anne
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    At the Berkley Heights Public Library Reference Desk, we get lots of questions about travel books. We have a pretty good collection of Fodor's and other publisher's books covering travel around the world. Because our town is a suburb of New York city, most residents already know how to get around in the city and where to go, but we have some books on the topic, just in case our patrons need some fresh ideas. Which reminds me of the shaggy dog story about the Montana rancher who longed to see New York city and asked his neighbor, a retired New Yorker, for advice. Everything in this story could…
  • What if Book Reviews Were Written Like Text Messages? BR=TM

    Anne
    20 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    A while ago I wrote a blog post in which I wondered...What if Book Reviews Were Written Like Wine Reviews? Recent 'Incoming' text messages which I have had to decode by 'Googling' the acronyms sent to me by younger, hipper people (ahem, my kids) got me to thinking about...What if book reviews were written like text messages with a bit of Twitter hashtags thrown in?Or should I say #whatif? BR=TM ROTFL because YOLO, I literally can't even um like imagine, but here goes.In our continuing series of posts about what is new on our non-fiction shelf, LMK if u like these books:Get What's Yours, the…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • What is a "book-plus" and who are tomorrow's readers?

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Some people think the book is dead, much as Joe referred to obsolete single-use devices like the GPS while discussing the potential for peer-to-peer content distribution. The truth is, we're living in a world that's going to want and need... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 content pricing models from the future

    Joe Wikert
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    The year is 2020 and I’m about to make a digital content purchase. It’s amazing how much the industry has evolved in the past five years. For example, pricing is no longer a one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it component. I now have multiple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Peer-to-peer content distribution

    Joe Wikert
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    The smartwatch movement inspired me recently, which is surprising because I haven’t worn a watch since I started carrying a smartphone many years ago. I’m about as far as you can get from being a fashionista and I liken a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blinkist and the “read less, learn more” movement

    Joe Wikert
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Remember the “info snacking” phrase that was somewhat buzzworthy several years ago? The thinking was that everyone was too focused on reading short bursts of content and soon no one would have the attention span to read an entire book.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • One day content will enrich itself

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    You’ve probably heard me say that we live in a print-under-glass world, one where we’re consuming dumb content on smart devices.­­ It’s true simply because, as Michael Bhaskar of Canelo Publishing stated it at BEA, “publishers treat ebooks as a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Monthly Book List: Our Favorite Books for July

    Samantha McGinnis
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Once a month, our team of book enthusiasts share their picks for the best in children’s and young adult books. This month, Lori, Alison, Matthew, Jenn and Miriam have selected tales on finding oneself, nurturing friendships, appreciating grandparents, adapting to change, and coping with loss — with adorable illustrations, silly stories and powerful narratives. Pre-K – K (ages 3-6) How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham Lori’s pick this month: “Colorful, eye-catching illustrations, and a diverse cast of characters make this a perfect read-aloud for preschool. A great…
  • Increase Your Students’ Interest in Reading

    Samantha McGinnis
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
                  When kids receive new books, their faces light up, they cherish their books and keep them by their side at all times. Without any prompting from their teachers, they trade books with one another, start small books clubs and encourage each other to read. They become more interested in reading and learning. The teachers and program leaders who use books from First Book have seen this firsthand when they give books to the kids they serve. 87 percent of educators and program leaders see an increased interest in reading among the kids they serve…
  • 300,000 Books for Kids to Take Home

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Rochester, New York was recently ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States. More than half of its children live in poverty. But on an early summer day, the students in the Rochester City School District have a spring in their step as they walk down the hallway – they’re getting 10 new books to take home for the summer. “You get to keep these books!” says one student to one of their new classmates. “You don’t have to give them back, these books are ours!” “Our kids’ lives are different from the lives of kids in Rochester’s suburban neighborhoods,” says Aimee…
  • The Best Way to Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

    Samantha McGinnis
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    “Kids will always be more excited about reading, if they can choose what to read,” says Stephanie Phelix, Library Media Specialist at Belle Forest Community School in Memphis, TN. “If it’s a cookbook or the cheat codes to their video games, it’s still reading. When they’re at the grocery store, they can read the signs around the store. If the boys want to read books about Spiderman or comic books, that’s reading too!” She believes reading of any kind is valuable for her students. This summer, however, she wanted to give her students the best resource to keep them reading over…
  • How First Book & The White House are Transforming Education Today

    Marissa Wasseluk
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    At the heart of First Book’s mission to help children in need read, learn and succeed is the distribution of educational content. Breaking down the barriers to accessing books and other information can lift the kids we serve and their communities out of poverty and into bright futures. When President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative two years ago, he set an ambitious goal to provide 99 percent of American students with access to next-generation broadband internet in their classrooms and libraries by 2018. And this past April, the President followed up on this commitment with the…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Moser, Mizumura, and Murakami

    Chad W. Post
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    This week’s Best Translated Book Award post is from judge Kevin Elliott, bookseller at 57th Street Books in Chicago. As a reminder, you can stay up to date with all BTBA goings on by liking our Facebook page and by following us on Twitter. And by checking in regularly here at Three Percent. Recently, Benjamin Moser, author of “Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector” wrote an op-ed for the New York Times discussing the state and struggle of international literature in English translation. Among the statistics and observations of what it takes to bring great writers…
  • Latest Review: "The Nightwatches of Bonaventura" by Bonaventura

    Kaija Straumanis
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by J. T. Mahany on The Nightwatches of Bonaventura by Bonaventura, translated by Gerald Gillespie, and published by University of Chicago Press. J. T. is a graduate of the University of Rochester’s MALTS program, and is currently in the MFA program at Arkansas. He’s also the translator of two of “Open Letter’s Volodine books”:http://www.openletterbooks.org/collections/antoine-volodine—_Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons_ (May 2015) and Bardo or Not Bardo (forthcoming April 2016). Here’s the beginning of J.
  • Latest Review: "Pavane for a Dead Princess" by Park Min-Gyu

    Kaija Straumanis
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by Christopher Iacono on Pavane for a Dead Princess by Park Min-Gyu, translated by Amber Hyun Jung Kim, and published by Dalkey Archive Press. Here’s the beginning of Chris’s review: In 1899, Maurice Ravel wrote “Pavane pour une infante défunte” (“Pavane for a Dead Princess”) for solo piano (a decade later, he published an orchestral version). The piece wasn’t written for a particular person; Ravel simply wanted to compose a pavane (a slow procession) that a princess would have danced to in the sixteenth and seventeenth…
  • Latest Review: "Tram 83" by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

    Kaija Straumanis
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by Caitlin Thomas on Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated by Robert Glasser, and published by Deep Vellum. Caitlin is one of our interns at Open Letter this summer—which, effectively, is the first summer in a long time that 2/3 of our interns haven’t been named “Hannah.” (Which—hi, Hannahs!) Here’s the beginning of Caitlin’s review: Fiston Mwanza Mujila is an award-winning author, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who now, at 33, lives in Austria. From what I could find, much of his work is…
  • A Brilliant Review of Georgi Gospodinov's "The Physics of Sorrow"

    Chad W. Post
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    We already did one post about Asymptote today, but this review by Pete Mitchell of Georgi Gospodinov’s The Physics of Sorrow is so wonderfully complete and serious that I just have to share it. I’ll start by giving you the money shot from the review (at least in my opinion): But Gospodinov is playing for higher stakes than the opportunity to be the Bulgarian Jonathan Safran Foer. He’s interested in the idea of a radical, trans-human empathy not for what it allows him to do in terms of storytelling, but in the way that it makes the entire world a potentially boundless…
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  • Create a Conversation, Not a Presentation

    John Coleman
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nicholas Blechman When I worked as a consultant, I was perennially guilty of “the great unveil” in presentations—that tendency to want to save key findings for the last moment and then reveal them, expecting a satisfying moment of awe. My team and I would work tirelessly to drive to the right answer to an organization’s problem. We’d craft an intricate presentation, perfecting it right up until minutes or hours before a client meeting, and then we’d triumphantly enter the room with a thick stack of hard copy PowerPoint slides, often still warm from the…
  • What the Auto Industry Can Learn from Cloud Computing

    Maxwell Wessel
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Transportation is one of the world’s largest industries. The five largest automotive companies in the world generate more than 750 billion euro in annual revenue. The names in the industry are global brands – BMW, Ford, Daimler. Yet despite its size and stature, it’s also an industry in the midst of transformation. Today, new transportation vendors like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, and Grabtaxi are changing our relationship with cars. Few other industries with such a pervasive and tangible impact on each of our lives have gone through recent periods of similar upheaval. Information…
  • Stop Trying to Please Everyone

    Ron Ashkenas
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many of us are familiar with the concept of Getting to Yes, an iconic negotiation strategy developed by Harvard professor Roger Fisher and others. For many managers, however, the more difficult day-to-day challenge is “getting to no” which is what we call the process for agreeing on what not to do. “Getting to no” is a classic management issue because the vast majority of us tend to accept requests and assignments without first filtering them by what’s possible, what’s urgent, and what’s less of a priority. In an age when we are encouraged to be…
  • Improve Your Writing to Improve Your Credibility

    Barbara Wallraff
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    People jump to all kinds of conclusions about you when they read documents you have written. They decide, for instance, how smart, how creative, how well organized, how trustworthy, and how considerate you are. And once they have made up their minds, it is hard to get them to see you differently. Research in social psychology shows how sticky early impressions are. It takes serious work on the receiving end to undo them — work that your colleagues, customers, and partners may not have time (or feel motivated) to do. In my editorial career, I’ve met hundreds of writers. Sometimes I…
  • Who Benefits from the Peer-to-Peer Economy?

    Robin Chase
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Elizabeth Ann Berwick drove for Uber for eight weeks in 2014. She, and two others, then brought suit against the company. On June 16, the California Labor Commission ruled that she as a driver should have been classified as an employee – not an independent contractor – and that she was due over $4,000 in expenses and penalties. As expected, Uber filed its rebuttal on July 9, bolstered with written statements from more than 400 drivers supporting the company. Are Uber drivers being exploited or fairly compensated? Should governments, consumers, and voters support or suppress the…
 
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  • BOTNS #342: What We Did On Our Podcast Vacation

    Michael Kindness
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    What Penguin Random House’s sales conference and warehouse are like. Plus, don’t forget about The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, or Any Human Heart by William Boyd. Thank you to the Twitter user who confessed her initial disappointment with Booktopia talk episodes, but quickly said that she always ends up loving them! We understand! Audiobook of the week (02:13) The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, told by multiple narrators, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the…
  • BOTNS #341: Ariel Lawhon and Denise Kiernan – Recorded at Booktopia Asheville

    Michael Kindness
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This week we bring you two more author talks from Booktopia Asheville, recorded at Malaprop’s Bookstore: Ariel Lawhon, author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City
  • BOTNS #340: Much ado about A Watchman

    Ann Kingman
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    An out-of-order episode this week, so sorry if we confuse you! Don Winslow’s timely The Cartel, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ very important Between The World And Me, and we talk at length about Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman Two books we can’t wait for you to read (05:32):     I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but since it relates to a topic in the news, I couldn’t wait to tell you about The Cartel by Don Winslow. This is a crime thriller set in the high-stakes, violent world of the Mexican drug cartels. Interestingly, just yesterday, the media…
  • BOTNS #339: Pick a Book, Any Book

    Michael Kindness
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ann plays book roulette, and we recommend Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont, and Blackout by Sarah Hepola.   Audiobook of the week (02:30) Ghettoside by Jill Leovy, narrated by Rebecca Lowman, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 60,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day…
  • BOTNS #338: The dog ate my Bingo card

    Ann Kingman
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Simon and Thomas are coming to Booktopia! Books with animals as key characters. And don’t you forget about: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and Revolutionary Road. The Readers crash Booktopia We were thrilled to learn that Simon Savidge and Thomas Otto, co-hosts of The Readers Podcast, will be joining us at Booktopia Petoskey this September (sadly sold out). If you haven’t listened to The Readers, you should definitely check them out, maybe starting with this episode. We’ve each chosen a favorite novel, and during their visit to Booktopia, the four of us will record two…
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  • "Fiction at Its Finest": The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

    Jon Foro
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The longlist for the 2015 Man Book Prize has been announced. This "Man Booker dozen" of 13 books is the first step in selecting the prestigious award for literary fiction; the shortlist will be announced September 15, and the winner of the £50,000 prize will follow on October 13. This is the second year in which all English-language writers (published in the UK) have been considered, regardless of nationality. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, A.S Byatt, Kingsley Amis, and Salman Rushdie. The 2015 longlist: Bill Clegg (US), Did You Ever Have a…
  • The Last (?) Dr. Seuss

    Seira Wilson
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    After months of waiting and speculation readers have been weighing in on Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and now we've finally cracked another much-discussed manuscript curiosity, Dr. Seuss' What Pet Should I Get?  The story itself doesn't have the sing-song rhythm many of us would expect, but it's still great fun to pick out the various creatures and characters we recognize from other Seuss books. It feels kind of weird to say, but my favorite part of What Pet Should I Get? is tucked in the extra pages of back matter.  Photos of Seuss with his own pets over the…
  • Paula McLain on the Much Anticipated Follow-Up to "The Paris Wife"

    Sara Nelson
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham, one of the first female aviators and a compelling character long before she had wings. I recently caught up with author Paula McLain, who channeled Markham for her much anticipated follow up to the beloved The Paris Wife. Why/how did you choose Beryl Markham as your next historical heroine? The runaway success of The Paris Wife changed my life in all sorts of wonderful ways, but definitely threw me for a loop creatively. I had a hard time even imagining finding a subject that captured my imagination as fiercely as Hadley did. My connection to…
  • "9 Questions for Ben Marcus" by Andrew Eisenman

    Editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon.com New American Stories by Ben Marcus Vintage Contemporaries this week published New American Storiesa long-awaited anthology of short fiction selected and curated like a playlist by author Ben Marcus. The book features 32 short stories by a who’s who of contemporary American fiction, from heavy-hitters such as Anthony Doerr (author of All the Light We Cannot See), Don DeLillo and Zadie Smith, to more obscure masters and emerging stars on the literary scene. The anthology is in many ways a successor to 2004’s The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, also…
  • Romance Writers of America Name Best Romances of the Year

    Adrian Liang
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    There’s nothing like a Romance Writers of America national conference. For four days, successful authors and industry professionals share their advice, from enhancing your writing to marketing your book, through more than 150 workshops given to fellow writers. The positive energy level is so high and the chatter in the halls so thick that this gathering often feels more like a fan convention than a professional conference—though make no mistake, every author there has his or her eyes on the prize of a thriving writing career. Capping the weekend is the RWA’s breathtaking awards…
 
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  • Why I Tweet (Almost) Every Hour and You Should Too

    Terry Whalin
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    I’ve been on twitter since July 2008. People who follow me are often surprised that I’ve tweeted over 26,000 times. It’s because I post something almost every hour throughout the normal business hours—even on the weekends. Why do I tweet so much? Because people want to follow others who have great content—and post frequently. It is growing my followers at the rate of about 100 new people a day. I hope you are following me on twitter. If you are, you know that I don't write about my daily activities such as going out to eat or talking with authors on the phone (which is boring and no…
  • Paper Towns and Book Marketing

    Terry Whalin
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    This weekend the movie Paper Towns released. If you don’t read young adult novels, then you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. The well-done film is based on the third novel, Paper Towns by bestselling author John Green. His bestselling book, Fault in Our Stars, also had a movie attached to it. For the launch of Paper Towns, check out his unusual marketing ideas, for example this video of the Get Found, Get Lost Tour (over 110,000 views on You Tube as of this writing). For the opening of the Paper Towns movie, John Green greets the audience in the first few minutes and thanks…
  • Why Authors Must Report Their Activities

    Terry Whalin
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Recently one of my Morgan James authors contacted me and asked, “Is my book really inside any Barnes and Noble bookstores. It was a good question and I turned to a colleague to find the answer. I learned this particular book had been available to the brick and mortar bookstores for about six months (often the decision point marker for the retailer to return the book). Yes this book had been placed inside brick and mortar bookstores around the country (a big deal for any author) yet it was starting to be returned. Surprise Information to Authors When I speak with authors, they are often…
  • You Must Enter To Win

    Terry Whalin
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    I'm a big fan of Goodreads. According to their website, there are 40 million active members on this site. If you don't know much about Goodreads, I encourage you to take this teleseminar and learn about it. As an author, you need to be there. Also you need to be reviewing books as a reader of books on Goodreads.  During the last few months, I've initiated two other Goodreads Giveaways.  Today my new Goodreads giveaways were approved. They will run for about two and a half weeks or through the end of July. I hope you will enter and tell your friends to enter. Goodreads are a great…
  • My Once-A-Year Indulgence

    Terry Whalin
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Do you have something that you do once a year as a special experience?  I never used to have such an indulgence but it started a few years ago and carries on this year. For me, it is reading a new book from Daniel Silva. The bestselling thriller writer produces one book a year which releases about this time each year. The former journalist at CNN has written 18 novels. I discovered his books several years ago and slowly read all of them through my public library. From learning about his books, I became a follower of Daniel Silva’s work. I joined his newsletter…
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  • Robert C. Jones: A SHOT IN THE ARM

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Tom Sullivan here, just letting you know that if this appears under my byline, it’s because the tech gremlins in Bob Jones access to SU are acting up and I’m posting this for him. The following is 100% from our illustrious encyclopedic compatriot Robert C. Jones! … This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this…
  • Thomas Sullivan: UP, UP, AND AWAY! – A STORY OF LOST LOVE AND AN OVER-INFLATED DOLL

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    I can tell already, that title isn’t going to seem funny to me in the morning. But it’s late, and I must get this posted. Anyway, you all expect me to be a little off-the-wall, right? OK, a lot off-the-wall. I blame your questions. Wonderful questions, of course, but no one is asking “What’s your favorite color?” or “Where do you get your ideas from?” Guess I should be grateful for that. Onward… Q: [Canton, OH] What’s your favorite color? A: Dang. Purple. Q: [?, MA] What did you study in college? A: Study? Bwahahahaha! That’s that zoned out state that requires textbooks…
  • Robert C. Jones: BRILLIANT BEGINNINGS

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    Tom Sullivan here, just letting you know that if this appears under my byline, it’s because the tech gremlins in Bob Jones access to SU are acting up and I’m posting this for him. The following is 100% from our illustrious encyclopedic compatriot Robert C. Jones! …    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…
  • Thomas Sullivan: ABIGAIL & BUCK GET MARRIED

    Thomas Sullivan
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Name your poison. Literary poison, that is. What fiction do you hate? You do know that your poison is someone else’s cup of tea, don’t you? And your literary duck soup is someone else’s poison. In any case, I don’t have any antidotes for what you don’t like. Whether you’re a writer or a reader, I’m shooting for how you can expand your range without losing what you do like. The extremes of genre fiction tend to run along gender lines (though there are plenty of exceptions). And in today’s open marketplace where anyone can self-publish, the polarization in gender terms has…
  • Robert C. Jones: HISTORIC BONES

    Robert Jones
    19 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. The term “forensic science” has a number of definitions. A definition listed in Wikipedia fits well into the general form…
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  • Vacations

    Paulo Coelho
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Begona Miguel of the Huelgas Monastery says: “San Juan de La Cruz teaches us that silence has its own music; it is silence that enables us to see ourselves and the things around us. “I would like to add that there are words that can only be said in silence, odd as that may seem. […]
  • How to keep Hell full

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:12 pm
    By Paulo Coelho   According to a traditional story, at the moment when the Son of God expired on the cross, He went straight to Hell in order to save sinners. The Devil was most put out. ‘I have no other function in the universe,’ he said. ‘From now on, all the delinquents who broke […]
  • In Buddha and in the Virgin Mary

    Paulo Coelho
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, is one of the most respected teachers of Buddhism in the West. When he was travelling in Sri Lanka, he met six barefoot children. ‘They were not children from a shanty town, but children from the country, and looking at them, I saw that they formed part of the […]
  • 40 SEC READING: the magic moment

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    “You have to take risks”- he said. “We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. “Every day, God gives us the sun–and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. “Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t […]
  • And while out walking…

    Paulo Coelho
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
      While walking through a field, a man spotted a scarecrow. “You must be tired standing there in this lonely field with nothing to do,” he commented. The scarecrow replied: “There is great pleasure in driving away danger, and I never grow tired doing this.” “Yes, I too have acted like that, and with good […]
 
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  • MacBook Air A1466 Logic Board Repair (13-inch, Mid 2012) (MD232LL/A)

    manoj
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    MacBook Air A1466 Logic Board Repair | MacBook Air A1466 Liquid Damage Repair (13-inch, Mid 2012) (MD232LL/A) | MacBook Air A1466 Keyboard Replacement | Creative IT London Problem: This 13″ Apple MacBook Air A1466 notebook had experienced liquid damage. As a result of the liquid damage, there was no video, massive corrosion and the keyboard was damaged. The keyboard had to be replaced by our Mac engineers for the reason that multiple keys were not responding. The logic board had corrosion and damaged traces. Damaged traces were repaired. The logic board was fixed and the MacBook Air…
  • MacBook Air A1465 Liquid Damage Repair (11-inch, Mid 2013) (MD712LL/A)

    manoj
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    MacBook Air A1465 Liquid Damage Repair (11-inch, Mid 2013) (MD712LL/A) | MacBook Air A1465 MD712LL/A Logic Board Repair | Creative IT London The customer had accidentally spilled tea on the trackpad of his 11-inch, Mid 2013 Apple MacBook Air A1465 notebook computer with 1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (I7-4650U) with 4MB shared L3 cache (MD712LL/A) and 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory. The Apple MacBook Air engineers at Creative IT London performed initial diagnostics and consequently our Mac technicians cleaned and repaired the damages to the logic board that resulted from the…
  • Time Capsule A1409 Data Recovery

    manoj
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    Apple Time Capsule A1409 Data Recovery (MD032LL/A) (Mid 2011) | Creative IT London Problem: After thunder and lightning strike, the Time Capsule A1409 model with 2 TB hard drive is not repairable. The hard drive was also badly damaged. Solution: Reconstruction of the blocks and partitions of the hard drive by our expert Apple Mac data recovery engineers using PC-3000 software followed by the extraction of the data to a new hard drive. Call Creative IT London on 020 7237 6805 for secure and quick turnaround London Apple Mac data recovery from Apple Time Capsule A1409 (MD032LL/A) (Mid 2011)…
  • iMac A1224 Graphics Card Repair

    manoj
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Apple iMac A1224 (Early 2008) Graphics Card Repair | iMac 20-inch (MB323LL/A) ATI Radeon Graphics Repair | iMac 20-inch A1224 (MB323LL/A) Logic Board Repairs | Creative IT London Problem: Blue screen during loading of Mac OS X This iMac (20-inch, Early 2008) A1224 model has an ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics processor with 128 MB of GDDR3 memory. The Apple iMac technicians at Creative IT London performed a reballing service of the ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card and cleaned the vents that were covered with dust. The boot-up problems were fixed and the Apple iMac A1224 desktop computer is…
  • Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Xa 2528 Graphics Card Repair

    manoj
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Xa 2528 Repair | Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Xa 2528 Graphics Card Repair | Creative IT London Problem: Black screen, no display on screen The expert component level Fujitsu Siemens laptop repair engineers at Creative IT London performed a reballing service to the graphics card and the notebook computer is functioning well now. Call Creative IT London on 020 7237 6805 for same day London Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Xa 2528 repair, Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Xa 2528 motherboard repairs and Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Xa 2528 graphics card repair services. We are experts in reflowing or…
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    Living 2 Read

  • A Year in the Life

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Jane Smiley has undertaken a daunting task. In the course of three books she follows the lives of a Midwestern family for one hundred years. Some Luckstarts in 1920 and follows an Iowa farming family, Walter and Rosanna Langdon and their five children, until 1953. Then Early Warningpicks up the story of Walter and Rosanna's children and their offspring until 1986. The third book of the trilogy, “Golden Age”, will be released in the fall and will complete the one hundred year cycle. Each chapter covers a single year, with the point of view switching from character to character. Smiley…
  • Reading For Pleasure

    12 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Of course I read for pleasure. It's not as if I have a paper to write or test to take. And thanks to the Kindle “Try a Sample” option, I can easily start reading and then reject a book without even buying it. But that doesn't mean that all books are equally pleasurable to read. Sometimes reading a book can be hard work, but the rewards are well worth the effort (I'm looking at you, Karl Ove Knausgård). At other times a book can be just good enough to keep me going, but in the end leaves me feeling as I sometimes do in a restaurant – the meal tasted fine but I expected something a…
  • Norwegian Angst

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Surely Norway can't be as depressing as it's depicted by its fiction writers, can it? Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle" paints a bleak picture, Jo Nesbø's 'Nordic noir' crime novels are dark and brooding, Per Petterson’s "Out Stealing Horses" is full of melancholy and regret. But Petterson’s newest novel I Refuse is darker still. Just look at the book cover!It opens in 2006 with a powerful scene of the chance meeting in early morning between Jim and Tommy on a bridge outside of Oslo, where Jim, shabbily dressed, is fishing and Tommy, in a sleek new Mercedes, is on his way to work.
  • Forgotten

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Recently our Book Club read “Stoner”, a wonderful 1965 novel by John Williams which had gone out of print until its success in France led to its reissue in the United States. It reminded me that one of the books on my 'Hope to Get To' list had a similar history. I had read an article in the New Yorker about Australian writer Elizabeth Harrower, whose works had been out of print for many years until, in 2012, the Australian publishing house Text reissued them and persuaded her to publish her last novel, which she had withdrawn just before it was to be released in 1971. The article declared…
  • Story Time

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's always nice to have someone read to you, especially when it's a writer you admire. The special treat of The New Yorker:Fiction podcast is that the reader, a New Yorker fiction writer, chooses a story that was published in the magazine and that he or she particularly admires. After the reading, the writer and fiction editor Deborah Treisman discuss the story and its author. Sometimes I know the author well; I may even remember having read the story. But at other times it's a revelation.That's what happened in January when Joseph O'Neill, who wrote the wonderful novel Netherland, read…
 
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    The Millions

  • Breaking Out

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As part of a collaboration with several international magazines, Full-Stop is publishing Babelsprech International, a series of articles on poetry around the world. In the latest edition, Karel Piorecký writes about contemporary Czech poetry, drawing a line between the pre- and post-Communist periods. Related: John Yargo on the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.
  • Little Ones

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Recommended Reading: Adam Gopnik on the writings of Max Beerbohm.
  • Airy Fairy

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Anyone who’s majored in the humanities has likely heard warnings that it’s better to major in the sciences. If, as many would have it, we live in a scientist’s world, what place is there for the arts? At the Ploughshares blog, Cathe Shubert finds a place for writers in a STEM-obsessed society. You could also read Cathy Day on the job prospects of writers.
  • Pirouettes

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve covered the Atlantic series By Heart a number of times before. It features notable authors writing about their favorite passages. In the latest edition, Mary-Beth Hughes picks out a paragraph from Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower, about a poet who’s trying to cope with grief. Sample quote: “Reading Fitzgerald, I felt it was possible to write as I’d experienced dancing.”
  • The Booker’s Dozen: The 2015 Booker Longlist

    Editor
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    In the second year that the Booker Prize has been open to U.S. authors, five American authors make the longlist. Anne Enright is the lone former winner on the list, while Marilynne Robinson is the most celebrated American to be tapped. Other notable names include Hanya Yanagihara, Tom McCarthy, and Bill Clegg, who has been better known as a high-powered literary agent and memoirist. Laila Lalami, who now calls the U.S. her home, is the first Moroccan-born writer to land on a Booker longlist. Seven countries are represented overall. All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with bonus links…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • A bunch of mini-reviews

    George Ivanoff
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    So many books, so little time… to review them. So here I go again with a whole bunch of mini reviews.   Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde (2015) This is a young adult novel about two footy-playing teenagers in a small Australian town. They are from different backgrounds, but they share a common dream — […]
  • Review: Four – A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

    Cait Drews
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    The saddest thing in the world is when an excellent trilogy concludes. So HUZZAH for those brilliant authors who write extra stories for us hungry fans. Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy is mind-blowingly famous. And have you snabbled her short stories about Four, yet? Because you need to. Four: A Divergent Collection was just perfection. I couldn’t be any […]
  • Picture Books for Stubborn Kids

    Romi Sharp
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    In typical toddler fashion, my youngest daughter (aged two and a half) has developed the “NO! I don’t like it!”, and the “Don’t want it!” approach to almost everything offered, much to the delight of her parents (that’s me). If you’re a parent or teacher of children anywhere between two and five years old, and […]
  • Anything but Boring – A collection of Board Book reviews

    Dimity Powell
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I’m not sure how or why but I’ve still got many of the board books of my childhood and now, those from my daughter’s early learning days. Their very construction may have something to do with standing up to the test of time. Maybe, I just can’t bear to part with them because of what […]
  • The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in August

    Boomerang Books
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief. Get FREE shipping when you use the promo code bookbrief at checkout Fiction Books Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered and a clinical psychologist is called in to help the investigation. Nothing […]
 
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  • 2015 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

    Beth Carswell
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    It’s here, it’s here! My bookish little heart is going pitter-pat with joy. The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced. Many of my favorite books throughout the years have been Booker nominees or winners, so I trust the committee’s selections implicitly. Since its inception in 1969, the Booker prize has been awarded to the best novel of the year written by an author from UK, the British Commonwealth, or Ireland. Happily, last year the committee first included American authors as well, broadening the talent pool further. This year’s longlist includes authors…
  • Misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman sells for $1,556

    Richard Davies
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    A misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman has sold for $1,556 (£988) on the AbeBooks marketplace. Earlier this month, it emerged that a number of the UK first editions were missing sections of text from pages toward the end of Harper Lee’s novel. The Guardian had reported: A number of the first 25,000 copies of Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman are missing paragraphs and sentences from the final pages – with many readers complaining it has tainted their reading of the book. It is unknown how many of the books purchased are missing the pieces of text. The novel, a sequel to…
  • Step into Eureka Books – a literary goldmine in Northern California

    Richard Davies
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Eureka Books in Northern California The word ‘Eureka’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘I have found it’ and I almost shouted those very words after reaching Eureka Books, a wonderful bookshop nestled in a corner of Northern California. We’d driven south for five hours, give or take an hour or two, from the glorious sand dunes of Southern Oregon that inspired Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel, Dune, so Eureka Books was a most welcome sight at the time. Eureka Books stands proudly in the historic district of a rough-around-the-edges town on the shores of Humboldt Bay.
  • Bookish Yoga Poses

    Beth Carswell
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    I think there’s a widespread belief that bookishness and athleticism are much like oil and water, and rarely mix well. Bookworms have oft been portrayed as pale obsessives with one-track minds, who eschew the outside world and any activity other than delving into their next read. …Come to think of it, that might not be far off, for some of us. But it doesn’t mean we don’t welcome new ways to try. With yoga being all the rage these days, Charlotte Lacroix from AbeBooks’ German office made it her business to find out if it was possible to get some exercise, some…
  • Who’s your book hero?

    Jessica Doyle
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    By our definition, a book hero is ‘a person admired for noble achievements relating to the preservation and celebration of books and reading.’ Book heroes come in all shapes and sizes and can include parents, friends, teachers, librarians, community workers or neighbors. We’re celebrating the world’s book heroes by sharing their magnificent stories. Meet a school teacher who battles illiteracy in Ghana, a rare book dealer who saved a priceless literary treasure from thieves, an organization that uses books to finance worthy causes, and two friends who started a…
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    The Contemporary Reader

  • Go Home Faulkner, You're Drunk ('Difficult Books' series)

    18 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    In my quest to 'broaden my literary horizon' I made a point to go out of this  terrible 'complaisant zone' I am currently at. To be honest, my reading state is probably a lot bleaker that what I'm letting on: I have not finished a novel since three months ago!As penitensya for my incessant lack of drive and, I suppose, to jolt my brain back to the pace it used to enjoy prior to this reading
  • Sweetest Read: A Review of "The Wedding Bees" by Sarah-Kate Lynch

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    A really sweet, easy read. Best enjoyed with a glass of iced honey tea. I've always had a place in my heart for characters that sound like they're from the "polite" southern parts. In my head I always hear their endearing drawl, and I'm always reminded of their prim and proper ways. The heroine of The Wedding Bees is just that: Proper, polite and charming to a fault. But she's no
  • Books in the Mail: HarperCollins Stash for August-September

    7 Oct 2013 | 12:06 pm
    I've just about settled here in Manila, yet my address is giving me a headache. I've only been used to a residential address, not a condominium unit number so I'm always worried about lost mail. I didn't think that my Harper Collins books would find its way to me. Until one fine morning: I was absolutely crazy happy. I have very little faith in Manila postal offices due to horrendous
  • The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (Wishlist Granted!)

    18 Sep 2013 | 7:36 am
    A month ago, I was doing groceries at a local mall when I felt the urge to go to the used bookstore shop nearby. Whenever you go to used book shops, you can't really expect to getting a specific title, but more of a certain 'genre' that you want to read. On that particular day, magic happened and I got both the title and genre I wanted I was able to spot The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sudaresan
  • Books and Travel

    28 Jun 2013 | 7:43 am
    I've been bit. Travel bug. Darn... it bites hard. I want to travel the entire world today. I feel like going on a travel rampage ever since I moved to this city. Before, I used to be a total settler, you know, the kind who's absolutely content at spending an entire lifetime in one place. Maybe it's the move that made me ballsy -- I realize that even if I uproot myself, nothing bad will happen
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    The Creative Penn

  • Genre, Story Tips And Getting A Film Deal With Charles Harris

    Joanna Penn
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    It’s always good to learn from industry professionals outside our direct area of writing. Today I discuss genre, loglines and getting a film deal with Charles Harris. In the intro, I mention some VERY exciting news! I’ve just hired my husband out of his corporate job to join the business and that gives me more time to serve the community With the popularity of How to Make a Living with your Writing and also Business for Authors, I’m starting with some free video training on 11 ways to make money as an indie author. Click here to check it out. I also mention the launch of…
  • Start Before You Know What You’re Doing. Interview With Joanna Penn On The Writer’s Journey.

    Joanna Penn
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    I’m in my 7th year of the writing journey and things have changed a LOT in that time! In this interview on Lovelyn Bettison’s Imagine the Possibilities podcast, I go through how it all got started, how I changed careers and what I’ve learned along the way. I talk about going from newbie author to running a six-figure business as an author entrepreneur. I’m also excited to announce that I have just hired my husband out of his corporate job. This has been a big goal for a number of years and I’m thrilled to have reached it. He’s pretty happy too I hope you…
  • Digital, Mobile, Global, Indie? The Future Of Publishing With Thad McIlroy

    Joanna Penn
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Regular listeners will know that I am a (not so closet) futurist. Trying out the Gear VR at #Thrillerfest15 Today I get to indulge my passion with Future of Publishing author, publishing consultant and speaker, Thad McIlroy. Yes, we both get super excited about mobile, digital, global sales and the creative disruption of indies! In the intro, I round up my time at ThrillerFest and talk about how Nook has shuttered all international stores except the UK, plus the release of iOS 8.4 iBooks which will have integration with iTunes, which bodes well for audiobooks. And of course, I have to mention…
  • Ambition, Writing Tips And Being An Indie At #ThrillerFest15

    Joanna Penn
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    This was my third Thrillerfest and as in previous years, I was amongst my tribe! I also heard several other authors say the same thing, “I couldn’t find my people anywhere else, but here, I feel at home.” Here are some of my highlights from this year and you can also check out my 2012 and 2014 articles for past event tips. I meet one of my writing heroes, Clive Cussler! Dirk Pitt’s influence can be seen in Morgan Sierra in my ARKANE series. Writers are weird, that’s true of any genre. But ITW and ThrillerFest are my kind of weird – authors who talk about body count, weaponry,…
  • Social Media Tips For Writers With Frances Caballo

    Joanna Penn
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:43 pm
    I learned a ton of new stuff about social media in this interview with Frances Caballo from SocialMediaJustForWriters. I know you will too! I’ve scheduled this in advance as I am away in New York for Thrillerfest. In the intro I mention Deviance, which is out on pre-order right now at a reduced price of US$2.99. It’s also July so I reflect on my own 2015 goals at this mid year point and encourage you to reflect on your own. This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get all kinds of designs for your author business including book covers, merchandising, branding…
 
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    Publetariat » Publetariat

  • The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

    Publetariat
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    This post by Maria Popova originally appeared on Brain Pickings on 8/25/14. How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues. Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do […]
  • Millennials ‘Least Likely to Buy E-books’

    Publetariat
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:58 pm
    This post by Charlotte Eyre originally appeared on The Bookseller on 6/24/15. Millennials are less likely to purchase e-books than any other age group, with 63% of 16-24 year-olds saying they have never bought one, according to a report from Deloitte. For its Media Consumer Report 2015, Deloitte surveyed 2,000 UK consumers about their media […]
  • Genius Time

    Publetariat
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    This post by Jennifer Crusie originally appeared on her Argh Ink site on 7/10/15. I looked at Lavender Blue‘s first act and realized it was 46,244 words long. That’s too many. I’m not really that fixated on numbers, but I know that readers are going to need to be turned into a new story long […]
  • What Personality Features Do Heroes And Psychopaths Have In Common?

    Publetariat
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    This post by Scott McGreal originally appeared on Eye on Psych on 6/28/15. A recent research paper attempts to answer the question: “Are psychopaths and heroes twigs off the same branch?” Psychopathy is usually thought of as one of the most malevolent manifestations of a disturbed personality structure as it is associated with selfishness, callousness, […]
  • There Is No Map for Grief: On the Work of Art

    Publetariat
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:44 pm
    This post by Lidia Yuknavitch originally appeared on The Millions on 7/8/15. Trauma brought me to the page, it is that simple. When my daughter died in the belly world of me, I became a writer — so that all the words that cannot name grief, all the words threatening to erupt from my belly […]
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    Better World Books

  • Reflecting on the 2015 CILIP Conference

    Fiona Marshall
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Written by Martin Mullin, Head of UK Acquisitions. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The CILIP Conference is a real highlight for Better World Books.  This year the  CILIP Conference was hosted in the impressive St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, with exhibitors presenting their services in The Great Hall.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet both new and existing library clients and to share what’s happening across the library market. So much has happened since the last Conference- we were able to share Better World Books impacts for literacy as…
  • A Literacy First for Better World Books

    Fiona Marshall
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Literacy is at the heart of everything we do here at Better World Books. We support literacy through our work with our 5 literacy partners, through funding, book donations, and our LEAP Grants. But a few weeks ago, as we chatted about poverty in the UK – a staggering 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty today in the UK alone– we decided that we wanted to do more. Our first-hand experience of the transformative power of books and literacy bolsters our belief that good education can break the cycle of poverty; and with this in mind, on Friday 19th June, we hosted our first…
  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 2

    Fiona Marshall
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Written by Andy Parker, Better World Books Acquisitions Representative. Leeds Libraries were one of the recipients of our LEAP grants in 2014. I went to visit Armley Library in May to see how their Reading Together group was coming along. Reading Together is a group for asylum seekers and refugees. Lyn Banbury runs the group at Armley; Lyn also helped to write the LEAP application. The first thing that struck me about Lyn was her passion for literacy and learning–precisely what is needed to enable a positive impact. The LEAP funding does nothing without the commitment of people like Lyn.
  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 1

    Fiona Marshall
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    Alina and Dominika Reading Together received a £1,000 LEAP Grant in 2014. Lyn Banbury wrote the LEAP application and now runs the group at Armley Library in Leeds. She talked to us about the impact that the LEAP Grant is having on asylum seekers and refugees in their community. Following promotion to many groups, (including visiting the Meeting Point drop in for Asylum seekers and refugees at Christchurch in Armley who were very positive about the project), we’ve had approximately 12 weekly sessions so far. After consulting with our Area Development Librarian: Equality and Diversity, we…
  • 0 to 10km for Scottish Book Trust with Emma McNeill

    Fiona Marshall
    18 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Emma and Struan When the opportunity to do the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k as part of a Better World Books team arose, I was thoughtful. I had never ran before. Was I up for the challenge? I decided to throw caution to the wind and commit myself. Life is too short to always stand on the side lines. So the next step was to think about training. Me being me, I wouldn’t actually start running until I had read up about technique and breathing so as to prepare myself. I like to get as much knowledge as possible before I start something new. I knew that reading about running would be much…
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Accidental Aviatrix

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    This idea came to me last week and it is possible to be my next graphic novel
  • Holiday portraits...

    13 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A couple of drawings of some spectators on the 4th of July...
  • End Papers done!

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:54 pm
    I finally finished the end papers for the bear picture book that I illustrated and made some minor changes on the interior pages. That should be it. Looking forward to the date when it comes out. Should be in the fall. I'll keep you posted.
  • Sharpie drawing... THE BIRDS!

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    You know... just hanging out on the branch...
  • End Papers part two

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Working on only two hours every evening... the final art is going slow but here's what I've got so far.
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:46 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 YOUNG ADULT FICTION NONFICTION…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    To be published, week of July 26, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Abercrombie, Joe – Half a War – 25,000 Barclay, Linwood -Broken Promise Box, C. J. – Badlands – 250,000 Evans, Lissa – Crooked Heart – 50,000 Garwood, Julie – Wired – 50,000+ Graham, Heather – The Forgotten Griffith, Clay – The Conquering Dark Grossman, Austin – Crooked Halle, Karina – Racing the Sun – 75,000 Harbison, Beth – If I Could Turn Back Time – 75,000 Jackson, Lisa – Never Die Alone Kadrey, Richard – Killing Pretty – 75,000…
  • Coming Attractions 2015

    Cindy Orr
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    NBC News: 9 great new books by Latino authors The Telegraph: Best Books to Read This Summer Huffington Post: Best books to read this summer Toronto Star: Must-read thrillers for summer Huffington Post: 10 new science fiction and fantasy books to explore this summer The Evening Standard (UK): Hot summer books by new novelists Huffington Post: 10 books you should be reading this summer Library Journal: Christian Fiction Book Round-Up The Millions: Great Book Preview (for the rest of 2015) USA Today: 10 great summer cookbooks The Guardian: 2015’s Best Summer Books for Kids Time:6 Beach…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:04 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 YOUNG ADULT FICTION NONFICTION…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    To Be Published, Week of July 19, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Atkins, Ace – The Redeemers – 50,000+ Ball, Jesse – A Cure for Suicide Gladstone, Wayne – Agents of the Internet Apocalypse – 40,000 Goodkind, Terry – The First Confessor – 200,000 Hashimi, Nadia – When the Moon Is Low – 50,000 Hopkins, Ellen – Love Lies Beneath – 75,000 Jackson, D. B. – Dead Man’s Reach – 15,000 Kosmatka, Ted – The Flicker Men – 35,000 Liftin, Hilary – Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper – 30,000 Mansbach, Adam – The…
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Woodpecker Wham!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Woodpecker Wham!by April Pulley Sayreillustrated by Steve JenkinsHenry Holt (May 12, 2015)Informational Picture BookSummary:Enter woodpecker world and get a bird's eye view of everyday life: hiding from hawks, feeding hungry chicks, and drilling holes to build homes. Woodpeckers are nature's home builders, creating holes that many other animals live in when the woodpeckers move on. Why You'll Love It: As well as being a great scientific text, the language lends itself naturally to a lesson on onomatopoeia or action words. “Wedge it. Sledge it. / Wham by wham. / Clear those chips. /…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Super Hockey Infographics

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Super Hockey Infographicsby Jeff Savageillustrations by Vic KulihinLerner (Jan. 1, 2015)NonfictionSummary:A collection of infographics that provides facts and statistics about hockey.  Why You'll Love It:The visuals are dynamic and eye-catching, incorporating motifs of pucks, sticks, and players throughout. Each theme-specific spread includes one or two paragraphs of clear, descriptive text and plenty of easy-to-read facts and figures. For example, sports fans will be interested in the “Count Me In“ spread, which charts a steady increase in the number of people to “hit the ice each…
  • Books By Theme: Superpowers!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    "Putting the right book in the right kid's hands is kind of like giving that kid superpowers." ~ Cecil Castelucci The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Manby Michael Chabon; illustrated by Jake ParkerAwesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight asan arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is? Nino Wrestles the Worldby Yuyi MoralesLucha Libre champion Nino has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents,…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Octopus Scientists

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Molluskby Sy Mongomeryillustrations by Keith EllenbogenHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (May 26, 2015)Narrative NonfictionSummary:Explores the octopus, discussing how it changes colors, how their behavior can reveal the health of the worlds oceans, and more, as well as the work of scientists to learn more about it.    Why You'll Love It:The text includes tantalizing tidbits and facts. For example, did you know that an octopus can “pour” itself through a hole the size of a thimble, drill through seashells with its tongue, squirt ink, and…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Gingerbread For Liberty!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    23 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Gingerbread For Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolutionby Mara Rockliffillustrations by Vincent X. KirschHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (Jan. 27, 2015)Informational Picture BookSummary:A picture book biography about a forgotten hero of the American Revolution who rose to the occasion and served his country, not with muskets or canons, but with gingerbread! Why You'll Love It:Rockliff’s dialogue-laden text is accessible, even humorous at times.Author Rockliff includes a recipe for gingergread at the end of the book, offering options for different skill levels. Kirsch…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • Intimacy Idiot

    Will A
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a few past reviews for this site, I’ve mused aloud whether I didn’t quite enjoy a book as much because it didn’t reflect my life. (See: Dept. of Speculation and The Buried Giant) If that is indeed the case, then I probably enjoyed Isaac Oliver’s “Intimacy Idiot” because it does reflect my life — or, reflects it much more than it doesn’t. That, and Oliver has genuine talent as a storyteller. Intimacy Idiot is a collection of short stories that chronicles Oliver’s young adulthood in the arts scene of New York, which mostly means it’s about his various strange,…
  • And then and then and then …

    Christa
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    So much depends upon a reconfigured dinner party, now, at the last minute, to be hosted by the wife of a British diplomat believed to be up for an ambassadorship in Ireland, if. But, Ireland?! Clare Moorhouse has memories of the time she spent there as a college student — and we’re not talking archived video footage from spring break in Cabo. Rather, the now purposefully beige protagonist at the center of Anne Korkeakivi’s novel An Unexpected Guest was, long ago, tangled in love, politics, and potentially. terrorism. She’s not sure it’s safe to go back. But a wife’s gotta do.
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    Will A
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    I tend to get a little irritated with novels that use really improbable or bizarre setups, because it seems sort of cheap or easy. Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, though, lands this trick with room to spare. When we meet The Cooke family of Bloomington, Indiana, daughter Rosemary is grateful to be half a country away in college. As the story comes together piece by non-linear piece, we realize that the Cookes adopted a chimpanzee when Rosemary was a baby and raised the two of them together as part of an experiment — an experiment that ended abruptly and tore the…
  • Hot Off the Grill

    Christa
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A few blocks away from the 1950s-style diner where our hero has drawn every coffee pot and customer butt-crack is a place she assumes is an abandoned Chinese restaurant. Margaret, an art student has scrounged some coins and has come to sit — and finds a place with an intoxicating aroma and, what-the, real creamer for the coffee. She’s sitting at the counter when a character spins his way into the shop and introduces himself with what has to be a far-out alias, an adopted personae: Lazlo Merengue. Turns out he’s the enigmatic leader of the small band of characters at the center of…
  • Misunderstood

    Jodi Chromey
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    After I finished Mislaid by Nell Zink, I read nearly every review I could find trying to discern why this novel was being lauded when I couldn’t figure it out myself. Maybe starting this book the week Rachel Dolezal was exposed for passing as black was not the best time. Reading it while a white man killed nine black people in a historically black church was probably bad timing. Finishing it as our black president eulogized one of the men assassinated in the church was definitely not smart. This book, according to many reviews is supposed to be funny. I failed to see any humor in this…
 
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • I’m on an Adventure or I’m on the Poop Deck by Alex L. Swartzentruber

    Danielle White
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’m on a journey to the heart of myself. I’m on a voyage into the funk and goo of life. I’m on a treasure hunt for wild jewels of experience. I found a big ruby yesterday and a pirates skull with gold teeth still attached. Maybe I’ll still have teeth when I’m 500 years old too. I’ve been flossing and eating my vegetables, saying my prayers and doing tiny sins to keep balanced. I’m on the poop deck of a far out bizarro wooden ship. I’m mating with mermaids and getting a sunburn. “Seawall” image by Flickr user Stewart Butterfield – Alex L. Swartzentruber is…
  • Grape Hour, Woman of Parking Lot by Jessica Van de Kemp

    Danielle White
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The hood of the car thunders as you climb up. This kind of sex we have where we find the Big Dipper but don’t touch. Grape hour, woman of parking lot, I could tell you anything now and you’d be stuck. In a cemetery entrance, in pitch dark, we improvise the scene: purple bears huffing danger. “Be Still…” image by Flickr user Kaleb Coleman – Jessica Van de Kemp (BA, B.Ed, MA) is a 2014 Best of the Net nominee and the author of the poetry chapbook, Spirit Light, published by The Steel Chisel. The recipient of a BlackBerry Scholarship in English Language and Literature…
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Poseur: An interview with Doug Holder by Susan Tepper

    Laura Roberts
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Susan Tepper: You have written a mini-memoir, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Poseur – Boston 1974 to 1983, that is also a love story and homage to Boston. It takes place during the years 1974 through 1983. What brought this book to life suddenly? Doug Holder: I was getting older, one of those milestone birthdays approaching, and this seemed to be the right time to do it.  I have kept journals since the 70’s when I first moved to Boston. They were a mine of old poems, snapshots of the city, people and places I had totally forgotten about. The focal point was an old rooming…
  • Unburden the shame, every drop of it by Hannah Sloane

    Katherine Memmel
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A stranger walks up to her. I bet you’re a dirty fuck. Her face stills. He winks and walks away. She takes another sip of her blood orange margarita. The chunky grains of salt lining the rim stick to her lips. Later she studies herself, something raw dances in her eyes. She has a suspicion he is correct, but she doesn’t the stranger on the subway to know this. She doesn’t want him licking his lips as she crosses and uncrosses her legs. She wants it revealed at her choosing, in dimly lit rooms as curtains are closed, as bras slip off. Her friend consoles her. It’s a line he read, a…
  • Hard-Assed by Garrett Phelan

    Danielle White
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    “I know how sensitive you are under that cool, snide, hard-assed exterior.” Give someone an image of yourself and you could be trapped in it for ever. Sometimes I’m sick of my own poses. I want to put my fingers right through their cancer. I want to change locks on doors. An orphan lives inside me who doesn’t believe home exists— “training” image by Flickr user Steve Hanna – Garrett Phelan is a Teaching Artist (writing and poetry) who has taught with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Washington National Opera among other places. His poems…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Five Wise and Profound Quotes

    Sarah Seltzer
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    On this day in 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring was first published. It’s the first book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it served as a bridge between the adventure story for children that was The Hobbit and the serious epic fantasy of its successors. Fellowship is the only book in the trilogy that’s a relatively seamless narrative: it follows a quest that begins in the Shire and ends with the death of Boromir and the breakup of the titular group, with a series of comical and dark adventures in the first half of the book that routinely get excised…
  • Read an Excerpt from ‘Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Released in concert with the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard follows in the footsteps of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, providing a harrowing account that begins on the morning of the bombing and extends to the present day. Southard’s approach is devastating yet necessary, and, as Ian Buruma said in the New York Times, it gives us “some idea of what it must have been like for people who were unlucky enough not to be killed instantly.” The below account, taken from the second chapter of…
  • Is this Really the Golden Age of Publishing? Ask Eddie Redmayne’s Brother

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    According to Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins UK CEO and half-brother of Eddie, the book business has entered its Golden Age. He said as much earlier this month at a garden party for writers and publishers on a “glorious summer’s evening” in London. Publishing Perspectives quotes Redmayne, who was previously the CEO of Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, exhorting his guests to hold their heads high. “I genuinely believe publishing is entering a golden age,” he exclaimed. “There are more people reading than ever.” That same day, in an interview with Business Standard, Redmayne…
  • In Search of Lost Memory: Jesse Ball’s Elegiac ‘A Cure for Suicide’

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    What if memory behaves like an immune system? Let’s say, for the sake of a thought experiment, that our memory acts as a time-mind barrier, swelling around our psychic wounds, expanding or contracting in reaction to external stimuli. It might be possible, on that basis, to tear down our memories and rebuild them in much the same way that modern medicine razes the immune system in order to make way for alien stem cells. This elementary yet profound thesis guides much of the “plot” of Jesse Ball’s mournful fifth novel, A Cure for Suicide. On its surface, it’s a spare and unfolding…
  • The Vladimir Putin Book Club…Or Literary Censorship in Russia?

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Putin, president of Russia, will follow in the footsteps of fellow mononyms Oprah and Zuckerberg by selecting books for his nation’s reading public. But the owners of Russia’s bookstores are pointing to the government’s new plan as an act of censorship by other means. According to the U.K.’s Publishing Perspectives, a news release by the Russian Ministry of Science and Education has publicized a new plan by the Russian government to offer rent and tax breaks to booksellers “in exchange for an ‘opportunity’ to provide a selection of titles chosen by the government.” The…
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    22 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
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  • Walt Disney on Doing Things Well

    John Kremer
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. – Walt DisneyGreat advice!
  • If Your Enemy Wrongs You . . .

    John Kremer
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    If your enemy wrongs you, buy each of his children a drum. — Chinese proverb ‪#‎funny‬ ‪#‎true‬
  • Mary Foley Wishes Happy Birthday to Do It Marketing

    John Kremer
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In a funny, but informative video, entrepreneur Mary Foley wishes David Newman's Do It! Marketing book a happy birthday. The one year birthday of the book celebrates 10,000 copies sold and a lot of time on top Amazon lists.If you buy Do It! Marketing via the following link http://doitmarketing.com/book-bonus, you'll get $747 in book bonuses.Alas, as is usual in these campaigns, the bonuses are mainly overpriced. I wish people would give a serious value to their bonuses based on what they actually sell it for, not based on what they wished it would sell for.For example, one book sells for…
  • Guy Vincent: How to Crowdfund Your Next Book

    John Kremer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:48 pm
    How to Crowdfund Your Next Book. Ryan Handley interviews Guy Vincent, CEO of Publishizer, on how to crowdfund your book via preorders and patron publishing.Guy answers the following questions:What is crowdfunding and how does it work?How is crowdfunding a book different from self-publishing and traditional publishing?How do you know if crowdfunding your book will work for you? As for Publishizer, here are their terms: It's free to launch a campaign. You keep all rights and royalties. If successful, we keep 5% of the funds raised through the preorders campaign, and PayPal charges a 2.9% fee +…
  • Camel Jacket Chat: What You Need to Know to Become a Best-Selling Author

    John Kremer
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:31 am
    Are you thinking about writing a book? Do you know where to begin? What is self-publishing? How do you get listed on Amazon? You will after this show. In this Camel Jacket Chat, Carmen Rojas interviews author Charlotte Pierce. For more on book marketing, ebook promotions, Internet marketing, social media, and self-publishing, go to http://www.bookmarketingbestsellers.com
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Ready for even more great reads? Check out these Freebies & Deals while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Cookbooks, Dystopian, Romance, Thriller Miami Requiem: A Crime Thriller by J.B. Turner Still free? Click Here to find out! ‘She wanted the truth. They wanted her dead’. Since her first day on the Miami Herald, rookie reporter Deborah Jones has been agitating for a shot at one particular story. William Craig is on Death Row, convicted of killing Senator Jack O’Neill’s only son. There is no question of his…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Art of Racing in the Rain – Save 87%

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Genre: Literary Fiction A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope – a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life… as only a dog could tell it. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:49 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, Fantasy, Mystery, Nonfiction, Young Adult Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1) by Trisha Leigh Still free? Click Here to find out! In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Tuesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with tonight’s Deals & Steals! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Suspense Main Street Murder by Linda Crowder Still free? Click Here to find out! Accidental detectives Jake and Emma Rand are back in their second adventure. Spring is coming to their home in the shadow of Casper Mountain and Emma can’t wait to see tulips and daffodils crowd out the snow that has covered her flower beds all winter. Then the May Day Blizzard hits, trapping the citizens…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Carrie Diaries – Save 80%

    Pixel of Ink
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell Over 100 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Contemporary Fiction Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp,…
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  • MONDO To Release Vacation Poster By Andrew Kolb On July 30, 2015

    Larry Fire
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Tomorrow MONDO will release a poster for National Lampoon’s Vacation by Andrew Kolb. Here’s a note from Andrew about the print: “Whoa, where to even begin? Before the crew brought me the project, I’d only seen the film a half dozen times, but thought I knew it pretty well. Wrong. After watching it again – taking notes, rewinding, and jotting down ideas the whole time – I realized just how brilliantly paced the whole thing is. In working through concepts (maps, postcards, etc.), the goal was to make something as expansive as a film about a road trip…
  • Back To The Future Monopoly

    Larry Fire
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Want to travel from 2015 to 1985 to 1955 to 1885 in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! This fully licensed Back to the Future Monopoly board game provides hours of fun as you collect locations and time-hop through the world of the BTTF trilogy! The game board features all-new properties taken straight from the films, including Cafe ’80s and Doc’s Mansion, plus you get new “Chance” and Community Chest” cards, and new die-cast metal game pieces of the time machine, Einstein the dog, the cowboy hat, the futuristic sneaker, the hoverboard and the famous Hill Valley clock!
  • Win A Signed Copy of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes & Finders Keepers

    Larry Fire
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    StephenKing.com has teamed up with Scribner to give you a chance to receive a signed copy of Mr. Mercedes, a signed copy of Finders Keepers, and a Finders Keepers broadside! In addition to that Grand Prize, 40 First Prize winners will receive one hardcover edition of Mr. Mercedes and one hardcover edition of Finders Keepers; 100 Second Prize winners will receive one Finders Keepers broadside. Use the HERE to enter now.
  • Check Out These New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Pictures From Empire Magazine

    Larry Fire
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Following the reveal of their “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” cover, Empire has unleashed three new stills from the feature film. The new images show off three of the movies major characters — Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor — standing next to major aspects pulled from DC Comics iconography. Batman can be seen in his fully-armored Bat-Suit standing next to the Bat-Signal. Eisenberg’s young Lex Luthor is standing underneath the film’s version of the LexCorp Industries logo in what looks…
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer Breakdown

    Larry Fire
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    We know you’ve seen the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Heck, if you’re like me, you’ve probably seen it a few dozen times. But even the best of us miss things, and with a trailer as jam-packed with tantalizing teases and hints as this one, there’s bound to be something you haven’t yet noticed. In this DC All Access clip, they break down the Batman v Superman trailer, deciphering some of the secrets it just may reveal about the film. To watch the full, uncut trailer, click HERE.  
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #550

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    SunbatherSplayed on the grassIn her yellow dressQuietly pornographicIn the sickly heatWrinkled, sweatySkin-like clothClings, defines and barely covers. In the park they lock at night.   20 July 1983 I mentioned this poem when I published ‘Heat’ (#530) back in May. I find ‘Sunbather’ an inferior poet to ‘Heat’. ‘Sunbather’ is like ‘Atonement’ (#548), less of a poem and more of a setting for the imagination to wander through. For me it’s all about the last line. In my hometown none of the parks got locked at night. None of them had gates. This concept had…
  • #549

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Chained in the BrainHiding from drab realityin orgasmic bliss or drunken stupor; Free for a time shorter than before –Anonymous and without. Forced back by guilt, Catching sight of your reflectionin an empty mirror, Suddenly aware of being awakethough never really asleep: Hanging on the torture stake of the past. Again.   20 June 1983 Twenty-nine years after I wrote this poem I published a two part essay on ugly poetry. You can read the first part here. In the second part I included my poem ‘The Rats’ (#366) as an example but really I was pulling my punches; I’d written far…
  • #548

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    AtonementMariko sat quietly on the Silent Way: A tiny figure framed by a sea. My only focal point. Sitting with herselfin a strange sense of place... 11 June 1983   This poem sits in the middle of two rather ugly pieces, ‘For the World is Hollow…’ (#547) and ‘Chained in the Brain’ (#549). I have no idea where this one came from or what I was trying to say in it. The word ‘atonement’ is one I believe my father defined for me as ‘at + one + ment’, to atone is to return to a state of single mindedness. My dad was not a language expert—far from it—but every now and…
  • #547

    19 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    For the World is Hollow...In the salty darknessSomething horrid and familiarFading in spasmsNumb security, fadingI'm fading awayWrapped in guiltDrowning in dreams11 June 1983   The title of this poem comes from an episode of Star Trek, the eight episode in the third season, ‘For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky’. In this episode, the crew of the Enterprise rush to stop an asteroid from colliding with a Federation world, but discover the asteroid is actually an inhabited generation ship. The title sounds like it might be a quote—Shakespeare perhaps?—but if it is…
  • Us

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The best little novel you haven't heard about – Oprah's Reading List This is the second book by Michael Kimball that I’ve read. The first was the slightly odd The Way the Family Got Away, slightly odd in that its two narrators are a seven- and a three-year-old trying to comprehend their family's journey through a series of towns after the death of one of their siblings. It’s quirky, perhaps even gimmicky; it’s definitely risky and not all readers were willing to get on board with him. Us—a revised version of How Much of Us There Was as it first appeared in the UK—is a little more…
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  • Hiatus

    Chelsea
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I have been very bad at blogging here, historically but especially recently, and I don’t think I’m going to be better anytime soon. I’m going through a period of adjusting and trying out different meds, a necessary process which unfortunately has me all over the place physically and emotionally, and I’m also trying to work on some writing I want to submit to various journals and zines in the next few months. I originally started this blog because I had a lot of things to say and I didn’t think anyone else would actually care to hear or publish them, but I no…
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    Novelicious.com | The Women's Fiction Blog for Readers and Writers

  • Introducing The Nostalgic Summer Re-Read

    Novelicious
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    It could be the wistful sights, sounds and smells of summer all around us – the familiar song of the ice-cream van playing Greensleeves through warm, child-cluttered streets and the evocative scent of charred burgers on the barbecue scream British summertime – but we’ve been feeling a little nostalgic for summers past recently. Do you remember that glorious feeling of six long school holiday weeks stretching out in front of you? Six whole weeks with nothing to do! Sure there would trips to the beach and picnics during that time, but the thing you most looked forward to – the absolute…
  • Win! A Miniature Bookcase Necklace!

    Novelicious
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    We’re having a bit of a competition extravaganza this week. On Monday, it was a lingerie set to celebrate the release of Meredith Wild’s Hardwired (our Novelicious Book Club pick for July); on Tuesday we offered a ticket to The Festival of Writing, and today we’ve got a cute as a button miniature bookcase necklace to give away. Is there anything more adorable than a tiny bookcase? Seriously. Handmade by fellow book nerd David in Kentucky, USA, who also sells lovely little book charms (the Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice charms are our favourites) in his Etsy shop DanJaJewelry,…
  • Judy Blume meets Patrick Ness at #YALC

    Amanda Keats
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    When the Young Adult Literary Convention (YALC) gets a headline act, they really get a headline act! This year's exciting event, which ran alongside the London Film & Comic Con, boasted many beloved YA authors, including Cassandra Clare and Malorie Blackman. The highlight, though, had to be Judy Blume, the woman who saw so many book-lovers through their youth! Blume took to the Super Stage for a fascinating Q&A that was somehow endearing, hilarious, unapologetic, outspoken and illuminating all at once. As the event's host, Patrick Ness, mirrored the audience's glee, gushing about how…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Toasted Marshmallows from Pippa's Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

    Helen
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Pippa, of Debbie Johnson's Pippa's Cornish Dream, is doing the best she can. Her life drastically and cruelly changed a few years ago, leaving her running her parents' farm and looking after her four siblings all by herself. It has not been easy. And Pippa certainly hasn't had much time to herself. Until, that is, the social life comes right to the farm in the form of Ben – a man who is escaping his own past and its repercussions. Pippa has the children to look after: feed, clothe, take to school, teeth brushing and, in the case of her eldest brother, bailing out of trouble. She has the…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Meredith Wild

    Novelicious
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Meredith Wild, author of Hardwired, joins us now to talk about how she went from being the CEO of a technology company to a bestselling author. Tell us about your latest book. My latest book is Hard Love, which is the fifth and final book in the Hacker Series. It will be releasing on September 15th in the US and September 24th in the UK. Where do you find inspiration for your books? Life. Travel. People. Everything. Once I started writing seriously, I would find inspiration in the strangest places. Standing in line at the grocery story while a family bickered in front of me. Instead of being…
 
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  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 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:  Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to…
  • Sponsored Exclusive Giveaway and Interview: Inches Aren’t Everything by Sarah B. Daniels

    Brandi Kosiner
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Inches Aren’t Everything by Sarah B. DanielsAn intriguing and sexy romance novel set around the fitness industry, Inches Aren’t Everything will keep the reader engaged on a flight, on the beach, or even during a little “me time” at home.BMC owner, Zack Johnston is not happy. Though he’s poured his life and soul into his fitness company, he’s struggling against an irate business partner, a lack of sales, and trainers who either sleep with their clients, take work on the side, or have far too many personal issues to concentrate on their work. Then there’s Orlanda Kennedy, the…
  • Review: A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

    Brandi Kosiner
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBrideA teen Sliding Doors. One choice creates parallel dual narratives in this romantic contemporary mystery-thriller perfect for fans of Just Like Fate and Pivot Point.One Night. Two Paths. Infinite Danger.On the night of the big Spring Break party, Hadley "borrows" her boyfriend Ben's car without telling him. As payback, he posts a naked picture of her online for the entire senior class to see.Now Hadley has a choice: go back to the party and force Ben to delete the picture or raise the stakes and take his beloved car on a road trip as far away from…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.Currently reading:The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns,…
  • Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

    Brandi Kosiner
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Alive  by Chandler BakerStella Cross's heart is poisoned.After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has…
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  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets To Inspire You In July 2015

    Naveen
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
        1. Mercedes Guy – What It Took To Realize/ Voodoo (Daughters of the Ocean Book 1)     2. Dan Groat – A Punctual Paymaster     3. Dana Goodman – In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning     4. Juniko Moody – The Button Chronicles     5. Kim Cormack – Sweet Sleep (The Children of Ankh Book 1)    
  • 5 BookBuzzr Flipper Installations To Inspire You In June 2015

    Naveen
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
      1. DJ Shaw – Blood Lust     2. Kim Cormack – Enlightenment: The Children of Ankh     3. Tim Gough – Random Thoughts on Youth Work Management     4. TMalkia Zuri – Divorcing Jesus: A Love Story     5. Hank Quense – Planning a Novel, Script or Memoir (Fiction Writing Guides)    
  • Create Stunning Book Previews for Your Book with the New BookBuzzr Flipper

    Vikram
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    The BookBuzzr Flipper has been an essential tool for over 11,000 authors. Last July, with the release of the iPhone compatible Flipper we had made book excerpts of our authors accessible to a whole new class of users. Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Flipper where the pages rendered to readers are sharper and crisper regardless of zoom level. Figure 1 is a snapshot of the earlier format. Figure 2 shows the same page, but with the new, advanced image formatting. Note that the image is sharper in Figure 2, scaling in such a way that the image’s…
  • Get a Best Seller Of Your Choice with the New CoverMatcher!

    Vikram
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    CoverMatcher is a simple game of matching book covers and has found a loyal following among book reviewers and bloggers. To date, the game has been played 835,201 times by avid readers. I absolutely love playing CoverMatcher on Freado! It’s a great way to unwind after a stressful day, and unlike most games it has real prizes instead of virtual prizes! I love the selection of books available, and have been able to bid on books everyone in my family will enjoy – Teresa Delaney Now based on the feedback that power readers like you have provided, we’ve taken CoverMatcher to a…
  • How Can You Share Your Writing Online – Without Creating Any Drama?

    Guest
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    The Common Mistake That Could Cost You A Lit Mag Acceptance Letter (And How To Avoid It) Sharing your work with other writers is one of the best ways to gain honest, constructive critiques. But if you want to post your short works online in order to share them prior to submitting for publication, you may find yourself caught in the trap of “previously published” writing: Editors of reputable literary journals rarely accept any writing that has appeared anywhere online, whether on a website, blog, or social media profile. Many writers fear this means they shouldn’t share their work…
 
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  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Chinatown

    Dave Brown
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) Chinatown What happens? A private investigator is hired to watch an adulterous husband but when the…
  • Book Excerpt: The Westhampton Leisure Hour and Supper Club – Samantha Bruce-Benjamin

    Donna Brown
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    PROLOGUE The Party, the Party…! SEPTEMBER 21st, 1938 On this early evening in September, The Summer Visitors are all packed. Yet, throughout the idyllic villages of the East End, the talk continues of the plans to be made for the morning. Tomorrow, the visitors will bid farewell to the glittering alley they call the Hamptons, off to pursue another fashionable Manhattan Fall. Their mansions, nestled like diamonds into the sands of the coastline, will be shuttered, the country clubs will roll back their awnings, and the society pages that have brightly chronicled their tea parties and fetes…
  • Book Excerpt: Chaos Company – Christopher Slayton

    Donna Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    CHAPTER ONE: One Man Army “Wake up mate!” the man said, slapping an unconscious man in the face. The middle-aged man woke up moved around hysterically. He didn’t realize he was constrained to a metal chair. Ropes were tied to his feet and handcuffs bound his wrists, causing him to fall over on his side the moment he rocked in his seat. “Agh! Damnit!” he ached. All he saw was a bright light shining in his face. Outside of that there was nothing but darkness. The echo from his voice and the cold damp floor helped the man realize he was in a closed empty space. It didn’t take long…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: The Incredibles

    Dave Brown
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) The Incredibles What happens? A family of superheroes, using a suburban existence as cover, are forced…
  • Author Interview: Christopher Slayton (Chaos Company)

    Donna Brown
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    About your work Tell us about your most recent completed project The most recent project I completed is a scifi/thriller called Chaos Company. It is an action-packed story that follows a team of genetically enhanced soldiers who are hunting down a powerful mercenary. More coverage on Chaos Company can be found here. What are you working on now/next? Right now I’m working on the follow-up to Chaos Company, as well as a separate action adventure story that I’m keeping close to the vest. Which is your favourite piece of work so far? Why? Right now it is Chaos Company, it is my first…
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

    Amy
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Uprooted Naomi Novik Published: May 19, 2015 (Del Rey) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Our Dragon doesnt eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. Every ten years the Dragon—really he’s a wizard, not a literal dragon—chooses a girl from the valley and in exchange he offers the people of the valley his protection against the Wood and its evils. No one knows what he does with the girls (they all swear he never lays a hand on them), but when they come back after their time with…
  • Sexy Exclusive Excerpt from Vivian Arend’s Laird Wolf (+ Giveaway)

    Chelsea
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We’re edging into the dog days of summer with sticky heat. Instead of cranking the air conditioning at VBC HQ, we thought we’d bring in werewolves and Lairds. Someone should invest in fans. Vivian Arend knows how to bring the sexy, and her second book in the Takihi Shifters series Laird Wolf is no exception. We snagged an exclusive excerpt from the novel for y’all, and we have two giveaways to better introduce you to her shifters. Use the Rafflecopter forms below the excerpt to enter to win a copy of the first Takini Shifters book Copper King (exclusive VBC giveaway) and to…
  • Cover Reveal & Excerpt: The Reaper’s Kiss by Abigail Baker

    Chelsea
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    As soon as we read the blurb for Abigail Baker’s The Reaper’s Kiss, we made grabby hands. Tattoos, reapers and scruffy dudes? Yes, please. The first book in her Deathmark series is on our list to check out as soon as it is available on August 25. We thought you might like to do the same. So we’re revealing the cover art, the blurb, and even an excerpt from the novel below. Let us know in the comments if you’re excited about this one. We love hearing which books VBC readers are stoked on! Ollie Dormier’s tattoos are deadly. She is a Scrivener—an employee for…
  • Early Review: Old Dog, New Tricks by Hailey Edwards (Black Dog #4)

    Margaret
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Old Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog #4) Hailey Edwards Published: July 30, 2015 (Crushstar Multimedia) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars I’ve really enjoyed the Black Dog series. It’s full of fun, quick reads with lots of action, great magic and interesting creatures. Its part paranormal police procedural, which I love, and part fantasy adventure in the Faerie realm. The series follows Thierry Thackery, a half-fae whose father is the Black Dog, a bounty hunter and peace keeper to…
  • Giveaway: Signed Copy of Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison

    Chelsea
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As we edge toward the end of July, I’m eager for new, fresh reads. Also, I’ve been sick this month, and for some reason that always puts me in a bit of a reading funk. My tastes change and I want something entirely different. I flit from genre to genre when I’m feverish, apparently. In the event the general sweltering-ness of summer has you craving a refreshing read, I snagged a little something to help. Shawntelle Madison’s Under My Skin pulls a little bit from several tropes and genres that hit my buttons. There’s a bit of fantasy, there’s plenty of…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER BY VALERIE TEJEDA

    Native NYer
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club congratulates Valerie Tejeda on the debut of her first YA novel.  We are happy to be part of her first Blog Tour.   Bloomsbury Publishing/ Spark "Hunters are not made.  They are born."Valerie Tejeda's debut novel is fun, fast-paced and fantastic. The Latina Book Club interviewed Valerie last Fall and we learned how the premise for this book began with a dream about Marilyn Monroe being killed by a witch.  Now, after months of waiting, the book is out and we are thrilled.  HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER is a cross between Buffy the…
  • Q&A WITH FRANK BREWSTER III: AUTHOR, POET, MUSICIAN, ENTREPRENEUR

    Native NYer
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:55 pm
       The Latina Book Club is pleased to welcome Frank Brewster III, a Texas music teacher turn poet and author. Once an educator, always an educator. Frank has been able to "bridge words, poetry, music and education, all into a single work of art," and his books are being used in numerous school districts.  What follows is a lengthy chat with Frank, but you can't help but be impressed by his devotion to education, and his hard work in getting his books into children's hands.  All we can say is, Bravo, Frank. Bravo!It is Life that inspires me to write. You see, I am in love…
  • REVIEW: DREAMERS: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream by Eileen Truax

    Native NYer
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
      If the DREAM ACT is passed in the next few months, I have a future.  If it's not, I'm going to have to fight for my future. --Elioenai Santos I talked with some people on the senator's staff, and I realized how disconnected politics are from our lives. I understood that the change that we need has to come from the people most affected by an immigration system that is broken.  Our voices and our stories have to become our tools to combat this oppressive system. --Carlos Amador, Dreamer and co-president of United We Dream    Beacon PressEileen…
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: WHITE LIGHT BY VANESSA GARCIA

    Native NYer
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
       White (light) only seems like a blank canvas, like shock, or a new slate, a void.  But it’s not. White is just the opposite, it’s really all colors locked in one. Separate by a prism, there it is, made visible, every single one, right in front of me.  Maybe white is the true color of mourning. And all I have to do is let the colors unfurl as they might, as they want to, and with whatever force, or pain, or joy.  This is the process, just like filling the canvas. ---VeronicaLush. Vibrant. A masterful debut by Vanessa Garcia. WHITE LIGHT is about art and life,…
  • INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS – WINNERS!

    Native NYer
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
       The Latina Book Club congratulates ALL the Winners and Finalists of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. The Awards are produced annually by Latino Literacy Now, and were presented on Saturday, June 27th, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel during this year’s American Library Association's Annual Conference.2015 ILBA Winners, Finalists and PresentersI was happy to be part of the Las Comadres Para Las Americas Team that helped present the awards, and especially proud to be able to present the Best Young Adult eBook Award to my friend author Dania Ramos for WHO’S…
 
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    21tiger

  • Try this Instead of ApplePay

    Michael A. Robson
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    First we had credit cards, then debit cards and bank cards. They seemed to fuel consumption for a good 50 years. Consumer spending went up as the velocity of money exploded with these innovations. Then about 5-10 years ago, we heard that somewhere in Japan/Korea, you could pay for everything with your phone, using something called NFC(near-field communications). It sounded like paradise. The bank would be able to track any activity on the device, allowing users to retract any payment (if you lost your phone, etc.). But NFC wasn’t taking off in the West. It wouldn’t for a very long…
  • Giving vs “Giving”

    Michael A. Robson
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    A few times a year, we have the opportunity to really tell our friends and family how much we love them. We meet for dinner, and exchange gifts, and good times. But when it comes to gift-giving, we’re hit and miss. Sadly, for many, it’s a time when they feel imposed upon. Obliged. They feel the social pressure of having to get something, or having to show up. We think of the least offensive thing, the most useful thing, we scour the best-seller lists on Amazon. Kinda pathetic. In a celebration of genuine friendship, we turn to a generic algorithm online. Nice slippers/tie/toaster. We…
  • Can Fitbit Survive?

    Michael A. Robson
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Apologies for the alarmist or sensationalist headline. I know. Fitbit just celebrated their IPO. The founders are totally rich. Customers, for the most part, are ecstatic. If you take a look at their current product lineup, it looks robust. While Samsung and Google were out in front with wearable hardware and platforms, no one was as early as Fitbit with polished, well-designed hardware, with very clean and useful cloud software for syncing. Just look at this dashboard. Totally drag/drop customizable, with a clean iOS/Android app that looks pretty much the same. If you opted for their Aria…
  • The Improv Myth: Reversal

    Michael A. Robson
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    One of my favorite business books in college was “The 48 Laws of Power” where Robert Greene walks us through the magnificent victories and blunders of Eastern and Western History to reveal threads that run through all humans, to teach us how to accumulate and withhold Power. For each of his rules he would highlight stories where someone followed the law perfectly, but also ‘reversals’ where holding too strictly to the law could get you in trouble. Everything in moderation I suppose. It is in that spirit that I followup my “never improvise” with a post…
  • Learn Anything

    Michael A. Robson
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Here are some terrific resources for anyone interested in design and self development. Learn to Meditate Yokoji Zen Center’s Video Primer to Meditation Learn to Work Out Elliot Hulse teaches you the Four Exercises you Need Learn to Eat Tim Ferriss teaches you how to eat to lose fat and build muscle Learn to Read Faster Tim Ferriss’ Speed Reading Guide Learn Any Language from Anywhere My guide to learning your next Language Learn to Code CodeAcademy or CodeSchool Learn about Money Ramit Sethi’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money Learn Social Skills Overcoming Fear with Jia…
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    Better World Books

  • Reflecting on the 2015 CILIP Conference

    Fiona Marshall
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Written by Martin Mullin, Head of UK Acquisitions. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The CILIP Conference is a real highlight for Better World Books.  This year the  CILIP Conference was hosted in the impressive St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, with exhibitors presenting their services in The Great Hall.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet both new and existing library clients and to share what’s happening across the library market. So much has happened since the last Conference- we were able to share Better World Books impacts for literacy as…
  • A Literacy First for Better World Books

    Fiona Marshall
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Literacy is at the heart of everything we do here at Better World Books. We support literacy through our work with our 5 literacy partners, through funding, book donations, and our LEAP Grants. But a few weeks ago, as we chatted about poverty in the UK – a staggering 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty today in the UK alone– we decided that we wanted to do more. Our first-hand experience of the transformative power of books and literacy bolsters our belief that good education can break the cycle of poverty; and with this in mind, on Friday 19th June, we hosted our first…
  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 2

    Fiona Marshall
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Written by Andy Parker, Better World Books Acquisitions Representative. Leeds Libraries were one of the recipients of our LEAP grants in 2014. I went to visit Armley Library in May to see how their Reading Together group was coming along. Reading Together is a group for asylum seekers and refugees. Lyn Banbury runs the group at Armley; Lyn also helped to write the LEAP application. The first thing that struck me about Lyn was her passion for literacy and learning–precisely what is needed to enable a positive impact. The LEAP funding does nothing without the commitment of people like Lyn.
  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 1

    Fiona Marshall
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    Alina and Dominika Reading Together received a £1,000 LEAP Grant in 2014. Lyn Banbury wrote the LEAP application and now runs the group at Armley Library in Leeds. She talked to us about the impact that the LEAP Grant is having on asylum seekers and refugees in their community. Following promotion to many groups, (including visiting the Meeting Point drop in for Asylum seekers and refugees at Christchurch in Armley who were very positive about the project), we’ve had approximately 12 weekly sessions so far. After consulting with our Area Development Librarian: Equality and Diversity, we…
  • 0 to 10km for Scottish Book Trust with Emma McNeill

    Fiona Marshall
    18 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Emma and Struan When the opportunity to do the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k as part of a Better World Books team arose, I was thoughtful. I had never ran before. Was I up for the challenge? I decided to throw caution to the wind and commit myself. Life is too short to always stand on the side lines. So the next step was to think about training. Me being me, I wouldn’t actually start running until I had read up about technique and breathing so as to prepare myself. I like to get as much knowledge as possible before I start something new. I knew that reading about running would be much…
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    A Woman Reading

  • Bookish Travel To Charleston, SC

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Originally posted on Bookish Travel: If you’re familiar with Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries series, you’ll know that setting is everything! The city of Charleston comes alive in her stories, and you just want to walk the historic district that her tea shop is located in, visit the myriad of shops she mentions, explore the history of the city and of course, taste the delicious food her characters cook, while sampling the variety of teas to be found in her cafe. We’ve created a Bookish Travel event that allows you to leisurely explore Charleston, learn about its rich history, get…
  • Bookish Travel To The French West Indies

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    Originally posted on Bookish Travel: If you’ve watched the BBC’s television show Death In Paradise on the PBS channel or Amazon Prime, you’re probably addicted right? It’s such a fun show! Gorgeous setting, interesting characters and a mystery you always try to solve before the DI figures it out, only you’re still left scratching your head at the final reveal? Or maybe you’ve never heard of the show. It is after all a British-French production and not a show you’d might easily fine on American television. But with that being said, the show is Law and Order on a tropical island,…
  • Bookish Travel To New Orleans

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Originally posted on Bookish Travel: Have you ever read a book and became so inspired by what you read, that you wanted to visit the city the book took place in? Wish granted!  Bookish Travel creates travel tours that are not just inspired by books, but the books are read during the course of the vacation in book club fashion. You receive your book at the beginning of the event, and in between traveling you read and discuss. In this case, the book is cozy mystery The Cakes Of Monte Cristo by Jaclyn Brady. Here’s what this story is about: In the latest Piece of Cake Mystery from the…
 
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    Publishing Perspectives | RSS Feed

  • The Buzz at the Zimbabwe Book Fair is “Growth”

    Dennis Abrams
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    From the 2012 Zimbabwe International Book Fair The Zimbabwe Book Fair, once the key event in African publishing, has recently declined. This year, a focus on growing the knowledge economy is giving it new life. By Dennis Abrams At The Herald, Stanely Mushava covered the opening of this year’s Zimbabwe International Book Fair, which opened on Monday with the theme “Growing the Knowledge Economy through Research, Writing, Publishing, and Reading.” The keynote speaker was Walter Bgoya, of Tanzania’s Mkuki Nyota Publishers. “In my travels and meetings with other African publishers,…
  • International Publishing Leaders Seek Answers at Yale

    Edward Nawotka
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sikstas Ridzevičius of Lithuania’s Flintas Publishing House wants to break into the German market and beyond. Half a dozen publishers who attended this year’s Yale Publishing Course shared their challenges with Publishing Perspectives. Do you have answers for them? By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief For the past four years I have had the privilege to be a guest lecturer on international publishing at the Yale Publishing Course for mid-career and senior leaders in publishing. As part of the course, speakers are asked to give “office hours.” These start at the…
  • Book Media Amplification is Key to Small Press Success

    Chad W. Post
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Chad Post Chad Post of Open Letter Books explains how leveraging social networks for media amplification is now a key to small press marketing success. By Chad W. Post, Publisher, Open Letter Books For whatever reason, over the past few weeks, I think I’ve been asked “how do people find out about your books?” at least a dozen times. From fellow publishers looking for help to radio show hosts curious about how Open Letter Books could possibly break though the “noise” of the hundreds of thousands of books published every year to find readers interested in our particular brand of…
  • DRM: A Model Of The Past?

    Ingrid Süßmann
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In Germany, more and more publishing houses are abolishing hard DRM in favor of digital watermarks. Latest to follow the trend is Holtzbrinck. By Ingrid Süßmann Fears of copyright infringement had most of the book industry using so-called hard DRM (digital rights management) that prevented copying and sharing of files. Recently, attitudes towards hard DRM have started to change in Germany. In 2013, a study by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association found that 55% (300 publishers) of the country’s publishing houses used hard DRM. One year later, the numbers changed: in 2014, only…
  • Can Literary Translation Bridge the Iranian-Arab Divide?

    Dennis Abrams
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Translator and writer Ghassan Hamdan believes that “introducing famous Iranian Sufis to Arab readers” can help ease tension between the two cultures. Tehran Book Fair 2015 By Dennis Abrams Ghassan Hamdan was born in Iraq, raised in Iran, and, as a translator, has worked to help narrow the gap between Iran and the Arab world through his translations of some of Iran’s most famous writers. He recently sat down for an interview with Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor where he spoke about his work and his top priority: “introducing famous Iranian Sufis to Arab readers.” Among the…
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    Quill and Quire

  • Gone Hollywood: Dr. Seuss, E.L. James, and publishing’s blockbuster mentality

    Steven W. Beattie
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Dorie Clark, writing on the website of the Harvard Business Review, believes she has discovered the “hottest trend” in publishing today: books by established writers that were written decades ago. As evidence, Clark cites one of the biggest books of the summer, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, which was written in the 1950s and has already sold in the neighbourhood of 1.1 million copies in North America. (It set records for one-day sales, though Neilson BookScan suggests a precipitous decline in U.S. sales in the book’s second week.) Numbers aren’t yet available…
  • Q&A: Morgan Neville, co-director of Vidal-Buckley debate documentary Best of Enemies

    Alexander Huls
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    (photo: Video Services Corp.) In 1968, two intellectual giants stepped onto an ABC studio set to begin a series of political debates. One man was author, liberal, and enfant terrible Gore Vidal. The other was commentator, staunch conservative, and National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. Many expected the debates to produce some sparks, given the two men’s mutual dislike for each other and their antithetical political views. But nobody anticipated what happened during the penultimate debate. After several thrilling evenings of trading intellectual arguments and delicious barbs, the…
  • Canadian authors absent from Man Booker Prize longlist, how teens discover new reads, and more

    Becky Robertson
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    2015 Man Booker Prize longlist revealed (no nods to Canadians). Booknet Canada looks at how teens discover new titles. Fox Searchlight to revive 80-year-old New Yorker article as a film. National Endowment for the Humanities brings funding beyond academia. U.S. Authors Guild calls for shorter literary contracts. Reading Rainbow is coming to Netflix. Kobo comes to almost 100 new retail locations in Mexico.
  • Queens independent bookstore refuses profit on new Ta-Nehisi Coates book to boost readership

    Steven W. Beattie
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    The book that Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison has called “required reading” appears at an auspicious time for race relations in the U.S. Between the World and Me, the sophomore release from Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, sounds a clarion call for a re-evaluation of the black American experience in the wake of the 2014 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the refusal of a grand jury to bring charges against the white police officer who fatally shot him. The book is addressed as a letter to Coates’s…
  • Stan Lee on diversifying Fantastic Four casting, Kobo’s Twitter and ABA initiatives, and more

    Becky Robertson
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Stan Lee stands by more diverse casting in graphic novel adaptations. Kobo launches Twitter account for deals and discounts and extends deal with American Booksellers Association despite falling ebook sales. U.S. true-crime author Ann Rule dies at 83. Editors of Lena Dunham’s new e-newsletter, Lenny, to share book recommendations. Dear publishers: teens won’t engage with your niche website. U.K. publisher Tramp Press finds its authors are almost exclusively influenced by male writers. France wins first Harry Potter–inspired European Quidditch Games. Game of Thrones actors…
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Top 10: Book Nerds in Stories

    Trisha
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book NerdsHermione Granger in Harry PotterHelene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross RoadScout Finch in To Kill a MockingbirdAibileen in The HelpMary Katherine Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the CastleCatherine Morland from Northanger AbbeyLiesel from The Book ThiefCharlie from The Perks of Being a WallflowerTyrion Lannister from Song of Fire and IceElizabeth Bennet from Pride and PrejudiceBUT THE NUMBER ONE BOOKISH…
  • Medieval Monday: Description of the Wife of Bath

    Trisha
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is one of the most studied books of all time in my experience. I seriously have looked at bits and pieces of this text over and over again throughout my education and my career. This time I read it in very time bites and analyzed it piecemeal.First up, the description of the Wife of Bath in the General Prologue. I really enjoyed this description. A deaf, gap-toothed, red-stocking-wearing woman, the Wife of Bath sews like a pro, rides well, talks easily, and travels widely. Most importantly, she is well known for her love of men. She has been married…
  • Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Trisha
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian found its way into the hands and hearts of many a book blogger years ago. At the time, I kept meaning to read it, but as often happens, I never got around to it. Now years later, and I do mean yeeaarrss, I read the sucker. And it was awesome.Told from the first-person perspective of Junior, cartoonist/Indian/traitor, the book is hilarious, poignant, and creative. It follows Junior as he leaves the reservation in hopes of a better education in a nearby community. Some days he walks miles and miles to and from school, a hardship…
  • Top 10: Celebrating Diversity

    Trisha
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexiewill grayson, will grayson by David Levithan and John GreenAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen YangThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonWomen by Annie LeibowitzFingersmith by…
  • Medieval Monday: Margery Kempe Chapter 1

    Trisha
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    In The Book of Margery Kempe, the first chapter, "The Birth of Her First Child and Her First Vision," functions as the exposition and inciting incident of the tale. The chapter begins by setting the stage, letting readers know how about Kempe’s marriage at 20, her quick conception, and her illness while pregnant. She writes that she was plagued by devils and that she never fully confessed her sins to her priest, and while this troubled her, she was as afraid of “his sharp reproving” as of damnation (Kempe 426). The demons continue to appear to her, and her demeanor was sharply affected…
 
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Everyone Belongs to God by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    Linda
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Everyone Belongs to God is a series of letters written by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt to his missionary son-in-law, Richard Wilhelm. The wisdom and guidance in his writings are just as relevant today as they were in 1898.  Although initially some of what he says sounds shocking, he explains his message with scripture and the wisdom of a man with a heart for Jesus Christ. Blumhardt knew that he had a great influence over his son-in-law and felt a responsibility for his guidance. He wrote over a hundred letters to Wilhelm between 1898 and 1914. I found the book so challenging and…
  • Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary

    Linda
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    This was a book that was hard to put down. Uplifting and challenging, Rifqa details her life as a child of a Muslim family called by God at an early age to follow Jesus.  I knew some of the story from when it hit the news, but much of it was new or made much clearer by her explanations. I also had no idea of the health challenges she faced following her freedom.I was a little put off by some of her statements and behavior but then I realized that even though she was a Christian, she was also a typical teenager.  I was disappointed to see what was left out of the book and that left…
  • Princess charity Sticker & Activity Book

    Linda
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:40 pm
    This is part 5 of a series of activity books for young children. Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith Hope, and Charity live in a castle on a high hill. This 16 page book comes with 2 full pages of stickers to place throughout the book. There is a word-find puzzle, a dot-to dot, color by numbers, a maze, what doesn’t belong puzzle, spot the differences, coloring, and drawing. The book is very nice with glossy print pages and colorful stickers. Your child or grandchild will love the adventures and activities featuring Princess Charity and her special animal friend Daisy the Horse.  A very nice…
  • A Flag for The Flying Dragon by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Captain No Beard and his crew are back, but this time there is a new crew member, Zachary.  Zachary is eager to help, but what can he do when everyone thinks he is too young? This is another fun story with all of our favorite characters acting out their imaginary pirate adventure. The story adds a new character, young child trying to fit in and play with the children. While the story is about creating a flag for the Flying Dragon, it is really about learning that everyone has talents and abilities. It emphasizes the importance of making the new member feel welcome in the group.The…
  • Not Cool by Greg Gutfeld

    Linda
    26 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld, is a refreshing exposé on everything that is considered cool in the progressive world. He reflects on a number of topics both personal and professional, and while the book may seem scattered at times, it gives an interesting look into the author’s creative mind.  Gutfeld has an edgy. dry wit with more than a little taste of sarcasm.  He takes on social agendas that cause people to follow instead of lead.  The book is entertaining and insightful as the author explores political and social issues, the entertainment industry, and general issues in the…
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    Book Dirt

  • Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    I know a bunch of fine folks who turn out all manner of books and short stories while still managing to blog on a regular schedule. You guys are heroes. Really. For me, though, making real progress on my book meant making it a priority, and I’ve intentionally neglected some things on the way. I'm as up to my neck in film research as Mary Pickford was in shirt collars. The good news, though: there’s a good chance my book on lost films will be done by the end of this year. And here’s a bonus: I’m working on it pretty regularly without feeling like I’m being tortured to death, so…
  • On Selling a Frequently-Rejected Article to an Anthology About Rejection

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Rejection is so much a part of freelancing, that it’s never bothered me much. Sure, I have high hopes for every piece I send out, but there’s no time to holler about being turned down. Instead, I revise, or go to work on The Next Big Thing. I even recall being thrilled back when I received my first rejection. It felt so official, and it served as a sign that I had really started the ball rolling. (Also, it helped to know that a rejection didn’t make the world fall apart. It was survivable, which meant I was ready to try again.) Blood on the Floor. Available at Amazon. That…
  • How to Get $184 Worth of Post-Apocalyptic Books for the Change Under Your Couch Cushions

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    There are a lot of deals around where one can buy multiple e-books for one price, but I don’t usually bite. That’s because the packages are often filled out with lackluster titles that don’t seem worth a buck to begin with, or the range of genres is a little too diverse (I might like the mystery titles available, but not the fantasy or the young adult stuff in the mix). Most of the time when I see a package on offer, I zip over to Amazon and just buy the one or two titles I’m interested in. That said, this Humble Bundle biz is really worth checking out. Their current package is not…
  • 10 Worst Typos and Errors of the Year for 2014

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

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

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Kim Golden, Author of Snowbound

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    I am a foodie. Its just that simple. A good risotto makes my heart sing. A perfectly pan-seared fillet of sea bass? Pure heaven. Belgian chocolates? Verdicchio di Matelica wine? Caciocavallo cheese? Red wine flavoured gelato? You betcha. Its not just gourmet delights that tempt my tummy. A good bowl of cheese grits or fluffy pancakes with maple syrup? Yup, Im in. A chocolate chip cookie? Yes, yes, yes! I love good food. And my hips are proof of it. So its not so surprising that when I write, my characters also love good food. In my holiday romance, Snowbound, Mia and Jake both have childhood…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Back Luke Murphy, Author of Kiss & Tell

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Use Food to “Show, Don’t Tell” I remember when I first started writing—the moment I decided to get serious about writing, to write with a purpose. When I first decided that I wanted to write with the intention of seeking publication, I bought a couple of books on the craft of writing to help improve my style. One book I bought was Stein on Writing. The book is written by Sol Stein, who is an author, professional editor, playwright and an expert in communicating craft. One of Stein’s major points in writing fiction is to “show, don’t tell” when trying to get a thought across to…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome M.K. Gilroy, Author of Cold As Ice

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Detective Kristen Conner is always hungry so she covers the full spectrum of dining experiences in the Windy City! In fact, food is such a big part of what’s on her mind, I set up a Novel Restaurants Pinterest Board in 2012 to highlight Chicagoland eateries Kristen visited in Cuts Like a Knife and Every Breath you Take. With Cold As Ice releasing August 1, 2015, the board will soon have seven new restaurants, including Alinea, considered by many food critics to be the #1 restaurant in North America. Is there a particular meal that stands out for Kristen Conner? More than one! After breaking…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Rhiannon Frater, Author of Fighting to Survive

    9 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Breakfast tacos. The food of the gods. Delicious, hot warm flour tortillas filled with a variety of combinations of ingredients such as scrambled eggs, chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage), fried potatoes, refried beans, bacon, and cheese topped with real salsa. A staple of Texas cuisine, the breakfast taco is one of the foods that appear in my As The World Dies trilogy alongside peach cobbler, fried chicken, fajitas, and enchiladas. Since the trilogy is about two women surviving together in a zombie-infested apocalyptic Texas, I wanted imbue the story with the flavor of the state, both literally…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Mark David Gerson, Author of The MoonQuest

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Guess Who’s Coming As Dinner?What do you do when you’re invited to dine with cannibals? That’s Yhoshi’s dilemma in an early scene in The MoonQuest, the first book in my Q’ntana fantasy trilogy.Yhoshis gaze shifted nervously from Boldar, cleaning his second bowl of stew with a long black tongue, to the two massive cooking fires that danced at the far end of the hall. Loud crackling pops exploded from one, where a sapphire oval of oil-brushed pyan sizzled. A man-size cauldron bubbled into the second.Do you eat what your hosts are eating? And if you don’t, do you risk finding…
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Void Contract by Scott Rhine

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    A veteran of the Gigaparsec War, Dr. Max Culp catches alien war criminals with his skills as a !Kung tribal hunter. Suddenly, his only surviving teammate is kidnapped. To free his friend, Max is forced to take a mob contract on a Saurian fugitive hiding at the borders of Human space. But Max is tired of wet work and alien conspiracies. Can he find a path back to civilian life without losing what’s left of his soul or those closest to him?This is the first book in a new series, but it takes place in the same universe as Jezebel's Ladder, just 400 years later. While several books followed…
  • Author News - July

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    July 14th - Mike Reeves-McMillan released The Well-Presented Manuscript, a guide for authors looking to improve their chances of getting published by avoiding the most common issues. July 20th - Horror maven Michaelbrent Collings released The Deep. July 24th - Cold Fusion Media, the folks who published the Shared Nightmares anthology, offers Christmas in July. Sort of. The Last Christmas Gift: A Heartwarming Holiday Tale of the Living Dead written by Nathan Shumate is released today. Special book launch party on Facebook! August 3rd - John Vorhaus will release How to Live Life, his philosophy…
  • No Dogs in Philly by Andy Futuro

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Philadelphia. Elzi on every corner, cops just itching to crack a skull, and the Gaespora lordin' it up in their high towers while the rest of the filth dribbled down the sewer. Saru had a way out. All she had to do was find the girl, one skinny stray with blue, blue eyes—bluer than anyone had ever seen—and ten million fat bucks were hers. Except someone was killing blue-eyed girls, and they were A-list, major-league, cold-sweat effective. And something about the end of all existence if she failed.Don't let the doe-eyed woman on the cover fool you. That's Saru. She'll use that cattle prod…
  • Interview with Rob Steiner

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Rob Steiner, the author of The Last Key, Aspect of Pale Night, Zervakan, and the Codex Antonius trilogy. His short stories have appeared in Bastion and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. As has been posted here previously, Steiner has just concluded the Codex Antonius trilogy with the publication of Muses of the Republic. Now, he's here to talk to us about...everything.New Podler: Thanks for being here with us today, Rob!Rob Steiner: I appreciate you having me. NP: Anyone familiar with your recent work, both in novel and short story…
  • Author News - June

    15 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Anne Charnock announced the title of her next book and how it came about. Mike Reeves-McMillan announced that a story of his has been selected for the Terry Pratchett In Memory anthology. Proceeds go to benefit research into finding a cure for Alzheimer's. Rob Steiner has been busy lately. Two of his stories have recently appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show: "The Oath Breaker's Daemon" and "The Cloaca Maxima". He also published the third story in his Codex Antonius series, Muses of the Republic. Michael J. Sullivan started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a third Riyria…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Badlands: A Novel Stores: USA | UK By C. J. Box Publisher: Minotaur Books Publication date: July 28, 2015 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Circling the Sun: A Novel Stores: USA | UK By Paula McLain Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication date: July 28, 2015 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel Stores: USA | UK By J. Ryan Stradal Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books Publication date: July 28, 2015 Share this book on Twitter |…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Time Out London Top 100 Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Editors at Time Out ISBN: 1905042930 Publisher: Time Out Publication date: July 28, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $3.90 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Deborah Davis ISBN: 1476703515 Publisher: Atria Books Publication date: July 28, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.87…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly’s Football Revolution Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Mark Saltveit ISBN: 1626818231 Publisher: Diversion Publishing Publication date: July 28, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $13.59 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ This Ain’t Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant Without Losing Your Mind Stores: USA | UK | Canada By Larry Dierker ISBN: 1501130382 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date:…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Dale Archer MD ISBN: 1594633517 Publisher: Avery Publication date: July 28, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $12.35 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Out of Sane Falling Out of Life Stores: USA | Italy By Janie Belaire ISBN: 1503516725 Publisher: Xlibris Publication date: July 24, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $29.99 Share…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Oblivion: A Nevermore Book Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle By Kelly Creagh ISBN: 1442436271 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Publication date: July 28, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.44 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ All We Have Is Now Stores: USA | Kindle | UK Kindle By Lisa Schroeder ISBN: 0545802539 Publisher: Point Publication date: July 28, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.33 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Every…
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    Armida Books

  • The new story of an old book.

    Haris Ioannides
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    Census by Panos Ioannides. An old classic, re-invented! Census is not a new book. It’s a year younger than I am, and I’ll be 43 year in a about 2.63e+15 nanoseconds. Its first Greek edition saw the light of day in 1973, and received the National Prize for Literature for that year. It’s second release came a few years later, this time opting for fresh Athenian air. Our friends may remember Armida bringing out the third Greek edition of the book in 2014. In memory of our dear friend Mikis Phinikarides who passed away a few years ago, we kept his original 1973 cover…
  • The English Scholar’s Ring – Book Launch Nicosia

    Haris Ioannides
    28 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    Dear all Mark your iCals, your diaries, write it on your hands, on your dirty windshields, and of course, make sure you tell your friends and make sure their friends know about it as well : ) WHO? The UNESCO CHAIR of the University of Nicosia, and your friendly neighbourhood publisher, Armida WHAT?  The  presentation of the second novel by Lina Ellina The English Scholar’s Ring WHEN? Tuesday • June 9, 2015 • 18.30 WHERE? UNESCO Amphitheatre 46 Makedonitissas Ave., Engomi | University of Nicosia Click here for directions Details Guest speakers Dr Εmilios Solomou Director of…
  • Ποίηση ενδοσκόπησης και αυτογνωσίας

    Haris Ioannides
    19 May 2015 | 1:31 am
      Του   Ο ποιητής προϊδεάζει τον αναγνώστη για το τι θα ακολουθήσει από τους πρώτους κιόλας στίχους στο πρώτο ποίημα του βιβλίου: «Όταν τρέχω συχνά περνά από το μυαλό μου η εικόνα πως τα πόδια μου / είναι πινέλα και ο δρόμος ένας τεράστιος καμβάς. / Τι ζωγραφιά, άραγε, θα σχημάτιζαν τα βήματα μου;». Σελ. 11) Η ποίηση του Κ.Π. έχει…
  • Αρμίδα – Ανασκόπηση του 2014

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

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

  • 27 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    [google4dc46790cd0f39c8.html] Original article: ©2015 A Traveler's Library. All Rights Reserved.
  • Summer Read: Audrey Hepburn Cooks

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Destination: Switzerland Book: Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen (New June 2015) by Luca Dotti with Luigi Spinola       This is a most personal remembrance of a mother by her son.  Thus, there are a minimum of “inside Hollywood” stories and scarce mention of her other family–Mel Ferrer first husband and Sean Ferrer  first son.  For that other family, you can read a book by Sean Ferrer written in 2015, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit. I wrote last year about a biography of Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life by Robyn Karney.
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    On Books and Writing

  • Kameron and Ferrett Speak Truths

    Johann Thorsson
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Ferrett Steinmetz and Kameron Hurley are clever people who say clever things. They are also excellent writers and have, to use a cliche, aid their dues. I recently read interviews with them in two great magazines, Uncanny and Apex, and here are some of the things they had to say about writing in general. Ferrett […]
  • Want To Break Your Internet Habit and Read More Books?

    Johann Thorsson
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Do you sometimes feel like the internet is taking up just a bit too much of your time? Do you ever mean to spend the evening doing something productive but somehow fall into a stupor of browser tabs and information-binging? *checks to see if information-binging is a word* *spends 2 hours on Wikipedia, ending on an article […]
  • Book Review: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    Johann Thorsson
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Doctor Avrana Kern just wanted to save the human race. A space station orbits a terraformed planet, destinied to be humanity’s new home. Aboard are some of the greatest scientific minds, including polymath Avrana Kern, whose life has been leading up to this moment, where a group of monkeys is to be delivered to the […]
  • Hi. I’m Johann and I´m a Lucky Writer

    Johann Thorsson
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    You can now finally hear something I’ve been wanting to brag about for weeks: A story of mine will be reprinted in the Apex Book of World SF 4. Being in a reprint anthology was a reach-for-the-stars kind of goal for me, something I thought would be years away in my career as a writer. […]
  • New Look for The Apex Book of World SF series

    Johann Thorsson
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    Originally posted on Lavie Tidhar:My Apex Book of World SF anthology series is getting a rebrand, with new-look cover design from Sarah Anne Langton. Volume 4, edited by Mahvesh Murad, with me acting as Series Editor, will be out in August, with cover and TOC revealed later this week. Here are the new covers!
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    My Book and My Coffee

  • Book Spotlight: Her Stand In Boyfriend

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Today, I am featuring Kelly Jamieson's book, 'Her Stand In Boyfriend'. New book in town, you lovelies! Check it out >> Her Stand In Boyfriend by Kelly JamiesonAmazon Kindle version | Barnes & Noble This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal…Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they've never been “with…
  • Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    Title: The SelectionAuthor: Kiera CassDystopian, Romance, Young AdultForm: Paperback Book Description: The Selection The Selection by Kiera CassAmazon: Paperback | Kindle version | Hardcover For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below…
  • What Are You Reading? by Ara (2)

    23 Jul 2015 | 4:35 am
    Hello lovely book lovers!  What am I reading?  The Selection by Kiera CassAmazon: Paperback | Kindle version | Hardcover For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown…
  • Book Review: Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Title: Grace UnexpectedAuthor: Gale MartinRomantic ComedyForm: Kindle eBook Book Description: Grace Unexpected Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin Kindle version| PaperbackThirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she’s unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy.When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace avows…
  • What Are You Reading? by Ara (1)

    18 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello lovelies! Finally back! Changed my theme, fixed issues here and there. Although I have other things I want to add here and there, too! Anyway, to start this joyful celebration (me being back and all), I'll start this sort of bookish meme. There's no linkup because I can't find a free link up tool for now. Can't exactly afford any additional tools but maybe next time.  So, what am I reading at the moment? Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of respite from…
 
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    Where Writers Win

  • Twitter Mind Map for Freelance Writers

    Shari Stauch
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    First, a quick note that we’re on an abbreviated schedule here at WWW ’til the end of July – to take a bit of vacation time and recharge our engines. But as we relax and research and prepare for our next several months of posts and updates, we’re also happening upon some fun articles and infographics along the way. This one combines two of our favorite topics — mind-mapping and Twitter, in one cool infographic, a mindmap of the tweeting process for a freelance writer, from Brian Scott at FreelanceWriting.com. Harnessing the power of Twitter is key to any internet…
  • Author Blog Posts: Categories vs. Tags Organize Your Thoughts

    Shari Stauch
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A quick way to better define your author blog posts is to establish Categories and Tags. What’s the difference? Well, for starters, that list of Categories on the side (or bottom) widget of your site is rather like your Table of Contents, your “chapters.”  These let you sort (categorize) posts into lumps of like content. Looking at the title of each Category will give you a good idea of how a blog is organized. For example, ours include categories such as Author Social Media and Author Marketing, Publishing Insights and EBook Publishing. True, we write a lot of posts that…
  • Kindle Scout: What’s In It for Authors?

    Shari Stauch
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Several authors have asked us recently about the Kindle Scout program. Kindle Scout is a crowdsourced publishing platform for new, unpublished books. Selected books are published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions (after a five year term) and featured Amazon marketing. The jury is still out on how successful the program is/will be for authors, but several books have been released since its launch less than a year ago, and you can get a look at them HERE. We were encouraged to see titles that seemed to be getting…
  • Envision Your Author Success with a Vision Board!

    Shari Stauch
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever built a vision board? If you haven’t, and need a break from the work-a-day of writing and author marketing, vision boards can be fun and useful tools to lend clarity to the vision you have for yourself as an author. I built my first vision board back in 1999, and kept it on the wall by the bathtub where I could “soak it up” while soaking. By the time I tossed it a few years later, many of the photos had rippled from steam, but I’d pretty much nailed everything on the board. A couple years after that I built a digital board and kept it as my desktop image…
  • Hiring a Freelance Editor (#4 of the Do-It-Yourself MBA for Writers Series)

    Shari Stauch
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to Carol Van Den Hende for this installment of the DIYMBA for Writers! This is the fourth in a series of posts to provide perspective on the business of writing, leveraging a marketing professional’s experience. Along my writing journey, I recognize that there’s much to learn. It’s a new industry, with unfamiliar terminology, new people, and most excitingly, new opportunities. My business and marketing savvy nudges me after I complete a first draft. “You need advice from writers,” my intuition counsels. I turn to resources that help in my business life: online…
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    Printsasia Blog

  • RESIDUE : Nitasha Kaul

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Guest Author: Nitasha Kaul Named for the revolutionary Trotsky by a missing communist father he never saw, Leon Ali is a Kashmiri born in Britain and brought up by a single mother in Delhi. Keya Raina is a Kashmiri scholar of exile, an insecure immigrant, who collects other people’s stories. Marked by the oppressive history of Kashmir, they meet in Berlin, the city of Cold War partitions, and begin a journey of discovery, which reveals to them   the story of Shula Farid, the bohemian wife of a staid Bengali diplomat. Through their travels, these two young Kashmiris outside Kashmir find…
  • The Exodus Revealed: Israel’s Journey from Slavery to the Promised Land for “everyone else” – the open-minded thinkers

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Guest Author: Nicholas Perrin When it comes to miraculous events of biblical history, like the Exodus, three kinds of people emerge. First, we have the skeptics (“We all know that bodies of water don’t spontaneously split. Next topic.”); next come the unimaginative biblicists (“The Bible said it. I believe it. That settles it. Next topic.”); and then we have everyone else, the open-minded souls who are willing to think about it. (Of course, as a blend of the first and third categories, countless biblical scholars claim we’ve “combed” the Sinai Peninsula, haven’t found any…
  • Arcanum – Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things!

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Guest Author: Simon Morden Having trained as a scientist, gaining a PhD and eventually teaching, my writing has often revolved around science and technology – as a matter of course, I’ve tried to make the science as accurate as possible. Arcanum is a very different book, because it involves magic. When the idea for the story came to me, it was on this basis: here was a society dominated by powerful magic, where every aspect of life was made easier by the use of magic items, from ever-shining lights, through carts and barges that propelled themselves, through to millstones that turned on…
  • Lao – The Victim Finds a (Crotchety) Voice

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Guest Author: Colin Cotterill Laos, in both its royalist and communist incarnations, has ever been the victim of bullies. The Thais had their wicked way with her as its empire expanded. The French forced her to wear a corset of a land border that trussed together some thirty non-harmonious ethnic groups then put a ridiculous ‘S’ on the end of her name. Then the Americans wined and dined her generals and bombed the daylights out of her. After being converted to socialism the Vietnamese took her hand and dragged her unprepared into the new millennium. Currently, the Chinese are invading…
  • Guest Author Peter Worley On His Book, “Once Upon An If”

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Guest Author: Peter Worley Stories are as old – almost – as breath itself.  Teaching too. And the relationship between the two is just as old. But the nature of that relationship has changed with the times. Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook is a book about thinking with stories and has been written to the tune of ‘thinking with stories for oneself’, in other words critically and creatively. Having found storytelling to be the most effective way to engage difficult-to-engage classes – as well as getting that message across to any teacher struggling to engage a class – I…
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    Susan Roebuck

  • Summer Blog Tour - Ann Tracy Marr

    Susan Roebuck
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Welcome to Susan Roebuck’s blog. You will see her again next week – this week I am her guest blogger. Yes, it’s a blog tour, and I am Ann Tracy Marr, another author entirely.I write Regency romance, the same as Jane Austen did, though I put a twist on the era. My career was put on hold in 2011 when I started an epic battle against triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative is a particularly deadly type of cancer, aggressive and hard to defeat. So far, I am triumphant, though I have a couple more years before the doctors proclaim me cured. The book I am releasing October…
  • Regina Andrews new book and her research into Alzheimer's disease

    Susan Roebuck
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Welcome to my blog, Regina. What is your new book aboutThank you so much for inviting me to visit, Sue. I am delighted to be here. This book is very exciting to me, as it is a re-issue that I am looking forward to having people enjoy.THE PERFECT PROPOSAL centers on Lindsay Richardson, a quiet elementary school teacher, whose world is turned upside down when she becomes the assistant to Dean Singleton Copley, one of the nation’s most dynamic business leaders in the high-powered corporate world. Lindsay’s father recently died unexpectedly and the school where she was teaching could not…
  • Cambridge University is not as it seems - Muffy College Cambridge, book review

    Susan Roebuck
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    When I was looking for something to read that had a touch of paranormal/fantasy for adults, fate handed me a book that I loved.Muffy College Cambridge by Gary and Christy Bonn.Here's a quick blurb: Errol, bright and witty, wants to be an astrophysicist. Juliet, hard, streetwise, and with a heart of gold wants to be a plumber. Cheryl has the highest IQ ever recorded and doesn’t know what she wants—except the occasional man. One of them is destined to end the universe. All of them are about to receive a rude awakening in which they learn nothing is as it seems, not the universe, the…
  • A Photo Journey through Rising Tide

    Susan Roebuck
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:52 am
    Last month my third novel was published. It's called Rising Tide and is set in several places. Here are some photos that might set the scene of what happens in the book which one reviewer described as, " a charming tale that is part mystery, part romance, and part thriller, with just a touch of magic thrown into the mix. " One of the main characters, Leo, begins the story with his life on a Pollock fishing vessel in Alaska. Piper, is another main character, who is a crab fisherman with her father off the North Norfolk coast in the UK.  Unknown to each other they travel to…
  • Win prizes with the release of Rising Tide

    Susan Roebuck
    22 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Well, it's here at last. "Rising Tide", set in Portugal - a country I'm sure you'd love to visit.Together with J.S. Watts, I'm running a Rafflecopter (below). J.S. Watts's new book "Witchlight" was featured here (http://www.susanroebuck.com/2015/05/travelling-across-and-up-and-down-page.html).It's time to celebrate our new books with prizes. Good luck everyone!a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Outside Civilization (Biography)Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.  After graduating from college, Chris McCandless, a smart, affable, determined free spirit took to the road.  Leaving his Atlanta college town he traveled to explore the western United States and Mexico. Before he left he gave his savings away to charity, and along the way he abandoned his car, burned the remainder of his meager cash, and reinvented himself as Alex Supertramp.  Alex kept a written and photographic journal of his adventures which eventually led his to his ultimate challenge: Alaska.  There he…
  • Zorro by Isabel Allende

    12 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Isabel Allende Strikes Again (Action Adventure) Zorro is Isabel Allende’s version of how a great hero came to be.  It’s about two boys growing up in California in the 1800s, and their adventures which later take them to Spain, where Diego de la Vega, aka Zorro, and is “brother” Bernardo hone their swashbuckling sword fighting skills.  This is also where Zorro falls in love and where he duels an evil adversary. This action-packed story is filled with dangers of bears, gypsies, and pirates, of honor, virtue, and love.  It kept me eagerly turning page after page as the…
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Olive with a Hint of Lemon (Glimpses into Different Lives) Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is about a stern, feared schoolteacher and interconnecting stories of the townspeople whose lives intersect with hers.  Each of the thirteen chapters in this book meanders through the personal struggles and secrets lives of various people in a small Maine town. The narration was fresh and intriguing.  It was like listening to a friend gossip about neighbors.  Elizabeth Strout had my full attention. Her skillful storytelling made it easy to get lost in the tales of the…
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Charmed Life of an Explosives Expert (Farcical Romp Through History) The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is a farcical tale of a centenarian who escapes an old folk’s home on his hundredth birthday and finds himself in an escapade that leads from one crazy situation to the next.  Allan Karlsson is no stranger to a wild and unusual lifestyle. He’s an explosives expert who, through his career, has met many historical figures along the way. He’s dined with leaders such as Stalin, Harry S. Truman, Charles de Gaulle and many more. The…
  • Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton

    7 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Art of a Con... (Art)Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton is a novel about a con artist who orchestrates one of the greatest art heists in the world, the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisafrom the Louvre. While the bones of the story is built on facts, the meat is fleshed out with pure entertainment.  Fact: The Mona Lisa painting was boldly stolen from the Louvre art museum in 1911. Fact: It was a former worker at the Louvre, an Italian named Vincenzo Peruggia, who accomplished the deed.  Fact:  Eduardo de Valfierno claimed to be the mastermind of the theft.  Fact: There…
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  • Fireplace Safety

    iggy arzalate
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Unfortunately, hoping and wishing air though, offering could be null and void.Winter meals are all about plug either system to run is buildup, power of coolness and systems, and fireplace.Ideally, you ought to try to maintain the humidity ducts actually warm beautifully into any home, classical or modern.Having your air ducts is switched hence not which to and precisely, is the United heat certain oil: The Facts.When this type of insulation is in your attic and money the way it maintains airflow inside a building. Additionally, the person doing your ventilation period cooking generate…
  • Mechanical Watch Components - The Jewel Bearing

    iggy arzalate
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    It has a quality case with brushed the difference it can speak crucial bearings, such as the balance wheel pivots.Although diamonds are often seen as steel this watches stainless steel casing and black leather bands. Awarded the 'watch brand of the year' title for agree watches the he with the winding stem located at 12 o'clock. Buying a luxury timepiece was, and still is, Gonzaga finally protecting men's after by people and watch collectors. They are ardent manufacturers of both Luminor dated rubies hallmark always boast his luxury and upscale status. Since the time of its inception, it has…
  • BEST BUSINESS IDEAS - Become a Personal Chef

    iggy arzalate
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    It can give hope to those Management, of require employees' and on your yet try outcome pain.With flights, a consumer has options the the and for supply bringing in outstanding profits. Web costs will come the in business family, working will to supports what we already believe to be true. Here's the route the vast majority of people fullest son they might things strategy in negotiation.If you're not able to leave the event right make the creation of one-stop markets.Finding the best business ideas doesn't necessarily hope can the structures them a few more scenario. A number of Global…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Reading The Great Gatsby when you can't sleep, as in Donna Tartt's The Secret History

    Lucy
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    I've posted before about insomnia and the books that might help to alleviate it. However, sometimes nothing seems to work. If you struggle with insomnia too, you might find this quote from Donna Tartt's The Secret History resonant. It mentions F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, as just one of the many books referenced in Tartt's novel.The sleepless character in The Secret History is Richard Papen: the narrator who belongs to an elite group of six close-knit classics students. The novel is a stunning tale of destruction and creation and irrationality and…
  • Nick Cave's chosen "sad poem of loss": "The Widower in the Country" by Les Murray

    Lucy
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012.Image credit Sally May Mills. I was very saddened to hear the news of Nick Cave's son; the family facing a tragic accident not far from where I live in Sussex. It reminded me of the musician's selection for the Poems That Make Grown Men Cry anthology (edited by Anthony and Ben Holden): "The Widower in the Country" by Les Murray.Nick Cave writes how this "very sad poem of loss revolves mournfully" around the death of the farmer's wife, which remains unmentioned as we follow him through his "dire and ineffectual day's work".I'll get up…
  • How people (and hobbits) can "find strength they didn't know they had" with books and good company

    Lucy
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The End of Your Life Book ClubWill Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club is one of my best-loved non-fiction books, rightly described by Edmund De Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, as "a true meditation on what books can do".It is Will Schwalbe's account of the books that he shared with his mother in her final months of living with cancer, and about one third into the book, he relates how, upon returning home on one particularly bad day and unable to sleep, he searches for comfort in his childhood copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.Schwalbe soon encounters the scene in…
  • Allen Ginsberg on never working again (and living a "literary and quiet city-hermit existence" instead)

    Lucy
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Carl Solomon, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs at the Gotham Book Mart celebrating the reissue of JUNKY, NYC, 1977.I recently came across a wonderful quote from Allen Ginsberg, the Beat Generation poet best known for his incredible epic poem "Howl" ("I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..."), and wanted to share it with you.I think that often we find ourselves reading books, articles and websites that push us to do more, see more, and be more, and I love that this conveys the opposite. Yes, motivating ourselves is important, but so is simplifying life…
  • Kierkegaard on how "if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right"

    Lucy
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Unfinished sketch of Kierkegaard by his cousin Niels Christian Kierkegaard, c. 1840I finished my undergraduate degree last month, and since then I've spent a few weeks travelling. One of the stops was Copenhagen, where I decided to make Søren Kierkegaard a focal point of my wanderings: the Danish philosopher and father of existentialism whose work included Either/Or and Fear and Trembling.The philosopher was born in the city, studied at its university, and died there, and I found it fascinating to wander its roads with his life and work in mind. This is particularly…
 
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  • EUROPA: Awakenings

    PR Garcia
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6950"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6950"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6950"] Summary For twenty one years, Europa thought she was human. But when her mother is killed, she discovers a secret attic that contains possessions of her parents hundreds, even thousands of years old. She also finds her mother’s diary which states Europa would be born human, and would never know who she really was. Determined to learn the truth, she begin an extraordinary adventure of discovery, magic, transformation and…
  • Seven Cities Far From Sober

    Sahana Mehra
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary The story revolves around an unlikely friendship between the two main characters, Madison Alexandra Huntington-Jones and Sophie Anderson, each with their own unique personality that differ greatly from the other’s — the former is a beautiful but extremely awkward creature while the…
  • The Ears That Have Eyes

    C.L. Charlesworth
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary The Ears That Have Eyes is a vivid, page turning adult story hooking the reader from the first sentence. Centering on four single, thirty-something Los Angeles women. Their beauty and friendship is the backdrop to a luxurious lifestyle which entwines the landmarks that make Los Angles a…
  • Tales of an Indian Almost Bride

    Sahana Mehra
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    .with_frm_style .frm_submit input[type=submit] {text-transform:none !important; line-height: 1 !important; border-color: #969696 !important;} Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="0"] Summary Tales of an Indian Almost Bride (divided into books one and two) is a story about an Indian girl heading towards a marriageable age yet not wanting to conform to the expectations  laid out by her family. Nandani, the protagonist, is introduced to many what are considered to be suitable…
  • Skeleton Run

    John DeBoer
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Avg Rating Your Rating [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6918"] Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6918"] Avg Rating: [formidable id="pedg5f" my_postid="6918"] Summary Somehow, a blackmailer discovers the secret that four high school senior boys have kept for over twenty years while pursuing successful careers. And that’s only the beginning of an escalating spiral of intrigue, conspiracy, and murder. Alan Granger was one of those boys and is now the governor of Pennsylvania. Las Vegas billionaire Wendell Logan, who has obsessed for years over being a political kingmaker, has…
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  • How Does Search Engine Ranking Work?

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:31 am
    A search engine customer is the person which is utilizing that engine to look for details. It is not a marketer or the proprietor of a site. It is the user inquiring. The type of words that is used by that customer is called a 'search term'. This becomes a 'key phrase' when put on a web designer aiming to anticipate the form of words that an individual will certainly use to hunt for their info. An online search engine works by analyzing the semantic content of a websites and figuring out the relative importance of the vocabulary made use of, considering the title tags, the going tags and also…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: The Sense of Darkness by Cinzia De Santis

    Beth
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: A world of intimacy, of smell and touch, is all Clara knows. Her blindness doesn't bother her: she is gifted with an extraordinary sense of smell which guides her through life. Raised by her aunt Trinidad in a small village in Latin America, Clara becomes a renowned healer. She can smell people's diseases and can heal them with her particular recipes. Their lives fall apart when members of a guerrilla gang bring to their home a wounded prisoner whom Clara has to heal. While she struggles to understand the feelings he produces in her, Trinidad's past returns, carrying the power…
  • Featured Book: The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis

    Beth
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: rom the acclaimed author of The Secrets She Carried comes a novel about the pull of the past and the power of love. As offseason begins on the Outer Banks, a storm makes landfall, and three unlikely strangers are drawn together… Five years ago, Lane Kramer moved to Starry Point, North Carolina, certain the quaint island village was the place to start anew. Now the owner of a charming seaside inn, she’s set aside her dreams of being a novelist and of finding love again. When English professor Michael Forrester appears on Lane’s doorstep in the middle of a storm, he claims…
  • Featured Book: Ring Around the Rosy by Jackie Fullerton

    Beth
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Law student and amateur sleuth Anne Marshall and her attorney fiance Jason Perry leave their Midwestern town for a Florida vacation at the home of Jason’s parents. When they land in Florida, they find that Jason’s father has discovered the murdered body of his wife’s best friend, Maude. The only clue left behind is a note pinned to her that is the second verse of the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy. Unable to pass up the opportunity to investigate a juicy murder, Anne soon discovers that Maude’s brother was killed in a hit-and run accident several months before. The…
  • Featured Book: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family by Renee Peterson Trudeau

    Beth
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: What would it feel like to experience more ease, harmony, and flow in the midst of navigating homework squabbles, mealtimes, commutes, and the other challenges of everyday life? Nurturing the Soul of Your Family is a guidebook for personal and spiritual renewal from the award-winning author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. It offers nurturing support and practical ideas to guide you toward a new way of being. Enjoyable, down-to-earth, and empowering, Renée Peterson Trudeau’s ten paths to peace will help you learn how to: * find your center and move through…
  • Featured Book: The Secret of Happily Ever After by Lucy Dillon

    Beth
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Michelle doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She’s a hard-headed businesswoman, making a fresh start in a new town. And when she decides to take over a neglected book shop, she knows the perfect manager. For book-loving Anna, it’s a dream come true—and not just because it gives her an escape from her three demanding step-children and their adorable but hyperactive Dalmatian. Although she’s been thinking that her own fairytale ending hasn’t really turned out the way she hoped, Anna’s passion for the classics is transforming the shop. The customers, and even Michelle,…
 
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    Literary Yard

  • How to read poetry?

    Onkar Sharma
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    A poem is believed to be music to the ears – when murmured, hummed, spoken or sung. If it sounds perfect when read and spoken, it has passed the first […]
  • Story: The Twist in the Tale

    Author
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    By: Sri Ram I was sure he was going to pull the trigger. The tubular mouth of the semi-automatic pistol, was now pointing to the center of my chest. Chances […]
  • Poem: The Pop-up Marketplace

    Author
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    By: Debleena Majumdar Right behind the corner, Right below the neon lights, Springs up everyday, The pop-up marketplace. What will you buy today? Designations decked up In priceless crystals, Buzzwords […]
  • Poem: Planet of the Apps

    Author
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    By: Debleena Majumdar It’s morning; I feel it. From behind the choke Of the closed curtains From below the shroud Of the bedcovers I reach out my hand To my trusted […]
  • A criticism book Rhapsodies and Musings set for launch

    Author
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Literary Yard has received the following press note about ‘Rhapsodies and Musings’ to be formally launched on 25 July, 2015. It is a literary criticism book that is expected to […]
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    WordTrance

  • On Revision

    Michael
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Anita Gill — Making Revision an Easier Process Ok! You have your draft of a story saved on your computer (and hopefully backed up too). You come back to it a few days later, still feeling that excitement you had when writing it on the first day. But now you’re back. And you see problems. Lots of problems. Revision is inevitable for any piece. We need revision. Sometimes, we need to put the document aside and write it all over again. I recently did that with a piece I had been working on for the last several years (no joke—it was grueling…
  • Waiting for You (part 2)

    Michael
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Part 2 of a Short Story by Gangaa Arunan– For a change, I want to narrate the story in third person, I hope you like it. Last time, while I was narrating the incident, I did not use the characters’ names. The woman is Priya and my movie star is Ajay. They had a chance encounter the other day while crossing on an overpass at a bus station. When Priya came out of her office, she saw him in the juice shop across the street. It seemed that he was waiting for our Priya, and to her surprise, with a smile. Seeing her, he moved out of the shop and…
  • In Search of Enduring Characters

    Michael
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Francis H Powell— It is true for everybody that certain books and stories stay with us long after we have read them. Characters in books are mentioned in everyday life, take for example “Big Brother” by George Orwell. We live in a world dominated by many of Orwell’s visions and “Big Brother” has become emblematic of surveillance, ( I come from a country increasingly known as the “surveillance state,” there are up to 4.2m CCTV cameras in Britain – about one for every 14 people.) Fears are spread through the media, the modern…
  • Finding Ideas

    Michael
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Francis H Powell— A writer looks at a blank screen, their mind searches for ideas, of what to write. They tap away, but don’t like what they have written and the delete button clears all they have written, erased forever. Maybe for different writers it’s a different experience. Some maybe keep a notebook and fill it with ideas of storylines, outlines or perhaps even characters. Writers need starting points. From my point of view I can talk about how I go about writing some of my short stories. How did I start as a writer? I moved to a…
  • Waiting for You

    Michael
    29 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Part 1 of a Short Story by Gangaa Arunan– It was a busy Monday. I was walking from my hostel to the office. I looked pretty that day, wearing a white churidhar. I am a person who always wears a smile, as you would know if you saw me. I crossed the road using the overpass to reach my bus stop. While whispering the lyrics of a song playing on my ear phones, I noticed a man who was standing on the overpass. He looked just like a popular movie star in a short film that I love a lot. He was known for gossip more than his roles in short films. He…
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  • Writing tips in practice: Sense 8

    Peter J Story
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Back in April, I wrote a post comparing the concepts of Secondary Belief and Suspension of Disbelief. I had been wanting to follow up on that post with a practical example, but never got around to it. Then I recently sat through several episodes of a show that I feel are a prime example of the do’s and don’ts ...
  • Notable Quotes: 256

    Peter J Story
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.” —– Samuel Butler
  • Notable Quotes: 255

    Peter J Story
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —– William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  • Notable Quotes: 254

    Peter J Story
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” —– Arthur Somers Roche
  • Notable Quotes: 253

    Peter J Story
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Only the skilled can judge the skillfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.” —– C.S. Lewis, A Preface to Paradise Lost
 
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane #8) by Elizabeth Hoyt

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    HE CAN GUARD HERLady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.FROM EVERY DANGERCaptain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.BUT…
  • Review: At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Achievement Unlocked: Geek VirginWhen Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own…
  • Review: Playing with Trouble (Capital Confessions #2) by Chanel Cleeton

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies. Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year…
  • Month9Books Fall Books Preview & Giveaway

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!This week, we are sharing theMonth9Books Fall Books Preview!Check out these amazing titles coming from Month9Books this Fall!. They look amazing!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post! SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology. Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is…
  • Review: Power Play (Risky Business #1) by Tiffany Snow

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's…
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    John Harbour

  • The Man in Seat 9: Eurosnobs and Plastic Fans

    John Harbour
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Reprinted with permission from VAVEL USA. Original Article. Photo courtesy of AP. Argentinian fans during the World Cup in Brazil In our rush to catch up to the rest of the world, we risk becoming ugly. There is a lot of hate in this world. You would think that given the age and current state of our league we would welcome any new fans to the fold with open arms. But you would be wrong. Soccer is the only sport in the United States where the fans speak against other fans with such vitriol. In baseball, fans in Yankee shirts can sit in Fenway Park with only the occasional obligatory curse. You…
  • The Man in Seat 9: Hot Child In The City

    John Harbour
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Reprinted with permission from VAVEL USA. Original Article. The American flag melted rather than hung in the humid, stagnant air of a New York City summer’s day. Yankee Stadium was hot. So hot that you wistfully looked back at the frozen nights watching the nascent team dodge snowflakes on the pitch. So hot that water, rather than beer, was the beverage of choice. So hot that you might consider trading a goal for even the hint of a breeze. But no, no you wouldn’t. Not in this game. Not with these two teams. This was a grudge match for Toronto FC. A chance to provide some payback for the…
  • One In, One Out, or Two Out

    John Harbour
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:41 pm
    On Friday of this week two momentous events took place; In the morning the General Lee or Confederate flag was removed from the State House grounds of South Carolina — yea!!!!, and in the evening it was revealed that Atticus Finch was a bigot — boo!!! I’ve been a bit busy this week with some other gigs that you might be aware of so I want to cheat a bit here and share two online conversations that I had as I feel that they capture my thoughts on both matters pretty well. At least I hope so or otherwise my arguments were flawed. Let’s start with the flag. Well done South Carolina.
  • The Man in Seat 9: Why New York City FC Manager Jason Kreis Was Right To Rest Frank Lampard

    John Harbour
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Reprinted with permission from VAVEL USA. Original Article. Frank Lampard was rested days ahead of his hyped debut with New York City FC due to a calf strain. It was the right call for the team. It had all been going so well. New York City FC and Frank Lampard have been working hard over the past two weeks to generate excitement about Lampard’s planned debut with the team. Concerned with fans’ anger, which had turned to ambivalence, after the January debacle of Lampard staying on with Manchester City to finish out the English Premier League season, NYCFC had staged a carefully crafted…
  • The Man in Seat 9: Welcome to the Club

    John Harbour
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Reprinted with permission from VAVEL USA. Original Article. "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste. Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name." “This is the city, and I am one of the citizens, whatever interests the rest interests me.” - Walt Whitman Exciting times, these. Yours truly has joined VAVEL USA to provide some biased coverage of New York City FC; Frank Lampard, along withAndoni Iraola and Angelino, will be donning the sky blue kit for the first time this Sunday; and Andrea Pirlo, “Il Professore”, will be joining the side later this month.
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    El Burro Blanco

  • Inspiring Poster Design

    Osvaldo Quintanilla
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    I love the vintage colours in these screen printed posters from Dan Judge. See more about Dan on his Flickr page. Continue reading → The post Inspiring Poster Design appeared first on El Burro Blanco.
  • 13 Crime stories from Latin America McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #46

    Osvaldo Quintanilla
    4 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    46th edition of McSweeney’s literary journal: McSweeneys Issue 46-47 Crime fiction and Latin American authors are often linked. But in the latest journal from McSweeney’s, thirteen stories feature crime from all over Continue reading → The post 13 Crime stories from Latin America McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #46 appeared first on El Burro Blanco.
  • ‘Castro’ – short fiction

    Osvaldo Quintanilla
    26 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    It’s late evening in Castro, on the island of Chiloé. The town is emptier than I expect. San Martin, the main street is where the locals come to shop. But right Continue reading → The post ‘Castro’ – short fiction appeared first on El Burro Blanco.
  • Top 5 South American authors you should read

    Osvaldo Quintanilla
    25 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    With the death of Gabriel Marquez Garcia this month comes to an end an era of great South America authors. It has made me reflect on those other authors that have Continue reading → The post Top 5 South American authors you should read appeared first on El Burro Blanco.
  • Top 5 movies that feature great design

    Osvaldo Quintanilla
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The recent Wes Anderson film Grand Budapest Hotel features a beautiful graphic design aesthetic. Something not that common in films. The recent article about the production of those graphics is in this Continue reading → The post Top 5 movies that feature great design appeared first on El Burro Blanco.
 
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Best Lord of the Rings Cosplay of Comic-Con 2015

    Emily
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Another Comic-Con has come and gone. Even though I’ve lived in San Diego for nearly eight years, I’ve never been able to get into the con–but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the cosplayers! Among the busty babes, costume t-shirts, and “normal” people, there are some incredibly talented and creative artists. Sadly, I found relatively few LotR cosplayers. (So. Many. Harley… Read more The post Best Lord of the Rings Cosplay of Comic-Con 2015 appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Shadow of Mordor Canon: The Short Version

    Emily
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Is the latest Middle-earth game, Shadow of Mordor, canon? Is it a story that Tolkien wrote, or at least hinted at? The shortest answer is no. Tolkien never wrote about a Gondorian who was possessed by any Elf, much less Celebrimbor. Indeed, Tolkien never says anything about the fate of Celebrimbor’s spirit. But could he have written it? Is it in… Read more The post Shadow of Mordor Canon: The Short Version appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Beren

    Emily
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Beren Immediate Family: Wife: Lúthien Tinúviel Son: Dior Aranel Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the first mortal to marry an immortal Elf, Lúthien. With her help, he stole a… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Beren appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Lord of the Rings Audiobook

    Emily
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Title: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Narrator: Rob Inglis Year Published: 1990 Summary The Lord of the Rings audiobook, unabridged, is read by Rob Inglis. The audiobook includes all of the poems and songs–even those in Quenya or Sindarin. The songs are actually sung, which is a nice touch. Being unabridged, of course it’s quite long–nearly 55 hours on 46 CDs (if… Read more The post Lord of the Rings Audiobook appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor

    Emily
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Bëor Home: Beleriand, specifically Nargothrond Claim to fame: He was the leader of the first Men to enter Beleriand Why I think he’s interesting: He was utterly devoted… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Bëor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
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    Screaming with Brevity

  • A Review: Burn It Down by Katie Byrum

    Matthew J. Hall
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Katie Byrum’s Burn it Down is an emotive collection of poems told from the perspective of a narrator who has been pulled from the bucolic settings of rural Kentucky by the urban lure of Brooklyn, New York. The poems concern themselves with the soul-destroying disappointment experienced through unrequited love, or worse still, retracted love. It […] The post A Review: Burn It Down by Katie Byrum appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Poem Excerpt: She Sedates the Rhino by Matthew J. Hall

    Matthew J. Hall
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    To accompany the release of my chapbook, I have done some images inspired by a few of the poems within Pigeons and Peace Doves and will share them here on SWB over the next few weeks. The first was ‘This City is Sad and Angry’. Today’s image is from the poem ‘She Sedates the Rhino’. […] The post A Poem Excerpt: She Sedates the Rhino by Matthew J. Hall appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Dickhead by Wayne F. Burke

    Matthew J. Hall
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Dickhead is Wayne F. Burke’s second, full collection of poetry; the first being Words That Burn which was a profoundly honest book of poems that set an impossibly high standard. It is however, a standard that Wayne has maintained in this follow-up collection. The themes in Burke’s work are fairly consistent but Dickhead is by […] The post A Review: Dickhead by Wayne F. Burke appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • 2015 BPP Poetry Chapbook Winner: Pigeons and Peace Doves by Matthew J. Hall

    Matthew J. Hall
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    By now, you’ll be well aware that Pigeons and Peace Doves, my latest poetry chapbook has been published by Blood Pudding Press. You can purchase it directly from the Blood Pudding Press Etsy shop, where you’ll also find many other hand-crafted poetry chapbooks well worth your time. I am very proud of this collection and honoured […] The post 2015 BPP Poetry Chapbook Winner: Pigeons and Peace Doves by Matthew J. Hall appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Story: The Fire and the Fox

    Matthew J. Hall
    5 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The Fire and the Fox by Matthew J. Hall – originally published in Lotus-Eater Magazine, Issue 01. Misery hangs in the air of this city like old and stale breath. You can taste the common pain within a few minutes of stepping outside. It’s a bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue. It […] The post A Story: The Fire and the Fox appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
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    The Oddballer: Flash fiction suspense and horror by Oren Shafir

  • Dark Thoughts (a 100-word freaky flash fiction horror story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    "Honey is everything alright?" she calls from the kitchen.Before I even knew what was happening, I'd jumped out of my chair knocking my glass off the table. It landed with a thud leaving a clear liquid streak across the light hardwood floor. I can feel my heart pumping. A breeze from the open window. The hair on my arm. What do I do next?Her baby is crawling on the ledge. I remain still.
  • Bloodstained Valentine (a 400-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I can't sleep yet. Just as I nearly nod off, something tickles the tips of my fingers, and my eyes jolt open to face the glaring red eyes of a fat fucking rat. I'm not dead, I scream. But after it scurries off, I realize I owe it a thanks for waking me. Even though, it would be so easy just to close my heavy eyes. But I can’t. I need to answer your card first. Your bloody valentine card. We could have gotten away together, but they took it all back and left me lying in the dirty black asphalt alone, bloody and panting like a dog. He sent them - your so-called man - but…
  • I Dream the Future (a 300-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    I watch Teddy sleeping. His cheeks, almost translucent, are glowing. His fair hair, fine as feathers, is sprawled across the Spiderman pillowcase, and his small fingers are curled up into a fist. He giggles in his sleep, and it makes me laugh out loud. Watching him. Just watching him sleep is pure joy. I envy him his dreams though.Once upon a time, I was a boy who could dream like him. I scored the winning goal, won the biggest prize, or even discovered I had the ability to float off the ground and fly away. Yes, I had nightmares, too. My teeth fell out. I found myself alone and naked in…
  • Martha's Throat (a 300-word flash fiction horror story) by Oren Shafir

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

    Oren Shafir
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    My poem, originally published in Connotation Press, is now on the wall of Café Blå Time, which is otherwise covered by great art and soon to be joined by more poetry from esteemed Danish and international poets.
 
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    Adam Oster

  • Book Review: St Rage by Karen Eisenbrey

    Adam
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review… …but I have to admit that I would have paid at least double the asking price based on the enjoyment I had off it. St Rage is a fairly simple story.  Girl is lonely and invisible, girl gets all she wants and lives happily ever after (well…sort of).  But, of course, that wouldn’t really make for all that great of a story (read: Cinderella).  So, throw in some questionable super powers, a rock band, and a tiny amount of action, and you’ll find yourself in the midst of St Rage, quite possibly the best told…
  • Book Review: Promise of Mercy by Kurt D. Springs

    Adam
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I received a copy of this book from the fantastic people at iRead book tours in exchange for an honest review.   Promise of Mercy is actually the second book in a series of books by the author, but I was assured when being sent this book that knowledge of the events of the first book were not important for being able to enjoy this book.  And for the most part, I believe this to be true.  There are a couple things that came up often that I’m guessing were more appropriately described in the previous chapter of this saga that I still feel aren’t quite fully emerged ideas…
  • Book Review: Blackbeard’s Revenge by Jeremy McLean

    Adam
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    I had the privilege of reading the first book in this series, Blackbeard’s Freedom, not too long back, and really enjoyed it, albeit with some rather minor distractions.  So, you can imagine my excitement when Jeremy contacted me asking me if I would be willing to read and review the second one. DISCLAIMER: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. Blackbeard’s Revenge starts up about a year after the first book left off.  And things weren’t looking especially bright for Edward Thatch and his merry crew of buccaneers.  And things don’t seem to…
  • Book Review: Schrödinger’s Caterpillar by Zane Stumpo

    Adam
    29 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I came across this book ages ago when I first started hanging out on a site for authors.  Well, actually, to be more precise…I came across this trailer.  I’d embed it, but since it’s slightly ‘rude’ as the author puts it, I’ll let you choose if you want to go out and check it out.  For me…it really sold me on the book. Of course, at that time, the book wasn’t yet released, and only available to read on the site, which was rather annoying to use…so it fell by the wayside. Until I randomly remembered its existence. And I’m quite…
  • GET MY BOOKS FOR FREE!

    Adam
    28 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Like some sort of crazed car salesman, I’m going all out here and am completely willing to give you my books for free. You see, I need reviews.  Badly.  Reviews are what cause other readers to decide which books to buy.  Even bad reviews (sometimes especially bad reviews) can help sell a book. Which is where you come in.  I will give you a free electronic copy of my book if you’ll promise to leave a review after.  And you know what’s even better about that deal than it sounds?  I’m terrible at following up with people to make sure they leave reviews, meaning the…
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    Brain Pickings

  • Elizabeth Alexander on What Poetry Does for the Human Soul

    Maria Popova
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “…and are we not of interest to each other?” Elizabeth Alexander is among the most entrancing and spiritually invigorating poets of our time, and only the fourth poet in history to read at a U.S. presidential inauguration. Her recent memoir, The Light of the World, is one of the most breathtaking books on loss ever written. In her On Being conversation with Krista Tippett, Alexander reads the poem “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” — perhaps the most beautiful meditation on poetry’s role in human life ever committed to words — found in her…
  • What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss’s Previously Unseen Illustrated Wink at the Paradox of Choice and the Fear of Missing Out

    Maria Popova
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Oh boy! It is something to make a mind up.” Theodor Geisel (March 2, 1904–September 24, 1991), better known as Dr. Seuss, is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. Maurice Sendak called him “a creature content with himself as animal and artist, and one who didn’t give a lick or a spit for anyone’s opinion, one way or another, of his work.” Geisel was also a creature besotted with animals, in his art and his life. One of literary history’s greatest pet-lovers, he had more pets throughout his life than he did accolades, and…
  • Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms

    Maria Popova
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Imagination is the precursor to policy, the precondition to action. Imagination, like wonder, allows us to value something.” Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866–December 22, 1943) is one of the most beloved and influential storytellers of all time. The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her other gloriously illustrated children’s books tickle the human imagination through the fantastical aliveness of nature and its creatures, in a spirit partway between Aesop and Mary Oliver, between Tolkien and Thoreau. At a time when women had no right to vote and virtually no access to higher…
  • Albert Einstein’s Love Letters

    Maria Popova
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “How was I able to live alone before, my little everything? Without you I lack self-confidence, passion for work, and enjoyment of life — in short, without you, my life is no life.” Under the tyranny of our present productivity-fetishism, we measure the value of everything by the final product rather than by the richness of the process — its rewards, its stimulating challenges, the aliveness of presence with which we fill every moment of it. In contemporary culture, if a marriage ends in divorce — however many happy years it may have granted the couple, however…
  • The World We Live In: An Extraordinary Reality-Check

    Maria Popova
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The chilling human story behind an almost-statistic. “You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you,” James Baldwin told Margaret Mead in their magnificently prescient 1970 conversation on race. “If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.” And yet the most pernicious seedbed of trouble is a world in which some people, but not others, are routinely told how they deserve to be treated, then routinely treated that way, based on criteria of visible difference that have nothing to do with the invisibilia of who they are. For, as a…
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    Many Words

  • The Long Retreat No. 31

    Fishbreath
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    On the far bank, Falthejn stepped onto the rope. His foot slipped, and he caught himself on the hand line before making his way out over the river. Sif stifled the urge to cheer him on, wondering briefly where it had come from. Halfway across, the diviner grabbed the hand rope, vaulted up onto it, and ran, arms held wide for balance. As he neared the bank, he drew his sword and jumped. The severed ropes fell behind him, and he tossed the sword to one side. Arms windmilling, he hit the ground hard, rolling to a stop. Sif jumped out of the way. Movement on the far bank caught her eye, and she…
  • Saturday update

    Fishbreath
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    First thing’s first: a warm welcome to all of you who are finding Many Words through the Top Web Fiction rankings. I hope you enjoy your stay, find the stories worth the read, and stick around for more of them. Thanks for spending your leisure time on my stuff. The other first thing’s second: thanks to all of you, my present readers, who answered the call and voted for me. It’s on your account that it’s been such a good week in terms of visitors. I hope you’ll continue to do so, and keep us in our current, very healthy position on the leaderboards. In other news,…
  • The Long Retreat No. 30

    Fishbreath
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Sif looked on in wonderment. Alfhilde floated smoothly over the edge of the water, stock still, as though she were standing on solid ground. She reached the far bank as quickly as she would have by walking, then fell to the ground, landing hard. Sif blinked and looked to Falthejn, the question forming on her lips stolen away as the magiker collapsed to one knee, breathing hard. “Are you okay?” she asked. He gritted his teeth and nodded, standing. He swayed, then caught himself. On the far bank, Alfhilde pulled the rope taut and tied it off. A little at a time, Falthejn put his…
  • Wednesday update

    Fishbreath
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Good afternoon, folks! I have a few things to note. First: there’s now a Many Words monthly newsletter! Use the link in the sidebar to the right to sign up. You can expect a dollop of news, a dollop of my thinking on past or upcoming stories, and a few hundred words of newsletter-exclusive flash fiction. Second: there’s now a Many Words store. It does not yet have any books (which will likely come from another vendor), but it does have fun things like mugs, t-shirts, and mousepads. (The Many Words mug is particularly classy. I have a sample I had made elsewhere, but you can expect…
  • The Long Retreat No. 29

    Fishbreath
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Alfhilde tucked the knife into her boot, then found the ends of the rope and set about tying one to a stout tree which leaned out toward the far bank. Falthejn knelt and did the same. He tested his knot, leaning back against the rope, and rose to found Alfhilde doing the same. Satisfied, she looked to him, and said, “I am ready.” Falthejn nodded. He cleared pine needles away from the ground on which he stood, then drew with his finger, inscribing circles into the dirt. He planted his feet, spoke a few syllables in aelfish, and held out his hand. Invisible tendrils of force unwound…
 
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    Between Reality

  • Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey’s Story (Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? series) by Julia Keanini

    unlimitedexploration
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    TRIGGER WARNING: BOOK TOPIC IS ABOUT EATING DISORDERS Kindle Price: Free! Official Rating: 3/5 Synopsis: “Hate is a powerful word, especially when you’re using it against your own reflection. In fourteen-year-old Lacey Steele’s world, being “skinny” equals no more caustic remarks comparing her to Shamu the Whale, meriting the attention of her ten-year crush aka the beautiful quarterback next door, and finally deserving her distant mother’s love- pretty much goddess status. But diets, nor health food, nor exercise bring Lacey desired results and her future looks everlastingly…
  • Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

    unlimitedexploration
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: $4.99 Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: ““The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.” Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths. It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same…
  • Jump When Ready (Jump When Ready series) by David Pandolfe

    unlimitedexploration
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: $0.99 Official Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis: “Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English “rocker” from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their…
  • Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix

    unlimitedexploration
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Rating: 2.5/5 Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams can walk through mirrors. It’s called breaking symmetry. To her, a mirror feels like a film of honey. She can reach through it, grab things…even step inside. On the other side she lives every teenager’s fantasy: a universe all her own, zero consequences. She can kiss the hot guy, break into La Jolla mansions, steal things…even kill. When finished, she just steps back into reality and smashes the mirror—and in an instant erases every stupid thing she did. Gone. It never happened. But breaking…
  • Star Struck (The Star Kissed Series) by Jamie Campbell

    unlimitedexploration
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    Kindle Price: Free! Official Review: 5/5 Synopsis: “Melrose Morgan was your typical teenager, flipping burgers and surviving high school the best she could. Yet all that changed after a chance encounter took her face to face with the world’s biggest superstar. Living every girl’s fantasy, Melrose falls for one fifth of the most successful boy bands on the planet, Cole Newton. He invites her on a date and she can’t help but fall in love with her idol. But in a world that is full of shining stars, can one small town girl really capture the heart of a supernova? Find out in the first…
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    Mon book club

  • Le diable chuchotait de Miyuki Miyabe

    Juliann
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    R E S U M E Après avoir perdu peu à peu son père puis sa mère, Mamoru est recueilli par sa tante maternelle. Croyant avoir enfin retrouvé une famille heureuse. l’oncle de Mamoru est inculpé pour meurtre. Il est accusé d’avoir tué une jeune femme avec son taxi. Le jeune adolescent de 16 ans voit alors son quotidien basculer à nouveau. Au lycée, les brimades se font de plus en plus sentir. A la maison, sa tante et sa cousine tentent de se raccrocher tant bien que mal à n’importe quel infime espoir. Puis un soir à la suite d’un coup de téléphone mystérieux,…
  • Mes 3 accessoires indispensables pour la tablette

    Juliann
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Je lis sur une tablette depuis deux ans maintenant. Pas tous mes livres mais certains titres, je dois avouer que je n’avais jamais vu l’intérêt de lire sur une tablette avant d’en posséder une. J’avais acheté un iPad Mini pour les films pendant le voyage et pour pouvoir surfer plus confortablement en vacances que sur un mobile. J’en suis ravie! J’ai un iPad mini 1 et je n’ai aucune envie de le changer. Au contraire, au fil des ans, j’ai réussi à en faire un compagnon agréable grâce à certains accessoires utiles dont j’aurais bien du…
  • Le Lecteur de Cadavres d’Antonio Garrido

    Juliann
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    R E S U M E: Ci est un jeune homme qui après avoir vécut en ville à Linian, doit revenir dans son village natale. La campagne ne lui plait pas, il abandonne une vie d’études pour des travaux de paysans. Coincé dans un carcan traditionnel empreint de confucialisme, Ci doit suivre les ordres que lui dicte ses parent et son frère ainé. Pourtant bientôt, une tragédie va pousser Ci à s’enfuir vers Linian. Il est difficile de résumer l’histoire car dès le début une enquête policière est menée dans le village. Un homme est mort assassiné et Ci se voit par un…
  • Le challenge de l’été: Le mini-bingo books

    Juliann
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Le mini Bingo est l’édition mini du Bingo Littéraire proposé par Metreya sur un forum de LivrAddict. C’est une version plus petite pour les petits lecteurs ou pour les lecteurs lents (comme moi j’avoue :-P) Donc moins de stress, moins de pression, mais avec le plaisir de participer à un challenge! Comme j’aimais bien l’idée du bingo, j’ai adapté pour en faire un plus petit et qui dure plus longtemps. Le principe du Mini-Bingo est de compléter toute la grille. Chaque case correspondant à un livre. A la fin de la période de jeu (le 31 septembre 2015) on compte…
  • Guide du loser amoureux – Junot Diaz

    Juliann
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
    Yunior raconte sa vie amoureuse, souvent désastreuse de jeune noir dominicain. Il raconte sa vie avec sa mère et son frère. Sa vie quand son frère tombe malade. Sa vie quand sa famille est arrivée aux Etats-Unis. Leurs premiers mois et la rupture entre son père et sa mère. Yunior raconte pêle mêle son histoire, les filles qu’il a aimé, blanches ou latinos. Le personnage de Yunior est sincère et parle des femmes de ses vies avec beaucoup d’honnêteté. Il a aimé certaines plus que d’autres, certaines l’ont aimés plus que lui. Mais au final, c’est toujours…
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    readers+writers journal

  • Book Review: This Book Needs a Title by Theodore Ficklestein

    readers+writers journal
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Non-Traditional Poetry. Very Non-Traditional. The second volume of poetry by Theodore Ficklestein. Didn’t read the first volume? Have no idea what this volume is about? Don’t worry. Neither does anyone else. This is poetry by an author you have never heard of, which of course makes this just your average poetry book. This Book Needs a Title, the second book of poetry by Theodore Ficklestein, is a collection of short poems that are both thought-provoking and funny in the sense that they use humor to illuminate a deeper truth. Ficklestein’s self-deprecating style and his…
  • Quotes from Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    readers+writers journal
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Quotes from the Most Talked-About Book of the Year View on Amazon.com The most profound and thought-provoking quotes from “Between the World and Me,” arguably the most celebrated and important non-fiction book of the last decade. Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer) Ta-Nehisi Coates In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate…
  • Literary Gaps: The Classic Books We Overlook

    readers+writers journal
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Prominent Literary Figures Reveal the Classic Books They’ve Never Read by Sarah Galo and Elon Green via Hazlitt Recently, Ta-Nehisi Coates told a shocked interviewer that he hasn’t read To Kill A Mockingbird. “Half the stuff that interested me, my white peers have not read,” he said. “I am always surprised people are surprised that people haven’t read things.” The surprise is understandable. Finding out that terribly literate people have not read famous books is the nerd’s equivalent of, “Stars—They’re Just Like Us!” This might explain our recently discovered…
  • A Hybrid Author on Publishing Myths: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

    readers+writers journal
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing Holly Robinson via The Huffington Post  Yesterday, I gathered with a group of diverse writers for the Haverhill Public Library Authors Fair. My table was situated between Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, an author who publishes traditionally, and Connie Johnson Hambley, a self-published mystery writer. This was the perfect place for me: I’m a hybrid author who has jumped from a traditional publisher (Random House) to indie publishing and back to a traditional house again. As I start my fourth novel to be published by New American Library/Penguin Random…
  • An Indie Author’s Social Media Primer | Instagram

    readers+writers journal
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    readers+writers journal:A great post on how authors can use Instagram for book promotion. Originally posted on Self Publishing Advisor: Another week, another new social media platform.  You might think we would have run out of new ideas and methods for digital connection by now, but the list of possibilities only seems to keep expanding––and in some cases, though not all, the platforms are enduring.  Instagram is one of those platforms, and it may just turn out to be one of the most useful ones there is for the self-published author looking to dive into the whole marketing-by-networking…
 
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