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  • Stop Thief! Writers and Plagiarism

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Plagiarism. You know it when you see it, but it’s as slippery as a Canadian sidewalk in winter when you try to define or explain it. We recently became aware of how difficult plagiarism is to explain when we discovered several plagiarized passages in a book that crossed our desks. The author insisted the passages were not plagiarized, which left it to us to explain why we thought they were. As editors, part of our job is to alert authors to potential issues in a manuscript. Plagiarism is one of many issues that we need to flag, and this topic comes…
  • The Single Simple Reason You Should Diversify Your Reading

    On Books and Writing
    Johann Thorsson
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    There has been some talk about diversity in reading recently. The girls over at Bookriot have been covering this in the past weeks, and you should totally stop reading this post and go over to Bookriot now to read what they have to say.I’ll wait. Ok, now that you’re back, I’ll show you a quote…
  • Adam Phillips: Against Self-Criticism

    London Review of Books
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Lacan said that there was surely something ironic about Christ’s injunction to love thy neighbour as thyself – because actually, of course, people hate themselves. Or you could say that, given the way people treat one another, perhaps they had always loved their neighbours in the way they loved themselves: that is, with a good deal of cruelty and disregard. ‘After all,’ Lacan writes, ‘the people who followed Christ were not so brilliant.’
  • Amazon's Best Books of March: Part One

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    Chris Schluep
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman Here are our Top 5 picks for the Best Books of the Month! As always, you can visit our Best Books of the Month page here to see all of our list. Spotlight: In Bettyville: A Memoir, author George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for Paris to take care of his aging mother. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek quips in her review, "Did I mention that it’s Paris, Missouri?" That certainly changes things, and Hodgeman isn't exactly happy to have returned. According to Kodicek, "Paris hadn’t proven to be the most hospitable…
  • Stephen King at GWU

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

    Joel Friedlander
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Rachel E. Newman When I first realized my passion for editing, I had long recognized my love for books and stories. During my adolescent years, I read voraciously; and by the time I decided to pursue editing, I believed I could recognize a well-written novel within a few sentences. Surely I would be a natural. It was with great anticipation I began my first editing fiction course. I still remember that initial editing assignment. The paragraph had emotion; it had character; it sounded so good. And then comments from my more experienced classmates started rolling in. The excerpt had…
  • Stop Thief! Writers and Plagiarism

    Joel Friedlander
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Plagiarism. You know it when you see it, but it’s as slippery as a Canadian sidewalk in winter when you try to define or explain it. We recently became aware of how difficult plagiarism is to explain when we discovered several plagiarized passages in a book that crossed our desks. The author insisted the passages were not plagiarized, which left it to us to explain why we thought they were. As editors, part of our job is to alert authors to potential issues in a manuscript. Plagiarism is one of many issues that we need to flag, and this topic comes…
  • Ebooks Now and In the Future: Interview with Tracy Atkins

    Joel Friedlander
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Ed: Interest in ebooks continues to spread as more institutions and potential users of digital information attempt to put these technologies to good use. When I was queried recently by Nancy Herther from Information Today’s Online Searcher enewsletter, I turned to Tracy Atkins, co-founder of Book Design Templates. Tracy has a long background in technology and epublishing, and has created all the ebook templates we offer. Here’s the interview in its entirety. If this discussion stimulates you to think about the current state and future of ebook publishing, I’d love to hear…
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  • February 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant The stakes are unusually high in the latest Monk novel, because someone wants Captain Stottlemeyer dead. Monk and Natalie  have to figure out who's targeting him while dealing with a handful of distractions--a mysterious woman who hires Natalie for her divorce case, the hippie printers next door to their office, and an oafish new lieutenant who can't hold a candle to Amy Devlin, let alone Randy Disher. Eventually, inevitably, the case is solved, and you'll be surprised at the who and why behind the attempts on Stottlemeyer. The bigger news, though,…
  • January 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Lee Goldberg, My Gun Has Bullets This early book by Lee Goldberg has elements that will be familiar to his readers: television references that betray the author's love for the medium, and a certain light, readability to his prose. It's not as good as Goldberg's more recent stuff, however. The characters are cartoony (the guy with hair implants, for example), or some of them, the plot a bit too farfetched (the pair of stunt men), and the story sometimes veers into excessive detail when it comes to discussions of the television schedules of the various networks. The lead character was…
  • December 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie's book is the sort of thing you hear about all your life but never bother to pick up, because, I don't know, because it's just there. But I ran across it while hanging around Amazon the other day. It's got an enormous number of reviews (favorable reviews), so somebody's reading it, and looking at some of them my curiosity got the better of me. So what's the book like? Basically, Carnegie offers a lot of very good, common-sense advice, practices which, if followed, probably would do a lot to help you win friends and influence…
  • October 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Alexander McCall Smith, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café I haven't yet read the last couple of books in this series: while I was off doing other things Mma Makutsi changed her title and had a baby--pretty big doings. Still, time moves slowly in McCall Smith's Botswana, and one is able to jump into his books out of order without missing too much. This time out, Mma Ramotswe is asked to discover the identity of a woman with amnesia. She also concerns herself with the future of Charlie, her husband's girl-chasing apprentice mechanic. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is wading more fully into…
  • September 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Joel Dicker, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair Joel Dicker's much ballyhooed The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a very long book. Reading it, one has a lot of time to think about whether jumping into a 650-odd page tome was a good idea. I'm still not sure. There was a lot I didn't like about it. A litany of complaints: I'm pretty sure a lot of the book could have been lopped off to good effect. I found much of the story implausible. The too-precious chapter openings--in which Harry gives Marcus advice about writing--are often nauseating. Marcus' mother--a minor character,…
 
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  • So Much to Celebrate! A Midwinter Awards Recap

    Jaime Wong
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I’ve never attended the ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Meeting before. This year, I eagerly packed up my puffiest down coat, trapper hat, and yes, snow boots!—before flying out to Chicago to get down with the best and brightest librarians. One of the highlights of this particular conference is the intense anticipation of the ALA awards announcements. I grew up reading and loving Caldecott and Newbery books (Strega Nona! The Dark Is Rising! Up a Road Slowly! #TBT moment). A bright, shiny sticker on the front of a book told me immediately that it was a must-read. I felt like I…
  • Studio Tour: Behind The Scenes With Benjamin Chaud

    Lara Starr
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Author and illustrator Benjamin Chaud invites us to visit his (former) charming Paris studio where he created many of the magical children’s books that delight young readers all of the world, from award-winning The Bear’s Song to the latest, Farewell Floppy and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School…  He Now Lives in the South of France. My best ideas are inspired by what I see outside, so I go sketching in a café every morning. I can also work on trains and planes. This is the Cafe Chat Noir where I created The Bear’s Song. The palm tree in the corner inspired…
  • Susan O’Malley: More Beautiful Than You Could Ever Imagine

    Kathryn Jaller
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    We lost the artist, curator, and incredible human being Susan O’Malley last week. She was dear to many here at Chronicle, and we are in the process of working on a book inspired by one of her projects. It’s an incomprehensible loss, the kind that can only be mollified by the sort of fierce positivity that Susan lived. An optimism so smart, persistent, and alert, that it transforms anything it touches. To honor this quality we’re sharing some of the wisdom she collected and elevated through her project Advice From My 80-Year-Old Self. The project came together during the…
  • It’s the Happiest Month Ever!

    Kathryn Jaller
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    March never gets the attention it deserves. It’s a transitional time in the calendar, in like a lion and out like a lamb, neither winter nor spring, the thing we have to pass through to get where we want to go. But without looking too far ahead, there’s always plenty to appreciate about right here and now. To prove it, we’re partnering with the authors of Happiness Is… and the brand new Friendship Is… to bring you the #happiestmonthever. Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar are the team the behind books and online communities that celebrate the simple pleasures of the…
  • Feeling Emotional about Leonard Nimoy

    Steve Mockus
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Probably like many people, news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing has reminded me of how much the character he embodied and brought to life in Star Trek means to me. When Chronicle published our Mr. Spock Logic and Prosperity Box (a set with a painted bust of Nimoy as Spock, with a booklet) I knew I wanted to write the text and take the opportunity to think about why I feel so emotionally connected to the character—a feeling I totally carry over to Leonard Nimoy. Half human and half Vulcan, Spock chooses to follow the Vulcan philosophy of logical discipline and emotional control. His rational,…
 
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  • Coffee House + Emily Books

    Kaulie Lewis
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Coffee House Press recently announced it will be partnering with Emily Books, whose co-founder Emily Gould is a Year in Reading alum, to form their first imprint, which will publish two original titles a year. Their news pairs well with Electric Literature‘s “2015 Indie Press Preview.”
  • Odd Jobs

    Kaulie Lewis
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Recommended viewing: The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik talks about his early years in New York writing for the magazine “though they simply weren’t aware of it, or when they were aware of it they were extremely unenthusiastic,” and about all the odd jobs that often make up a writer’s early career, something our own Emily St. James Mandel has written about before.
  • All the Dumb Young Literary Stand-Ins: On Arthur Bradford’s ‘Turtleface and Beyond’

    Jonathan Russell Clark
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    In his other life as a filmmaker, Arthur Bradford made a fantastic documentary about the making of an episode of South Park called 6 Days to Air. The title references how quickly Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and crew are able to produce a half an hour of blistering animation, and in one particularly insightful moment, Parker offers this bit of writing advice: I sort of always call it the rule of replacing “ands” with either “buts” or “therefores.” And so it’s always like: This happens, and then this happens, and then this happens. Whenever I can go back in the writing and change…
  • A Censor’s Tour

    Kaulie Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Recommended reading: Peter Hessler writes about spending a week on tour with his Chinese censor.
  • “Art of Agenting”

    Kaulie Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    In an interview for Guernica Jonathan Lee talks to Chris Parris-Lamb, the literary agent who represented Chad Harbach‘s The Art of Fielding, John Darnielle‘s National Book Award-nominated Wolf in White Van, and now our very own Garth Risk Hallberg‘s upcoming City on Fire, about “The Art of Agenting.” Pair with our own Edan Lepucki‘s conversation with her agent, “Don’t Ever Do It for the Money,” and with the opening lines of City on Fire, a Millions exclusive.
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  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse Books. It’s a fascinating inside look at the process that goes into creating a memorable book jacket, including the opportunity to see dozens of discarded comps. Authors line up now for Mendelsund to create their covers, but his very first assignment as a cub…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re convinced these books have a market, so we started a new in-house imprint called Reputation books, with the tag Books we stand behind. We’re publishing new titles and rights-reverted backlist books, and…
  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

    Alan Rinzler
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today we have some sage advice for writers from a proven practitioner of the art and craft of literary commerce who’s had a successful career as a writer for more than 50 years. Warren Adler has published more than 32 novels and short story collections, including The War of the Roses, which was made into the devastatingly funny movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. That story grew out of an overheard conversation, incidentally. More on that below. Adler studied writing at the New School with fellow students Mario Puzzo and William Styron. Here’s Warren: I’ve spent my whole…
  • How authors support their writing dreams

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
 
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  • US jobs report beats forecasts; Greece proposes undercover tax inspectors – live updates

    Graeme Wearden
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    America’s jobless rate has hit a new six-year low, with 295,000 new jobs created in February.Latest: Greece suggests secret tax inspector planNew letter also suggests talks on third bailoutUS jobs report beats forecasts......But wage growth is weak 4.47pm GMT News of Greece’s proposal to deploy undercover tax agents has sparked widespread disbelief in Greece, reports our Helena Smith. Of all the measures employed to crack down on the traditional sport of tax evasion in Greece, hiring wired undercover “secret agents” - including tourists - cuts the cake and has been greeted with…
  • The week in music: Race 'silos' on BBC radio, Hall & Oates smack down a cereal company and more

    Tshepo Mokoena
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Our weekly music news roundup, from DJ Nihal’s scathing comments about a lack of diversity at BBC radio to a new museum exhibition about Björk and the Blurred Lines court caseThe rapper didn’t hold back on his thoughts about Wu-Tang’s forthcoming single-copy album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, in an XXL magazine Q&A. In his own words, the choice to keep the album fenced off from commercial sale for 88 years is “fuckin’ stupid”. Fellow Wu-Tang member RZA responded on Twitter, and the rap blogosphere gently imploded with gossip-filled excitement.FYI. @methodman was misinformed…
  • Cricket World Cup: MS Dhoni calmly steers India on to cruise control | Dileep Premachandran

    Dileep Premachandran
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    India captain refused to get flustered after a spate of dropped catches as Jason Holder’s 64-ball 57 spared West Indies’ blushes• Match report: India defeat West Indies to reach quarter-finalsIt is the most famous total in Indian cricket history. On 25 June 1983 a battery of medium pacers led by Kapil Dev defended 183 against West Indies in the World Cup final at Lord’s, a victory that was the catalyst for the many events that have since made India the game’s commercial behemoth.More than three decades later, it was 183 that India needed to beat West Indies and strengthen their grip…
  • Green party committed to free social care for over-65s, Natalie Bennett tells conference: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Rolling coverage of the Green party’s spring conference in Liverpool, including Natalie Bennett’s party leader speech 4.18pm GMT Caroline Lucas wraps up the session with a quote: “We are the people that we are waiting for,” she says. 4.18pm GMT Q: Does the Green party need tighter links with other Green parties in the world?Molly Scott Cato says there is a green links organisation already encouraging these connections. 3.56pm GMT Q: [To Kostas Loukeris, a senior member of the Greek Green party] What can we in the UK do to help you? And how can we avoid the rise of fascism, given what…
  • Best of late night: Conan goes to Cuba and Danny Devito bares his #Trollfoot

    Monica Heisey
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    This week in late night unsurprisingly proved Conan O’Brien cannot dance, Danny DeVito has small feet and kids still say the darnedest thingsDanny DeVito has a #TrollFoot Continue reading...
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  • The Bar Stool Preachers – Live

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    They won our coveted track of the year award on our last show, and now the Bar Stool Preachers are playing live in the Hungry & Hunted studio. The hot young Brighton band are as bracing as a 6am plunge in the English Channel. Influenced by 2-Tone and streetpunk, the Preachers are in the vanguard of the new south coast sound that is as passionate as it is authentic and melodic. A proper alternative to mainstream pop pap. Other great bands this edition include Alan McGee’s new signing Alias Kid who are latest of Manchester’s swaggering terrace pop likely lads. Will they follow Oasis…
  • Hadrian's Memoirs – Marguerite Yourcenar

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    At the end of his days, sitting in his villa outside Rome, the Emperor Hadrian writes a long letter to his adopted son, and next great leader of Rome, Marcus Aurelius. In Hadrian’s world, thoughts duel with power, ideas with reality, books with life. Aurelius often gets praise as the first philosopher king, but in this telling it’s Hadrian who is as much thinker as conqueror. Marguerite Yourcenar’s towering intellect and faultless prose bring Second Century Rome to life. Yeah, it’s good. Photo: FraserElliot >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From…
  • The Litopia After Dark Xmas Family Murder Show!

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    At Last – The Litopia After Dark Xmas Family Murder Show is here!  Yeah – it’s a tad late, folks (or early, for next Xmas).  But hardcore Yule like this is worth waiting for. This is the show that puts Fifty Shades in the shade.  That makes your office Xmas party look sophisticated.  That cracks your Xmas nuts and then asks damn fool questions about Ants. There is no mercy; for Agent Cox is the quizmaster.  And you are his prey. Don’t miss this unique chance to relive precious childhood Xmas trauma! Thrill as our panelists succumb to Stockholm syndrome –…
  • What Would Boo Radley Do?

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Another terrific Debriefer, full of insider poop from the pub biz and informed speculation about everything else! Harper Lee to Publish Sophomore Novel Taylor Swift Owns 1989 'American Idol' Winner Files Bold Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts South Florida Man Seeks Trademark on Slogan 'Je Suis Charlie' Sold-out Charlie Hebdo issue coming to Barnes and Noble My GRAVITY lawsuit and how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood - Tess Gerritsen Warner Bros. Knocks Down Best-Selling Author Tess Gerritsen's $10 Million Lawsuit Over 'Gravity' Hotfile Agrees to Settle Piracy Lawsuit…
  • Attack of the Tax Resistors

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    When US and UK forces invaded Iraq in 2003, millions of people took to the streets to protes – to little effect. The bombs of Shock and Awe kept falling. By some estimates the civilian death toll stands at over 150,000. Like many people, tonight’s guest David Gross had a crisis of conscience. And yet unlike many people, he’s done something about it. He’s stopped paying taxes. Not by tax avoidance, but by lowering his income below the tax threshold - and by using as many loopholes as he can find within the law. You know, just like all our much-loved multi-national corporations do!
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  • A Primer on the Existence and Seeming Nuttiness of North Korea

    Jon Foro
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden I'll admit that there are a few things that I'm obsessed with--disastrous adventures, iconic musicians, and lately, the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, to name a few--and those obsessions are often reflected in these pages. So for those not into man-eating animals, pictures of Blondie, or the "very, very bad cinema" of Kim Jong Il, I apologize. But, at least for the last item, I'm not a solitary weirdo. A lot of ink has been spilled writing about the Hermit Kingdom…
  • Sara Asks...How Did I Miss This?

    Sara Nelson
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish A couple of months ago, an agent friend of mine came to lunch with a handsome paperback novel  “I think you’ll like this,” she said. This agent is one of the very best, and though I’ve known her for years, she doesn’t pitch me easily or often, preferring, I guess, to see what books (represented by her or not) organically rise to the top. Anyway, I took this novel home and have been reading it in fits and starts. It’s already been published by a tiny press (and, though I didn’t realize it, reviewed in lots…
  • A Chat with Literary Agent Jane Dystel

    Editor
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    This interview was originally published by IndieReader. The Amazon Editors thought it might be of interest to readers of the Amazon Book Review. A Chat with Literary Agent Jane Dystel By Loren Kleinman By Loren Kleinman Jane Dystel, president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, has been an agent since 1986. Her publishing career began at Bantam Books. She then moved to Grosset & Dunlap, where she was a managing editor and later an acquisitions editor. From there, she went on to become Publisher of World Almanac Publications, where she created her own imprint. When she joined the…
  • Amazon's Best Books of March: Part One

    Chris Schluep
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman Here are our Top 5 picks for the Best Books of the Month! As always, you can visit our Best Books of the Month page here to see all of our list. Spotlight: In Bettyville: A Memoir, author George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for Paris to take care of his aging mother. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek quips in her review, "Did I mention that it’s Paris, Missouri?" That certainly changes things, and Hodgeman isn't exactly happy to have returned. According to Kodicek, "Paris hadn’t proven to be the most hospitable…
  • YA Wednesday: Best Books of March

    Seira Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten This month our five-book selection of the best YA titles includes amazing debuts and new books by favorite authors that I've been waiting to see (get ready Will Grayson, Will Grayson fans).  Given the wealth of good reads this month and taking a peek at April and May, there is a lot to look forward to this spring... Best YA Books of March The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten The story takes place in an OCD support group for young people (room 13B) and the characters and the evolving dynamic between them…
 
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  • 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. […]
  • Laurie Cass | Weird Writer Habits

    Pasha Carlisle
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    There are probably as many weird writer habits as there are writers. Well, more than that, really, because I know I have more than one weird habit and though I’m willing to bet everyone else does, too, we don’t have time to go into all of them, interesting as that might be. But we can […]
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  • Giveaway: City Love by Susane Colasanti (US Only)

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Book’s Title: City Love Author’s Name: Susane Colasanti Release Date: April 21, 2015   About the Book Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he…
  • Giveaway: As White As Snow by Salla Simukka (US Only)

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
      As White As Snow by Salla Simukka Release Date: March 3, 2015   About the Book The heat of the summer sun bakes the streets of Prague, but Lumikki’s heart is frozen solid. Looking to escape the notoriety caused by the part she played in taking down Polar Bear’s crime ring, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson escapes to Prague, where she hopes to find a few weeks of peace among the hordes of tourists. But not long after arriving, she’s cornered by a skittish and strange young woman who claims to be her long-lost sister. The woman, Lenka, is obviously terrified, and even…
  • Giveaway: Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves by Ann Angel & Various Authors (US & CAN Only)

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
      Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves Written by: Ann Angel Kerry Cohen Louise Hawes Varian Johnson erica l. kaufman Ron Koertge E. M. Kokie Chris Lynch Kekla Magoon Zoë Marriott Katy Moran J. L. Powers Mary Ann Rodman Cynthia Leitich Smith Ellen Wittlinger Release Date: 3/24/15     About the Book Fifteen top young-adult authors let us in on provocative secrets in a fascinating collection that will have readers talking. A baby no one knows about. A dangerous hidden identity. Off-limits hookups. A parent whose problems your friends won’t understand.
  • THE DUFF - Drive Through Movie Review

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    *****NO SPOILERS***** The Nerd Riders just saw an early screening of THE DUFF and are here to give you theirYA review.  Question: Would you rather be a DUFF or the DUFF's friend?     Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin + Giveaway (US Only)

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
      Hi, YABCers, and welcome to today's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin, releasing October 6, 2015 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ryan:   Hello YABC-ers! Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for WOLF BY WOLF!   Wolf By Wolf is an alternative history novel which takes place in 1956, after the Axis powers have won World War II. The story features a cross-continental motorcycle race and a face-changing assassin on a mission to kill the Führer.
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    The Horn Book

  • Chapter books | Class #3, 2015

    Lolly Robinson
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    This week we are reading three chapter books — The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, and The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Each is the first book in a series and each has a strong central character, an element that I think is essential in early chapter books. We’re also reading two articles to go along with these books. One is Robin Smith’s “Teaching New Readers to Love Books,” where, among other things, she describes reading The Birchbark House aloud to her second graders every year. The other article is an…
  • The Stories Julian Tells | Class #3, 2015

    Lolly Robinson
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    The Stories Julian Tells is the first book in an ongoing series about brothers Julian and Hughie, and their neighbor Gloria. This is an early chapter book for readers who have acquired some fluency but aren’t ready to tackle longer books yet. The chapters are fairly short, there’s lots of conversation, the plot is easy to follow, and there is a clear central character. What do you think of Ann Cameron’s writing? Is the story engaging enough for children who are still struggling a bit with reading? How do you feel about a white author writing a book in which all the characters are…
  • The Birchbark House | Class #3, 2015

    Lolly Robinson
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Louise Erdrich’s historical novel The Birchbark House is the first in a series, each book following a child from a different generation in an Ojibwa community. Often, books for children contain a central character who is about the same age as the book’s readers. The Birchbark House would be a tough read for most children who are Omakayas’s age. There are beautiful descriptive passages that young readers tend to gloss over, and difficult vocabulary including some Ojibwe words. For these reasons, it works best when read aloud to those younger grades — as Robin Smith discusses in her…
  • Two articles about chapter books | Class #3, 2015

    Lolly Robinson
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Jack Gantos as a child This week in addition to our three chapter books, we are reading two articles. The first is Robin Smith’s piece about her road to becoming a second grade teacher who loves LOVES books, and how she shares them with her classes: “Teaching New Readers to Love Books” from the September/October 2003 Horn Book Magazine. The second is an interview with Jack Gantos that sheds some light on how he came to write the Joey Pigza books: “An Interview with Jack Gantos” from Embracing the Child website. Jack Gantos in 2013   (If you would like to read more by Robin…
  • Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Drawbridges Open and Close

    Roger Sutton
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Drawbridges Open and Close; by Patrick T. McBriarty; illus. by Johanna H. Kim. Curly Press, 2014. 40pp. ISBN 978-1-941216-02-6. $15.95 Gr. K-3. I was glad I had read this book prior to my recent visit to Ft. Lauderdale, where everybody gets around by car, negotiating a host of drawbridges back and forth across the Intracoastal Waterway. Although the book opens (heh) confusingly with “Next to the drawbridge is a bridge house,” it then settles into a clear and nicely-patterned account of the six steps taken (by the Scarryesque Bridge Tender Todd, a fox) to open the bridge for…
 
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  • From NY To CA, A Paper Fair and Newly Recovered Seuss Manuscript

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Two stories to talk about this week, each one taking place on either end of the country. First, let's start on the East Coast, where the inaugural Art on Paper show is being held at Pier 36 in New York City. Organizing the affair is Art Market productions, a Brooklyn-based firm that produces the Miami Art Project and the Seattle Art Fair. Fifty-five galleries from around the city will feature works by artists whose primary medium, whether for sculpture, painting, drawing or photography, is paper. All proceeds from opening night benefit the Brooklyn Museum.  Highlights include…
  • Sci-Fi-inspired Art on Exhibit

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, opened today what looks like a very cool exhibit of avant-garde art inspired by science fiction, the 'Space Race,' and Cold War-era technology. Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas shows 60 artworks in a range of media and style that display the interconnectedness of the artistic process, such as Raquel Forner's "Astronauta y testigos, televisados (Astronaut and witnesses, televised)," 1971, and "SEFT-1 over Metlac bridge, January 25, 2011," a photograph by Ivan Puig taken after he and his brother,…
  • The 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    March 4, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated second inaugural address. Lincoln delivered the 700-word speech, which touched on the obvious issues of war and slavery, only six weeks before his assassination. Although there have been 35 inaugural speeches since, this one, with its resonant closing phrase, "With malice toward none, with charity for all," still ranks among the best.Beginning today through Saturday, the Library of Congress will display the fragile original manuscript of Lincoln's speech in the Great Hall of the Library's Jefferson Building. According…
  • New Edition of Trollope Novel Restores 65,000 Words

    Nate Pedersen
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    A new edition of Anthony Trollope's novel The Duke's Children will be published by The Folio Society this month, with an additional 65,000 words cut from the original 1880 edition.The complete, unabridged text will be published in celebration of the bi-centenary of the author's birth in 1815. The Duke's Children is the sixth and final novel in Trollope's Palliser series.  Scholars have spent the last decade slowly reinstating the words that Trollope cut from his original version, focusing their research on Trollope's manuscript for The Duke's Children held at the Beinecke Library. The…
  • Harvard Library's "Cold Storage"

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Last month, the Harvard MetaLAB released Cold Storage, a mini-documentary about the Harvard Depository (HD), a 127,000-square-foot "guarded compound" 25 miles from campus where approximately 9 million of Harvard Library's lesser-used books, pamphlets, records, etc. are stored in a space reminiscent of Home Depot.   The 24-minute film, written and directed by Jeffrey Schnapp, provides a real sense of the vastness of the collection--this "analog server farm"--and manages to do so artfully. Its beauty does not reside, as one might assume, in images of rare books, wooden desks, and warm…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • 131. Sarah and Elyse Discuss Hibernation and Comfort Reads

    SB Sarah
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Elyse is moving from one job to another, bigger job (yay!) and took a week off between them to decompress. Sarah and Elyse talk about stress reading, comfort reading, genres that Elyse really enjoys, and the allure of historicals. They also touch on re-reading, and new book illnesses. Listen to the podcast →Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: If you like the podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us at PodcastPickle and on Stitcher, too.Thanks to our sponsors:Podcast →Transcript →What did you think of today's episode? Got…
  • Agent Carter Episode 8: Valediction

    Redheadedgirl
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Previously: Everything.Back to the radio show!  3 out of 4 Hollywood stars recommend Diamond soap.  Be a Diamond girl! Captain America has saved an infantry, but his plane is going down over the Sea of Japan. Betty Carver confesses her love, “face wet with loving tears” but she hears only silence.At the movie theater, Peggy, JackOff, and Sousa are at the movie theater, where a police detective is giving them the rundown on what’s in there: 47 dead, heads bashed in, eyes gouged out, no survivors. There’s a line of white shrouded bodies in the lobby, and the detective says it looks…
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

    Carrie S
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    BThe Darkest Part of the Forestby Holly Black January 13, 2015 · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers HorrorScience Fiction/FantasyUrban FantasyYoung AdultThe Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black, is a fantasy YA with romance elements. I’m a huge Holly Black fan – she’s been a major force in urban fantasy and her books are always gorgeous to read. This book had some problems, and the romance is pretty tacked on, but it’s excellent in terms of plot and dark fantasy atmosphere.Here’s the plot as described by the publisher:Hazel lives with her brother, Ben,…
  • Adult & YA Paranormal from Kenyon, Cole, & More

    Amanda
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Halfway to the Grave RECOMMENDED: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is $1.99. This is the first book in the Cat & Bones/Night Huntress series, and Sarah reviewed it back when it came out in 2007:This nocturnal badassery comes to a screeching halt when Cat is kidnapped by an exceptionally strong nosferatu named Bones, who is really, really old, really, really strong, and really, really, really sure that Cat is working for someone, someone who wants him dead.When Cat, sure her end is about two seconds away, tells him the truth about her life and mission, Bones refuses to believe her,…
  • Cover Snark: What Are They Thinking?

    SB Sarah
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Glorious things happen when I clean out an office file cabinet, and not just that I get more organized. I find COVERS. Long ago in publishing, by which I mean a few years back, sometimes a flat version of a book cover was produced, leading to the somewhat obvious term, “cover flat.” It’s about as exciting as you think: the front of the book, the spine and the back, all one one flat piece of card stock.But these are very special cover flats. These are ZEBRA COVER FLATS. There is no fuchsia like Zebra romance fuchsia. Let’s have a look, shall we? Sarah: Awwww yeah.
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    London Review of Books

  • Julian Bell: At the RA

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Gavin Francis: Cash for Diagnoses

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • John Lanchester: The robots are coming

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In 1996, in response to the 1992 Russo-American moratorium on nuclear testing, the US government started a programme called the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. The suspension of testing had created a need to be able to run complex computer simulations of how old weapons were ageing, for safety reasons, and also – it’s a dangerous world out there! – to design new weapons without breaching the terms of the moratorium.
  • Letters

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 5 (5 March 2015)
  • Adam Phillips: Against Self-Criticism

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Lacan said that there was surely something ironic about Christ’s injunction to love thy neighbour as thyself – because actually, of course, people hate themselves. Or you could say that, given the way people treat one another, perhaps they had always loved their neighbours in the way they loved themselves: that is, with a good deal of cruelty and disregard. ‘After all,’ Lacan writes, ‘the people who followed Christ were not so brilliant.’
 
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  • A Field Guide to Women of North America, According to the Lyrics of Rock Songs Written by Men by Joyce Millman

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Kansas CityCharacteristics of local species: Mentally unbalanced, diminutive. Particularly active on the corner of 12th Street and Vine. Lure by filling feeders with Kansas City wine.MemphisConservationists report a barroom queen (Honkus tonkus femina) was found soaked in gin. State environmental officials traced the distilled spirit spill to a leaking party bus used to transport British rock bands on wildlife tours of the South.San Berdoo to KalamazooAll the good women are gone. Bad women remain plentiful in the region.Winslow, ArizonaSpotted: A girl (Femina flatbed Ford) engaged in an…
  • The Hidden Rich: The Imbecile’s Dictionary: Investing from A-Z by Jane Dough

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    COMMERCEn. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E. — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary- - -AGENT-PRINCIPAL RELATIONSHIPAn arrangement in which one entity appoints another to act on its behalf. In finance, an advisor or money manager acts as the investor’s agent. Other examples: doctor-patient and lawyer-client. On occasion, a person may act as both agent and principal.1AGENT-PRINCIPAL PROBLEMConflict of interest common in hedge funds and other alternative investments where…
  • List: True Designer Baby Names by Marco Kaye

    6 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    For GirlsAsciiBellybandCollateEm-DashLigatureLoremMarginMoiréOpacityPatinaVellum- -For BoysAscenderBaskervilleBézierCropGifIpsumKernPicaSerifVectorWacomZapf
  • Let’s Tidy Up This Sex Dungeon! by Teddy Wayne

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Well, folks, that was one terrific sadomasochistic orgy. Looked like everyone—doms, subs, switches—was really experiencing the heights of erotic ecstasy through the lens of control and degradation. Now, if we all cooperate, it won’t take too long to tidy up this sex dungeon.I’m going to throw out the whole master-slave binary, if that’s okay with you; it’ll make things go faster if we’re all on the same page rather than having half of you delegate cleaning orders while lashing and humiliating the others.Grab a roll of paper towels from Janice here, but dip it in one of the…
  • List: Headlines From My Dismal Lifestyle Blog by Eileen Consedine

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    5 ESSENTIAL OILS TO REJUVENATE YOUR HUMILIATING LINKEDIN PROFILEHOLISTIC STUDY SHOWS THAT ADOPTING TOO MANY CATS BEST WAY TO COPE WITH POOR CAREER CHOICES8 HOT YOGA POSES TO CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT OKAY FINE SHE MAY BE CONVENTIONALLY PRETTIER BUT THERE’S NO WAY SHE’S FUNNIER EVEN THOUGH THEY MET IN IMPROV CLASSTHE BEST DALAI LAMA QUOTES TO USE WHEN ENUMERATING WHY YOU’RE A GOOD FIT FOR THE UNPAID SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP DESPITE BEING 327 FACTS ABOUT GLUTEN FREEGANISM TO DEFLECT THE CONVERSATION AWAY FROM YOUR LACKLUSTER DATING LIFEHOW TO ROCK A SUNDAY FARMER’S MARKET LIKE YOU DON’T…
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    Podiobooker

  • Re-released! The final version of Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

    Evo
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    It’s back. Well, sort of. What you heard originally on Podiobooks.com back in 2008 is much much different than this, the current version of Nocturnal. It’s still great horror audio from the original master, Scott Sigler. But it’s had the benefit of editing. You know, that process that lets the author clean up random plot wanderings, dead-ends, and things that simply didn’t work? That’s hard to do when you’re releasing a weekly podcast episode as you’re writing the first draft. So with that, we’re happy to announce the return of the polished and…
  • The Seanachai Podcast Returns!

    Lucie Le Blanc
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    The Seanachai Podcast Returns! Podiobooks.com author Patrick McLean is announcing the return of his eclectic and invigorating podcast, the Seanachai, in this exclusice sneak peek preview episode. Funny, moving and always exquisitely well-produced, the award-winning Seanachai Podcast is not to be missed. If you like this American Life, but wish that Ira Glass’ voice was a bit softer on the ears, then this is the podcast for you. To hear more of Patrick’s work, his audiobooks are available for your enjoyment on Podiobooks.com. The post The Seanachai Podcast Returns! appeared…
  • Big news from the world of mainstream publishing today

    Lucie Le Blanc
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Matt Wallace shared big news for the publishing world on his blog: “Tor.com will be publishing up to five novella-length books a month. They will all be available in print, ebook, AND audiobook form simultaneously. It’s a bold, innovative move for an arm of one of the biggest publishers on the planet, and one that got me excited about mainstream publishing again. Today they’ve announced six titles and over a dozen authors with more to follow, including powerhouses, Hugo winners, and personal favorites like Seanan Mcguire, Mary Robinette Kowal, Paul Cornell, and Michael R.
  • New Options for Authors

    Lucie Le Blanc
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    For all our upcoming and current authors, we updated our “How to Get Your Book Listed on Podiobooks.com” page with three different paths to have your book listed on Podiobooks.com. While Classic and Valet are available, Concierge is still in the works. We will bring updates when that third path is available. Check them out, please. The post New Options for Authors appeared first on Podiobooker.
  • New release! By Your Side by Phil Giunta

    Evo
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    We’ve got a brand new horror audio experience for you, with the serialized audiobook By Your Side by Phil Giunta: While haunted by visions of her brother’s suicide, psychic-medium Miranda Lorensen is called to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to investigate a series of bizarre deaths–some of which are also suicides.  Miranda and her team of paranormal investigators quickly find themselves confronted by a vengeful spirit awakened 33 years after a bloody family tragedy.  Miranda realizes that only she can stop the entity before it claims its final victims, but will her obsession for…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler

    Anne
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    A new Bryant and May 'Peculiar Crimes Unit' mystery is always eagerly awaited by fans of Christopher Fowler's British crime series and this one lived up to the anticipation for me. 'Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart' (2014) showcases Arthur Bryant, the more eccentric detective of the venerable old pair. Bryant always meanders to the solution by studying ancient London archaeology and myths and consulting his extensive network of psychics, witches and warlocks and other arcane researchers and experts. This mystery somehow brought together New Resurrectionists (grave-robbing medical…
  • Dreaming of Summer

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    I want tomatoes in my yard.I also want lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, strawberries and pretty flowers and green grass. I miss all those things. As I was shoveling snow (again) from my walkway to get to my car so I could brush the snow off (again) and dig the snow mound left by the plow (again) I took a mental inventory of what I remember is buried under all that snow and what I will plant in my postage stamp sized garden patch this year. Tomatoes are first. I perused the garden books in 635 and found the tomato books in 635.6. There it was - American Tomato: The Complete Guide to Growing and…
  • Reading about Very Bad Winters

    Anne
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    People everywhere are commenting (I am trying to avoid saying 'complaining') about the long, cold, snowy winter we are having here in New Jersey. The stiff-upper lip to which we all aspire is getting kind of old, or whiny even, if a lip can be described as whiny. Plus, it is required  by law that New Jerseyans cannot complain about snow without qualifying the complaint by saying 'at least it's not as bad as Boston.' Boston has the distinction this winter of making Buffalo, New York look, if not tropical, at least not as snowy as it usually looks. Early in the season, Buffalo got…
  • 'Every Patient Tells a Story' - especially if they are 'highlighter yellow'

    Anne
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    This book review was originally posted on our blog on 8/29/2009. Today, while looking for books on health careers for a patron, I spotted the book on the shelf at 616.075 SAN among the many books written by doctors about medicine.  I recommend this book for young people interested in a health career, for patrons who enjoy medical TV shows, and for anyone who likes a good medical puzzle.Every Patient Tells a Story Lisa Sanders, MD writes the monthly column Diagnosis for the New York Times Magazine and is a consultant for the television series House, MD. Dr. Sanders was a broadcast…
  • Miss P. the Best in Show Beagle and the Doggy Dewey Decimal Number

    Anne
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Congratulations to Miss P., the adorable Beagle who was selected Best in Show last night at Westminster Dog Show. If looking at her cute little face doesn't make you want to run out and get a dog, I don't know what will. The library can help with that. Run directly to the shelves with the Doggy Dewey Decimal number which is:636.7in libraries around the world that use the Dewey Decimal system. There you will find books on all breeds and on selecting, raising and training dogs.For more Beagle mania, take a look at our post about Miss P.'s Grand-uncle Uno who won Best in Show in 2008: Uno the…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Why Johnny doesn’t like e-textbooks

    Joe Wikert
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    A recent article in The Washington Post explained why most students prefer print textbooks over their digital equivalent. There’s no disputing the fact that print still dominates the textbook sector. That article correctly identified the “what” but I’m not convinced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How the Internet of Things (IoT) affects content

    Joe Wikert
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    You’ve undoubtedly heard all the hype by now. Sensors will be everywhere and we’re about to sink in the sea of data they’ll produce. Don’t just view the Internet of Things (IoT) as how your coffeemaker connects to the web... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why today’s ebooks are like the golden age of radio

    Joe Wikert
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    The date was April 8, 1927 and the front page of The New York Times featured this headline: FAR-OFF SPEAKERS SEEN AS WELL AS HEARD HERE IN A TEST OF TELEVISION. Click here to read a PDF version. As I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Data-driven content recommendation

    Joe Wikert
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Which is better at assessing your content interests: a display ad on a random website or the app you spend hours reading magazines in each month? If my recent experience is any indication, the display ad is the winner, hands... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Customers as curators: Going beyond simple reviews

    Joe Wikert
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    My magazine reading is almost exclusively limited to what’s offered in my Next Issue subscription. If you’re not familiar with Next Issue, it’s an all-you-can-read e-zine service featuring more than 140 titles. Sports Illustrated, BusinessWeek and Wired are just a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Happy National Reading Month!

    Samantha McGinnis
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    March is National Reading Month, and the educators and programs leaders we serve hope their kids will develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. 93 percent of respondents in a recent First Book survey* hope their kids will gain a lifelong love of reading from the books they access through First Book. *n = 977 The post Happy National Reading Month! appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • Books to Start A Dialogue About Disabilities

    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Anido, a special needs teacher in California. She first connected with First Book as a member of long-time partner Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She now receives books and resources for the children she serves through First Book. Leslie Anido and her students with one of the many books that have helped encourage understanding within their school. “Books have helped our students look beyond their differences and discover their similarities, regardless of appearance or skills,” explains Leslie. Leslie’s students’ physical, medical and communication abilities…
  • Our Five Favorite Books This February

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    This month on Five First Book Favorites you’ll find books that help kids understand civil rights and fair wages, explore different cultures… or even explore the moon! For PreK – 1st (Ages 2-6) Take Me Out To The Yakyu By Aaron Meshon The narrator of this delightful book is a boy who loves baseball – in two different countries! He goes to games in the U.S. with his American grandfather (pop pop) and games in Japan with his Japanese grandfather (ji ji). Bold, colorful illustrations show, side-by-side, the trip to each stadium. It’s a wonderful invitation for kids to…
  • Creating Strong Readers with the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge

    Samantha McGinnis
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Do you know how to exercise your brain? By reading, of course! First Book has teamed up with WWE to promote the importance of reading through the WWE Wrestlemania Reading Challenge.  WWE Superstars and Divas are on the road visiting schools and showing kids throughout the country the power and strength of being a reader. Just last week, WWE’s Jimmy and Jey Uso visited Johnson Elementary School in Denver, Colorado to share the joy of reading.  Check out the video below to see their fun-filled visit. The post Creating Strong Readers with the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge appeared first…
  • Q&A with Mary Mazzio: Underwater Dreams documentary filmmaker

    Julia Hornaday
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    We had the privilege of speaking with Mary Mazzio – an award-winning filmmaker and creator of Underwater Dreams, a documentary film chronicling the inspirational story of four teenage boys, each the son of Mexican immigrants, who enter a sophisticated robotics competition and defeat the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT. In addition to exploring STEM topics, this film sheds light on the lives of immigrant families and the struggles they face living in America. Underwater Dreams is now available for free on the First Book Marketplace thanks to generous support from 3M. Q: What made…
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    Publishing Talk

  • How to become a Children’s Book Illustrator – 7 Secrets for Success

    Steven Lenton
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    This article first appeared in issue 6 of Publishing Talk Magazine, which you can download as a PDF for free. Steven Lenton is the illustrator of children’s best-seller Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam which was both Waterstones picture book of the month and The Times children’s book of the week. Since this successful début, Steven has written his first picture book with publisher Nosy Crow, Princess Daisy and the Dragon, as well as illustrating books for Little Tiger, Quercus and Orchard books. Here he shares with us his top seven secrets for success. I’m relatively new to the…
  • 10 tips to learn from a creative writing lecturer

    Julia Bell
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    This post first appeared on the On the Write Track blog. Some people enjoy writing for the sake of it, while others want to develop and improve. If you fall into the latter category then read this. A creative writing lecturer and published author with a new novel The Dark Light out in July 2015, Julia Bell is one of the UK’s foremost authorities on creative writing. Here, she shares with us the top ten pieces of advice she gives her students at the start of each year. Sometimes as a teacher you feel like you’re trapped in a groundhog day, repeating the same pieces of advice every year,…
  • Talking Point: Fifty Shades of Grey

    Danuta Kean
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    This article first appeared in issue 2 of Publishing Talk Magazine (Sep-Oct 2012). The film adaptation releases this week. Danuta Kean looks at the fastest-selling paperback of all time – the publishing phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey – and asks: “Why?” There were seven women in my carriage as our train sped through Northamptonshire to London.  Two of them looked like students who had been home to Mum and Dad for the weekend to get their washing done; one was an elegant 60-something, another was a young woman with a sour-faced boyfriend at her side. They made a sundry group,…
  • Thinking of joining a writing group? Ask yourself these 8 questions first

    Lisa Goll
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    This post first appeared on the On the Write Track blog. As a writer, active member and chair of the London Writers’ Cafe – one of the largest writing groups in the UK – Lisa Goll knows a thing or two about how to get the most from participating in a writing community. Here she shares her top tips on finding the group that’s right for you, what to expect on joining and how to survive the writing velociraptors. For most, creative writing is a solitary art – and it’s no mystery as to why; to create engaging characters, draw vivid scenes and devise believable incidents that will keep…
  • How Emily Benet used Wattpad as a launchpad, gained a million hits and a book deal with HarperCollins

    Emily Benet
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Serialized novels were popularised by Victorian novelists such as Charles Dickens. Today, free online tools enable anyone to do it – and reach an audience. But would you do it for free? What if it lead to a million hits and a two-book deal with HarperCollins? Emily Benet tells us how she used Wattpad as a launchpad, and shares her top tips for success. Would you write a novel for free? That was the request that landed in my in-box back in 2012.  The email came from a content manager at Wattpad. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an online platform which lets you upload…
 
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  • Three Percent #93: Always a Work in Progress

    Chad W. Post
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    In this episode, Chad and Tom discuss the recent Festival Neue Literatur, a NYC-based festival promoting German-language literature, and spend a lot of time talking about the ins and outs of editing literature in translation. Additionally, they breakdown a Buzzfeed article about ebook data mining and what this means for the futures of publishing and reading.
  • Q&A with Howard Curtis and Dominique Fabre

    Kaija Straumanis
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    With the recent publication of French author Dominique Fabre’s Guys Like Me and the recent review thereof, we thought, why not get author and translator to chat quickly about the book, Fabre’s writing, and a bit more? Both were happy to do so, and translator Howard Curtis was kind enough to both prepare the questions and translate Dominique’s answers. Below is their Q&A. Howard Curtis: Dominique, I can’t think of any other current French writers your work reminds me of. Your concentration on the everyday lives of supposedly ordinary people seems quite unfashionable. Do…
  • Latest Review: "The Little Horse" by Torvald Steen

    Kaija Straumanis
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by P. T. Smith on Torvald Steen’s The Little Horse, translated by James Anderson and published by Seagull Books. Here’s the beginning of Patrick’s review: The last five days of the eleventh-century Icelandic politician, writer of sagas, and famous murder victim Snorri Sturleleson (the Norwegian spelling, Snorre, is preserved in the book) make up Thorvald Steen’s most recently translated historical fiction, The Little Horse. Murdered on his own property for overdue political debts and ambitious/vengeful rivals, the book breaks…
  • Best Translated Book Award Winners to Be Announced at BookExpo America

    Chad W. Post
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    So, this has been percolating for some time, but yesterday BookExpo America sent out the official press release (copied below) about how this year’s Best Translated Book Award winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 27 at 2:30 as part of BEA’s programming: Norwalk, CT, February 25, 2015: BookExpo America (BEA), North America’s largest and preeminent book industry convention, continues to shine a light on international publishing by sponsoring the 8th Annual Best Translated Book Award which was founded to bring attention to great works of literature in translation and…
  • Three Percent #92: Crying in the Sunshine

    Chad W. Post
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:47 am
    This week’s podcast features a true roundtable discussion, with Tom and Chad being joined by Caroline Casey from Coffee House Press, Mark Haber and Jeremy Ellis from Brazos Bookstore, Stephen Sparks from Green Apple Books, and Danish author Naja Marie Aidt to discuss the American Booksellers Association “Winter Institute.” One of the funniest podcasts to date, they break down what Winter Institute is, why it’s so important for the future of bookselling, and what various publishers get out of attending. They also make fun of all the crappy crutch phrases you find in…
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    HBR.org

  • Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased

    Sarah Green
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Fierce debates about biased policing continue to resonate across the United States, and they’re playing out on front pages again after a special investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri police department. The investigators concluded that the white police officer who shot Michael Brown, a black man, was justified in his use of force. But they also found that the Ferguson police department had over-policed the town’s black population. And they turned up multiple email messages rife with virulent racism. Of course, police departments are not the only organizations confronting…
  • Assessment: How Well Do You Communicate During Conflict?

    Mark Goulston
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
  • How Counseling About Work Reduces Depression

    Gretchen Gavett
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Depression is a nimble beast that can creep into pretty much every aspect of life, including work. That takes a toll on a personal level, but there are also organizational effects. According to Debra Lerner,the director of the Tufts Medical Center Program on Health, Work and Productivity, depression is one of the few diseases that always comes up as one of the top five reasons behind productivity loss at any company she studies. As noted in her latest research, depression costs around $44 billion per year in lost worker productivity in the U.S. Sometimes this occurs when…
  • 5 Myths of Great Workplaces

    Ron Friedman
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Suppose that later this evening, after you have stepped away from your keyboard, put on your coat, and traveled home for supper, your organization underwent a magical transformation, reshaping itself into the world’s best workplace. How would you know? What would be different the next time you entered the building? When we think about extraordinary workplaces, we tend to think of the billion-dollar companies at the top of Fortune magazine’s annual list. We picture a sprawling campus, rich with generous amenities; a utopian destination where success is constant, collaborations are…
  • The Sharing Economy’s New Middlemen

    Sophie-Charlotte Moatti
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The sharing economy is usually thought of as a way for some people to make extra cash by renting an asset they already own, such as their home or car. But today, the sharing economy is becoming professionalized – for some, it’s no longer a secondary source of income, but a primary job. As this shift has taken place, several shrewd entrepreneurs have set themselves up as middlemen – a concept once unimaginable in the sharing economy. These middlemen are finding a market for their services as the sharing economy reaches an inflection point. In a recent survey, Nielsen found…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #321: On Bookshelves Now, In Theaters Soon

    Michael Kindness
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Books coming to theaters this year. We recommend Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey and On Hurricane Island by Ellen Meeropol.   A few “books within books” that didn’t make it into last week’s podcast: The seven novels featured in The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst The Deity Next Door for which an afterword was written in The Afterword by Mike Bryan   Audiobook of the week (04:30) The Last Policeman (the first book in a trilogy) by Ben H. Winters, narrated by Peter Berkrot, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks…
  • BOTNS #320: Fictional Books in Fiction Books

    Michael Kindness
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What books within novels do you most want to read? Don’t you forget about Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and A Simple Plan by Scott Smith.   In a New York Times Op-ed, Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote beautifully and poignantly about his terminal cancer diagnosis. It is an extremely touching piece that everyone should read. Dr. Sacks’s memoir, On the Move, will be published April 28.   Audiobook of the week (04:50) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks…
  • BOTNS #319: Our Most Frequently Asked Question

    Michael Kindness
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The many jobs you can have around books. We recommend The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw, and The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. Audiobook of the week (02:34) Hounded (Book One of the Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne, narrated by Luke Daniels, 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 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign…
  • BOTNS #318: Short Month, Short Stories

    Michael Kindness
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Booktopia VT authors. Short books for a short month. And we recommend Get in Trouble by Kelly Link, and Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny.   Harper Lee is NOT Coming to Booktopia Vermont Two bits of news to cover in the first segment of this episode. Up first, is the huge news that Harper Lee will publish her second novel, 55 years after her first, and amid much speculation. Go Set a Watchman will be released on July 14. We’re thrilled to announce here on the podcast, the full line-up of authors for Booktopia Vermont: Josh Cook, An Exaggerated Murder Michael Crummey,…
  • BOTNS #317: Justin Go and Colin McAdam, from Booktopia Boulder

    Michael Kindness
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Booktopia Boulder talks from Justin Go and Colin McAdam. Audiobook of the week (01:59) The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, narrated by Simon Prebble, is 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 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook…
 
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  • A Primer on the Existence and Seeming Nuttiness of North Korea

    Jon Foro
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden I'll admit that there are a few things that I'm obsessed with--disastrous adventures, iconic musicians, and lately, the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, to name a few--and those obsessions are often reflected in these pages. So for those not into man-eating animals, pictures of Blondie, or the "very, very bad cinema" of Kim Jong Il, I apologize. But, at least for the last item, I'm not a solitary weirdo. A lot of ink has been spilled writing about the Hermit Kingdom…
  • Sara Asks...How Did I Miss This?

    Sara Nelson
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish A couple of months ago, an agent friend of mine came to lunch with a handsome paperback novel  “I think you’ll like this,” she said. This agent is one of the very best, and though I’ve known her for years, she doesn’t pitch me easily or often, preferring, I guess, to see what books (represented by her or not) organically rise to the top. Anyway, I took this novel home and have been reading it in fits and starts. It’s already been published by a tiny press (and, though I didn’t realize it, reviewed in lots…
  • A Chat with Literary Agent Jane Dystel

    Editor
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    This interview was originally published by IndieReader. The Amazon Editors thought it might be of interest to readers of the Amazon Book Review. A Chat with Literary Agent Jane Dystel By Loren Kleinman By Loren Kleinman Jane Dystel, president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, has been an agent since 1986. Her publishing career began at Bantam Books. She then moved to Grosset & Dunlap, where she was a managing editor and later an acquisitions editor. From there, she went on to become Publisher of World Almanac Publications, where she created her own imprint. When she joined the…
  • Amazon's Best Books of March: Part One

    Chris Schluep
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman Here are our Top 5 picks for the Best Books of the Month! As always, you can visit our Best Books of the Month page here to see all of our list. Spotlight: In Bettyville: A Memoir, author George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for Paris to take care of his aging mother. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek quips in her review, "Did I mention that it’s Paris, Missouri?" That certainly changes things, and Hodgeman isn't exactly happy to have returned. According to Kodicek, "Paris hadn’t proven to be the most hospitable…
  • YA Wednesday: Best Books of March

    Seira Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten This month our five-book selection of the best YA titles includes amazing debuts and new books by favorite authors that I've been waiting to see (get ready Will Grayson, Will Grayson fans).  Given the wealth of good reads this month and taking a peek at April and May, there is a lot to look forward to this spring... Best YA Books of March The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten The story takes place in an OCD support group for young people (room 13B) and the characters and the evolving dynamic between them…
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  • Peter H. Reynolds Lands 3-Book Deal With Scholastic

    Maryann Yin
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Peter H. Reynolds has signed a three-book deal with Scholastic. Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Cartwheel and Orchard Books, negotiated the terms of the agreement with Holly McGhee, the founder of Pippin Properties. The first book, entitled Happy Dreamer, will be published in 2016. Reynolds had this statement in the press release: “Happy Dreamer is inspired by my own creative journey. I want readers to say ‘Hey, that’s me!’ and realize that their daydreaming, their wild energy—and even their challenges—are all good. I want to encourage kids—and grownup…
  • Teaser Trailer Unveiled For Mr. Holmes

    Maryann Yin
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    A trailer has been unleashed for the Mr. Holmes movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Sir Ian McKellen playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes. The actor announced on his Facebook page that this story shows “Sherlock Holmes as you’ve never seen him.” This film is set to hit U.K. theaters in Summer 2015; no U.S. release date has been announced yet. Here’s more from E! Online: “Before the elderly detective digs into an unsolved case involving a mysterious young woman, McKellen begins to spend a lot of his time with a curious young boy played by Milo Parker.
  • Harper Lee Responds to a Letter From a Journalist

    Maryann Yin
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Harper Lee recently made headlines with the announcement of her To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, Go Set a Watchman. Many questions have been raised about this forthcoming title especially in light of the fact that in the past, Lee had made it clear that she did not intend to ever publish another book. As a result, several members of the press have been trying to get in touch with the author in an attempt to uncover some answers. In spite of Lee’s tendency to shy away from publicity, one person succeeded in making contact. According to AL.com, Connor Sheets, an investigative reporter…
  • Agent Carter Actors Star in Speed Reading Video

    Maryann Yin
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Two actors from the Agent Carter TV series, Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy, took on First Book’s speed reading challenge. In the video embedded above, Atwell and D’Arcy read aloud from Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad All Year. Altogether, they managed to read 73 words in only 10 seconds. Click here to find out how Mo Willems fared when he took on this task.
  • Peek-a-WHO Sells 1 Million Copies

    Dianna Dilworth
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The popular children’s board book Peek-a-WHO by Nina Laden has sold more than 1 million copies. The book has been out for 15 years and sales have increased incrementally every year. Last year, the book sold more than 150,000 copies. “Word of mouth generated sales from the beginning, and they remained stable for six or eight years,” stated Chronicle Books Editor Victoria Rock. “Then the numbers took a big leap, and I think that had to do with the fact that the Internet and social media came more into play. People began reviewing the book online, and word of mouth…
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    The Writing Life

  • An Unbelievable Price but You Must Act Quick

    Terry Whalin
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    One of the life-changing events for me was Mega Book Marketing University in 2007, I wrote about it in this post. Now Mega Book Marketing University is called Author 101 University and held twice a year in Los Angeles. The next one will be April 9, 10 and 11th. I’ll be on the stage in a panel with some of the world's leading marketing and publishing experts at Author 101 University in Los Angeles. This is a POWERFUL event – and SUPER AFFORDABLE –and you can bring an additional guest at NO cost). Just go to http://author101-university.com/ (And be sure to use the code TERRY when you…
  • The Importance of Follow-up

    Terry Whalin
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    There are a number of important skills for every writer such as storytelling ability, consistency of touching the market and writing craft. Each of these skills take time and practice to develop. As writers, we are in the communication business. Ironically much of the publishing world—particularly in book publishing—is poor at communication. You send in your submission to an editor or agent and you hear….wait for it….nothing…for months…maybe ever.  As an acquisitions editor involved in publishing every day, it's part of my intention to change this situation. I can't change…
  • Grow Your Twitter Followers in Less Than 5 Minutes A Day

    Terry Whalin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Several months ago, I saw New York Times bestselling author of Twitter Power, Joel Comm and told him that I had over 100,000 followers. He told me, “You have twitter power.” If you check my twitter following, I recently went over 136,000 followers. For the last several months, they have been growing at about 100 new followers each day. I'll admit some of this growth is organic and not the result from anything that I'm actively doing. But a good portion of my daily growth comes from my active involvement and use of a tool called Refollow. I use the pro version which is $20 a month but it…
  • Effective Use of LinkedIn

    Terry Whalin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    For years I ignored the LinkedIn emails asking me if I wanted to “connect” with someone. Yet there are 300 million people on LinkedIn and it is an effective tool—if you use it properly. I changed my resistance to active use of LinkedIn. While my public profile says that I have 500+ connections, it is really over 4,000 connections. It is one of three or four social networks that I use constantly. For example, I regularly post updates and publishing information on LinkedIn. I use Hootsuite (an effective free tool) for these posts and they appear throughout each day with articles that I'm…
  • The Unexpected Discovery of My Book

    Terry Whalin
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Last weekend I was in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hershey Lodge for a conference called Writer to Writer. It was a terrific event which will be repeated in the fall and I met some new writers. Also I got to hang out with a couple of my long-term friends. Jerry B. Jenkins taught the fiction track and Cecil Murphey taught the nonfiction track of the conference. I had the opportunity to speak at a breakfast to the group and also to teach a couple of workshops. After the conference was completed, the Hershey Lodge was hosting a regional Christian bookseller conference. On Sunday afternoon, I…
 
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • Robert C. Jones – FORENSICS 185: PRACTICALITY OR CRIMINALITY

    Robert Jones
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:22 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 1930s were banner years for crime in the United States. Newspapers were filled with details of the exploits of…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CPR FOR WHACK-A-MOLES

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Your emails are an inspiration and an education – thank you very much – especially after a Q&A such as last month’s. I’m tempted to make whole columns out of single questions, but my answers seem to cause new Qs to pop up like whack-a-moles, so here are eight more. As usual, the questions range broadly, and I’m honored by your confidences whether you are struggling in your own life or just curious about some trivia in mine. Q: [UK] How do you bring characters to life? A: Helps to remember that your work is a world entirely of your making, so play God – and the devil too.
  • ROBERT C. JONES – FORENSICS 184: HE AINT NO TWIN OF MINE

    Robert Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:02 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. Anthony Harold Turner was not a twin, and his DNA matched that acquired from three rape victims. The probability of him not…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CHOKING ON CHICKEN BONES

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    ‘Scuse our hiccups! Storytellers is back up after some unpredictable technical glitches, and I’m back with my unpredictable takes on the universe in general and writing in particular. Have to catch up with the crazy backlog in my mailbox, and so this column will be Q&A with the first question coming from the guy half-covered in snow waving a ski pole who looks disturbingly like me. Q [SELF]: Hey, Sullivan, how is the new configuration going to affect your columns on StorytellersUnplugged? A: Won’t. At least not the column itself. However, while previously archived columns are still…
  • *I am not a Muse.*

    almaalexander
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/gender-blah-blah-blah “And it’s a powerful thing, the learnt reflex to look at a woman and see someone who is by definition unaccomplished, a novice; someone’s disciple, companion, muse; someone with no power or expertise of her own.” The longer I move in the circles that I do, the more stories I hear whose kernel is the attitude encapsulated in that paragraph above. A man… is born knowing his craft, apparently. Even when he is bad, he is by definition somehow, better than any other poor fool who does not share that gender. It is just…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • The universe conspires

    Paulo Coelho
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    There is sometimes a bit of confusion in regards to a passage of my book The Alchemist “When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true”. Mind you, some people don’t truly want something or sometimes want things that in the end won’t truly help them. The Universe is a […]
  • On the art of the sword – Finding the right master

    Paulo Coelho
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Many centuries ago, in the days of the samurais, a text was written in Japan on the spiritual art of wielding the sword: “Impassive comprehension”, also known as “The Treatise of Tahlan”, the name of the author (a fencing master and Zen monk). Below are an extract that I have adapted: “Our path will always […]
  • Explaining God – Beginning at the beginning

    Paulo Coelho
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    It’s no use asking for explanations about God. You might hear lovely words, but deep down they are all empty phrases. Just as you can read a whole encyclopedia about love and not know what it is to love. No-one is ever going to manage to prove that God exists, or that he doesn’t exist. […]
  • Bhagavad Gita (Chapter II, 16-26)

    Paulo Coelho
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    : “Man is not born, nor does he ever die. For ever he tries to exist, he will never stop doing this, because this is eternal and permanent.” “Just as a man casts off his old clothes and starts to wear new ones, the soul casts off the old body and takes on a new […]
  • The right speed

    Paulo Coelho
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
      A warrior of the light needs patience and speed at the same time. The two greatest faults of a strategy are: acting too soon, or allowing an opportunity to slip too far away. In order to avoid this, the warrior deals with each situation as if it were unique, and does not apply formulas, […]
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    Condalmo.

  • Centireading.

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    10 Feb 2015 | 7:18 pm
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    Stories that start off with somebody dying always feel like a con to me. We all know the place in the story that the dying happens. Once you understand how the card trick works – look over here, keep your eyes on this hand, there is no other hand – the magic is gone, and it’s just sleight-of-hand.Filed under: Books, Short stories, Writing
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  • How I Write a Short Story, Part III

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    So Barb H. had a wonderful idea, "Perhaps St Patrick's day has always been unlucky for Clancy because that is when her father died or her husband left her or she lost a child. I am getting all these crazy ideas and am probably off base. I will be anxious to hear what you say!"Barb thinks like I do! So now I have these elements...a time frame (St. Patrick's Day), interesting factoids (people actually DO make their own luck to some extent), a conflict (Clancy hates St. Patrick's Day), and a mystery (why? because it's the day her husband left her). I need some activities (Kiki's…
  • How I Write Short Stories, Part 2

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    In Part 1, I chose a theme (getting lucky) and did some research. Now I need a conflict, some sort of friction, because conflict drives action.Since this is a short story, and not a book, I need to keep it simple. A disagreement. A problem. A minor hassle.Hmmm.Okay, what about someone who complains that she is chronically unlucky bumping up against the luckiest woman on earth? These words resonate with me because right now there's a really stupid commercial on local TV where the announcer says, "I'm the luckiest woman on earth because I got to take a three day cruise to the Bahamas!" Her…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Life Stories, Part !

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    By Joanna Campbell SlanAs the owner of Time in a Bottle, a scrapbook and craft store in St. Louis, I teach a lot of classes. Sure, it might make sense to delegate them, but teaching is one of my favorite activities. Besides the joy of putting together the projects, I learn so much about my customers, their lives, their hopes and dreams. Usually, I come away from a class feeling inspired.Now there are those who say the lives of “ordinary” women are boring. None of us have super-powers. Most of us don’t run huge companies. Very few of us make world-shaking decisions. But ordinary women…
  • How I Write Short Stories--Part I

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    I get a lot of questions about how I write short stories, so I thought I'd take you through my process, step-by-step. Just so you know, I don't consider myself an expert. There are probably a million ways to approach a project like this. But perhaps walking through it with me will be interesting to some of you. I'm going to concentrate on how I write the Kiki Lowenstein Short Stories because I'd done so many of them.Part I -- What's the point? Or what's the theme? What's my goal?I like to have a purpose behind my stories. An idea or theme or goal. I think of this like the pole of a Maypole…
  • What's the Difference? Blurb, Review, and Back Cover Copy?

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    A reader recently asked me to explain a few term that can be confusing. Knowing the difference might help you, as a reader, better discern whether a book is right for you.Blurb, Review and Back Cover Copy* In the book business, a "blurb" is a comment made by one author regarding the merits of a book by another author. These are always positive, and usually you try to match the blurber's audience to your intended audience. "Reviews" are written by reviewers, who may or may not be authors themselves, but who are disinterested parties who are weighing in. These are either negative or positive,…
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    Living 2 Read

  • 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…
  • Household Help

    6 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    At first it seems to be a story revealing the changes in society in post World War I London of 1922. Frances Wray and her mother, once part of a genteel family living in an elegant Edwardian home, are forced to dismiss their servants, do their own cooking and housework (actually Frances does it all – her mother can't even boil water), and rent out their upper floor to married couple Leonard and Lilian Barber, The Paying Guests of Sarah Waters's novel. The Barbers are roughly the same age as Frances, but from a lower social class. Lilian's flapperish style - kimonos, paper flowers, feathers,…
  • An Irish Portrait

    7 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    It seems appropriate that I start the new year with an old favorite. I've always had a soft spot for Irish writers, and Colm Tóibín, whose Brooklynwas one of my favorites of 2009, has written another powerful book. Set in Enniscorthy, a town in southeastern Ireland, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Nora Webster tells the story of a middle-aged woman whose husband, a much beloved schoolteacher, has died of heart disease. Nora is struggling to deal with her loss, and to help her four children, especially her two young sons, come to terms with this new reality. And honestly, not a whole…
  • 2014 Favorites

    30 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    It's time once again for me to pick my three favorite books of 2014, and once again I have had trouble narrowing down my list. But I have to go with the ones that really knocked my socks off, each for a very different reason.The Son by Phillipp Meyer (Texas Saga), a multi- generational story that held me in its grip from the very first chapter, which ended with this foreboding line from the family patriarch: “The only problem was keeping your scalp attached.”Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasantby Roz Chast (The Graphic Truth), a graphic memoir that is hilarious and heartbreaking at…
  • A Year-end Present to Yourself

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Run, don't walk, to the nearest library, bookstore, computer or e-reader and get a copy of Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.  Then set aside an afternoon or evening (it's a small book) for a joyride.  But be sure it is in a place where you will not be embarrassed to laugh out loud (really out loud, not just a smile) again...and again...and again on almost every page.The structure of this novel is a series of LORs (letters of recommendation) written by a college English professor for his students, his faculty colleagues and a few fellow students from his graduate school…
 
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    RobAroundBooks

  • ‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2015

    Rob
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    ‘Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?’ – I’m a huge advocate for rereading (especially short stories), and so it’s nice to stumble across a discussion on the New York Times website that covers this very topic. During the course of the article writer Dana Stevens suggests that she rereads in part to ‘measure the distance she’s travelled in the intervening years’, which is one of the reasons why I, and everybody else, should go back to the books we have read say in our childhood. I remember Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea being…
  • Bookshelf of the Week: Hospital book cart, 1928

    Rob
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    With Bookshelf of the Week making its welcome return, I thought I’d hit you with something not only vintage but a little quirky too. I’m sure many of you will have already seen this image captured in 1928, but I think it’s worth showing again if only to reinforce the idea of having a bookshelf wheeled directly to your bedside. Of course this particular bookshelf on wheels – implemented by the LA Public Library as part of a program to bring books to the sick – is being employed to help poor souls who may be a little too infirm to make it on to their feet, but I…
  • ‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 3rd March 2015

    Rob
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed – Alas, I’ve not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn’t stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced shortlist for 2015. Dominated this year by the ladies (a ratio of 5:1), the winner of the world’s most lucrative prize for a single short story will be announced on Friday 24th April at an evening ceremony. Good luck, all! Knausgaard does North America – With fever growing for the imminent publication next month of the…
  • Constellation of Genius: March-ing on

    Rob
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    You may remember I announced last month that I was picking up the reigns once more on my journey through Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson), taking in that which I had set up in March 2014 before personal circumstances forced me to abandon the reading project altogether. Alas, things haven’t quite worked out the way I wanted them to during the past month either, but as I wish to stick doggedly to a reading journey that is of much importance to me, I am going to play catch up during this month, while adding a couple of highlights from March 1922 to the list. So in…
  • Robservations addendum: Tesson adds strength to the notion of ‘overreading’

    Rob
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    In a kind of addendum to my “Robservations” essay in which I suggest with the help of nineteenth-century German philosopher Schopenhauer and French philosopher and spiritual writer, Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges that reading too many books is bad for you, I present reinforcement in these words from Sylvain Tesson (with a little help from Nietzsche), found in probably the best and most profound book on living the (temporary) solitary life that I’ve read in a very long time, Consolations of the Forest (Allen Lane): Today, struck by Nietzsche’s warning in Ecce Hommo, I’m leaving the…
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    The Millions

  • Coffee House + Emily Books

    Kaulie Lewis
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Coffee House Press recently announced it will be partnering with Emily Books, whose co-founder Emily Gould is a Year in Reading alum, to form their first imprint, which will publish two original titles a year. Their news pairs well with Electric Literature‘s “2015 Indie Press Preview.”
  • Odd Jobs

    Kaulie Lewis
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Recommended viewing: The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik talks about his early years in New York writing for the magazine “though they simply weren’t aware of it, or when they were aware of it they were extremely unenthusiastic,” and about all the odd jobs that often make up a writer’s early career, something our own Emily St. James Mandel has written about before.
  • All the Dumb Young Literary Stand-Ins: On Arthur Bradford’s ‘Turtleface and Beyond’

    Jonathan Russell Clark
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    In his other life as a filmmaker, Arthur Bradford made a fantastic documentary about the making of an episode of South Park called 6 Days to Air. The title references how quickly Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and crew are able to produce a half an hour of blistering animation, and in one particularly insightful moment, Parker offers this bit of writing advice: I sort of always call it the rule of replacing “ands” with either “buts” or “therefores.” And so it’s always like: This happens, and then this happens, and then this happens. Whenever I can go back in the writing and change…
  • A Censor’s Tour

    Kaulie Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Recommended reading: Peter Hessler writes about spending a week on tour with his Chinese censor.
  • “Art of Agenting”

    Kaulie Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    In an interview for Guernica Jonathan Lee talks to Chris Parris-Lamb, the literary agent who represented Chad Harbach‘s The Art of Fielding, John Darnielle‘s National Book Award-nominated Wolf in White Van, and now our very own Garth Risk Hallberg‘s upcoming City on Fire, about “The Art of Agenting.” Pair with our own Edan Lepucki‘s conversation with her agent, “Don’t Ever Do It for the Money,” and with the opening lines of City on Fire, a Millions exclusive.
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Jon Page
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 pm
    This is only my second Kazuo Ishiguro book following on from Never Let Me Go. For me, coming off a novel about cloning, I had no expectations about where he would go next. Much has been made about this novel being a “departure” for Ishiguro but I would argue that he has gone back to something […]
  • Alternate Aurealis Worlds

    Joy Lawn
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Congratulations to those shortlisted for this year’s Aurealis speculative fiction awards. As a judge of the YA novels and short stories, I feel bereft for those whose fascinating works couldn’t be included. Hopefully some of these will appear on other shortlists. Our best short story selections veer towards the upper end of the YA age […]
  • Doodles and Drafts – Under the magnifying glass with R. A. Spratt

    Dimity Powell
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    R. A. Spratt and I share a dubious childhood secret. We were both mad for Trixie Belden. I’m busting another secret; there’s a new super-youth-sleuth in town and she goes by the name of Friday Barnes. And now, I’m going a bit mad for her. Spratt’s latest series of detective stories exploded onto the shelves […]
  • The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in March

    Jon Page
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:42 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 Touch by Claire North The premise alone of this book is enough to give you goosebumps. The main character, who we become to know as Kepler, is […]
  • Review: Canary by Duane Swierczynski

    Jon Page
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    It’s been awhile between drinks for a Duane Swierczynski novel but as always it has been worth the wait. Straight away its like jumping on a runaway train with that instant pleasure of having no idea where Duane Swierczynski is going to take you this time. After the brilliant insanity of the Charlie Hardie series […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • ILAB seeks suggestions for 17th Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

    Richard Davies
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    Jon Gilbert, who won the last ILAB prize for bibliography ILAB  is seeking nominations for the 17th Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, which will be awarded in 2018.  Worth $10,000 to the winner, the prize acclaims the best scholarly book about books. Jon Gilbert, who is a bookseller with Adrian Harrington in Tunbridge Wells, won the last prize in 2014 for his book, Ian Fleming. The Bibliography. The book can be in any language and published between April 2013 and April 2017. E- books and catalogs are not eligible. The prize jury features Bettina Wagner (Bavarian State Library, Munich),…
  • Raymond Carver’s short stories boosted by Birdman’s Oscars

    Richard Davies
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver Triple Oscar winner Birdman is sparking interest in Raymond Carver’s short stories. The movie chronicles an actor’s attempt to boost his flagging career with a stage adaptation of Carver’s short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, which was originally published in 1981. Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton, enacts parts of Carver’s short story and the collection’s title is seen frequent throughout the film on the marquee of a theater featured in the film. Birdman received nine…
  • Facebook Club Announces Its 4th Book, And It’s Timely

    Beth Carswell
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    Early last month we reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had begun a year-long goal of reading two books a month, sharing the titles publicly and opening avenues for discussion on the book club’s Facebook page. The books selected will be chosen with an eye for relevant themes of technology, culture, history and belief systems. The first three books selected were The End of Power by Moses Naim, The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker, and Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh. on February 18th, the fourth selection was announced, and it is a very timely choice. On…
  • It’s Jenny from the book! J Lo inspires hunt for ‘first editions’ of Homer’s Iliad

    Richard Davies
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    Jennifer Lopez stars in The Boy Next Door as a high school teacher The book world moves in mysterious ways.  Jennifer Lopez has sparked interest in ‘first editions’ of Homer’s The Iliad – the epic poem about the Trojan War written around the 8th century BC. Since Lopez’s latest movie,  The Boy Next Door, was released in the US on January 23, ‘The Iliad, first edition’ has been the top search term on AbeBooks.com. To Kill a Mockingbird is the second most popular search during this period and that classic book has received just a little publicity this month. In The Boy Next…
  • What Are Librarians Reading?

    Beth Carswell
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    When it comes to voracious readers, we know no better example than librarians. These are the people steeped in the day-to-day curating, maintenance and knowledge of the collections in the stacks of our local libraries. We couldn’t help but wonder – when immersed in endless books day after day, how do you choose what to read? We asked 10 librarians what books they were currently reading. Their eclectic selections ranged from a thriller set in a home furnishing store (IKEA Noir?) to Thomas Hardy and one of the Monty Python stars and far beyond. Let’s discover what the experts…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Marketing Vs Sales With Jim Kukral

    Joanna Penn
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    We spend so much time as authors being concerned with marketing or discoverability, but we also need to keep an eye on how that actually relates to sales. Today I talk about the difference between the two, and much more, with Jim Kukral. In the intro, I mention David Gaughran’s post about B&N NOOK and Author Solutions, as well as updating on my own creative work. (You guys keep me accountable!) 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 and business cards,…
  • Book Trailers And Using Video For Book Marketing

    Joanna Penn
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    I’m definitely a fan of multimedia as one aspect of marketing. I’ve been doing audio podcasts and videos for nearly 5 years now and I think it can help stand out from the crowd since authors, unsurprisingly, mostly use text based marketing. I’ve also made my own book trailers before, for Pentecost and also for Desecration. Trailers can certainly be a very different way to get attention for your book and today, I’m going more in depth on the topic with Jerome McLain from Book Frenzy Studios. First, check out the trailer for Gates of Hell below or here on YouTube, which…
  • Getting Your Self-Published Book Into Bookstores And Libraries With Debbie Young

    Joanna Penn
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Many authors want to get their self-published books into physical bookstores and libraries as well as being allowed into literary organizations. In today’s interview, I talk to Debbie Young about how this can be done. In the introduction, I talk about speaking on the Shetland Islands, my article on the rollercoaster of being a writer, and that One Day in New York is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe…
  • The Writing Life: Research, Ideas, Genre, Process And Tips For A Creative Career

    Joanna Penn
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I recently did a wide-ranging and fun interview on the Genretainment podcast with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton. We talked about how I got into writing and why I write supernatural thrillers, the challenges when first starting out, the details of my writing life and how I get ideas and research books, plus tips on self-publishing and book marketing in the second half. You can listen to the interview on this page or download the audio mp3 here. Or you can read the transcript below. Transcript of the interview: J.F.Penn with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton on GenreTainment Julie: Hi, Joanna, welcome to…
  • The Roller Coaster Of Being A Writer. Do You Ever Feel This Way?

    Joanna Penn
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:43 pm
    I hate writing. It’s so hard to force myself to sit and type words that are a load of crap anyway. I love writing. Some days I can get into a flow state and the words come effortlessly onto the page, and they’re actually pretty good! I love creating something from just my brain. It’s the best life in the world. My mind is completely empty. I will never have another idea. Trust emergence. Something will come out of the milieu of this crazy, buzzing world. Write to live: I need to write something that will sell so I can pay the bills. Live to write. I’m happy to make…
 
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    Better World Books

  • National Literacy Trust Where’s Wally? Fun Run 2015: Join in the Fun!

    Fiona Marshall
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    Do you love the idea of running around a park with thousands of people dressed as “Where’s Wally?”? Are you looking for motivation to achieve that New Year’s Resolution to get fit? Do you want to raise money for literacy in the UK? We’ve got the event for you! (Image credit: National Literacy Trust). National Literacy Trust are hosting their annual Where’s Wally? Fun Run in Victoria Park, London on 22nd March. Walk, jog or run 5 or 10km and help to support disadvantaged children to read and write. 1 in 4 children will leave primary school reading below the expected…
  • Ride For Reading Rides Again

    Better World Books
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    Our friends at Ride For Reading continue to get books into the hands of kids who need (and want!) them, and your book purchases continue to support those stupendous cyclists. (Image credit: Facebook photo album from Visit El Paso) As you may recall, Ride For Reading collects books and gathers volunteers to distribute them for free in areas in the US that have very few age-appropriate books to go around in a population of young readers. Volunteers load backpacks full of children’s books, then ride to schools in the area and let the kids choose books to take home. This helps children…
  • 5 Great Quotes of Literary Love

    Better World Books
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    It’s almost time to celebrate (observe, acknowledge, outright ignore) Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ll be spending this time with your favorite human, or—as we recommend—curling up with the book of your dreams, you’re sure to enjoy some of these lovely literary lines. No matter if it’s…   …a matter of having great chemistry…  …or of holding out for Mr. or Ms. Right…    …or if love seems more like an economical exercise…  …or even if love lifts you up where you belong……
  • Celebrating National Libraries Day 2015

    Fiona Marshall
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    It’s only a few days away to the 3rd National Libraries Day (http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk). On Saturday 7th Feb 2015 National Libraries Day will round off a week of celebrations in lots of libraries throughout the UK. National Libraries Day is an opportunity for us to think about all the great things that public libraries do and remind ourselves why they are so important. Public Libraries are the local gateway to knowledge, the provider of an infrastructure of life and learning from birth to old age. Public Libraries offer support and help, education, and foster a love of…
  • Better World Books Awards Ceremony 2014

    Fiona Marshall
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Last year we decided to do something different for our Christmas event. It was a bit of a gamble. Dinner and a dance has become a tradition over the years, but we were confident we could pull off a fantastic evening of celebration. Think red carpet (we had one!), think glitz and glam (everyone looked fantastic!), think Better World Books’ version of the Oscars! There was a buzz in the air as the evening got underway. We were in the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum. Among other things, Andrew Carnegie was a philanthropist who devoted much of his life to social and educational…
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • New bear book drawing...

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Here's the latest drawing for one of the spreads in the bear book. I just finished painting it and I'm on to the next one. Hope you dig it!
  • Happy Days!

    22 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Wishing everyone a great spring... which is here in the PNW, a month early. I hope the rest of the country can make it through all the snow!
  • New drawing: The Annual Meeting

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    I finished several new drawings and did some new paintings for the Picture Book I'm working on. I hope to post some of those paintings soon.Happy Valentines day!
  • New drawing: "A century later"

    7 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Back to making new drawings now that the Cricket magazine cover is done.  This is one of those new drawings...
  • Cricket magazine cover art for April!

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    I finished this the other day. I have to make one slight correction and then it's off to the  publisher.
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    To Be Published, Week of March 9, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Box, C. J. – Endangered Bruschini, Vito – Prince DeAngelis, Camille – Bones & All Donohue, Meg – Dog Crazy Drury, Tom – The Black Brook Hoover, Colleen – Confess James, Tania – The Tusk That Did Damage Jance, J. A. – Cold Betrayal Johnson, Craig – Dry Bones Joyce, Eddie – Small Mercies Lehane, Dennis – World Gone By Macomber, Debbie – Last One Home Mario Vargas Llosa – Discreet Hero Oliver, Lauren – Vanishing Girls (Teen) Phillips, Caryl – Lost…
  • Coming Attractions 2015

    Cindy Orr
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bustle.com: 13 of March 2015’s Best Books Gallery Books: New Spring/Summer Horror Titles Huffington Post: 2015 Picture Book Preview Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 15 Gardening Books for Spring Goodreads: Can’t Wait Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015 Goodreads: The Can’t Wait Books of 2015 Publishers Lunch: Buzz Books 2015 PW: First Fiction, Spring 2015 Forbes: 5 Motivating Money Books to Add to Your 2015 Reading List The Telegraph: The Best YA Books of 2015 PopCrush: The 15 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2015 The Telegraph: Top Business Books to Read in 2015 The…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    To Be Published, Week of March 2, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Anolik, Lili – Dark Rooms Arnold, David – Mosquitoland Ballis, Stacey – Recipe For Disaster Balogh, Mary – Longing Barrett, Colin – Young Skins Bishop, Anne – Vision In Silver Black, Cara – Murder on the Champ de Mars Black, Shayla – His To Take Blake, James Carlos – The House of Wolfe Bowen, Rhys – The Edge of Dreams Briggs, Patricia – Dead Heat Bushnell, Candace – Killing Monica Caldwell, Ian – The Fifth Gospel Calhoun, Anne – The List Chiaverini,…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC…
 
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: EllRay Jakes Rocks the Holidays!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    EllRay Jakes Rocks the Holidays!by Sally Warner; illustrations by Brian BiggsViking Books (October 16, 2014)Chapter BookSummary:Third-grader EllRay dreads the upcoming Winter Wonderland school assembly in which he must emcee and sing "Jingle Bell Rock." Why You'll Love It:I know I'm always looking for more holiday-themed chapter books. The kiddos can't get enough of them!I love that the main character is someone my boys can relate to.The quick pace, authentic dialogue, and cartoon illustrations scattered throughout are great for reluctant readers who need that extra nudge to get started on a…
  • Top 10 Graphic Novels...So Far

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Graphic novels -- the great equalizer.Loved by both boys and girls, advanced and reluctant readers alike, there's something for all kiddos in this category. Here are the top titles so far this school year.10. Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith9.Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer Holm8. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Platinum 2 by Hidenori Kusaka7. Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett Krosoczka6. Pokemon Black and White vol. 2 by Hidenori Kusaka5. Earthling! by Mark Fearing4. Sidekicks by Dan Santat3. Smile by Raina Telgemeier2. The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke1.
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Coldby Joyce Sidman; illustrations by Rick AllenHoughton Mifflin (November 4, 2014)Nonfiction poetrySummary: A collection of poems that explores how animals survive the cold during the winter season. Provides additional facts about the animals and the season.  Why You'll Love It:While most poems address familiar topics (snowflakes, moose, trees, chickadees), springtails (snow fleas) and skunk cabbage (an early flowering spring plant) will be new to many.Each poem is accompanied by facts as well as a glossary in the back of the book.This book perfectly…
  • Top 10 Picture Books...So Far

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    As far as picture books go at our school, it's all about the "P" -- as in Pinkalicious, Pete the Cat, and Pigeon.My kiddos threw in a few other titles for good measure. And they obviously love Christmas books year round :)10. Pete the cat : rocking in my school shoes by Eric Litwin9.  Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons by Eric Litwin8. Fly Guy and the Frankenfly by Tedd Arnold7.  Don't let the pigeon stay up late! by Mo Willems6. Pete the cat saves Christmas by James Dean5. How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss4. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann3. Pigeon wants a puppy! by…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Take Away the A

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Take Away the Aby Michaël EscoffierEnchanted Lion (Sep. 9, 2014)Picture BookSummary:Text and illustrations look at how subtracting a single letter from a word can make an entirely different word. Why You'll Love It:Kris Di Giacomo’s illustrations add another level of wit and whimsy to Michaël Escoffier’s word shenanigans. For instance, dice, as ice, chill poker players’ drinks. For G, a glove falls in love—and scurries to a crosswalk after his paramour, an octopus. The silly situations and fun details (almost all the characters are either animals or inanimate objects, and a mouse…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • The Glittering World

    LeAnn Suchy
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    The Glittering World by Robert Levy is about Blue and his three friends, Elisa, Jason, and Gabe, and a trip they take to Starling Cove to handle the sale of Blue’s dead grandmother’s house. Having left his grandmother’s community when he was young, Blue’s memory of the area is cloudy, but the longer they stay in Starling Cove the more they discover of his past and the more they understand the origin of the mysterious whispers in the woods. What this book has going for it is the mystery of the fantastical elements at play in the woods of Starling Cove. There are whispers, mysterious…
  • Love Me Back

    Christa
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I don’t like books like this anymore, books where your protagonist should know better but doesn’t and so she goes around and around making the same shitty decisions and banging 30 coworkers or restaurant patrons in a very short period of time. Merritt Tierce is that kind of writer, the strong and capable kind whose sentences have been whittled down to all of the important, gut-kicking words. Unfortunately, other times she’s so entwined with her story that paragraphs with the minutia of restaurant-life, the inside baseball stuff, gets stacked for pages and pages. The rest of the time,…
  • War is Barbaric, Ho Hum

    Jodi Chromey
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    I’ll be the first to admit I’m kind of an asshole when it comes to war books. They bore me. War is barbaric and dehumanizes us, I get that. Do I need to read one million books to reiterate this point? No. That’s kind of how I felt about half of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, the other half I really enjoyed, but the boring parts got in the way of the good parts and this National Book Award nominee left me mostly underwhelmed. It’s strange to read this one so closely on the heels of Merrit Tierce’s Love Me Back. The ferocity of Tierce’s…
  • The Girl on the Train

    LeAnn Suchy
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the it book of the moment, often compared to Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, both of which I enjoyed very much. I can see why it’s being compared to those books, and in some ways it’s better, and other ways it’s not. The girl referred to in the title is Rachel, a recently divorced alcoholic who takes the same train every day into and out of London. On her ride she passes cute little suburban homes and she imagines cute little suburban lives, particularly with one home she passes. She dubs its inhabitants “Jess and Jason” and with the…
  • Love Me Back

    Jodi Chromey
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I spent much of the morning paging backwards through Merritt Tierce’s Love Me Back looking for that paragraph that gutted me, had me curled up on my side, the book in my hand, deep breathing to avoid tears. Of course I can’t find it. It was a good’un though, about being desired by someone you love and making that be enough. Anyway, it was not an unpleasant way to spend the morning, reading the book backwards. It’s hard to resist the Tierce and fierce rhyme, because it’s so apt. Her writing is fierce. It is bold, unwavering, and relentless. It is not fun. There is…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • The Clabber Grrrl’s Retreat: An interview with J.D. Brayton

    Laura Roberts
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    J.D. Brayton is the author of The Clabber Grrrl’s Retreat, a post-Gonzo crime pulp extravaganzo. We recently had a chance to ask him a few questions about his literary influences and inspirations. Here’s what he had to say. Who are your top 5 favorite authors or influences, and why? Mark Twain – because being flippant while seeing the truth is a direct conduit to the destruction of common hypocrisy. Cormac McCathy – because he will humble any writer alive. William Faulkner – because he could humble Cormac McCarthy, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass…
  • Haxan by Gia Grillo

    Danielle White
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Thunder mumbles through the aggravated air As I cling to the breathlessness of your storm You inhale me aggressive at the cyclone Whipping through my chest You cast me off shipwrecked with your tempest eyes My waves all breaking against your fatal lips That kiss that’s pursed with imperfect formlessness Makes me familiar Your skin shivers flickering each fetching curve Shadows fluttering to form your silhouette Like wind billowing wild through sails Caught tumbling in a hail storm You’ve caught me undamseled in your twisting serpent wind With violence rustling through your…
  • Our Dried Voices: An interview with Greg Hickey

    Laura Roberts
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named…
  • Trataka by Harmony Button

    Danielle White
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    A fire in the forest loves the color orange, loves the smoke off damp receipts and dewy wood. At home, domesticated flames wish they could still remember the smell of the mulch and earth, the splash of cold creek water on their ash and ember. The burner on the stove still whines to the tea kettle – all I wanted was a good matchstick, maybe a few longs. I’ve always hoped to travel. Poor little gas-pipe genie – there and gone without a wisp of smoke or thankfulness. Make me pasta! Grant my wish! All fire knows it still exists beyond the flame – all fire still believes in alchemy.
  • The Brothers’ Keepers: An interview with Matthew Peters

    Laura Roberts
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, and Jesus’ purported spouse, Mary Magdalene. But what about Jesus’ siblings? What role did they play in early Christianity? Contemporary Jesuit and renowned religious historian Nicholas Branson is about to find out… and the answer will shake the foundations of the Judeo-Christian world. It all starts with the murder of a United States Senator in a confessional, and the discovery of a strange religious document among his possessions. At the urging of his FBI friend, Branson joins the investigation. His effort to uncover…
 
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  • Fifty Shades of Michel Houellebecq

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Wednesday evening, on the cusp of a snowstorm, a coterie of Francophiles and French expatriates gathered at Albertine bookstore on New York’s Upper East Side, just a few blocks from the French Embassy — and in front of our computers, for the event was also live-streamed — to discuss Michel Houellebecq, who is now perhaps the most controversial novelist in the world. On the docket was Houellebecq’s Soumission (Submission), a wildly divisive, highly speculative novel about the rise of Mohammed Ben Abbes, who, representing the Muslim Fraternity, becomes France’s president in…
  • Boy Booted From School After Showing Up in Christian Grey Costume

    Sarah Seltzer
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    March 6 in Britain is called “World Book Day,” a celebration of the magic of books and literature. In schools, many students dress up as characters from their favorite books. But for one 11 year old named Liam in Northwestern England, who arrived to school in a Christian Grey costume complete with cable ties and a mask, the day brought an extra dose of worldwide infamy. He was sent home and told to return in a more appropriate costume (a ritual of humiliation usually reserved for girls who arrive to schools in short skirts), a decision that “reflects the school’s high…
  • Crucial Books About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    In my interview with David J. Morris, the author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, we talked a bit about the reams of literature that he looked at in order to write the book. Memoirs of human struggle: war, rape, and the future all shaped the thinking behind Morris’ work. (He also mentioned that there has never been a cultural history discussing what role rape has played in our times, although the research and information is out there.) I wanted to share some of his picks, along with some new books, that wrestle with PTSD from novel angles. Dispatches,…
  • Harper Lee Tells Journalist Testing Her Mental State to “Go Away” Via Snail Mail

    Moze Halperin
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Harper Lee is a master of terseness: despite having, up to this date, only published one novel, she’s one of the most renowned American authors. She’s proven to an extreme extent that there’s power in elusiveness, in using one’s words to pack, say, the immortal punch of an excellent novel — or, in the case of journalist Connor Sheets, a hilariously curt dismissal. After failing in his attempts to speak to her one-on-one at her nursing home in Monroeville, Alabama, Sheets decided to write around the notoriously reclusive writer — rather interviewing friends and…
  • How PTSD Can Change the Culture: An Interview With ‘The Evil Hours’ Author David J. Morris

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, writer David J. Morris shows how the disorder has been a part of the human experience since time began, and how our understanding of it and treatment of it has changed throughout the years. Even today, the “PTSD” label is often misunderstood and misapplied, with the average reader seeing it as something that only affects veterans and rape victims (which is decidedly not the case). What a relief, then, to have Morris’ stunning writing and thorough research to make sense of it. As a former Marine, Morris…
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  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Death of a Kitchen Diva – Save 75%

    Pixel of Ink
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis Genre: Mystery Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss… Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment – taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops – she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:57 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, Literary Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy Nolander by Becca Mills Still free? Click Here to find out! Of all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation. A shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity’s dominance is far less certain, where wonder…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Here are even more Freebies & Deals for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: History, Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Suspense On a Sea So Cold & Still: The Titanic by Archibald Gracie Still free? Click Here to find out! This centennial reader recounts the timeless story of the Titanic tragedy—with an emphasis on aspects of the saga that may be unfamiliar to many 21st-Century readers. Coincidences and lengthening postscripts abound, and countless questions linger… 30 Days by K. Larsen Still free? Click Here to…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] When Did I Get Like This? – Save $13

    Pixel of Ink
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be by Amy Wilson Genre: Humor From the creator and star of the one-woman off-Broadway show Mother Load, comes When Did I Get Like This?, a screamingly funny take on being a modern woman, wife, and mother told with “a level of hilarity that even non-moms can appreciate” (Time Out). Amy Wilson’s poignant and provocative, utterly outrageous look at “The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be” has…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:15 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: Action & Adventure, Animals, Contemporary Fiction, Cookbooks, Technothriller Valley of Thracians by Ellis Shuman Still free? Click Here to find out! A Peace Corps volunteer has gone missing in Bulgaria and everyone assumes he is dead, everyone except his grandfather, who refuses to give up hope. Retired literature professor Simon Matthews launches a desperate search only to be lured into a bizarre quest to retrieve a stolen…
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  • Vinyl Idolz Napoleon Dynamite Figures

    Larry Fire
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Funko recently announced a new line of collectible figures called Vinyl Idolz and Napoleon Dynamite is the first in the series available for pre-order! What happens when the twisted minds over at Evil Corp get together with Vinyl Sugar? A mash-up of pop culture with a wicked British bent. Feast your covetous eyes on these new Vinyl Idolz! Each figure comes with it’s own removable base. Vinyl Idolz are created in an 8″ scale and will be available in May 2015. You can pre-order Napoleon and Pedro right now!  
  • DC Collectibles Batman & Superman Wood Figures

    Larry Fire
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    DC Collectibles presents Superman and Batman in a unique wood format. These limited edition figures allow you to mix, match, and swap arms, legs and heads with other figures. Each figure comes with three interchangable heads like Battle-worn Batman and Heat Vision Superman. Both are carved from eco-friendly wood and measure approximately 4 inches tall. You can purchase these whimsical heroic wooden figs HERE for $15.95.
  • Dark Hall Mansion To Release A Boy Named Charlie Brown Print By Tom Whalen On March 12, 2015

    Larry Fire
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Dark Hall Mansion is honored to finally share their first ever officially licensed print release for the 1969 full-length theatrical Peanuts film, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” And how exciting is it to have invited artist, Tom Whalen, helming this Charles M. Schulz masterpiece! Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, will release Tom Whalen’s beautiful take on the original Peanuts theatrical film that incorporated so much of Charles M. Schulz’s legendary strip work, and which, for the first time ever, brought his beloved Peanuts gang to movie theaters…
  • Cut It Out The Silhouette Art of Jordan Monsell To Open At Hero Complex Gallery On March 20, 2014

    Larry Fire
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Please join Hero Complex Gallery in welcoming artist, Jordan Monsell, in his silhouette solo debut, where we will be displaying several hundred of his renditions of today’s favorite pop culture characters! There will be a little bit of everything in this show, from singles to sets, and characters from comics, sci-fi, animation, video games, horror, cult films and much much more. The opening reception is on March 20, 2015 from 7-10pm, and the show runs just two weekends. There will be an astonishing 300+ silhouettes available! Even better, you can take the art home that night! To kick…
  • Theaters Are Planning The Ultimate Marvel Marathon In April

    Larry Fire
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    AMC Theaters, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, Megaplex, Harkins and National Amusements theaters are planning “The Ultimate Marvel Marathon” featuring every single Marvel Studios film. Spanning over 27 hours, the event will begin on April 29 with Iron Man and conclude April 30 with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The schedule for AMC theaters will go as follows: 6:00 pm Iron Man 8:25 pm The Incredible Hulk 10:35 pm Iron Man 2 1:00 am Thor 3:10 am Captain America: The First Avenger 5:30 am The Avengers 8:48 am Iron Man 3 11:15 am Thor: The Dark World 1:45 pm Captain America: The Winter…
 
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  • #454

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Rite...and in an inflamed skythe sun bled light, and the ground openedits lips in parchedvoiceless protest. Trees are lungsare gasping forbreath, and my thoughtsare phlegmy and ancientin concept:– I mustbe naked andprostrate in servingthis god by theedge of waters thattaste of salt; Man's part, Primeval ... theSun's merely divine.    I make a big thing these days about the fact I don’t have a spiritual side. I think, I feel and that’s it. I’m not saying those who do find a place for the spiritual in their lives are wrong or misguided. I’m really not in a position to do so.
  • #496

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    PunksThe bass playerpicks from the hip, stands splay-legged, clings to his phallic guitar. Street-erotic, the lead singerfalls on the microphone, holds it like a woman, leers lupine at the audience. You can't sing – scream. You can't dance –don't dance: bounce up and down. On the crest of a new wavetheir day is marked by the tide. 24 September 1978    I was a seventeen-year-old civil servant when punk arrived late in 1976 and I know this sounds terrible to say considering how young I was but I was already too old-fashioned, too established to embrace the punk lifestyle except in…
  • #497

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Time IITime is a dog which haunts you –         is a wolf which stalks you –         hangs, like guilt, round your neck         dragging you down to the grave. Like Light it allows you         to perceive only a little –         lays bare Man's mortality. 16 October 1978   This poem has never been published before. Light appears in many of my poems, thirty of my adult poems (i.e.
  • A Killer in Profile

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Good old-fashioned police work, Bob,” Collison said with heavily overdone enthusiasm. “Nothing like it.” – Ash Larton, A Killer in Profile I’ve read virtually no crime fiction apart from William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw trilogy and then only because McIlvanney wrote them; had he written a spy novel and an office romance I’d’ve read them, too. I have, however, watched (depending on how you think about these things) a laudable or lamentable amount of crime shows on television from Dixon of Dock Green on: shows featuring grizzled detectives; novices; cowboys and buddies; DS’s,…
  • #511

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    DriverDriver shifts into top and acceleratesas if time were dying on a fast fuse. The lightsof the approaching cars areblurs in the night. Blurs passing blurs in the night. Worlds of horizonspass under their wheels. 30 April 1979    I’ve never regarded myself as much of a nature poet. Whereas I was inspired by the poems of Larkin and Owen we studied at school those by Ted Hughes that were included in the syllabus did little for me. The poems we ended up covering were, I have since discovered, all from Lupercal bar one, ‘The Jaguar’ which is from his first collection, The Hawk…
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  • My Book Deal Moment by Claire Fuller

    Novelicious
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    2013 was a big year for me. In March I finished writing and polishing my novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and sent it out to agents. In April I signed with Jane Finigan from Lutyens and Rubinstein, and in the middle of July I got married. Earlier in the summer, Jane and I worked on some edits of my manuscript and Tim and I worked on our wedding plans. We booked a woodland campsite, hired a marquee and a generator, arranged the catering, invited all our friends and family, and told them to bring their tents and sleeping bags. At the end of June, Jane sent the novel out to a list of editors…
  • Five Literary Locations You Can Visit via the Power of Scent

    Novelicious
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    As intimately as we think we know a book, it’s amazing what the power of scent brings to the reading experience. With a mere strike of a match, we can be transported to Jane Austen’s Pemberley Gardens, for example, with its roses, lilacs and hyacinth. Or to the Mad Hatter’s cluttered table, where the aroma of Earl Grey tea and sugar-coated biscuits fill the air. Perhaps even to an ancient library – warm, inviting and overflowing with antique leather-bound volumes. Yes, literary candles can add a whole new dimension to the stories you know and love. Here are a few of our favourites.
  • Friday Book Giveaway! A Copy of Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan!

    Novelicious
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    You know what this week needs? A hint of summer. In a lovely little Cornish town. With a sea breeze. And some baked goods, too. You know what has all of those things? Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. It’s just as well we have one copy to give away! Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn't be happier. Because Polly is in love: she's in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she's in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she's in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. And yet there's something…
  • Della Galton's Top 5 Writing Tips

    Debs Carr
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    1. Do not edit too much as you go along. It's pointless as you may need to cut sections later on so these won't need to be edited at all. 2. Leave the document open on your computer, then it'll nag you to go back to it. 3. Don't have long gaps between writing. Even if you write half a page a day you'll be making progress and your work isn't so likely to go stale. 4. When you're done, find some beta readers  – no more than three  – who you really trust. 5. Also, trust your instincts. If it feels right it's probably fine. If it feels wrong it probably is wrong. Listen to your instincts.
  • Review – A Mother’s Story by Amanda Prowse

    Debs Carr
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Susan Lobban Ever since she was a little girl playing dress up Jessica has wanted to find her dream man and have a gorgeous wedding. All grownup she has found her soul mate in Matthew and her wedding day surpasses any childhood imaginings! The newlyweds are deliriously happy and every day of married life is better than the last. Now a baby is on the way, five years ahead of schedule, but then Jessica has always loved surprises. Neither she nor Matthew have had much experience of babies, but they will know what to do when their bundle of joy arrives, won’t they? After Jessica…
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  • Review: The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow

    Brandi Kosiner
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew CrowLife threatening cancer brings two teens together in this funny, honest, and heartwrenching novel in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars.Francis is determined to forge his own way in school and life despite his loony, awkward, broken family...and noticeable lack of friends. Then he is diagnosed with leukemia. It wasn’t part of his strategy, but there are moments when he can see the upside. After all, people are nice to you when you’re sick.While in the hospital, Francis meets Amber. She’s outspoken and sarcastic, and Francis falls…
  • Review: Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark

    Brandi Kosiner
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay ClarkAbram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other—at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a few months later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite her to Taco Bell. To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.Publishes…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    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:All We Have Is NowSchroeder, Lisa What do you do with your last day on earth?Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn't leave, the world will end. But Emerson's world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying…
  • Short and Tweet Review: Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills

    Brandi Kosiner
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Positively Beautiful by Wendy MillsJodi Picoult for teens meets Lurlene McDaniel. Beautiful written, beautifully moving, a vivid contemporary story of a girl’s unusual but terrible dilemma - and the love story that springs from it.16-year-old Erin is a smart if slightly dorky teenager, her life taken up with her best friend Trina, her major crush on smoky-eyed, unattainable Michael, and fending off Faith, the vision of perfection who’s somehow always had the knife in for Erin. Her dad, a pilot, died when she was very young, but Erin and her mom are just fine on their own.Then everything…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.In my mailbox from publisher: Because you'll Never Meet Me by Leah…
 
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  • An Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Luana Ehrlich

    Vikram
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    BookBuzzr subscriber – Luana Ehrlich’s book – One Night in Tehran has been seeing steady success on Amazon. It has garnered over 150 reviews and recently hit the number one spot on the Canadian Amazon store. We connected with Luana to learn her story. The screenshot below was taken on Feb, 16 2015. Hi, Luana, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Although I grew up in Illinois, I’ve lived in either Texas or Oklahoma for most of my adult life. For a short period of time, I also worked with my husband, who is a Baptist…
  • An Interview with Venita Louise

    Vikram
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Venita Louise has been a BookBuzzr subscriber since 2010. During this time, her books have been gathering highly positive reviews on Amazon and other places. For example, one reviewer wrote, “I was so enthralled by Venita’s writing style and her descriptive details, it made me feel like I was right there going through everything with the family. I did not put down the book until I had completed it in it’s entirety. I was shocked that day had turned into night, and I had even turned on the lights oblivious to what I was doing. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end,…
  • An Interview with Old School Mystery Author Greg Messel

    Vikram
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:48 am
    Longtime BookBuzzr subscriber – Greg Messel’s books have been gradually creating a niche for themselves and finding a dedicated audience on Amazon. A reviewer recently wrote about his Sam Slater mystery novel, “I’ve read all three Sam Slater novels, and just finished San Francisco Secrets. Again, it was full of great San Francisco locations. great ‘bad guys’ and I enjoyed the story.” Greg’s recent interview with Stu Taylor on Radio America gives a good overview of his latest book – Shadows in the Fog Hi Greg, thank you for taking the time to do this…
  • An Interview with Debbie Heaton

    Vikram
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Author and BookBuzzr subscriber Debbie Heaton’s book – The Haunting of Wolfe Haven – has been garnering a number of positive reviews from on Freado – our sister site dedicated to book bloggers and reviewers. One blogger who reviewed the book wrote,  “The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is a gothic story with great atmosphere.” Another reviewer who received a review copy of the book wrote in to say, “I enjoyed your book it was hard to put down thank you”. We reached out to Debbie to understand why her book has been striking a chord with readers … How did you get the…
  • 5 Bookbuzzr Widget Installations To Inspire You In December 2014

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    30 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    1. Peggy Green – Coming Out, Coming to Faith, Coming to the Table: Stories We Told Across Enemy Lines   2. Michelle Hughes – Tears of Crimson   3. Caroline Gebbie – Greenwood: A Vampire Series (The Darker Side of Deb Book 1)   4. Matthew Heines – Killing Time in Saudi Arabia: An American Experience   5. Dominic Buffery – The Odyssey of Daniel Bonner: 1 (The Odysseys)  
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  • Helen Hunt Getting Pregnant at 40 Years Old

    22 Feb 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt is now pregnant with her first Oscar-winning film star As Good As It Gets announced that she would deliver the baby of a relationship with her boyfriend Matthew Carnahan in the summer of this year It was the first baby to be born by the artists who have plastic surgery (Helen Hunt plastic surgery) The interesting thing is she is now 40 years old the age old enough to give birth to the first baby Helen had a relationship with Matthew 42 who is a producer since 2001 after the destruction of the short-lived marriage with the star of "The Simpsons Hank Azaria 39…
  • Taylor Swift Wax Sculpture

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Taylor Swift fans seems to be ready to fly to London in the near future Because the replica chanter "Blank Space will be ready for display in the museum wax there Madame Tussauds Museum in London revealed that they will show off the wax figure of Taylor Swift right on Valentine's Day which falls on Feb. 14 Madame Tussauds statues unearthed Taylor uniqueness that is not owned by the other The wax statue will feature Taylor in her cheerleader uniform he wore in the music video Shake It Off The statue was even equipped with a pompom and trumpet is in the video. Not only that according to reports…
  • Scarlett Johansson Reduction

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Scarlett Johansson was born on November 22, 1984. In the last film he plays Black Widow a Russian spy Black Widow sexy naughty and evil Scarlett Johansson had to carry out a variety of stunts in the latest film Said flexible arise when describing his limbs Scarlett Johansson Reduction makes her body look perfect, as we know she has not big breasts and weird like Heidi Montag But her breasts as though they were placed by God with the right portion Allegedly that's why he got the role of Black Widows in the Avengers 34DD bra size Danish descent actress is also known as the development agency…
  • Glorious Dream of Mila Kunis

    9 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Despite their marital status is unclear the artist who is always busy with his performance Mila Kunis Plastic Surgery but Ashton and Mila Kunis are happy with the baby's presence But despite already having a baby Mila Kunis still had another hobby When she was off work Mila Kunis is always taking the time to the family happy Only she admitted that had studied for a long time for the sake of brain surgery The most hobby is gardening is not clear But if I could get a PhD for a variety of fields I want to become a doctor of neuroscience she said Mila also admitted that if he could get the title…
  • Plastic Surgery Facelift

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Although famous as it is today Katy Perry apparently still shows that he is always attentive to his family members As quoted from The Sun Katy's father Keith Hudson revealed that Katy has been kind enough to finance tuck face facelift conducted Katy mother Mary HudsonKaty Perry Plastic Surgery). My daughter, little Katy Perry wife brought me to tuck away. Praise the Lord She looks so pretty" said Keith were so impressed with the results of the operation. It is amazing what is done by them They eliminate wrinkles and make it 25 years younger I seriously it was really amazing Funny thing is the…
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  • Book Review: Poems About Cats (Cat vs Human)

    Donna Brown
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    About Poems About CatsCats have long been an inspiration to artists and poets. In this heartwarming collection, artist Yasmine Surovec of catversushuman.com presents an illustrated anthology of literary adulation and poetic tributes to the always-alluring, ever-beloved cat. From Shakespeare to Blake to Rosetti to Wordsworth to classic nursery rhymes, cats have been celebrated in poetry for as long as they have been warming laps. Cats are mysterious, adorable, finicky, and cherished; and they have been beloved muses for some of our most renowned poets, writers, and artists. This inspired…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: 12 Angry Men

    Dave Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    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!) 12 Angry Men (1957) What happens? 12 jurors debate a murder trial. 11 think guilty. 1 thinks not…
  • This Month’s Books (February 2015)

    Dave Brown
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    L.T. Suzuki – A Warrior’s Tale (2010) “Imago Chronicles: Book One, A Warrior’s Tale” begins at the height of the turmoil that shall determine if indeed there will be a Third Age of Peace. Besieged by the enemy from the east and now immersed in war with soldiers of the Dark Army from the west, Nayla Treeborn and her people are about to engage in the next great war that will decide the fate of all mankind and Elves in Imago. In a desperate attempt to deliver word to the Elf king of Wyndwood and those of the alliance for a call to arms, she is the last surviving…
  • This Month’s Films (February 2015)

    Dave Brown
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    The Fighter (2010) A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. Verdict: 8/10 Go to top The Invisible Woman (2013) Nelly (Felicity Jones) is haunted by her past. Her memories take us back in time to follow the story of her exciting but fragile relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and, for…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Fatal Attraction

    Dave Brown
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
    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!) Fatal Attraction (1987) What happens? Married guy has an affair, wishes he hadn’t, then the whole…
 
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Joint Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (The Others #3)

    Amanda
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Vision in Silver (The Others #3) Anne Bishop Published: March 3, 2015 (Penguin) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda & Amy Amandas Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Amys Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: while this review will be spoiler free, it may reference previous books in the series. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of Written in Red. At the end of Murder of Crows the cassandra sangue were freed from their prisons. Being the only cassandra sangue to make…
  • Leigh Evans’ Mystwalker Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

    Chelsea
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The VBC team has fallen for Leigh Evans’ Mystwalker series. We love her take on werewolves and magic, and from the get-go we were all sold on Hedi. Heroines that bring the snark go over well here. To celebrate the release of the fourth and final Mystwalker book The Danger of Destiny (get it now), we have an exclusive excerpt from the novel (because you deserve a sneak peek) and we’re giving away the complete series. If you need to catch up on the series, the giveaway has you covered, or you can always jump to VBC’s reviews of The Thing About Weres or The Problem with…
  • Joint Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #4)

    Margaret
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4) Patricia Briggs Published: March 3, 2015 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret and Amy Rating (out of 5): Margaret 4.5 stars Amy 5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Shifting Shadows for the Alpha and Omega novella. Margaret: It’s been three years since the last Alpha and Omega release, Fair Game, but I didn’t have any trouble…
  • Exclusive Excerpt from Chloe Neill’s Dark Debt (+ Giveaway)

    Chelsea
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The reviewers here at VBC are big fans of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. The series continues to get better with each novel, and the latest twists have us asking all sorts of questions about what’s to come next. Dark Debt, the 11th Chicagoland Vampires book, releases today, and we’re pretty much in love with it. We’ll have a full review later this week, but we have an exclusive taste of the book just for VBC readers to get you excited. Plus, we have a sweet giveaway compliments of Chloe! DARK DEBT EXCERPT The thrill of the fight—the flood of…
  • Early Review: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk (House Immortal #2)

    Amy
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Infinity Bell (House Immortal #2) Devon Monk Published: March 3, 2015 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous book in the series. If you haven’t started it yet, check out VBC’s review of House Immortal. The moment Abraham Seventh showed up on thirteenth galvanized Matilda Case’s doorstep her life, as she knew it, was changed. In House Immortal, Matilda left the relative comfort of…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LUIGI A. JUAREZ

    Native NYer
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
       The Latina Book Club welcomes authors Luigi A. Juarez and Jonathan Marcantoni.   We want to congratulate Luigi on the debut of his first book, COVERED PACES, from Editorial Trance, last month; and, many thanks to Jonathan for sharing this interview.Luigi A. JuarezJonathan Marcantoni: How would you describe your style? What is the story behind this book?     Luigi A. Juarez: My writing style leans literary (that is, away from the style of most genre fiction). I teach and study canonical works of literature as a career so I think that makes me…
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henriquez

    Native NYer
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    What I didn’t understand—what I suddenly realized now—was that if I stopped moving backwards, trying to recapture the past, there might be a future waiting for me, waiting for us, a future that would reveal itself if only I turned around and looked, and that once I did, I could start to move toward it.–ALMAAlfred A. Knopf, PublisherTHE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henriquez sounded like a scholarly tome full of statistics and pie charts.  It is anything but.  This is a masterfully written story about family, about love at first sight, about helping thy neighbor,…
  • REVIEW: THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS by Cara Lopez Lee

    Native NYer
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
      "The purpose of my life is not to get what I want.The purpose of my life is to become who I am."   —Cara    THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running AwayA Memoir by Cara Lopez LeeConundrum Press  The first thing to intrigue me about this book was the title.  And it's fun that I can even get the t-shirt.  The second thing was the similarity of Cara Lopez Lee's THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS to Elizabeth Gilbert's EAT, PRAY, LOVE.  But though the two women are on journeys of self-discovery, their…
  • REVIEW: THE CLAIRVOYANT OF CALLE OCHO by Anjanette Delgado

    Native NYer
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    If we could, we'd leave them all-- the chronic bad boys, the frauds, the violent abusers, the unreliable, the lazy, the egotistical, the bad in bed, even the ones who pose as "good men" but have the relentless ability to turn every single happy moment into a day trip to the nearest latrine.  We hang on, looking and feeling, and taking notes right on our hearts, until we manage to be able to breathe, to stand, to tell ourselves we're not crazy.  That what we are is strong. And then, we leave.  Or we kill them. ---Mariela EstevezKensington FictionTHE CLAIRVOYANT OF CALLE OCHO is…
  • Book of the Month: PARISIAN PROMISES by Cecilia Velástegui

    Native NYer
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
          There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved. – George SandTo love profoundly means both to soar and to dive. – Serge Libros PublishingAmerican girls in search of amour and adventure in Paris, the City of Love, is a popular and much beloved theme. Author Cecilia Velástegui has taken an old theme and given it a new life.   PARISIAN PROMISES is a sensual, suspenseful and satisfying novel and our February Book of the Month.  The characters are passionate; the setting authentic (it’s Paris, the center of the world!); and the action…
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    21tiger

  • Learning Any Language from Anywhere

    Michael A. Robson
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    We are so incredibly blessed to have access to the following free resources for language learning. While I might not know 18 languages, I enjoy learning languages, meeting new friends from all over the world, and coming up with new tricks for learning faster. Using the web, we can immerse ourselves in a foreign language, we don’t necessarily have to live abroad to learn. This is great for anyone starting out, and also for those who’ve reached the Intermediate level, and feel the textbooks, etc getting stale. My biggest fear is actually the advanced students who’ve studied abroad and…
  • The Cure for Escapism

    Michael A. Robson
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Recently I declared, over Sunday brunch, that I’d probably seen every good movie that’s ever been made. At least twice. That’s a lot of downloading. I’ve also played all the great classic video games from my childhood a bunch of times over. Nostalgia is quite a drug— essential for escaping an otherwise mundane weekend. But here’s what we really need to escape: a world that doesn’t love us, no matter how good our grades are, no matter how much money we make, no matter how nice our six-pack is. That’s what pushes us into movies, TV shows, booze, music, junk food, video games and…
  • Fear: Your Path to Happiness in 2015

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:44 pm
    With the New Year coming around, we’re all thinking about big goals. While devouring live turkeys and chugging cranberry sauce, I was struck by my perhaps difficult relationship with fear. I’m not the only one: Fear of Commitment Fear of my own Body/Mortality Fear of Speaking against my Friends Fear of Public Speaking Fear of Rocking the Boat Fear of Embarrassment Fear being Poor Fear of not looking Cool Fear of being Geeky Fear of being Too Nice Fear of being Bad I could go on. Actually most fears are without a pithy name, they are just, “I’m human, and I know…
  • Kobe and Michael

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

    Michael A. Robson
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
 
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    Better World Books

  • National Literacy Trust Where’s Wally? Fun Run 2015: Join in the Fun!

    Fiona Marshall
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    Do you love the idea of running around a park with thousands of people dressed as “Where’s Wally?”? Are you looking for motivation to achieve that New Year’s Resolution to get fit? Do you want to raise money for literacy in the UK? We’ve got the event for you! (Image credit: National Literacy Trust). National Literacy Trust are hosting their annual Where’s Wally? Fun Run in Victoria Park, London on 22nd March. Walk, jog or run 5 or 10km and help to support disadvantaged children to read and write. 1 in 4 children will leave primary school reading below the expected…
  • Ride For Reading Rides Again

    Better World Books
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    Our friends at Ride For Reading continue to get books into the hands of kids who need (and want!) them, and your book purchases continue to support those stupendous cyclists. (Image credit: Facebook photo album from Visit El Paso) As you may recall, Ride For Reading collects books and gathers volunteers to distribute them for free in areas in the US that have very few age-appropriate books to go around in a population of young readers. Volunteers load backpacks full of children’s books, then ride to schools in the area and let the kids choose books to take home. This helps children…
  • 5 Great Quotes of Literary Love

    Better World Books
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    It’s almost time to celebrate (observe, acknowledge, outright ignore) Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ll be spending this time with your favorite human, or—as we recommend—curling up with the book of your dreams, you’re sure to enjoy some of these lovely literary lines. No matter if it’s…   …a matter of having great chemistry…  …or of holding out for Mr. or Ms. Right…    …or if love seems more like an economical exercise…  …or even if love lifts you up where you belong……
  • Celebrating National Libraries Day 2015

    Fiona Marshall
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    It’s only a few days away to the 3rd National Libraries Day (http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk). On Saturday 7th Feb 2015 National Libraries Day will round off a week of celebrations in lots of libraries throughout the UK. National Libraries Day is an opportunity for us to think about all the great things that public libraries do and remind ourselves why they are so important. Public Libraries are the local gateway to knowledge, the provider of an infrastructure of life and learning from birth to old age. Public Libraries offer support and help, education, and foster a love of…
  • Better World Books Awards Ceremony 2014

    Fiona Marshall
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Last year we decided to do something different for our Christmas event. It was a bit of a gamble. Dinner and a dance has become a tradition over the years, but we were confident we could pull off a fantastic evening of celebration. Think red carpet (we had one!), think glitz and glam (everyone looked fantastic!), think Better World Books’ version of the Oscars! There was a buzz in the air as the evening got underway. We were in the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum. Among other things, Andrew Carnegie was a philanthropist who devoted much of his life to social and educational…
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Greek Literature Abroad: A Modern Odyssey (Part 2)

    Guest Contributor
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the second of a two part investigation, literary agent Evangelia Avloniti considers the economic reasons why so little Greek literature is translated. The post Greek Literature Abroad: A Modern Odyssey (Part 2) appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Post-Censorship, Publishing Continues to Evolve in Burma

    Dennis Abrams
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    At The Irwaddy, U San OO, owner of Seikku Cho Cho publishing house spoke about the development of Burmese publishing, translations and ebooks in the country. The post Post-Censorship, Publishing Continues to Evolve in Burma appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Publishing Perspectives Conference to Share Research on How Millennials Consume Content

    Erin L. Cox
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    On March 26th, Publishing Perspectives will host a half-day conference with original research from Publishing Technology on how Millennials consume content. The post Publishing Perspectives Conference to Share Research on How Millennials Consume Content appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • March 2015: Top Reviews of Self-Published Books from BlueInk Review

    Guest Contributor
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Our March 2015 selection of reviews from BlueInk Review, a review of self-published books, includes a memoir from Romanian tennis pro Peter Marmureanu. The post March 2015: Top Reviews of Self-Published Books from BlueInk Review appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Greek Literature Abroad: A Modern Odyssey (Part 1)

    Guest Contributor
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the first of a two-part series, literary agent Evangelia Avloniti considers the cultural reasons why so little Greek literature is translated. The post Greek Literature Abroad: A Modern Odyssey (Part 1) appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    Quill and Quire

  • Canadian Library Association announces two award shortlists

    Becky Robertson
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced the 2015 finalists for both the Young Adult Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, sponsored by the Library Services Centre. The shortlist for the YA Book Award, recognizing an exceptional work of Canadian English-language fiction for young adults published the year prior, is as follows: Maggie de Vries, Rabbit Ears (HarperCollins Canada) Deborah Ellis, Moon at Nine (Pajama Press) Marthe Jocelyn, What We Hide (Tundra Books) Lisa Harrington, Twisted, (Dancing Cat Books)…
  • Former MFA instructor sparks outrage with piece about “real” writers, Iran’s supreme leader tweets about books, and more

    Becky Robertson
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    “No one cares about your problems if you’re a shitty writer,” according to controversial piece by former MFA instructor Ryan Boudinot Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei goes on tweeting spree about his favourite authors Colleges and universities adopting “cli-fi” classes Jerilee Kaye, author of Smashwords bestsellers, on monetizing self-published content A lot of U.K. children need to be reminded that Frozen is not a book How to fix the gender gap in media and publishing France and Luxembourg ordered to increase ebook tax to standard amounts 2015 Burt Award for…
  • Sixteen Canadian authors nominated for Lambda Literary Awards

    Becky Robertson
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The finalists for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which recognize excellence in LGBT literature published the year prior, have been announced. Raziel Reid Sixteen Canadian authors were shortlisted in 11 of 27 categories. A record number of 818 titles were submitted for this year’s award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony June 1 at New York City’s Great Hall at Cooper Union. The Canadian finalists, selected by a group of more than 100 volunteers spanning various literary professions, are as follows: Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene, Bobby…
  • Artist Julie Morstad on finding inspiration for her illustrations

    Q&Q Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    It would be safe to say 2014 was a good year for Julie Morstad. How To (Simply Read Books), the Vancouver artist’s 2013 authorial debut, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and Julia, Child (Tundra Books), written by Kyo Maclear, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s illustration. With two books slated for release in the coming months – This Is Sadie (Tundra), written by long-time collaborator Sara O’Leary, and Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey (Puffin Canada), co-written by Sarah Blacker and Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud…
  • Alan Bradley reminisces about home, Shakespeare & Co. launches blog and online store, and more

    Becky Robertson
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Flavia de Luce author Alan Bradley talks to the Toronto Star about home Paris’s infamous Shakespeare & Company bookstore launches new international online presence Dates for Shakespeare First Folios tour confirmed (spoiler: the tour skips Canada) Book publishing industry dips its toes into the world of YouTube New Stephen King story published in The New Yorker Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney to fight demise of indie bookstores by opening his own The Little Prince finds multi-format success in Turkey Lena Dunham produces documentary about Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight Udon…
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Book Review: The Duff

    Trisha
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    I first heard of The DUFF at BEA 2010 during a YA panel including the author, Kody Keplinger. At the time, I didn't buy the book despite the fact I was intrigued. When I saw the trailer for the movie version a week or so ago, I decided to buy and read. I am very glad I did. Not only did I enjoy the book, I'm also rather fascinated in this particular adaptation.First the book: Bianca Piper makes a spur of the moment decision and kisses Wesley Rush despite her sincere hatred of the entitled man-whore. From there, the sex-based relationship escalates as Bianca uses Wesley as a distraction from…
  • Top 10: Favorites From the Past 3 Years

    Trisha
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years While I don't read near the amount I used to, I still read enough that narrowing down to 10 is rather difficult; however, I have struggled and wavered and this is what I came up with:Ready Player One by Ernest ClineThe City and the City by China MievilleSeraphina by Rachel HartmanThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienThe Night Circus by Erin…
  • Mailbox Monday: Bargain Binge

    Trisha
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog. I haven't participated in Mailbox Monday in a very long time, primarily because I try very hard to not have new books coming in to my house. My TBR pile requires adjectives such as excessive, impossible, and shameful.However - you knew a however was coming, right? - over the weekend, I had the opportunity to raid a Book Warehouse where two special deals caught my eye: Buy 3 Get 1 Free in Audiobooks and in Young Adult Lit. As all of the books were 60-70% off to begin with, I…
  • Goals: February Update

    Trisha
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    As many of you know, I set quite a handful of goals for myself this year. The full list can be seen here and in my original post.In the past month, here's how I've fared on my goals:Books and Blogging1. Read 50 books: I only read one book in January, but I managed to read 5 in February.Goals 2-4. Post at least 2x/week, Post about the family at least 2x/month, Post about teaching at least 2x/month: I didn't manage to write any teaching-related posts this month, but I did get up some info about the family.5. Clear 300 books off the shelves: 157 books off the…
  • Giveaway: Some of My Favorites

    Trisha
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    For the final giveaway this week, I have some of my favorite reads up for grabs: Wicked by Gregory MaguireInferno by Dante AlighieriRebecca by Daphne du MaurierEthan Frome by Edith WhartonGood Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil GaimanSlaughterhouse Five by Kurt VonnegutThe Host by Stephanie MeyerThe Iron King, Queen, and Daughter by Julie KagawaNeverwhere by Neil GaimanReady Player One by Ernest Cline13 Reasons Why by Jay AsherThe Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita LeganskiThe Nuts and BoltsFill out the form belowWinners will be randomly selectedDeadline for entry is 11:59pm Saturday March…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • The Pewsitters, Skits & Devotions for Church and Home by Katherine Hussmann Klemp

    Linda
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    This is the perfect book for anyone involved with a church women’s group, youth group, or special events in the church.  It can be a challenge to come up with an appropriate devotional message to present, but this book has a wide variety of appropriate devotions.  Each chapter contains a short skit, followed by scripture and a devotional.  A wide variety of topics are covered such as the peace of forgiveness, following the call of God, and special devotions for holidays.  There are messages for a variety of interests and ages. The skits have a list of suggested props,…
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

    Linda
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    This was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman’s stories.  The book is a collection of short stories that are a mixture of strange, edgy, frightening, absurd, and confusing.  My favorites were The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, February Tale, and Black Dog.I wondered as I was reading if some of the stories were the beginning of a novel that was then abandoned. The stories were all so different that I really would not know what to expect next and left me confused about the author.  While some of the stories were interesting, some just left me shaking my head.
  • The Great Grammar Book by Marsha Sramek

    Linda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Great Grammar Book is an essential tool for students and writers.  The book begins with a one-hundred question diagnostic test to allow the reader to assess their strengths and weaknesses.  It is written in traditional text book style with brief explanations of the rules, followed by an exercise to put what is learned into practice. I thought the chapter on Successful Writing Strategies to be especially helpful.  My only criticism is with the way it is advertised as entertaining.   Some of the sentences given for editing were statements of trivial facts, but I did…
  • Knitting Block by Block by Ncky Epstein

    Linda
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Afghans, scarves, sweaters, vests and more all made one block at a time. There are instructions for a variety of basic blocks using different stitch patterns, but then it goes one step beyond the basics. There are also instructions for a variety of embellishments, such as frames, bobbles, designs using i-cord, and even embroidery. Also included are fair-isle, embossed and other special stitches to offer a variety of ideas. The projects in the book are beautifully classic. They are neither old fashioned nor too modern. The instructions are clear and concise with both charts and written…
  • Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles) by Tess Gerritsen

    Linda
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    This was my first book in the Rizzoli and Isle series. Although there were some back stories, this was very much a stand alone book. It was quite gory with detailed descriptions of blood and guts – literally – at the crime scenes.  I genuinely liked the characters. I have seen the TV show, but did not expect them to be the same in the book. Maura was the closest and I could picture her similar to the TV version. Either way the book stood on its own.It was an interesting mystery with crimes in the USand in Africa. The author did a wonderful job creating the mental images of the safari…
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    Market Your Book

  • Your Author’s Website: Do You Really Need One?

    Jan Bear
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    I read somewhere that it goes without saying how important a writer’s website is. But maybe it doesn’t go without saying. Your website is the center of your online platform. It’s the repository of your content that you post online. Even if you post to social media, it’s important to have it on your website, […]The post Your Author’s Website: Do You Really Need One? appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Build Your Author’s Website in Just One Day

    Jan Bear
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve been promising yourself an author’s website for a while, I have an event coming up that will help you check that off your to-do list. It’s a workshop sponsored by Oregon Writers Colony, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Portland, Oregon. We’ll spend some time talking about writing goals […]The post Build Your Author’s Website in Just One Day appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Book Marketing Lessons from Charles Dickens

    Jan Bear
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever get mail from readers? How do you respond to their questions, comments, suggestions for future books? Charles Dickens revolutionized all kinds of marketing, including book marketing. Techniques he introduced are still upsetting the publishing establishment as authors find ways to amplify them with new technologies. One technique he pioneered was making use […]The post Book Marketing Lessons from Charles Dickens appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • A Blueprint for Writing Nonfiction

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

    Jan Bear
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    From web usability expert Jakob Nielsen, a few kind words about jargon: Jargon has a bad reputation in communications circles: in fact, a thesaurus suggests “waffle”, “gobbledygook”, “guff”, and “mumbo jumbo” as possible substitutes. But that’s because jargon obscures the message for readers outside a field. For professionals, enthusiasts, hobbyists, or others who specialize in a […]The post When to Use Jargon in Writing for the Web appeared first on Market Your Book.
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Katrina Cope, Author of The Sanctum Series

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    When you have a group of street kids rescued from the streets, how do you fill their starving stomachs — with a bowl of slop and a slice of bread? Maybe if you were a soup kitchen on a very limited budget, but Avando, a rich grandfather figure, rescued these kids and bad food is not an option. These kids are not in for a free ride. In between spying, building high-tech equipment and operating surrogate robots, they are expected to learn basic survival and chores. He has them taught to grow their own food at his eco-friendly boarding school camouflaged in the mountains. This produce is then…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Diane Dunning, Author of Greta Smart Figures It Out

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    There’s a whole lot of eating and drinking in my contemporary-romance novel, Greta Smart Figures It Out.The story opens inside a Manhattan restaurant, where the main character, Greta, finds herself being served this morsel while on a nightmare blind date:“You’re not beautiful,” he said. “Your profile said ‘beautiful.’ You kind of overreached on that one.” He smirked and sipped his dirty martini.Most women would lose their appetites at this point, flip the table and stuff the guy into the nearest buffet drawer before storming out. Instead, Greta stays, even after he ditches…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Grier Cooper, Author of WISH

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Say the words “ballet dancer” and most people think one of two things: either “What do I have to do to look like that?” or “Aren't all ballet dancers anorexic?” The truth is the body is a dancer's most important tool–their livelihood depends on it–so every dancer works to keep that instrument finely-tuned and healthy. When I wrote WISH, I wanted to share the world of ballet and the sort of decisions dancers face, particularly when it comes to taking care of themselves and staying at the top of their game. For instance, my main character, Indigo, has to say no to bagels (even…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Stephen Douglass, Author of Kerri's War

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Many thanks to Shelley Workinger for inviting me to contribute a post in connection with my novel, Kerri’s War, to her wonderful blog: But What are They Eating? I was honored and thrilled that she had given me an opportunity to expose Volume Three of The King Trilogy to readers in a very unique fashion. I accepted the invitation without hesitation.Even though my post would chronicle an event close to the end of the third volume of an epic trilogy, the invitation still struck me as a fascinating idea. “Everybody eats,” I said to myself. “Surely it must follow that readers would be…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Joshua Done, Author of The Exile Empire

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    A few days ago I received a pleasant surprise in the form of a Goodreads message from Shelley. She wanted to know if I would be willing to talk about the food in my story and the significance and story behind it. Immediately I thought of one meal that stands out in The Exile Empire. It took an invasion, thousands of lives, and the formation of an entirely new economy for the new recipe to exist.One of the primary components in The Exile Empire is obviously the fact that humans have been dispersed from their old area of space. The problem with such diaspora in the vastness of interstellar…
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    Packabook

  • Lyme Regis – where even the lamp posts are fossils!

    packabook
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Lyme Regis is a town that has submitted to its geography rather than forced the land to submit to it. The hills into town are so steep that coaches cannot travel down them…The narrow road leads down to the shore, and then quickly turns its back on the sea and heads up hill again, as if it wants merely to glimpse the waves before fleeing.” (Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier – p18) Last time, I mentioned I was a little enamoured of Tracy Chevalier, so I feel I should expand on that statement! Along with many other historical fiction devotees I was enthralled by…
  • Kindle Deal – Book set in Russia – Sashenka

    packabook
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    I haven’t read a good Russia-set novel for a while, and if you are in the same boat – then Simon Montefiore’s Sashenka is worth picking up in the US Kindle Daily Deal today for $1.99. I have read another of Montefiore’s novels many years ago and remember really enjoying it. He is recognised for his historical accuracy and certainly appears to tell a good story as well. Here’s a couple of comments from the Amazon reviews: “Montefiore’s book sucked me in like a giant black hole. Frankly, I have never read any “foreign” book about Russia that…
  • Hightailing it to Highgate – books set in one of London’s most-loved cemeteries

    packabook
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It was one of those glorious Thomas Hardy “summer face and winter constitution” type days last Sunday, just begging me to get out and explore some small part of London I had never been. So after hoisting myself off the comfort of my West London underfloor heating I braved the whims of weekend public transport to head north to a place I’ve been promising myself I’d go for, oh, I don’t know, about a thousand years – Highgate Cemetery. Perhaps most famous for being the final resting place of legendary philosopher Karl Marx, the cemetery has a peculiar fascination for Londoners…
  • Kindle Deal – a book set in Turkey and France

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

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

  • New Publisher For Pavlicek Novels

    andy
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    With all the discussion and disagreement in writing circles these days, one thing remains clear. The book publishing landscape continues to change. It’s my good fortune to have been published by a large New York house. My print books have also been published and continue to be published by fantastic smaller presses. But I was even more fortunate to reacquire the rights to my award-winning Frank Pavlicek private eye novels before ebooks began to take over a sizeable percentage of the crime fiction market. Thanks to self-publishing ebook editions of backlist and new titles in the series, the…
  • 2015 News and Events

    andy
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
      2015 New Year Greetings! Thanks so much for visiting my site. For those new to my work, I write books with an eye toward turbulence and murder, including the Shamus Award-winning Frank Pavlicek private eye novels. The sixth book in the Pavlicek series, The K Street Hunting Society, is now out in both paperback and ebook. Look for the next full-length Pavlicek novel, Talon Dancer, in Spring 2016. Coming in 2015 will be the long-awaited next installment in the Dragonflies series, as well as a couple of other surprises I’m not yet at liberty to discuss. Here’s an update on…
  • Three Words: I want one.

    andy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Robot raptors take flight. http://www.gizmag.com/flying-robot-raptor-birds-deter-nuisance-flocks/33563/
  • Google Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Not to be outdone, Google is getting into the game of drones, too. GOOGLE DRONES  
  • Disney Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Drones for the next generation are coming. While much of the debate over drones continues to center on their war fighting capabilities, their domestic use for beneficial purposes is already rapidly taking hold. Where will we draw the lines between legitimate remote imaging, public surveillance, and privacy? http://www.cnet.com/news/drones-could-rule-the-skies-over-disney/
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star by Gregory Faccone

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Jordahk Wilkrest doesn't think he's special. The backwater world of his birth has only known peace in his lifetime, and the war is bygone history. Far from its centuries-old stalemate line, Jordahk's interest is collecting war era technology called “mystic.”Suddenly, political corruption and the people's own complacency opens a dreadful door, literally. Their way of life will be no more as the enemy assembles their giant transporting machine in orbit. The Wilkrests valiantly resist, but are unable to thwart the enemy's designs on land or in orbit. Jordahk is forced to leave his wounded…
  • Interview with M. Terry Green

    6 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today, we have the pleasure interviewing M. Terry Green, the author of the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series. As has been posted here previously, Green has been working on a new series entitled, The Chronicles of White World. With her permission, we revealed the cover for the first book, Iced, and an excerpt from the first chapter. Now, she's here to talk to us about the book.New Podler: Thanks for being here with us today, Terry!Terry Green: It’s a real pleasure, and thanks for having me! NP: The cover for Iced is striking. As we're in the midst of a New England winter, the cover isn't…
  • Author News: February

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    We're a little light in this first edition of Author News, but I wanted to make good on that promise. February 1st: Richard Levesque, author of Strictly Analog, released his latest novel, Foundlings. Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of We Live Inside You, released Skullcrack City. February 10th: Iced, the first novel in a new series from 2012 INA Winner, M. Terry Green, will be released. February 15th: Steve Anderson, a 2010 INA Winner for The Losing Role, will be at the Barnes & Noble Tanasbourne in Beaverton, Oregon at 2PM. Anderson is in the midst of promoting his latest work: Liberated…
  • Book Excerpt: Iced by M. Terry Green

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last Friday, we revealed the cover for Iced, the first book in the Chronicles of White World series from M. Terry Green. This week, Green has granted us permission to reveal a sample of the story. Enjoy! Iced by M. Terry Green It was perfect slaver weather: visibility a hundred clicks, temperature a few degrees below zero, wind out of the northwest. Thirteen kept an eye on the horizon and opened the vent another notch. She watched steam pour from the opening and bend severely into the frigid wind stream.They’d have to be blind not to see that—blind or dumb.Slavers weren’t the brightest.
  • The Best of 2014

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Each year, the reviewers here at the New Podler Review of Books pick the book (or books) which we feel are the very best independently published (or small press) works. The only other requirement we have is that the book was reviewed here on the blog during the calendar year. Here are the winners for 2014: Rob: Jim Melvin's Chained by Fear gets my vote for "Best of 2014." It's book two of the Death Wizard Chronicles, which follows the adventures of Torg the Death-Knower in his quest to free the world of Triken from the mad sun sorcerer Invictus. It's adult fantasy on par with G.R.R. Martin,…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Shred Diet Cookbook Stores: USA By Ian K. Smith ISBN: 1250061210 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $17.90 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Buried Giant: A novel Stores: USA By Kazuo Ishiguro ISBN: 030727103X Publisher: Knopf Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.99 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Assassin Stores: USA By Clive Cussler,…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Fault Line: Traveling the Other Europe, From Finland to Ukraine Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Paolo Rumiz ISBN: 0847845427 Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.87 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Korean Flash Cards Kit: Learn 1,000 Basic Korean Words and Phrases Quickly and Easily! Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Soohee Kim ISBN: 0804844828 Publisher: Tuttle Publishing…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Winner’s Crime Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Marie Rutkoski ISBN: 0374384703 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.79 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Boy Who Lost Fairyland Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Catherynne M. Valente ISBN: 1250023491 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.27 Share this…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle By Jonah Keri ISBN: 0307361365 Publisher: Vintage Canada Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $12.11 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Your Short Game Solution: Mastering the Finesse Game from 120 Yards and In Stores: USA | Canada | Italy |…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Truth About Men and Sex: Intimate Secrets from the Doctor’s Office Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Abraham Morgentaler ISBN: 1250042607 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication date: March 3, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $10.08 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Woot it's a Sale!

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Ruth Silver (author of the Aberrant series) has a sale going on right now of her other book Dead Girl Walking for only $0.99! I suggest picking this book up!  Just click this link!
  • Cover Reveal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Nakedby Stacey TrombleyRelease Date: 07/07/15Entangled Teen305 pagesSummary from Goodreads:A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he…
  • REVIEW: Glitch by Brenda Pandos

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Excellent book! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series. I love seeing the evolution of Abby in the novel.  It's a lot to live up to a veritable superhero of a future self. It made me think of the terminator movie franchise,  This book goes at a good pace and left me lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the future books in this series!5 out of 5
  • Review: Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Excellent book about not only love and loss, but the dangers that lurk online in the form of predators.  The characters were well thought out and by the end of the book I found myself rooting for them. DO NOT try to do any of the plans they talked about or confront a predator yourself! Always go to a trusted adult or police officer with your concerns to keep yourself out of danger! This book is an important read for all teenagers because who knows from the safety of your own home what is lurking outside.5 out of 5
  • It's coming!

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Keep your eyes peeled! *smiles secretively and goes back into her work room*
 
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    On Books and Writing

  • The Single Simple Reason You Should Diversify Your Reading

    Johann Thorsson
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    There has been some talk about diversity in reading recently. The girls over at Bookriot have been covering this in the past weeks, and you should totally stop reading this post and go over to Bookriot now to read what they have to say.I’ll wait. Ok, now that you’re back, I’ll show you a quote…
  • Motivate Your Fucking Self

    Johann Thorsson
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I used to laugh at motivational posters, those sappy quotes about carrying on despite setbacks, you know? Well, I’ve changed my mind. My writing in the last few months hasn’t been going anywhere, but I’m rounding a bend, I can feel it. We need motivation. We need a swift fucking kick in the ass every…
  • Here’s My Work

    Johann Thorsson
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I’m working on a novel. It’s not the first one I start, but it’s the first I see myself finishing. Austin Kleon says that I should show my work, so that’s what I’m doing now. Here goes. So this kid finds a stone that let’s him actually fully enter his own dreams, and by doing…
  • My Resolution for 2015: I’m Going To Write in My Books

    Johann Thorsson
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If you are anything like me (and I suspect you may be, since you are reading this) your resolution my have something to do with books. Well, here is my readerly resolution for next year: I am going to destroy my books. Not in the kill-them-with-fire-from-space kind of way…
  • The One With The Five Best Moments on FRIENDS

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

  • New Launch of WriterPitch.com

    Shari Stauch
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Thanks to author and WriterPitch.com creator Samantha Fountain for this guest post — looks like a VERY fun site for writers and agents (and sneak peeks for readers, too!) There’s not another industry that has a community that takes care of each other the way writers do. Everywhere you turn there’s a helping hand extended. I want to be one of those helping hands. WriterPitch.com was built on the belief that we’re all in this together and writers and agents alike are looking for their “Perfect Match.” I ran a blog event on February 10th that connected agents to writers, so…
  • Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations: Can You Have One & Not the Others??

    Shari Stauch
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Thanks to book publicist Claire McKinney for this guest post! Although we are a consumer-driven economy and the competition for customers is fierce, most of us probably don’t know what is actually entailed in reaching a customer base. There are two major umbrellas that serve this purpose, and they are huge industries: Marketing and Public Relations. Many things fall into these two camps. According to the American Marketing Association, Marketing is defined as “the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have…
  • What’s a Twitter Fiction Festival?

    Shari Stauch
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    May 11-15, 2015 are the dates for this year’s Twitter Fiction Festival, sponsored by AAP, Penguin Random House and Twitter. Margaret Atwood, Jackie Collins and Chuck Wendig are among many authors taking part in the unique virtual event. Each author is assigned a time slot to live stream their work and insights on Twitter. The Festival will also host a competition for aspiring writers. There is an open call for submissions beginning March 2. Follow @twfictionfest for all things #TwitterFiction. Here’s a closer look at a few of the participating authors, and their Twitter…
  • Five Myths About Self-Publishing

    Shari Stauch
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Our thanks to the dynamic team at Wise Ink Creative Publishing for this guest post. Principals Dara Beevas and Amy Quale will also be presenting a special panel, Beyond the Book: Platform Building, at this year’s PubSense Summit… In the wake of self-publishing’s meteoric rise in popularity over the last few years, there have been plenty of misunderstandings about the industry. Let’s tackle five of the most common myths about self-publishing: Myth #1: Self-publishing is for people who have no talent What do Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, and Jane Austen all have in common?
  • Twitter Tuesday: 9 Effective Ways to Engage Your Readers

    Shari Stauch
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Love this useful infographic from Visual.ly – Read it, print it, live it! Twitter can be one of the most useful tools out there to cultivate new readers for your work. Have a unique way you’ve discovered more readers with Twitter? Tell us about it with your comment below!   The post Twitter Tuesday: 9 Effective Ways to Engage Your Readers appeared first on Where Writers Win.
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Woot it's a Sale!

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Ruth Silver (author of the Aberrant series) has a sale going on right now of her other book Dead Girl Walking for only $0.99! I suggest picking this book up!  Just click this link!
  • Cover Reveal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Nakedby Stacey TrombleyRelease Date: 07/07/15Entangled Teen305 pagesSummary from Goodreads:A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he…
  • REVIEW: Glitch by Brenda Pandos

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Excellent book! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series. I love seeing the evolution of Abby in the novel.  It's a lot to live up to a veritable superhero of a future self. It made me think of the terminator movie franchise,  This book goes at a good pace and left me lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the future books in this series!5 out of 5
  • Review: Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Excellent book about not only love and loss, but the dangers that lurk online in the form of predators.  The characters were well thought out and by the end of the book I found myself rooting for them. DO NOT try to do any of the plans they talked about or confront a predator yourself! Always go to a trusted adult or police officer with your concerns to keep yourself out of danger! This book is an important read for all teenagers because who knows from the safety of your own home what is lurking outside.5 out of 5
  • It's coming!

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Keep your eyes peeled! *smiles secretively and goes back into her work room*
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Log of the SS The Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Marriage Adrift at Sea (Marriage/Novella)Log of the SS The Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford.  Ever want to get away from it all, get off the grid in a remote cabin in Alaska, or maybe retire and travel in an RV for years, or perhaps sail on the open sea, forever leave the hassles and complications of everyday life behind?  Well, this novella may make you think twice about such a dream. In the Log of the SS The Mrs Unguentine, a woman recounts her life at sea with her husband—a crazy, abusive alcoholic who rarely spoke to her.  Mrs Unguentine was literally trapped in her…
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

    22 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Out of Human Bondage Into Emotional Bondage (Slavery) Beloved by Toni Morrison is about a woman who escapes slavery to the free state of Ohio where she settles into her mother-in-law’s house with her kids to try and start a new life. The book slowly reveals Sethe’s horrifying journey out of human bondage into an emotional bondage.  The story enthrallingly dissolves in and out of the past and present offering readers glimpses of wholly tragic situations.  It begins in the middle when Sethe’s mother-in-law dies shortly after her two boys run away.  This…
  • Serena by Ron Rash

    15 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Power Couple in the Logging Industry (Love and Ambition) Serena by Ron Rash is about a newly married couple who owns a timber company in North Carolina in the 1930s.  While Pemberton efficiently runs his successful logging business, his new bride, Serena, a smart, self-assured, and manipulative woman, steps in with steely resolve to take production to the next level.  Pemberton (as he is ever referred to, even by Serena who never calls him George) is in awe of his wife’s strength and knowledge and proudly watches her smooth management skills not just in the logging industry, but…
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Sea of Supernatural Incidents(Para(Ab)normal) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a book about a boy’s childhood filled with paranormal activity—not the kind where a possessed person is watching you sleep, but the kind where three women have “unusual” talents for recipes (spells) and one other-worldly, evil being reeks havoc in all four of their lives, mainly the boy’s. When a man goes back to his hometown for a funeral, he starts to remember odd occurrences when he was seven years old, things he had forgotten and will later forget again.  It all…
  • Notable February-born Authors

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Happy Birthday to Notable Authors born in February!  Click on the links to read reviews. James MichenerFebruary 3, 1907American author known for long sagas of historical interest set in distinct locations:  Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, Texas, and Polandto name a few. So far, I’ve read Sayonaraand Tales of the South Pacific, both of which I’ve enjoyed.  Michener won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Tales of the South Pacific.Charles DickensFebruary 7, 1812An English writer known for his classic works including A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Great…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Mastering the art of being brilliant (and how to be one of the super-happy 2%)

    Lucy
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    During a recent mentoring session I was recommended several books for business and personal development. These were to help me work out where I want to be, where to start, how to become a more confident leader and thinker, that sort of thing.The books included:Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth GodinThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyStrengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom RathQuiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work by David RockThe Art of Being Brilliant by Andy Cope and Andy WhittakerIt was this last book, The Art of Being Brilliant, which…
  • Marina Keegan's list of interesting stuff, and why we should create our own

    Lucy
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    I wrote about Marina Keegan's book The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories towards the end of last year. I suggested that the collection could be used to find hope and the courage to be creative, but there was something else that particularly inspired me.This was Keegan's list of Interesting Stuff, which is mentioned in the book's introduction by the essayist and professor Anne Fadiman.Fadiman recalls how, in an application to her first-person writing class, Marina wrote the following:About three years ago, I started a list. It began in a marbled notebook but has since evolved…
  • Amusing books and blazing fires: Sydney Smith's 20 antidotes to depression and low spirits

    Lucy
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    One of my favourite lists in Shaun Usher's brilliant Lists of Note is that of essayist and clergyman Sydney Smith. Sent to Lady Georgiana Morpeth in February 1820, Smith listed twenty pieces of advice to help his good friend overcome a bout of depression.Sydney Smith, wit and provider of goodadvice. Upon considering the advice listed (which includes feel-good fiction, blazing fires, and not seeing further than dinner time - my favourite), Smith clearly had a knack for cheering up a friend, and his advice hasn't lost much value since.The letter starts as so,Foston, Feb. 16th,…
  • Find meaningful work & nurture creativity with the 99U book series

    Lucy
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    One of my best-loved non-fiction books is The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp: an inspiring mine of creative wisdom that can apply to all manner of projects, professions, and plans.I included this book in my list of books for bookworms to treasure in their libraries, and I've also delved a little deeper into the concept of "reading archeologically" that's explored in the book.I'm constantly on the search for books that provide a similar level of creative motivation, and the closest I've found are the three books in the 99U series.A beautiful design with even better content: Maximise Your…
  • Levin on The Joy of Retreating into Nature (Reasons to Read Anna Karenina, Part II)

    Lucy
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    I wrote last month about "literary retreats", or novels about retreating into relaxing and recuperative settings that can't help but calm us too.Re-reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy has given me an interesting take on this - while the novel is often depicted as a romance or romantic tragedy (a little unfairly), there are essentially two sides to the story. There's the better known affair of Anna and Count Vronksy, but there's also the pure and uplifting love of Kitty and Levin. It's this second partnership of Anna Karenina that becomes an ideal, or model of perfection, for so many…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • SHaDOW GAME

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    FIRST PLACE, Reader Views Literary Awards CHOICE AWARD WINNER, Rebecca’s Reads FINALIST, First Horizon, Hoffer Awards FIVE STARS AND FINALIST, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards When Jarret, a seasoned assassin agrees to do one last “hit” in Indonesia, and discovers his hands have gained the power […]
  • Author Interview – Connie Stepahny

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   I love to read.   A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to try writing. My first book was a complete disaster and I’m pretty sure I burned it while drinking copious amounts of wine. […]
  • Gordian Knot

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Detective Rob Turner is a tough cop with secrets dark and deviant. Keeping his worlds separate is paramount to his job, his reputation and his sanity. But his vanilla life is about to become tainted. A sideline investigation brought forward by his ex-wife has him […]
  • Second Chances

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    What’s a girl to do when she has to choose between two hot men? Abby Simon never expected to be in this situation, especially involving two men from her past. Max is an old crush she hasn’t seen in many years. He certainly didn’t like […]
  • A Journal of the Crazy Year

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:36 pm
    John Cruz awakes in a mental hospital to discover that while he’s just gone sane, the entire world is going crazy. As the planet slides toward oblivion, now he must save his wife, the love of his life. Written by a veteran journalist, A Journal […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

    info@lipulse.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    “1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music” by Andrew Grant Jackson c.2015, Thomas Dunne Books               $27.99 / $32.50 Canada             352 pages You turned up the volume – again. Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you’re weird. There you are, groovin’ to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? No. There’s not, so turn up the volume one more time and read 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew…
  • When Religion Fails

    info@lipulse.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Throughout your life, the faith you’ve held has sustained you. In times of fear, you’ve prayed for courage. On troubled days, you’ve asked for favors. You’ve thrown gratitude heavenward, and you’ve demanded condemnation from the Higher Power you know. Some prayers are answered, some are not. But what if your religion failed you or, as in the new book A History of Loneliness by John Boyne, if it quietly eased away? Once Odran Yates’ mother informed him that he had “a vocation,” Odran never questioned that he would someday be a priest. She told him that, shortly after their…
  • Our Brains Can Easily Deceive

    info@lipulse.com
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Abracadabra. Now you see it. Now you don’t because a good magician knows to hide his props behind his fingers, beneath her clothes, in his pockets. And yet we flock to see that sleight of hand, the illusions, the chance to be awe-struck, entertained, and fooled. Now you see it. Now you don’t. And in the new novel The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister, the only thing she’s hiding is the truth. Officer Virgil Holt figured his life was over. Just that week, he’d learned that the bullet he carried in his body could kill him at any time. Once the sheriff found out, he’d strip Virgil…
  • A Brutal Sport

    info@lipulse.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Your favorite player was out for most of the season. Last fall, he took a hit mid-pass and went down like a sack of rocks. They checked him over, took him off the field, and that was that. He hasn’t been back since. Every now and then, someone mentions him and you wonder how he’s doing, whether he’ll ever play again. In the new book Is There Life after Football? by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr., you’ll get a glimpse of a possible future. A helmet to the head, helmet to the chest, a cleat to the leg, and it’s big news: football is a brutal sport and…
  • Children of Parents with Unusual Careers

    info@lipulse.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    You are a chip off the old block. You’re just like your father. Just like your mother. Cut from the same cloth and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – which was okay when you were a kid. Back then, you wanted to grow up just like them anyhow. Or not. When you’re the child of a parent with an unusual career – for instance, if you’re “The Undertaker’s Daughter” – you might, as did Kate Mayfield, pick another path. Kate Mayfield spent most of her young life surrounded by death. Just after she was born in the late 1950s, her parents moved the family to tiny Jubilee,…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: Psy-Q by Ben Ambridge

    Beth
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Psychology 101 as you wish it were taught: a collection of entertaining experiments, quizzes, jokes, and interactive exercises Psychology is the study of mind and behavior: how and why people do absolutely everything that people do, from the most life-changing event such as choosing a partner, to the most humdrum, such as having an extra donut. Ben Ambridge takes these findings and invites the reader to test their knowledge of themselves, their friends, and their families through quizzes, jokes, and games. You’ll measure your personality, intelligence, moral values, skill at drawing,…
  • Featured Book: The Wretched Road to Success by Matthew Krumsiek

    Beth
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: The Wretched Road to Success: A Book on Business & Management Theories The road to success can be rocky, but it is navigable. The Wretched Road to Success by Matthew Krumsiek serves as a valuable resource for entrepreneurs and everyone from small business owners to high-power corporate executives in their mission to negotiate that long and often arduous journey. In fact, with the actionable tools in this book, you’ll make your way down that road faster, easier and with greater confidence than ever before! Consider this book your stepping stone to a solid foundation in…
  • Review: No Country by Kalyan Ray

    Beth
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “A novel as easy to read as the latest bestseller, No Country is a rousing adventure made up out of the blood and guts and dreams of people on three continents and nearly 150 years of troubled history” (Alan Cheuse, NPR).In the poverty of rural Ireland in 1843, Padraig Aherne and Brendan McCarthaigh grew up as brothers, inseparable, even when Padraig falls in love with their beautiful classmate, Brigid. But when Padraig makes a dangerous mistake that forces him onto a ship bound for India, and the deadly potato famine sweeps through their tiny village, Brendan is left alone to care for…
  • Featured Book: Harvest of a Black Earth by Patrick Crabb

    Beth
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: It is 1994 in a newly independent country of Ukraine and Dmitry Petrenko is prepared to exact his own form of justice against Alexander Orchenko, the man whose actions ruined his and many other lives decades before.  During Dmitry's youth, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was a place of famine, war, totalitarian repression, and revolt.  Some say over half the population of Ukraine died as a result of oppression and war between 1930 and 1950.  How did Dmitry and Alexander survive under these circumstances, only to lead Dmitry inches away from cold-blooded…
  • Review: Saving Grace by Jane Green

    Beth
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: The Regal Journey

    Author
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By: Natana Vasuki I swim across the blue sky Along with grey old clouds To meet with the fiery red sun That smiles majestically with its rays I sing along with […]
  • Poem: Love Song to Rochester

    Author
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    By: Adreyo Sen Nights, I am Jane Eyre ready to submit in the warm of silk to Rochester. My Rochester! Once he was Beauty’s beast. I stole him from the undeserving […]
  • Poem: The Unsocial Butterfly

    Author
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    By: Debleena Majumdar The quarterly butterfly meet Has on its agenda, The Judgement day For the wayward way Of the unsocial butterfly. “Aha” says the Butterfly Head Stroking his shiny wings […]
  • Poem: Like an Ancient Tree

    Author
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    By: Kousik Adhikari Like an ancient tree you know all the seasons, its colors why it changes in the rain and after the smell of rain-soaked earth spells magic, I […]
  • Poem: If You Ask Me Again

    Author
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    By: Kousik Adhikari If you ask me again I shall not be able to answer your queries why the night ceases on earth and million stars hung on the bosom […]
 
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    WordTrance

  • Five Writing Tips I Learned from my Dog

    Michael
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Beverley Burgess Bell All Stories are Unique, but Not All are Worth Reading Indy, my border terrier, is male and enjoys picking up his pee-mail as we walk through the ravine or down the street. I watch him closely as he reads the different tales (pardon the pun) left behind by his compadres – some are worth a short sniff and a leg up; some are worth a sniff, a leg up and a good scraping on the ground to release scent from his front paws and some scents are not worth sniffing at all. Makes me realize he’s onto something. He knows all too…
  • Anime and Storytelling

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

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

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

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

  • San Antonio Book Signing Tomorrow

    Peter J Story
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Be sure to stop by Half Price Books at 281 & Evans in San Antonio tomorrow and pick up a signed copy of Things Grak Hates! I’ll be there between 12 pm and 5 pm, signing books, answering questions, and knitting sweaters. As always, this book tour is sponsored by Scrivener. Don’t forget that you can pick ...
  • Notable Quotes: 158

    Peter J Story
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.” —– Author Unknown
  • Amazon is a brutal beast

    Peter J Story
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Amazon is a brutal beast of a company. Like most companies that grow too large, it has become unsustainable. Its seams are showing, and they’re beginning to tear. Of course, any time a company grows too large or begins to prefer profits over people, this tends to occur. The same has happened with Wal-Mart. Both are shining examples ...
  • Notable Quotes: 157

    Peter J Story
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous.” —– C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  • Book Spotlight: The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

    Peter J Story
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dark, gripping, and suspenseful. Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job of bringing out the dire and bleak nature of the world she created in The Hunger Games Trilogy. Such an incredible job, in fact, that I hardly noticed the wish fulfillment elements sprinkled throughout. I tend to look down on such plot devices in a ...
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    She’s on the run…Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop’s ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn’t just herself she’s worried about – if he discovers who she really is, he’ll kill her family.Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery – the painting he’d planned to use to fund a woman’s shelter. She’s mysterious and frightened, and he is determined to discover why.Alex's knowledge of art is undeniable—just as…
  • Review: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Bad girls burn hot…Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the…
  • Review: Nobody's Angel (Willow Park #1) by Sarah Hegger

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption.
  • Review: The Courtesan Duchess (Wicked Deceptions #1) by Joanna Shupe

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps...1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voilà, your future is secure!For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a…
  • Review: Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Raised by Wanderers, sixteen-year-old Tal travels the roads of the southern wild in her Chevy by day and camps in her tent trailer at night. Hustling, conning, and grifting her way into just enough cash to save her fifteen-year-old brother, Wen, from bare-knuckle fighting was once enough to keep her dreams of traveling the whole world at bay. Everything changes when the Wanderers set up camp in a little town called Cedar Falls.There, Spencer Sway, a boy Tal tried to hustle at a game of billiards, keeps popping up into her life—and worst of all—into her scams. Buttoned-up,…
 
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • This is Beautiful

    Emily
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. The editing is truly magical.   In other news, yes, I am still alive. Life just keeps throwing one thing after another at me. I’m going to keep trying! Hopefully I can start to produce at least one post a week. Read more The post This is Beautiful appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth

    Emily
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:54 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: Melkor (more commonly known as Morgoth) Immediate Family: Brother (“in the thought of Eru Ilúvatar”): Manwë Home: Angband Claim to fame: He was the first… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (and a Prediction)

    Emily
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    The movie on virtually every Tolkien fan’s mind these days is The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. I’ve avoided reviews from anyone else in an attempt to keep my own opinions clear, so I actually don’t know what the fandom as a whole thinks of the film. I know the general public generally doesn’t like it, but what else is… Read more The post My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (and a Prediction) appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Books Tolkien Read: “The Golden Key” By George MacDonald

    Emily
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 123rd birthday, I’m going to start a new series. Tolkien, of course, was a voracious reader; I want to experience the same stories he experienced–whether he loved them or not. This first one isn’t a novel, but rather a short story. The Story “The Golden Key” is a fairy tale about a boy who wants… Read more The post Books Tolkien Read: “The Golden Key” By George MacDonald appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Back on the Horse

    Emily
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:44 pm
    After a 3-month, unplanned hiatus, I’m back! I can only beg work as my excuse. For a while I was working 50-60 hours a week. Then there was all of the physical, mental, and relational fallout to deal with once my hours went back to something more manageable. But I’m back now and I hope to keep up with things.… Read more The post Back on the Horse appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
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    Jonathan Rex

  • The Medicine Man

    jrex365
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The concept of shamanism was invented by European-American anthropologists in the early 1900’s who got the word shaman, a derogatory term for Native-American Medicine Men/Women, from the Russians. It was used as an attempt to discredit Native doctors in order to advance the European-American monopoly on pharmaceuticals. The Russian word sha’man is rooted in the Buddhist aesthetic monks who were known as sramanas. Early anthropologists conducted their research on so-called “shamans” from the assumption that they were neurotic lunatics or phonies. The irony is that…
  • Michael Kulick

    jrex365
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A few weeks back at the Comic Convention in Ft. Lauderdale I met Michael Kulick, liked his paintings, and later reached out to him via his website to commission a Revolutionary War set for my own private collection. The concept that I had was to portray 10 historical figures from the American colonial era. The top five are significant Native-American chiefs, referred to in the Declaration of Independence as “merciless Indian savages”. The bottom five are prominent European-American leaders. It’s very easy for us today to look back at history and identify with one side or the…
  • United Nations of Native America

    jrex365
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    I’ve begun working to develop a concept to bring together the Native Nations of North, Central and South America for ethnic preservation and international cultural exchange. For far too long the only exposure the rest of the world has had to Native American cultures is whatever was given to them by Non-Natives. Native Americans do not need other people to represent us; we are fully capable of representing ourselves as individuals and collectively. My conceptualization of U.N.N.A. is rooted in the Iroquois Confederacy, a Native American alliance between Indians (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga,…
  • Two-Spirits and Gender Identity

    jrex365
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    There are a lot of individuals today who believe that gender is a social construct and that there are no inherent differences in the vast majority of males and females. The debate of nature vs nurture isn’t likely to go away any time soon, but it should be made very clear that Native American culture is deeply rooted in celebrating gender differences between males and females. There are many within the LGBT community who are attempting to appropriate Native American culture by claiming that they are Two-Spirited and this is honestly no different than hipsters wearing headdresses. There…
  • Pittsburg State University

    jrex365
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    While working on my Masters in Communication at Pitt State in Southeast Kansas I took this photo of a statue on campus between the student center and the art building. Even though Kansas takes number 1 on my list of the most boring places I’ve ever lived, the constant tornado sirens are enough to drive a person completely insane, the two months of 110 degrees in the summer make you seriously consider murdering somebody and you couldn’t pay me enough to ever live there again I left with a lot of really good memories and one close friend who I’m certain I’ll be in touch…
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    Screaming with Brevity

  • A Review: Unkindness, Poetry by Alex Phillips

    Matthew J. Hall
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Unkindness is Alex Phillips’ second book-length poem. It is split into thirty six multi-layered sections, where shifting perspectives cover various acts and consequences of human cruelty. The poem, as its title suggests, tumbles through an amalgam of animosity ranging from basic and personal selfishness, neglect and abusive behaviour to crimes of terror and the unjust […] The post A Review: Unkindness, Poetry by Alex Phillips appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: The Blood of a Tourist by William Taylor Jr.

    Matthew J. Hall
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    I’d like to start this review of William Taylor Jr.’s fifth poetry collection on a personal note. If you follow this blog there is a good chance that you already know I am a huge fan of Taylor’s work. The Blood of a Tourist superseded my high expectations from the moment of opening the envelope […] The post A Review: The Blood of a Tourist by William Taylor Jr. appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Factory Reject by Wolfgang Carstens

    Matthew J. Hall
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Wolfgang Carstens’ Factory Reject is a warts and all, autobiographical book where the author has truly left something of himself on every page. There is a sense of urgency throughout this poetry collection in both theme and style. Here is a poet who gets straight to the point and clearly has no intention of mincing […] The post A Review: Factory Reject by Wolfgang Carstens appeared first on Screaming with Brevity.
  • A Review: Remote Life by Edward Anki

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

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

  • How Do You Teach Your Kids To Love Reading?

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    How did you become a reader? Did your parents read to you on a somewhat regular basis? Did you pick it up on your own?For me, it was a combination of the two. My mom read to me as a child for a time, but ultimately I picked it up and ran with it. Archie Comics, R.L. Stine's Goosebumps, and Judy Bloom's kid's detective series were the books I read as a child.What about those of you with kids? Do you try to teach your kids the joy of reading?South Carolina's The State recently posted a list of several steps one can do to help raise a reader. There are some generic ideas such as read aloud,…
  • Calls For Submissions If You're A Native Native of California (Or Just Live There)

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Deadline: June 1st, 2015Scarlett Tanager Books is seeking submissions of Native American Poetry From California. That is, if you're an American Indian that was born or currently resides in California and you have a poem that has to do with life in California, then you are eligible to submit.Who doesn't have a poem about California?Here's the official announcement via TurtleTalk:CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR ANTHOLOGY Deadline: June 1, 2015Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from CaliforniaTo be published by Scarlet Tanager Books:http://www.ScarletTanager.com Who…
  • "The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band" Discussion Week Three

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week's reading showed more of the same for Sissy's life. Her life is predictable and we're seeing it laid out in these chapters. Regardless of the seeming mundanity of it all, Washburn does a good job of moving the story along before things get boring.There's a real sense of involvement the reader gets as the story unfolds. Sissy may not have the best or most exciting life. It may not even be a life that a book should be written about. However, what's great about this story is that Washburn can pick out such interesting character flaws and enhance them in interesting ways. For instance,…
  • “The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band” Discussion Week Two

    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You know, this week’s reading of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band reminded me a bit of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.I won’t say the two are extremely similar, but they do share similar tempos and elicit somewhat of the same emotions towards rural/small town life. During this week's reading, the mystery seems to have taken a back seat until the end of our week’s chapters. The story focused more on Sissy and her struggles with meaning as she lives on the reservation. The FBI agent, Tom, doesn’t help her out much in these regards as well.Even though the story…
  • "The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band" Discussion Week One

    6 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We're reading The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band by Francis Washburn this month and discussing it every Friday. Check out our introduction to the discussion here and read the book along with us.This discussion covers the first three chapters of the book.What a great first week's reading. I enjoyed Washburn's take on indian humor being funny, but not always funny. There's a great cheesiness to indian humor and Washburn does a great job capturing the good humor and the bad humor. I especially loved the character of the bar where the band has a fourth of July gig. The sign that said,…
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    The Oddballer: Flash fiction suspense and horror by Oren Shafir

  • 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…
  • Hitcher (a 500-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

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

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

  • Flash Fiction Friday: The Interview (no…not THAT The Interview)

    Adam
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It might be possible that I am, at the moment of writing this, mentally preparing for an actual job interview and thinking about all the terrible things that can go along with sitting in a room trying to convince someone that they want you for a job…maybe.   “Please have a seat over there, Mr. Smith.  Ms. Johnson will be right out for you shortly.” Okay, I think to myself as I straighten my tie for the 400th time this morning.  Almost there.  Take a deep breath. Oh crap, what’s the smell?  That’s not my breath is it? I breathe into my hands,…
  • Fat Mogul vs. Tidbit Thursday

    Adam
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Turns out that I may already be considering the death of one of our weekly features here on the new and improved Adam Oster blog.  Tidbit Thursday…Honestly, even when I came up with the feature, I really had no clue of what it entailed.  Sure, I had thought that it might be a great opportunity to reveal some of the countless pieces of information that rattles around inside my head…but even writing that stuff has felt boring…can’t imagine it’s all that much fun to read. This week, I’m taking off on the Tidbits to allow my brain to think about whether or…
  • Fat Mogul vs. eCalibre

    Adam
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today I want to let you in on a little secret…a secret that, for whatever reason, it appears that almost no authors know about.  eCalibre. It’s a real tragedy that so many authors appear unaware of this little piece of software, because if they knew about it, it would quickly become their second most important tool in their editing arsenal (after their Kindle of course). And, even more crazy:  It’s Free! So, now that I’ve done a terrible job of introducing it (good thing I’m not actually being asked to pimp this product by anyone and am just doing it to save…
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Vacation (A Retrospective)

    Adam
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been back from vacation for a couple weeks now (well, you know, as I sit down to write this anyways), and although I had my comments previously (which were written before I even left) about how I might feel coming back from vacation, I haven’t really taken the time to, you know, say anything for real about it here. And, I ran out of things to talk about… I’ve been in severe burn out mode over the past few months (years?).  A job that I really should get out of, a work-in-progress that I just can’t seem to complete, months without sun, house repairs that…
  • Book Release: The Long Chron

    Adam
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In case you have somehow not heard yet, my latest book, The Long Chron, is now available for purchase as an ebook or paperback on all Amazon outlets.  That’s right, folks, you can now get your copy of the greatest young adult novel about time traveling con men. I’m so incredibly proud of how this book turned out.  It’s a pretty far cry from the original idea I had, but so much better for it. Check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Buy it now!
 
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    Brain Pickings

  • Iterations: A Lyrical Animated Film about How We Grow as Human Beings and the Iterative Nature of Self-Transformation

    Maria Popova
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “I am recycled cells, I learn to like myself more with each iteration…” Psychologists now know that a “growth mindset” is one of the greatest predictors of a fulfilling life. And yet only children are at ease with the discomfort necessary for growth — the rest of us are chronically resistant to stretching ourselves in the very ways that push us to transcend the lesser versions of ourselves. Emerson knew this when he contemplated our resistance to change and wrote: “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”…
  • Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti on Our Fear of Being Touched, the Four Attributes of Crowds, and the Paradox of Why We Join Them

    Maria Popova
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Direction is essential for the continuing existence of the crowd… A crowd exists so long as it has an unattained goal.” “The evolution of the world tends to show the absolute importance of the category of the individual apart from the crowd,” Kierkegaard wrote in his diary in 1847. And yet our world is largely an ecosystem of crowds — nations, faiths, political ideologies, art movements, fan bases. But Kierkegaard wasn’t necessarily wrong — if anything, he intuited (as he frequently did) one of the great inner conflicts of the human experience:…
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School: A Charming Catalog of Excuses and an Allegory for How Human Imagination Works

    Maria Popova
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    A playful parable about the stories we tell to avoid being wrong and the combinatorial nature of human creativity. Psychologists and behavioral economists now know that there is a strong positive correlation between creativity and dishonesty — the more intelligent and imaginative we are, the better we’re able to rationalize our misconduct. And since children’s minds reveal so much about how the human imagination develops, both psychological theory and parental practice confirm that kids come up with the most fanciful excuses for why they did that mischievous things they knew…
  • Kafka’s Remarkable Letter to His Abusive and Narcissistic Father

    Maria Popova
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “It is, after all, not necessary to fly right into the middle of the sun, but it is necessary to crawl to a clean little spot on earth where the sun sometimes shines and one can warm oneself a little.” Franz Kafka was one of history’s most prolific and expressive practitioners of what Virginia Woolf called “the humane art.” Among the hundreds of epistles he penned during his short life were his beautiful and heartbreaking love letters and his magnificent missive to a childhood friend about what books do for the human soul. Although he imbued most with an…
  • Annie Dillard on How to Live with Mystery, the Two Ways of Looking, and the Secret of Seeing

    Maria Popova
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    “I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.” In her 1984 novel The Lover, Marguerite Duras wrote that “the art of seeing has to be learned.” It is a sentiment at once poetic and practical — cognitive science now knows that our brains invest a great deal of resources in learning to unsee and tune out irrelevant stimuli, which is why “when you look closely at anything familiar, it transmogrifies into something unfamiliar.” Anything that can be learned can be taught, and there is hardly a greater teacher in the…
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    Many Words

  • Breaking Fortress Holland No. 8

    Fishbreath
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    After a three-way tie twice (first at 1 vote each, then at 2), my designated tiebreaker, mad with power, calls it for von Rundstedt. 0030 The von Rundstedt plan hinges on a relatively quick penetration across the bridge. We’ll use one of the 20mm flak detachments for extra firepower, and probably attach it to I/33 Panzer Regiment to force our way across town. 0100 We’re across at Den Bosch, and beginning to secure the area. SS Deutchland’s reconnaissance company heads south to snag a seemingly-unguarded objective. Some free points can’t hurt. 0120 Attacking into Den…
  • von Rundstedt wins!

    Fishbreath
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    After a 1-1-1 tie turned into a 2-2-2 tie, Parvusimperator cast the tiebreaking vote for von Rundstedt. I’ll be playing this afternoon and hopefully updating tonight, although I have a number of things on my plate. At the Fish Bowl, I have a post up on the subject of tafl, the Old Norse board game I’m implementing in Groovy. There will be more in that series.
  • Breaking Fortress Holland voting update

    Fishbreath
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Currently, we stand at: Guderian – 2 von Rundstedt – 2 Paulus – 2 … that’s right, another three-way tie. The voting deadline is February 26th at 7pm Central, and you can expect the update on the following weekend. Thanks for bearing with me through the delay.
  • Breaking Fortress Holland No. 7

    Fishbreath
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I was planning on providing some historical context here, but I’m running low on time, and in actuality, there isn’t a lot to say. Between noon on the 11th, when the previous scenario ended, and the start of this scenario, the infantry divisions we controlled in Melee at Mill expanded the breach at Mill, and German forces waiting at the border rushed through the gap. Dutch forces disengaged and fell back to the Zuid-Willemsvaart, the canal running south from Den Bosch, and organized a second defensive line. Partially survivors from the battle for Mill, and partially fresh troops,…
  • Breaking Fortress Holland voting update, 2015 plans

    Fishbreath
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Voting stands thus: Paulus – 2 Guderian – 1 von Rundstedt – 0 The deadline is midnight CST tonight. Get those votes in. Also, head over to the Fish Bowl for an update on what I and others of the Many Words-affiliated crew will be up to over the course of this year.
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    Between Reality

  • City of the Falling Sky (Seckry Sequence series) by Joseph Evans

    unlimitedexploration
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Official Rating: 3/5 Synopsis: “When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends. Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on…
  • Galdoni (Galdoni series) by Cheree Alsop

    unlimitedexploration
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Official Rating: 3/5 Synopsis: “This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves. Dark and exciting, Galdoni pushes the boundaries of love in a world of violence.”…
  • Wings of Arian (The Solus series) by Devri Walls

    unlimitedexploration
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Official Rating: 4/5 Synopsis: Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie. With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life. She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person…
  • Breaking Rules (Breaking series) by Tracie Puckett

    unlimitedexploration
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Official Rating: 2/5 Synopsis: “Sometimes, the lessons of childhood are damaging enough that, by eighteen, you’ve figured out some rules so you don’t repeat your parents’ mistakes. For Mandy, that meant finishing her last year of high school, going to college, and then returning to small-town Sugar Creek to live a solitary life as a writer. That was the plan, and her main rule for avoiding complications and staying on track was to never, ever, EVER let someone get too close. That was before she met Gabe. And when Gabe starts to awaken emotions she’s never experienced, Mandy suddenly…
  • Never Forgotten (Never Forgotten series) by Kelly Risser

    unlimitedexploration
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Official Rating: 1/5 Synopsis: “One minute Meara Quinn is making plans for the summer before her senior year. The next she finds out that her mother’s cancer has returned and they’re moving away from the only home she’s ever known. Every day becomes a struggle as Meara tries to cope with her mother’s illness while being forced to move to another country to live with grandparents who are strangers. Add weird visions of a father who was absent her entire life and top it all off with one whopping secret that everyone seems bent on keeping from her, and Meara has the…
 
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