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Fruit Fight
By Russell Richardson “Did you fuck with my fruit?” my wife called through the open bathroom doorway. We had long ago abandoned the formality of shutting the door when doing our business. […]
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Anti Voice
By: Hardeep Sabharwal If it is male Taunts will be focused on his caste, If he is heretical, questions will be made in the name of religion, If it is a female […]
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‘As she moved’ and other poems
By: John P. Drudge As She Moved Time stilledWhen she walked acrossThe roomStopping his mindIn its tracksThe inverted maskOf his fearFalling to the groundAs she movedSeeing somethingReflected in her eyesPerhaps doubtA dreamRegretA […]
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‘Howling’ and other poems
By Jon Carter peaceful nothing downtown sidewalkpeople walk bytalkingsmilingbrightignorant /happy teethunwilling to acknowledge that no easy thingslive in the chestand nothingmeaningfullivesout of it, beyond thema dying elm tree standsagainst the street,ideas like […]
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First Full-Length Poetry Collection By Chapel Hill Poet Paul Jones Announced
“Poetry is a conversation between the present and the past with a hope for the future. A visitation with bards and griots, and a probe, like a wandering rocket, into parts yet […]
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Connections
By: Kevin Criscione Like ghost ships passing in the night or dark-hued mountains in the distance, each call a portal to a different untouchable world into which I was only offered a […]
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Parents’ Evening
By Mike Hickman “I’ve never understood why they call it parents’ evening,” Mr Driscoll said to his wife as the parents waited amongst the shards of the children’s achievements. “It’s not about […]
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Dear Regular Yogurt
By: Todd Mercer Dear Regular Yogurt, The jig is up, the show’s over. You had a steady run that lasted a long generation or so. Now it falls to me to tell […]
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My Baseball Card Collection
By Linda S. Gunther 1964. The Bronx. At 11 years old, I had a baseball card collection with over two hundred fifty trading cards I kept in an A&P grocery cardboard box […]
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Secret Hand
By: Edward Wells One.  Names, on the other hand, are precise, unambiguous; one might even say rigid, fixed, unalterable, certainly inelastic. They are not the same thing, however. In the upper right […]
- Lit Hub Daily
Lit Hub Weekly: October 12 – 15, 2021
How will humans measure time if biotechnology helps us live forever? Jeanette Winterson looks at the bigger picture of AI. | Lit Hub Tech “I know now that these things cast a very long shadow over my life.” Carole Angier considers how history shaped W.G. Sebald’s work. | Lit Hub Biography “It was like looking for WebMD symptoms, but […]
- Vanessa Willoughby
Read Ezra Pound’s extensive revisions to T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.
Today, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land first appeared in print in The Criterion, a quarterly British literary magazine founded and edited by Eliot. The poem’s final form was heavily influenced by Ezra Pound, who made extensive cuts and revisions to Eliot’s manuscript. Eliot once said of his mentor and friend, who he first met in 1914 […]
- Walker Caplan
Solange has launched a community library of rare books and art by Black creators.
Cool resource alert: Variety has reported that Solange, through her Saint Heron studio, is launching a community library of “esteemed and valuable” books by Black creators. Readers can borrow any book from the collection of rare, author-inscribed and out-of-print literary works to up to 45 days, free of charge in the U.S. According to Saint […]
- Walker Caplan
“Dialogue reeketh, play stinketh.” The worst insults from reviews of The Iceman Cometh.
When critics panned the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s Days Without End, he left Broadway for twelve years. Finally, in 1946, one Nobel Prize richer, O’Neill returned with The Iceman Cometh—in his opinion, the best show he’d ever written. In fact, he had purposefully delayed the show until after the ending of WWII so audiences […]
- Katie Yee
Richard Gere reading Italo Calvino is peak ASMR.
Oh, Richard Gere! You undoubtedly know him well from American Gigolo. You loved him in Pretty Woman and swooned over him in Runaway Bride (he knew how Julia Roberts liked her eggs!). You tried really hard to forget him in Autumn in New York. You cried with him in Hachi, but we don’t need to get into […]
- Emily Temple
Here’s the shortlist for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction.
Today, the Baillie Gifford Prize, the UK’s most prestigious annual prize for nonfiction, announced their 2021 shortlist. “I’m not sure I’ve ever been on a judging panel on which I’ve felt so invigorated and excited by the shortlist as I have on this Baillie Gifford Prize panel,” said Andrew Holgate, this year’s chair of judges. […]
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Lit Hub Daily: October 15, 2021
Tom Vitale on confronting the complexities of storytelling with Anthony Bourdain, who “often bent over backward to highlight just how manipulative the TV machine could be.” | Lit Hub TV A compendium of literary ravens, from Aesop’s fables to Charles Dickens’s beloved Grip (and Grip II, and Grip III…). | Lit Hub History “I was […]
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Jonathan Franzen on Reckoning with the Limits and Purposes of Writing Novels
Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays. * Jonathan Franzen might just be the last of the fine-grained, big-book portraitists of “the way Middle […]
- Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts
A Compendium of Literary Ravens
A Raven Called Grip Charles Dickens’s beloved black bird The Dickens household was quite the menagerie, with many dogs, cats and birds in residence, but the writer’s favorite companions were undoubtedly his pet ravens. Over the years, three ravens (all of whom were named Grip) lived at 1 Devonshire Terrace in Marylebone, London. The various […]
- Marguerite Duras
Marguerite Duras on Finding Stories Everywhere
The following is adapted from Marguerite Duras’ Writing and first appeared in Lit Hub’s Craft of Writing newsletter—sign up here. * I’d like to tell a story that I first told to Michelle Porte, who had made a film about me. At the time, I was in what we might call a state of expenditure in the […]
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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for October 16, 2021
The best book deals of the day, curated by Book Riot.
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Book Riot’s YA Book Deals of the Day: October 16, 2021
The best YA ebook deals, curated by Book Riot.
- Danika Ellis
School District Tells Teachers to Balance Books On Holocaust With “Opposing” Views
Carroll school district advised teachers to carry books that have "opposing" perspectives on the Holocaust because of new Texas bill.
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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for October 14, 2021
The best book deals of the day, curated by Book Riot
- Danika Ellis
These Are the Best Comics of the Year: the 2021 Harvey Awards Winners
The 2021 Harvey Award winners have been announced, including best manga of the year and best overall comic book of the year!
- Kelly Jensen
“Domestic Terrorists” Challenge Books in Texas, Indiana, Maine, and More
This week in censorship news following book bans, challenges, and other attacks on intellectual freedom in the U.S.
- Grace Lapointe
THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON Is About Questioning the Status Quo
What does it mean to challenge and question the status quo? THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON is an excellent example.
- Kelly Jensen
Fall Bookmarks For Reading Season
What better way to keep track of your autumn reading than with these gorgeous fall bookmarks?

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- Dee Das
How Is Contemporary Fiction Humanizing Mothers By Depicting The Universally Unacknowledged Perils Of Motherhood?
A look at the ways contemporary writers are offering new, complex, nuanced views of what motherhood looks like.
- Patricia Thang
Studio Ghibli’s Other Director: A Read-Alike Guide to the Films of Isao Takahata

Get to know the films of Studio Ghaibli’s Isao Takahata and books to read alongside them, including Where The Mountain Meets the Moon.

- Rey Rowland
Who is The Thing? A History of One of Marvel’s Oldest Heroes
The Thing is a member of the Fantastic Four and one of the strongest Marvel superheroes. But who exactly is The Thing?
- Kelly Jensen
A History of THE JOY OF COOKING
It's been in publication for 85 years, but do you know the history of THE JOY OF COOKING?
- Melissa Baron
Scary Poems to Read in the Dark
Let this collection of scary, creepy poems for adults and kids get you in the mood for a frightfully good October.
- Tika Viteri
Best Books About First Contact With Aliens
What does it mean to meet an alien? These books about first contact will keep you hooked start to finish.
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14 Novels Written by Mexican Authors to Add to Your Must-Read List: The List List #471
Your weekly roundup of literary links around the web.

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- A.C. Wise
Non-Binary Authors To Read: July 2021

Non-Binary Authors To Read is a regular column from A.C. Wise highlighting non-binary authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome back to Non-Binary Authors to Read! To my great shame, I let both this column, and its sibling column, Women to Read, lapse in the first half of the year. I don’t really have a good excuse. I’ve still been reading tons of fantastic fiction that I want to bring to people’s attention, but somehow I blinked and half the year is gone. But, better late than never! So without further delay, here are four new recommendations for your reading pleasure.   Richard Ford Burley is a speculative fiction author and poet, as well as Deputy Managing Editor of the journal Ledger. My recommended starting place for their work is “The Stealing Gift” published in the Summer 2021 issue of Kaleidotrope.   Thea is a war hero, or so the narratives about her claim. She’s retired now, but once she used her Gift to stop a bombardment of shells and bombs, saving hundreds of lives, though at the cost of her vision. Max, a former friend and the journalist who contributed to her legend, and Esme, an army Engineer whose own Gift allows her to use technology to replicate the Gifts of others, have come to beg Thea […]

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- Charles Payseur
X Marks The Story: May 2021

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a monthly column from Charles Payseur. We’ve officially moved past “early 2021.” And as we get deeper into the meaty part of the year, the short speculative fiction isn’t letting up. At turns delightful and obliterating, it can be difficult to navigate the wide landscape of the field without a guide, without a map. Which is where I come in! Looking for a story that will tug your heartstrings? I know just the route to get there! Prefer something with more action to get your heart pumping and your feet stomping? I can show you where to look! Whatever your tastes, from science fiction to fantasy to a lovely mix of the two, slip on some sensible shoes and let’s get on the trail of some X-cellent short SFF!  “The Steel Magnolia Metaphor” by Jennifer Lee Rossman (Escape Pod)  What It Is: Astrid is a talented mechanic and inventor. She’s also autistic, and metaphors, however, are something of her nemesis. So when she crafts a literal steel magnolia as […]

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- Thea
THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS: A Chat with Chloe Gong

Today we’re thrilled to have guest author Chloe Gong over to chat with us about history, representation, and monsters from her book These Violent Delights. A Chat with Chloe Gong The Book Smugglers: These Violent Delights prominently features rival gangs vying for power and leading to chaos and a body count—as well as a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River, leading to even greater chaos and a higher body count. What research did you do if any to capture your vision of 1920s Shanghai?   CHLOE: It was a combination of technical research (aka flipping through history textbooks and spending hours at a time in my school library) and asking my parents and relatives a lot of questions! I wanted the setting to feel as real as possible even while I was inventing fantastical elements like a monster and a deadly contagion. Even though this is fiction, 1920s Shanghai in true history was still this glittering, vibrant place, and I wanted to capture its atmosphere as much as possible with a combination of culture and facts so that readers really feel like they are there at this time while these fictionalized events are happening.  The Book Smugglers: Talk to us a bit […]

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- Thea
On the Smugglers’ Radar: June 2021

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! As of last month, all of our monthly picks can be found on Bookshop! June 2021 First on our radar today, a locked room (ok, locked spaceship) mystery with two boys and what promises to be an excellent romance: The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer Katherine Tegen Books | June 1, 2021 Two boys, alone in space. After the first settler on Titan trips her distress signal, neither remaining country on Earth can afford to scramble a rescue of its own, and so two sworn enemies are installed in the same spaceship. Ambrose wakes up on the Coordinated Endeavor, with no memory of a launch. There’s more that doesn’t add up: Evidence indicates strangers have been on board, the […]

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- Thea
Book Review: NEAR THE BONE by Christina Henry

A young woman finds out the truth about her past and escapes a monster in Christina Henry’s newest novel, Near the Bone. Title: Near The BoneAuthor: Christina HenryGenre: Horror, ThrillerPublisher: BerkeleyPublication Date: April 13, 2021Paperback: 336 pages A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national bestselling author Christina Henry. Mattie can’t remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they’re not alone after all. There’s something in the woods that wasn’t there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws. When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry. Stand alone or series: Standalone novel How did I get this book: Purchased Format: Paperback CW: implication of rape, child abuse, and other abuse Review On a winter’s day like so many others, Mattie awakens and goes about her chores. Her husband, William, […]

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- Charles Payseur
X Marks The Story: April 2021

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a monthly column from Charles Payseur. April is dead. Long live May! X-cept, well, before turning fully toward the promise of May and its bright flowers, let’s look back a minute on what April had to offer. Because while the rainiest month might seem to some a bit glum, a bit dreary, the stories on offer from April are anything but, and bring a raw defiance and energy to the season. Like a renewing and invigorating rain, the stories breathe life back into a landscape left harrowed by winter, just recovering with the touch of spring. These stories are bracing and strong, featuring people reaching for something affirming, something warm, something beautiful. So make sure you packed your poncho and boots and follow me on an adventure to map out some X-cellent short SFF! “The White Road; Or How a Crow Carried Death Over a River” by Marika Bailey (Fiyah #18) What It Is: Broadfeather is a crow living on a small island—one split by a […]

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- Thea
ARSENIC AND ADOBO: A Chat with Mia P. Manansala

Today, we are thrilled to celebrate the release of Arsenic and Adobo–an own voices cozy mystery (featuring an adorable dachshund named Longanisa) from debut author Mia P. Manansala! And in order to kick off the celebration in style, we’re thrilled to have interviewed Mia to talk about her book. A Chat with Mia P. Manansala The Book Smugglers: If you could host a dinner party with characters from your book at Tita Rosie’s, and any other characters from any other fictional world: who and why? And, what would you serve?  MIA: Ooh, great question! My guest list: Odessa Dean from Olivia Blacke’s Killer Content – she’s a small-town transplant currently living in NYC and has been expanding her palate (and crime-solving skills) ever since moving there. I’m sure Lila and her family would love to take her under their wing and introduce her to the world of Filipino food. Lana Lee from Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery series – anybody who can appreciate a good bowl of noodles the way Lana does is always welcome at Tita Rosie’s. Charlotte Holmes from Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series – Charlotte is someone who appreciates food, particularly sweets, and it would be hilarious […]

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- Thea
Grishaverse Re-read: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

In preparation for the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing herself in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and rereading the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books! Today, she tackles the third and final novel in the original trilogy: Ruin and Rising. Title: Ruin and RisingAuthor: Leigh BardugoGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultPublisher: Square FishPublication Date: June 17, 2014Paperback: 417 pages The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between […]

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- Thea
On the Smugglers’ Radar: May 2021

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! As of last month, all of our monthly picks can be found on Bookshop! May 2021 First up, a book that blends E. Lockhart with Studio Ghibli and sisterhood–obviously, we need it. The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He Roaring Book Press | May 4, 2021 Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the […]

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- Thea
Awards Season 2021: Announcing the Hugo and Ignyte Finalists

It is that time of year again, folks–awards time! We are thrilled to share with you the news of two exciting speculative fiction awards: The Hugo Awards and the Ignyte Awards. The Hugo Awards are one of the longest-running SFF awards, distinguished from all other major speculative fiction awards in that it is voted on by fans who are members of the World Science Fiction Convention. Each year, Hugo Award winners (and associated Not-A-Hugo-Awards, like the Lodestar and Astounding Awards) are announced at WorldCon. This year’s WorldCon will be in Washington D.C., though unlike previous years the ceremony will take place December 15-19, 2021. A reminder for everyone interested: even if you are not attending WorldCon 79, note that ANY SFF fan can sign up for a supporting membership ($50) which gives you the right to vote for your favorites to win the Hugo Award. The 2021 Hugo Award Finalists This year’s finalists are absolutely awesome. Check out the full list below! Best Novel Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery / Saga Press) The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com) Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tor.com) Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor […]

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- Thea
Grishaverse Re-read: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo

In preparation for the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing herself in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and rereading the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books! Today, she tackles the second full-length novel in the original trilogy: Siege and Storm. Title: Siege and StormAuthor: Leigh BardugoGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultPublisher: Square FishPublication Date: June 4, 2013Paperback: 435 pages Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything […]

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- Thea
Grishaverse Re-Read: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

In preparation for the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing herself in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and rereading the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books! Today, she tackles the book that started it all: Shadow and Bone. Title: Shadow and BoneAuthor: Leigh BardugoGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultPublisher: Square FishPublication Date: June 5, 2012Paperback: 358 pages Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the […]

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- Charles Payseur
X Marks the Story: March 2021

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a monthly column from Charles Payseur. The snow has finally melted from my yard! For most of the Northern Hemisphere, that means Spring is in the air! Plants are sluggishly trying to poke up, the squirrels are incredibly chonky, and the fiction is…well, complicated and wrenching and so so beautiful. And this month there’s some interesting and innovative flourishes as well. From interactive fiction to stories framed as wiki entries with annotated song lyrics, the stories I’m rounding up today show how varied and how creative short SFF can be, while losing nothing in power or impact. So grab your compass and your map and let’s get to it! “Diamonds and Pearls” by JL George (Fireside Magazine #88) What It Is: Language is quite literally tied to gems in the world of this story, where as people learn words, they cough up different kinds of gemstones. And Osian grows up learning to covet diamonds, for the language of the common tongue, rather than pearls, which only […]

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- Thea
Announcing the SHADOW AND BONE/SIX OF CROWS Re-read

You may have heard of Leigh Bardugo–the internationally best-selling author of delightful, action-packed, high-stakes fantasy novels set in an interconnected universe. To date, the prolific Bardugo has published three full-length series (one trilogy and two duologies) as well a collection of short stories and other ephemera from the world of the Grishaverse. And then Netflix comes along, and, partnering with Leigh Bardugo, creates a Grishaverse fantasy television show that looks utterly awesome. In the parlance of the youth, I am here for it. Netflix showrunner Eric Heisserer and Leigh Bardugo have been impressively secretive about the show since it was announced, but over the past few months we’ve learned a couple of pretty cool things. For one, Bardugo acknowledged the diversity problem in her early books, and attempted to fix them with the show’s casting–I, for one, am excited about this more inclusive approach to the Grishaverse characters. I love that Jessie Mei Li–a biracial half-Asian actress–has been cast as Alina, and that her biracial background has been written into Alina’s character (who is now explicitly half-Shu Han). Similarly, Sujaya Dasgupta who plays Alina’s frenemy Zoya is also mixed-race (explicitly revealed by Bardugo in 2019’s King of Scars), and both […]

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- Thea
On the Smugglers’ Radar: April 2021

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other readers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions from various corners of the interwebs. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we are revamping the Smugglers’ Radar into a monthly (mostly) SFF-focused feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! Starting this month, all of our monthly picks can be found on Bookshop! April 2021 This one had us at “navigating an afterlife in which [the main character] must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity.” The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman Simon & Schuster BFYR | April 6, 2021 Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, incisive, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman. Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most […]

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- Kimberly
Sunday Post #494 Kleenex and Hot Tea
The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead. Join in weekly, bi-weekly or for a monthly wrap up
- Kimberly
The Fraterfest 2021 Readathon Begins
Welcome to the Fraterfest Readathon!! Grab your books, audios, snacks and let the fun beginning. For the next eleven days, we challenge you to read/listen to as many books as you can. They can be spooky, horror, paranormal, urban, mysteries, thrillers, suspense or cozies. You set your own fear level.
- Kimberly
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker is the second novel in the Simple Wild series set in Alaska. A women's fiction romance set against the beautiful landscape as Calla and Fletcher begin the next chapter of their lives. Danger, a new home, a curmudgeon neighbor, and an old flame quickly pulled me in.
- Kimberly
Treasured Whispers by Kendall Talbot
Please welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog with an adventure romance. Treasured Whispers by Kendall Talbot is the fourth novel in the Treasure Hunters series. Come see why Sophia gave it five cups of coffee!
- Kimberly
A Duke Worth Falling For by Sarah MacLean
A sexy, media shy Duke who prefers herding sheep and sustainable farming to the jet setter life and a photographer who was at the top of her profession before a bitter and powerful man took it all away.... oh and a sheep named Mabel.
- Kimberly
A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong
A time slip, a ghost, and a renewed romance between husband and wife will leave you swooning. Narrated by Gemma Dawson, Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong delivered an addictive read in the second standalone in the Thorne Manor/Stitch in Time series. Fans of historical romances with time slips and paranormal elements will want to grab their earbuds.
- Kimberly
Sunday Post #493 Busy, Busy, Busy!
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- Kimberly
2021 HoHoHoRAT Sign-Up
It's time to mark your calendar and sign up for our annual Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon. During the thon we encourage you to read or listen to as many holiday or winter themed books as you can. There will be fun events, contests, prizes and more. Get all the details below, then sign up and invite your bookish friends!
- Kimberly
Silent Strike by Melinda Colt
Sophia Rose is back at Caffeinated with a mystery for us. Silent Strike by Melinda Colt is the fourth novel in the Irish Garda Squad. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and check out her review!
- Kimberly
The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke
Are you looking for a spooky, twisty and atmospheric thriller surrounding witches this fall? You'll want to grab The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke. Chilling, captivating this story, pulled me in and held me until the end.
- Kimberly
The Alpha by Dannika Dark
Huge Dannika Dark fan here, so naturally I had to devour The Alpha as soon as the audio landed in my Inbox. Narrated by Nicole Poole, this is the second audio in the Black Arrowhead series. Suspense, Humor and a slow-building romance will keep you listening late into the night.
- Kimberly
Sunday Post #492 Another Year Older…
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- Kimberly
The Suppressor by Erik Carter
What begins as an act of revenge against the perps who took his love and his voice quickly turns to duty when he realizes their plans could affect national security. Fast-paced, brutal and addictive. Fans of crime fiction and action thrillers will want to grab the audio narrated by Gary Bennett.
- Kimberly
Between Walls by W.R. Gingell
Narrated by Zehra Jane Naqvi, Between Walls is the sixth full-length audio in the City Between urban fantasy series featuring a human referred to as Pet and her psychos. The complex relationships and blend of humor and world-building make this series downright addictive.
- Kimberly
Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin
Suspense, romance and missing persons/homicide case delivered the perfect fall read. Grab a hot tea or pumpkin spice mocha and check out Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin for a satisfying read.
- rebecca
The $0.99 Fall eBook Sale

Over 50 Books. $0.99 each. Celebrate National Book Month by scoring amazing deals on these fantastic titles and support female authors this Fall. The Fall eBook Sale is Brought To You by She Writes Press and SparkPress. This sale ends on Monday, October 25th, 2021. Fiction Historical Fiction Young Adult...

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- rebecca
Science Fiction & Fantasy Must-Read Books | October 2021

Science Fiction & Fantasy Must-Read Books | October 2021 Looking for a new adventure this week? Don’t miss out on these exciting new must-read science fiction and fantasy books by A.J. Massey, Jessica Bell, Kelsey Josund, Des M. Astor, Willow Mason, and Emma Mieko Candon! Fever Dreams and the End...

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- rebecca
New Literary Fiction Book Recommendations | October 2021

New Literary Fiction Book Recommendations | October 2021 Looking to add to your literary fiction list this October? Check out these new novels by indie bestselling authors André Costa, T.L. Toma, Joy Sorman, Diane Williams, Mary Elizabeth Pope, and Amitava Kumar. Enjoy your new literary fiction book recommendations! The Search...

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- rebecca
New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Fall Reading List | October 2021

New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Fall Reading List | October 2021 Check out these suspenseful new mystery and thriller books you need to add to your Fall reading list ASAP. We’re sure you’ll love these new books by bestselling authors Robert W. Christian, Dale Mayer, Mark M. Bello,...

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- rebecca
Interview with Kimberley O’Malley, Author of Leaving the Friend Zone (Palm Harbor Book 2)

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- rebecca
Interview with Dale Mayer, Author of Simon Says… Hide (Kate Morgan Thrillers Book 1)

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- rebecca
Interview with Willow Mason, Author of So Fairy So Good (Fairy Batmother Book 2)

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- rebecca
Interview with Robert W. Christian, Author of A Perfect Victim (The Demon Sight Series Book 2)

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- rebecca
Interview with Jessica Bell, Author of How Icasia Bloom Touched Happiness

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- rebecca
Interview with Des M. Astor, Author of Professors & Kings (Cobratongue University Book 1)

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- Maryse
Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – 10-15-2021

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!! I’m so excited about my weekend, and I’m starting a new book tonight by one of my favorite psych-thriller authors that totally gave me a blurb jolt (Under the Influence: A Psychological Thriller by Layne Deemer). It’s coming out in just a few days so hopefully I have my review up right before […]

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- Maryse
Cole Lepley’s “Ricochet” is LIVE & she’s sent over fun facts, an excerpt & the playlist + a signed copy giveaway!

Ricochet (Fastball Series Book 1) by Cole Lepley <— THE MOODY GUY DOWNSTAIRS IS NOT WELCOMING HER AT ALL!! Ohhhhh you guys this sounds like a love/hate book (maybe even a bully book?) and it JUST WENT LIVE THIS WEEK! P.S. Check out that warning that she gives (eeeeeep!! And yet… it tempts me even more 😉 […]

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- Maryse
Angel Lawson & Samantha Rue – Royals of Forsyth University Series Reading Order

DARK REVERSE HAREM/BULLY ROMANCE ALERT!! I just learned about it today when asking what everyone was reading, and it looks like a few in our crew LOVE this one! Lisa: I just finished reading an ARC of Lords of Mercy, which is the third book in Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue‘s Dark RH romance series. […]

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- Maryse
C.M. Stunich – Lost Daughter of a Serial Killer Series Reading Order

C.M. STUNICH ALERT!!! IT’S A LOVE-HATE HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & I’m in love with these book covers (and the series name!!), and Cathy loves this series! Cathy: I’m anxiously awaiting CM Stunich’s next book in The Lost Daughter of a Serial Killer series. Books 1 and 2 had me riveted. Book 3 is scheduled for […]

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- Maryse
Jewel E. Ann – The Fisherman Duet Reading Order

DUET CONCLUSION IS LIVE!!! And I’m hearing squeeeeeees and sighs of relief everywhere. 😂 OMG the titles for these have me giggling and I am soooo curious. Especially since… 1.) she’s one of my favorite authors ever and… 2.) everyone is going crazy for these books and they were all dying for number 2 to come […]

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- Maryse
Check out what everyone’s reading right now… I LOVE making these lists!

What’s everyone reading right now? Are you loving it? Is it unputdownable? Darcie: I am just waiting and waiting for the lost fisherman tomorrow. Kristen: Me too! Hurry up and drop it Jewel 😂 Alice: So many of us are counting the hours. Can’t wait! Nadia: me too!! Maryse: P.S. For those wondering what the […]

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- Maryse
Haunted House: A Krewe of Hunters Novella by Heather Graham IS LIVE!!! And we’re having a giveaway!

HEATHER GRAHAM’S LATEST!! IT’S TIME FOR HALLOWEEN MY FRIENDS… and she’s got it for us!!! And to celebrate this release, Heather Graham (as well as her publisher, 1,001 Dark Nights Press) are sponsoring today’s newsletter! 😀 So what’s it about? From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe […]

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- Maryse
Latest Romance Book Releases – 10-12-2021

HAPPY TUESDAY NEW RELEASE DAY EVERYONE!!! It’s time to build us an amazing list of new releases, and I’m already excited about a few (especially that one to the left!!!!) OH MY. TOTAL blurb jolt! MY BLURB JOLTS: The Party Crasher (she sneaks into her family’s party that she was uninvited from and overhears some […]

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- Maryse
Monday Early Bird Book Releases – 10-11-2021

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!! New releases just went live early and I’m adding them in as we speak! 😀 Did you read anything awesome this weekend? Let me know. And… if you have “three things” to tell me, let us know that too. THREE THINGS: 1.) Reader Questions have been coming fast and furious these days. […]

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- Maryse
Reader Question – The book about the Hero that cheats on her in high school and they meet again years later…

Cheny is looking for this one! Ooooooooh a good grovel book!!!!! YES PLEASE! She asks: Hi Maryse! I’ve been trying to search for this book for a year now and no luck! I’m hoping someone here can help! Read this book about 3 years ago maybe. It was about the hero and heroine being a […]

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- Amanda
BDSM Romance, Crafting, & More
The Dating Playbook

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon is $2.99! This is book two in The Boyfriend Project series, though it works fine on its own. The heroine is a personal trainer and the hero is an athlete who wants to get back into the NFL.

When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!

When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor needs more than the support of her new best friends, Samiah and London. She needs a miracle.

And Jamar Dixon might just be it. The oh-so-fine former footballer wants back into the NFL, and he wants Taylor to train him. There’s just one catch — no one can know what they’re doing. But when they’re accidentally outed as a couple, Taylor’s game plan is turned completely upside down. Is Jamar just playing to win . . . or is he playing for keeps?

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Strange Practice

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw is $2.99 and a Kindle Daily Deal! I’ve been so curious about this one because the heroine is a “fast-talking doctor to the undead.” It sounds all sorts of awesome. I definitely bought this after the last time it was on sale. If you’ve read this one, let me know what you thought!

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.

Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

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Bonds of Trust

Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher is $1.99! This is book one in the BDSM romance Wicked Play series, and it has a 3.8-star average at GoodReads. It looks like most, if not all of the books are on sale at this price. Readers who enjoyed it particularly liked that the heroine is a divorced woman who is also over 40.

After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members’ night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…

At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he’s intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she’s been missing.

Her first encounter with Jake is everything Cali has always craved, and more; she’s not prepared for the feelings he inspires in her. And Jake is just as surprised by his overwhelming attraction to Cali. As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now, Jake doesn’t want anyone but Cali—but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?

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Kawaii Crochet

Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal, but isn’t price-matched so far. Just looking at this makes me want to get into crochet. Be warned as some reviews mention the book advertises 40 patterns, but some are just replicated with different designs or elements. Like an ice cream cone with a ruffle and then an ice cream cone with a cherry.

Learn to crochet forty charming stuffed dolls that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

Hook up a rainbow kawaii goodness with this super-cute collection of forty amigurumi patterns from modern crochet designer Yarn Blossom Boutique. From three adorable peas in a pod, to a winking fortune cookie, these forty fun and easy amigurumi makes will bring the Japanese culture of cuteness into your hands and your heart.

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- Amanda
Book Beat: Let’s Go, Lesbians!
Welcome to Book Beat! Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.
- SB Sarah
Podcast 479, Your Transcript is Ready!
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books Podcast The transcript for Podcast 479. Sweet Dreams Recap: PS I Love You by Barbara Conklin has been posted!

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- Amanda
Historical Fiction & Mysteries
The Deadly Hours

The Deadly Hours is $1.99! This is an interesting take on an anthology. You have four great historical mystery writers writing an interconnected story about a cursed gold watch. I’m super curious and Aarya mentioned it on a previous Hide Your Wallet.

A stellar line-up of historical mystery novelists weaves the tale of a priceless and cursed gold watch as it passes through time wreaking havoc from one owner to another. The characters are irrevocably linked by fate, each playing a key role in breaking the curse and destroying the watch once and for all.

From 1733 Italy to Edinburgh in 1831 to a series of chilling murders in 1870 London, and a lethal game of revenge decades later, the watch touches lives with misfortune, until it comes into the reach of one young woman who might be able to stop it for good.

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The Arctic Fury

RECOMMENDED: The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister is $1.99! Carrie gave this historical mystery a B+.

I loved this book. It kept me in suspense and when it was over I wanted to read it again. It sent me down many Google rabbit holes, which is my favorite kind of book. I recommend this for people who aren’t averse to ambiguity, who like stories of adventure and exploration as well as intersectional examinations of women’s lives, and to people who like mystery/thrillers.

A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don’t come back.

Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband’s lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge.

A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice?

Set against the unforgiving backgdrop of one of the world’s most inhospitable locations, USA Today bestsellng author Greer Macallister uses the true story of Lady Jane Franklin’s tireless attempts to find her husband’s lost expedition as a jumping-off point to spin a tale of bravely, intrigue, perseverance and hope.

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

RECOMMENDED: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is $1.99! I really liked this mystery. It’s a mix of a locked room murder mystery and Groundhog Day. Turton also has a new historical mystery that I’m very curious to read.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER.

“Gosford Park” meets “Groundhog Day” by way of Agatha Christie – the most inventive story you’ll read this year.

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

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Cocaine Blues

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood is $1.99! This is book one in the Phryne Fisher Mysteries series. Elyse previously reviewed it and gave the book a B. In summary, she said that while the book was tons of fun to read, there were some things the TV show just did better, namely the costumes.

First in series from bestselling author, Kerry Greenwood

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, now streaming on Netflix, starring Essie Davis as the honourable Phryne Fisher

The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honourable Phryne Fisher—she of the green-gray eyes, diamant garters, and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions—is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia.

Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops, and communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

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- Amanda
October 2021 New Releases, Part Two
If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), and we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading October 2021 New Releases, Part Two →
- SB Sarah
479. Sweet Dreams Recap: PS I Love You by Barbara Conklin
It’s time! It’s time! This is the first of the Sweet Dreams Romance Recap Project, wherein I am recapping the first twenty Sweet Dreams YA romances, starting with Sweet Dreams #1,  P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin. This book is a lot. It’s angsty and tragic, but there are some moments I remember so very clearly, and I probably read this more than 30 years ago. This was definitely one of my gateway books. What … Continue reading 479. Sweet Dreams Recap: PS I Love You by Barbara Conklin →
- Amanda
Contemporaries, Paranormals, & More
Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder is $1.99! This is book one in Third Shift series, which is a paranormal romance. Super curious about this one. I thought we had featured this previously on sale, but maybe it was all a fever dream.

In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals…but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York’s criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike.

Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia is determined to help him craft a solid defense…even if she can’t defend her own obsession. Because Joe took out those Russian mobsters for good reason–they were responsible for the death of his beloved foster brother. Those six bad guys were part of the ruthless clan of bear shifters who control Brooklyn’s Russian mafia, so his vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York’s supernatural-controlled underworld, and no friends in a government that now bends to Russia at every turn.

Joe knows that creatures like him only deserve the worst. Darkness. Solitude. Punishment. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever. He’s never wanted anything in his life like he wants Neha, and he’ll break almost any rule to spend a minute alone with her. But when the Russian mob attacks the jail for payback, Joe and Neha are forced to escape. Before long they’re on the run–from monsters who want him dead and from their own traitorous hearts.

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Yes & I Love You

Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren is $1.99! This is a contemporary romance by one of my absolute favorite authors. I remember hearing Loren discuss this book at the last RWA that was held in New York. The heroine has Tourette’s Syndrome and social anxiety, and Loren also mentioned her (Loren’s, not the heroine) son has a tic disorder. Have you read this one?

A beautifully emotional new contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roni Loren.

Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn, the real face behind the media star…or the fear that keeps her isolated. When her boss tells her she needs to add video to her blog or lose her job, she’s forced to rely on an unexpected source to help her face her fears.

When aspiring actor Jasper Deares finds out the shy woman who orders coffee every day is actually Miz Poppy, he realizes he has a golden opportunity to get the media attention his acting career needs. All he has to do is help Hollyn come out of her shell…and through their growing connection, finally find her voice.

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The Warlord

The Warlord by Gena Showalter is $2.99! I believe this is the first book in a new series and Showalter hasn’t had a new adult series in a while. Also curious about this one, though Showalter does write some alpha heroes.

He plans to wed his virgin bride—and sacrifice her to his god. A duty he has never hesitated to to. Until now.

For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon.

The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress powerful enough to overcome his incredible strength. No enchantress desirable enough to make him burn beyond reason. Until now.

With the clock ticking, war between husband and wife ignites. Except Taliyah never expected the merciless king to challenge the future she once envisioned. She certainly never anticipated the thrill of their battles turning into games… The problem is, only one spouse can survive.

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His Dark Kiss

RECOMMENDED: His Dark Kiss by Eve Silver is 99c! This is the second book in the Dark Gothic series, and the first one is $2.99! Elyse read this one and gave it a B+:

If you’ve never read a Gothic and want to try one, or are just looking for seasonally spooky read, His Dark Kiss would be a good place to start.

Rumors of madness and murder lurk within the crumbling walls of isolated Manorbrier Castle. But Emma Parrish is not easily put off. She accepts a position no one else dares, as governess to the son of Lord Anthony Craven, the castle’s dark master. Her presence stirs up shadows and threat. She feels unseen eyes watching her. Eerie laughter haunts her. And the seductive pull of Anthony Craven lures her.

The mystery of Anthony Craven’s shadowy past lurk behind the locked doors of the estate’s forbidden Round Tower. Mysterious lights flash there in the night. The servants whisper warnings of death. And Anthony himself warns Emma that there is only danger to be found in his sensual embrace.

Powerfully drawn to the dangerously alluring Anthony, Emma finds herself unable to deny her deepest yearnings. But even as she succumbs to the master of Manorbrier, she is touched by the whisper of evil that rises from the secrets of his past.

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- SB Sarah
What are Your Favorite Recent Discoveries in Subscription Services?
I know many of you have subscriptions to services like Scribd, Kindle Unlimited, or the super-sexy Canadians Only Kobo Plus. Library folks may also be using Hoopla Digital to access ebooks and audiobooks – and the Library Extension browser add-on allows folks browsing Amazon to see what books are available at their library, or via library subscriptions like Hoopla. (I use this extension constantly and I love it.) That unlimited reading option is delightful, isn’t … Continue reading What are Your Favorite Recent Discoveries in Subscription Services? →
- Amanda
Links: Horror, Squid Game, & More
Hello, friends! I am back in New England! Definitely missed the fall weather and my own damn bed. Linus, my precious monster cat, acknowledged my return for all of 20 seconds. I’ll take it! I so love the food in Austin and had some of the most delicious breakfast tacos. Their food truck “courts” down there are just my kind of jam. Every time I visit, I feel like I get closer and closer to … Continue reading Links: Horror, Squid Game, & More →
- Amanda
Historical Fantasy, Menage Romance, & More
The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod is $1.99! This came out in the spring and has second chance romance elements and characters involved in the music industry. This one had a lot of buzz. Did you read it?

Her name’s Antonia “Toni” Bennette (yeah, she’s heard all the jokes before) and she’s not a rock star. Neither are the Lillys—not yet. But the difference between being famous and being almost famous can be a single wrong note…or the start of something that’ll change your life forever.

Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette’s guitar was her only companion…until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and before long he was Toni’s way out, promising they’d escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.

Now, Toni’s all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia’s indie scene. When a friend suggests she try out for a hot new up-and-coming band, Toni decides to take a chance. Strong, feminist, and fierce as fire, Toni B. and the Lillys are the perfect match…except Seb’s now moonlighting as their manager. Whatever. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn’t be if Seb didn’t still hold a piece of her heart…not to mention the key to her future.

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Writing Her In

Writing Her In by Holley Trent is 99c! This is the first book in Trent’s Plot Twist series, which focuses on poly and triad romances with at least one character (sometimes more) involved in the book industry. It’s been recommend in the comments of Whatcha Reading before. Have you read it?

There’s room in a heart for more than one kind of love. 

Dara and Adrien Valliere are soul mates and best friends…but they’re not lovers. Their marriage may be unconventional, but it’s satisfying and loving, and they’ve never needed anything or anyone else.

Until they met writer Stacia Leonard.

Stacia built a career on maintaining close ties with her fictional characters while keeping everyone else at arm’s length. She avoids intimacy, apart from a few one-night stands when the loneliness and need become too much. But when Adrien Valliere, her cover model and long-distance friend, invites her for drinks, she’s too fascinated to refuse.

Dara recognizes the physical attraction between her husband and Stacia and sees it for what it is: an opportunity to help Adrien get what he needs. Dara can breathe easy knowing that both she and her husband are happy.

Before long, though, it’s clear that Stacia’s connection isn’t just with Adrien… She and Dara have something special, and it’s something neither of them can—or want to—deny.

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A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins is $1.99! This originally had an illustrated cover and now it looks more like the new Bridgerton redesigns. Some readers loved the balance of romance and mystery, while others wanted more excitement from the plot.

An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collin’s fun and flirty historical rom-com, perfect for readers of Evie Dunmore, Julia Quinn, and Tessa Dare!

England, 1865 : As one of England’s most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she’s determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are praying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.

Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she’s the key witness in a new crime, he’s determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they’ll need to catch a killer.

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Spellbound

Spellbound by Allie Therin is $1.99! This is a gay fantasy historical romance with a dash of mystery. Most readers loved the writing, while others wished the execution were better. Reviews also mention that this one has closed door/off the page sex scenes.

To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first… 

1925

New York

Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether.

Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no.

Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney passed me by when it was released a month ago, but I’ve heard good things about it. Then, when I heard that Richard Armitage was narrating parts of the audiobook, it jumped straight to the top of my to-read (or to-listen, I suppose) list. (You might know him as ...

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(The section headings aren’t in the book, I added them to make this summary easier to navigate.) On the Way to Blackwater Chapel In February 2020, Amelia is in the car with her husband Adam Wright, on their way to a weekend getaway in Scotland. Their marriage counselor Pamela had suggested the trip, so they ...

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Notable upcoming books to be published in December 2021, limited to hardcover new releases. Here are the most anticipated books releases for the month:

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Bewilderment by Richard Powers was recently released two weeks ago. With Powers’s last novel winning the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it was sure to be big release. Sure enough, Bewilderment was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize already. The story in Bewilderment deals with a father, ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

The book is written without chapter headings, chapter numbers or section heading. The bolded headings here are added to help with navigating this summary (followed by the first few words of that section in quotes), but do not appear in the book. Smoky Mountains Trip Background Information Return from the Trip and the Metal Thermos ...

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Prologue The book opens on a Saturday morning. A car stops near an abandoned mint green bike with four green apples spilled over next to it. The driver gets out and puts the bike in his trunk. He plans on gifting it to his wife. However, 20 minutes later the man is killed in a ...

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Apples Never Fall is the newest release from Liane Moriarty, a family drama with a little mystery woven in. Liane Moriarty has been a big name lately with the success of the adaptations of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers. Apples Never Fall opens after the matriarch of the Delaney family has seemingly gone ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

Book #2 picks off right after Book #1 left off. I’ve included some explanatory stuff from the first book, but you’re probably better off reading through the summary for A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) if you’ve forgotten what happens in the first book, before reading this one. Chapter 1: Vipersac The book opens just after ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

I’ve seen these lovely turquoise Literati Book Club boxes around, but this subscription book club didn’t really catch my eye until I found out about the fantastic authors and luminaries that curate their selections. When I was offered the opportunity to review a Literati box, I jumped at the chance. So, before we start — ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

Chapter 1 In late March, in a city near Ballina, Ireland (about three hours outside of Dublin), Alice Kelleher and Felix Brady, both in their late twenties or early thirties, meet up in a hotel bar for a first date over drinks. Alice is a novelist, originally from Dublin, who was living in New York ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

Beautiful World, Where Are You is Sally Rooney’s latest release, which has book clubs abuzz with excitement or irritation, depending on how you feel about her. She’s become somewhat of a controversial figure with some people absolutely loving her bleak modern-day romances and others bemoaning her writing and angrily denouncing what they view as an ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zheng has a potential TV series in the works. For all the details about the adaptation, here’s what we know about the How Much of the Hills is Gold TV series. What’s it about? What’s the plot? In How Much of These Hills is Gold, ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

Coming soon (when available)! What to Know About The Paris Apartment The Paris Apartment is an upcoming novel by Lucy Foley, set to be released February 22, 2022.

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

If you’re in the mood for some light reading, this is a list of Light, Easy and Breezy Books to Read. As gratifying as it can be to read a hardcore literary novel, there’s something nice about a quick and lighthearted read that you can finish in one afternoon — and hopefully it’ll make you ...

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- Jennifer Marie Lin

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar has a TV series adaptation in the works. For all the details about a potential jump to the small screen for this novel, here’s what we know about the Homeland Elegies FX television series: What’s it about? What’s the plot? Homeland Elegies is “a deeply personal work about identity and ...

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- Praveen Rajarao
what is a blonde espresso ?

The Blonde Espresso was first introduced in February 2017 in Canada and now it's available all over the globe, and you can order a flat white or a vanilla latte blonde. Coffee lovers have gone gaga over this as with other espresso roasts released by Starbucks since 40 years.

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Espresso martini – the hottest drink on the planet

reason, it's usually called the adult vodka and red-bull, with a combination of hot and cold ingredients mixed in the right proportions.

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6 Gifts for Every Type of Coffee Snob

our coffee-loving best friend’s birthday is coming up and you have no idea what to surprise them with? Don’t worry at all because we’re here to help you out. Here is a list of the top six gifts for every type of coffee snob out there, so be sure to stay with us. Just keep on reading, check them out, and find a perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover now!

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- Praveen Rajarao
How to DISlike Something on Facebook

Facebook is undeniably one of the most trending social media apps. It has gained a huge amount of fame within a very short period. Millions of users are signing in daily on this social media platform. But there are certain features that you need to know very carefully before using any app. Not knowing the features might put you in trouble.

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- Praveen Rajarao
4 ways to modernize the house and boost its value

. Giving a house a refreshing, modern makeover combines many different elements into one whole for the best end result. Luckily for us, there are many ways to modernize and spruce up our home.

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- Praveen Rajarao
10 Best amazon prime day deals to shop now

Today is the 2nd and final day of Amazon Prime Day sale of 2021!! That means it's your last chance to get huge discounts on thousands of items in various categories. To help you with the same, here are our top 10 picks that you may want to get your hands on before they get sold out!! Without having to waste more time, lets check out the 10 best amazon prime day deals to show now before it's too late.

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- Praveen Rajarao
7 Ideas to Renovate Your Home and Get a Coffee Shop Vibe

In case 2020 helped you realize how much you like spending time in coffee shops, you might be thinking of creating the same vibe in your own home. Luckily, there are many things you can do to make your home feel like your favorite coffee shop.

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- Praveen Rajarao
Top 8 Home Interior Decorating Secrets for a beautiful Home

If you want your home to look like the homes in magazines and on television, then you need to know the secret that they use. You will be amazed at how easy it is to get your house looking like a million bucks without spending a million bucks!

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- Praveen Rajarao
Heartfelt perfect gifts for mother’s day

Mother's Day is coming up fast and you will need to start ordering your gifts pretty soon if you want it delivered on time. To help you find perfect gifts for mother's day for your perfect mom, I've put together a list of products from an Instant Pot Duo to Flowers to electronics and how I can I not have the perfect coffee maker in my list!!

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- Praveen Rajarao
Improve Your Life and Health With Home Updates

There are a number of small improvements and updates that you can make to your home to not only make it look and feel better, but to improve the flow of your life on a day to day basis. Check out some of the tips from Hippo below.

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- Praveen Rajarao
9 ways to bring outdoors into your sunny kitchen

To make your kitchen sunny, warm and inviting, there are several things you can do. These 9 useful tips will help inspire you.

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- Praveen Rajarao
How To Hygge Your Home For a Relaxing Place To Sip Your Coffee

The main idea of the hygge style is to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere. This involves incorporating soft, cozy materials and lounge-ready furniture into your apartment to create a space of retreat and relaxation.

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- Praveen Rajarao
7 Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee EveryDay

If you view sipping a cup of joe as nothing more than part of a routine, you might want to consider making this a habit, too. This is because when you drink the right amount of coffee daily, you can experience several health benefits.

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- Praveen Rajarao
Top 16 Modern Kitchen Appliances

A true coffee lover keeps an espresso machine in the kitchen but are there any other kitchen appliances that are considered fashionable? We have compiled a pretty exhaustive list of all the modern kitchen appliances you should have, from an electric mixer to an ice-cream maker.

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- Praveen Rajarao
which brand of coffee has the most caffeine

We @DailyMorningCoffee love the perfect kick to our coffee - why else do you think we would drink it? Of course for the taste, but most important is the flavor, the warm and fuzzy feeling from those taste buds to your toe.

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- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Woods Are Always Watching, Pie in the Sky, Shatter the Sky, and How to Find What You’re Not Looking For
Today, I have a YA horror novel, a MG contemporary, a YA fantasy, and a MG historical fiction book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book definitely has a slow start, but once it got going I honestly couldn’t put it down (I stayed up way too... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
September 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
My focus has been on writing recently, so I’m late posting this, but better late than never! My Goings-On in September: Here are the things that stand out to me this month: A finished draft! Like I said, I’m late posting my wrap-up this month because I was working hard on finishing the latest draft... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/10/21
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): You may have... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman: Review & Giveaway
Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD For any kid just beginning to understand the ways the world can let you down and how we can lift ourselves and others up against adversity. Frankie & Bug is set in Venice Beach in 1987, at a time when prejudices and outright hostility against LGBT people and people... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
October 2021 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
Welcome to the October monthly link-up for the 2021 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! I can’t believe this year is already half over. It’s a little surreal, honestly. I’ve been very lax in posting discussions lately, but I’ve been enjoying reading... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
September 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway
The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. The August giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our September wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 9/26/21
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Writing: Same update... Read more »
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It’s Time for the Cybils Awards: I’m a Round 1 Poetry Judge!
I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be a judge for the Cybils Awards again this year! This time, I’ll be a Round 1 judge for the Poetry category, which includes poetry collections and verse novels for all ages, from little kid to YA. If you’ve been hanging around my blog for long, you... Read more »
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 9/19/21
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Writing: Still working... Read more »
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Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 9/12/21
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Sharing Beyond Books #432 Comment Giveaway October 16, 2021
Hello again, Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books.Hello October - I'm enjoying some darker reading/listening this month. How about you? Thanks to everyone who commented on the last question.Last post SBB#431 Fredamans asked: What is one book that has impacted you since the moment you closed it?Four commenters didn't have any book that impacted them particularly. Seven of us named different books - check them out. I know my choices and To Kill a Mockingbird (Fredamans impact book) but I plan to check out the other five.For US participants: I need to update and refill the books available to US winners. I have used "Love" and "Christmas" titles as well as ARC titles. Since the supply is lower, I have author collections I could choose from, mostly romance - historical, suspense and some contemporary. What genres/books/authors would you like me to include?The Winner from SBB#431 comments is #1 MARJORIE who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated (**Finally!) ARC/Review titles or (recently updated) Love and Christmas titles - all linked near the end of the post. -- [9-18-2021 I have added a new box and crossed off books no longer available through August 2021.]Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.WEEK #432(One Question.) Nikki asks: Is there a book-to-movie (or tv series) adaptation that you wish was never adapted? Please share the movie and why.Years back I tried to watch the True Blood series on HBO which was an adaptation of the Sookie Stackhouse series (aka the Southern Vampire Mysteries) by Charlaine Harris. I totally enjoyed the books but the show was, in my opinion, AWFUL (too much bad language, scantily clad characters and too much sexual content).Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse / True Blood (Complete Series: Books  1-13): 0722512567542: Amazon.com: Books Image found at Google search shows Amazon but the link doesn't provide this image.Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month, I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a 1/2 book choice or $2.50 towards GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify them. .Your turn to share. Nikki asks: Is there a book-to-movie (or tv series) adaptation that you wish was never adapted? Please share the movie and why.SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Updated ARC and Other books, including the "Love" and Christmas titles all in one post.SBB Rules:a) Must be a follower.b) Share a comment on the question above.Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 5 PM central.
Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman
This is a fun, cozy mystery perfect for a spooky month (or other days) listen. Night of the Living DeedBy: E.J. CoppermanNarrated by: Amanda RonconiBook 1 in the Haunted Guesthouse seriesLength: 10 hrs and 4 mins Release date: 10-22-13Publisher: Audible Studios Genre: Cozy, Ghost, Supernatural, Woman SleuthMy Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0. Publisher's SummaryWelcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery - the getaway every reader can afford.Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them. ©2010 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc. Review: Alison is a new divorcee who has returned to her hometown with her nine-year-old daughter, Melissa. Alison plans to turn a Victorian ‘estate’ home on the Jersey Shore into a guest house for vacationers. Shortly after beginning the remodeling of the house, she begins to experience unusual events, one of which knocks her out. When she comes to, she is surprised to have a man and a woman hovering over her. The problem is, they aren’t real people… they are ghosts. Alison learns that Maxi, the former owner of the house, and Paul, a private detective she hired, were murdered, and died in the house. Alison doesn’t want her friends to think she is crazy, but she soon realizes that Melissa can see the ghosts too and she hasn’t been shy about sharing the sightings with her school friends. More disturbing is the fact that Alison receives threats to get out of the house. The local police detective doesn’t give the threats much credit, so Alison sets out to investigate with the insistence and guidance of Paul. This is a fun listen with some tongue in cheek banter. Maxi is a bit of a pistol who is ready to take her frustrations and resentment out on Alison. The investigation leads Alison to interview various characters, several of whom had opportunity and possible money motives. Alison also finds a spark with Melissa’s history teacher who is eager to see the house and has a theory why someone may be pushing to get the owners out of the house.  I like the deed and history connection. I enjoyed the characters, living and deceased, and the mystery. There are a couple of fun twists as the story reaches resolution. I am glad that I have more books in the series which came free through the Audible Plus catalog. I recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries with ghostly ‘friends’. Audio Notes: Amanda Ronconi is a fine narrator who delivers these characters with fitting voices and distinguishing quirks. The audio enhanced my enjoyment of the story. Source: October 2020 Audible Plus Catalog. This qualifies for 2021Audiobook goal.
Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway October 15, 2021
Happy Friday! 16 days to Halloween.TO ENTER FRIDAY PICK.US Entrants: Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.INTERNATIONAL: Leave a comment indicating "Gift Card" (see further comments near the end of the post.) CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 9:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up too late to do the winner post! I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.Thank you to all who entered the October 8, 2021 Pick. There was no automatic win last week. Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times without other people asking for that book during those weeks. There was no title blocked.CONGRATULATIONSto Random.org picked Winners from October 8, 2021 Pick:MARJORIE gets a GCANDELIZABETH gets a GC. All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual, sexy or sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.} Anyone need a hand with your book? LOL!Image found at Indulgy.com on Pinterest. New Book Box #94 May 28, 2021 (10 books) Three Audio CD Books: Web of Evil by J.A. Jance One Good Deed by David Baldacci Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts SINGLE TITLES Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale The Hidden Heart by Laura Kinsale A Summer of Firsts by Susan Wiggs and Sarah Morgan Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane Christmas on 4th Street: An Anthology by Susan Mallery The Stranger by Harlan Coben Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson New Book Groups #92 and #93 November 13, 2020.#92 (15 books):A Most Unsuitable Man by Jo BeverleyThe Tender Stranger by Carolyn DavidsonHer Wedding Wish by Jillian HartHeart's Desire by Ruth Ryan HaganThe Deputy's Duty by Terri ReedSummer by the Sea by Susan WiggsBox #93 (14 books)Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn CreadyThere's Only Been You by Donna Marie Rogers (personally signed)For the Love of Pete by Julia HarperThe Irish Bride by Alexa HarringtonWhen We Met by Susan MalleryAnne of Green Gables by MontgomeryAll of Me by Lori WildeNew Book Group #91 October 2, 2020 - Suspense themedSINGLES: Ten books in this box: Fight or Flight by Natalie J. Damschroder The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman Audiobook PICK TWO  your choice (listed below the picture) Nora Roberts: Born in Fire Audiobook Cassettes Montana SkyValley of Silence Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Blue New Book Group #90 June 19, 2020Quite a few mysteries in this box.SINGLES:Alias by Smy J. FetzerHot Sex by Janet Evanovich (Audio cassettes)New Book Group #89 March 6, 2020Singles: My Surrender by Connie BrockwayHow to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holoquist Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere New Book Group #88 November 8, 2019Singles: A Lady Never Tells by Candace CampDawn of Redemption by Starla ChildsNew Book Group #87 August 23, 2019SINGLES:Captain's Paradise by Kay HooperOpen Season by Linda Howard AUDIO CASSETTESNew Book Group #86 June 7, 2019Another group of variety from my shelves.SINGLES: Show No Fear by Marliss MeltonA Question of God's Balance (Vol 1) by Joseph ThekKing by Right of Blood and Might by Anna L. WallsNew Book Group #85 March 22, 2019A variety from my shelves. SINGLES:Summer Skies by Judith ChristenberryWindfall (two stories) by JoAnn RossDaddy's Little Cowgirl (two stories) by Judith Bowen and Kimberly RayeThe Forever Year, Cold Pursuit, Lover's Lane and Temporary Sanity (Reader's Condensed)ToxiCity by Libby Fischer HillmannNew Book Group #84 December 15, 2018Here are some Christmas titles to pick from. SINGLES:A Family for ThanksgivingOn this Holy NightChristmas HavenKing Harold's Snow JobNew Book Group #83 November 30, 2018 (Starting bottom left and continuing up then down)SINGLESeductive Secrets by Lynne ConnollySeven Up by Janet Evanovich - Audio CassettesA Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein Audio CassettesThree Reader's Digest Condensed Books - each hardback:Cold Harbour and The Courtship of Peggy McCoyThe Things We Do for Love, Three Weeks With My Brother, The Murder Artist and Night Train to LisbonFollow the Stars Home, Hunting Badger, The Quiet Game and Second Wind New Book Group #82 November 9, 2018SINGLES:Magic Strikes by Ilona AndrewsKilling Time by Linda HowardThe Wedding Night by Barbara Dawson SmithNew Book Group #81 August 17, 2018SINGLESBest Laid Plans by Allison BrennanDarkness Tell Us by Richard LaymonCooking Most Deadly by Joanne Pence New Book Group #80 August 17, 2018Note: The Final Judgment andThe Book of Fate are Audio CassettesSINGLES:Summer’s Moon by Lacey BakerThe Final Judgment by Richard North PattersonAudio CassettesFirebird by Janice GrahamNo Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores FossenThe Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer Audio Cassettes New Book Group #79 July 13, 2018I found this box of books buried under some other boxes.The Vanishing Act of Esme Lenox by Maggie O’FarrellP.S. by Helen SchulmanHer Sexiest Surprise by Dawn Atkins (personally autographed)Dakota Child by Linda FordCalling the Shots by Ellen HartmanPromises, Promises by Amber MillerThis Time for Keeps by Jenna MillsA Daughter’s Legacy by Virginia SmithAnother Man’s Baby by Kay Stockham New Book Group #78 April 27, 2018 SINGLESBlackberry BushBreaking PointA Tangled AffairToo Wicked to LoveRoses are Red Audio Cassettes New Book Group #77 February 16, 2018- 

All goneNew Book Group #76 November 3, 2017 13 books remain of the original 37:

I finally Have them Listed!Boots & Booties by Kristine RolofsonSaucer the Conquest by Stephen CoontsThe Scorpion Seducer by Bonnie VanakHell On Earth by David L. Porter Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane GreyThe Glimpses of the Moon by Edith WhartonCrisscross by Harmon HenkinMaelstrom by Anne McCaffreyInhuman Condition by Clive Barker101 Commonsense Rules for the Office by John R. Brinkerhoff This shelf of 35 books are what is left from Groups #1 (11/27/09) through Group #75 September 29, 2017(Title list reads left at bottom to right at top - 14 titles.)RehabilitationSecret BlessingNamed of the DragonAunt Erma's Cope Book The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan Bound by Destiny by Rayka Mennen(Title list reads left at bottom to right at top - 21 titles.)Plan of Attack by Dan Brown(*Three One more very old books from my Gothics box.) *The Man in the Garden by Paule Mason (1969 - yellowed)Fire Dancer by Ann Maxwell*Four One books are very old; pulled from a box of gothic novels I found.*Maggie – Her Marriage by Taylor Caldwell (1953 very old, yellowed pages, some stain damage doesn't effect reading)First Things First by Stephen R. Covey- Audio CassetteTrilogy Of Mysteries Audio Book Shadow Prey, There Was A Little Girl, Smokescreen Audio Cassettes (NOT CDs)Raintree Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones (spine creases)The Shadowing by Joan OverfieldThe Sweetheart Dance by Patti Ann ColtBOX 4 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 47-53)Undateable by Ellen Rakieten & Anne CoyleJezebel by Katherine SutcliffThe Hidden Truth of Cytech's Randall Forty by Vickie KennedyBreakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes (link is for mass media version)BOX 3 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 39- 47)Shetland Summer by Janet LynnfordBOX 2 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 24- 38)The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon SharpeA Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley -- NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this oneAn Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac AsimovBOX #1 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 1- 23)Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. SpenserAlien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah ChesterIf you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.I started Friday Pick on November 27, 2009 and in almost TEN years I have posted 91 groups of 16 books plus an additional 21 totaling 1,477 books available to find new homes! (As of November 6, 2020).I am happy to say that so far about 1,374 books have found new homes through this feature! YAY. [A year or so ago I posted I had reached 2000 books given away. As I calculated the numbers 11/2/17 I realized that had to be an error. I realized I went from 1098 to 2001 instead of 1101. Guess I was tired; sorry for the error.] I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed. I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want!Note rules here regarding international entries.Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, TWRP, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors, your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to faraway places runs between $7.00 and $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!
Audio Book Review: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer, August Cole
This is an interesting, scary, 'future war' possibility.Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World WarWritten By: P.W. Singer, August Cole Narrated By: Rich OrlowGhost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, P.W. Singer, August ColeDuration: 14 hours 28 minutesPublisher: Recorded Books Genre: Military, Political Fiction, TechnothrillersMy Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0. Summary:The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the U.S. into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists. Ghost Fleet is unique in that every piece of technology featured in the novel already exists or is in the works. Peter W. Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and a consultant for the US Department of Defense and FBI. August Cole is a journalist and writer specializing in national security issues and is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. Review: China is taking over while the United States flounders. Then China’s specially trained hackers take control of the U.S. computers shutting down electronics locally and globally by taking control of the satellites. The U.S. has nothing to fight with except the Navy’s Ghost Fleet which is made up of antiquated ships that don’t rely on up-to-date technology. The story follows specific characters which include a reluctant ship captain whose father, a former naval grunt (hands-on worker) gets assigned to the same ship, a female assassin (very slick!), a Chinese General struggling to get his strategies approved, a Russian officer who isn’t quite sure which side he should be supporting, and more. Some of the characters are rather extreme therefore unrealistic and several are too slightly developed. But a highlight of the story is all of the tech that is described and used as the author explains they are real and available. Some of these, especially the hackers VR type tools, and advanced gunnery, are rather scary. Apparently, the book is full of footnotes supporting tech and other details. As the story started, there were many character threads that made it a little hard to follow on audio. I was able to settle in to catch most of the shifting scenes and characters. There are some pretty dry segments describing the tech in detail that slows the pacing. Still, I like the military strategy and action, and found the story entertaining. I recommend it to readers interested in modern tech with fictional military intrigue. Audio Notes: Rich Orlow does a good job with the narration. He manages the different voices well and does a good effort to keep the pace moving. I tend to think Orlow is a good narrator for military or other thrillers. I will look forward to listening to other books by him. Source: 1/24/2020 January Audiobooks.com Free VIP selection. This qualifies for 2021TBR and 2021Audiobook goals.
Sunday Post October 10, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 11, 2021
Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.It's Monday! What Are You Reading? now at The Book Date (at WordPress)What Are You Reading? is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.I just keep plugging away at work. Finished a couple of probates; moving a couple of litigation files to the next step. Meanwhile I am doing all the final policies for the title company and we are almost up to date (within 30 days). Staff declared Monday as an one of their official holidays but I will work.   Our little Bear-dog got groomed this week. I asked Hubby to get a before pic but he forgot.He is a cute dog - loves to give kisses. Our mornings and evenings are both darker. Meanwhile the weather is finally cooling.We had heavy rains last week and our office had minimal leaking -- mainly because our cleaning person put a trash can in the ceiling to catch the leaks - but even that had only a little. So I think our roof leaks are patched for now. The units on both sides are still having leaks.I enjoyed my listening this week, finishing two audiobooks.  I posted two reviews and my usual memes.I visited 18 blogs last week. Shout Out this week to WAVES OF FICTION. This blog is hosted by Rachel, Arlene and Crystal who read and share "New Adult, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Urban Fantasy and Adult Paranormal reads.”Audible offerings for free children's titles ended June 30.Audiobooks.com is still sharing some free listens for children. These were last week's posts:Sunday Post October 3, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 4, 2021.NGA2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt; Genre: Animals, Holidays, Legal Procedures, Mystery; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5. A2021- Audio Book Review: Bunker (Book 1) by Jay Falconer; Genre: Action, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Thriller; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0. Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway October 8, 2021. Open Worldwide. Ending 10/14/2021.MBS September 2021 Reading List Wrap Up. MBS 2021 FRATERFEST READATHON #FraterfestRAT. Sunday Words of Encouragement October 10, 2021. Finished Reading: 1. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, P.W. Singer, August Cole Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World WarWritten By: P.W. Singer, August ColeNarrated By: Rich OrlowDuration: 14 hours 28 minutesThis is an interesting, scary, 'future war' possibility.Source: 1/24/2020 January Audiobooks.com Free VIP selection.Click on book title for full description. 2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR) Night of the Living DeedBy: E.J. CoppermanNarrated by: Amanda Ronconi(Book 1 in the Haunted Guesthouse series) Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins I started this Saturday and it is a fun listen. As of posting time I only have an hour left so I am counting it finished here. Source: October 2020 Audible Plus Catalog. Publisher's SummaryWelcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery - the getaway every reader can afford.Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them. ©2010 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc. Currently Reading:1. ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)58950207. sy475The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflowerby Tessa BrookmanI am 50% in and honestly, I am struggling with the editing. None of the other reviews mention this so maybe it is a style thing for me but it is terribly distracting. (Dangling participles, cliched phrases, too many adjectives and adverbs, awkward sentences and mixed tenses.) What would you do? Keep reading or set aside?Source: Received from author team for review. Click on book title for full description. 2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR) End Time  By  cover art End Time: The End Time Saga, Book 1By: Daniel GreeneNarrated by: Keith SzarabajkaSeries: The End Time Saga, Book 1Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins I figured I should include at least one Zombie story for October. Source: October 2020 Audible Plus Catalog.Publisher's SummaryThe protests in front of the embassy aren't what they seem....In the dark, primal jungles of the Congo Basin, something is ravaging the local population. When protests turn violent in front of the US embassy in Kinshasa, only the foreign policy experts paid attention. Civil war erupts, and people rip each other apart in the streets of the African capital.To avert disaster and preserve its self-image, an overwhelmed State Department dispatches a team of elite counterterrorism agents to bring their besieged people back alive. Mark Steele, a young agent within the division, and his team of gritty operatives are used to trudging through the worst society has to offer, all while operating from the shadows. But Steele's team is plunging headlong into a maelstrom of death so much worse than rebels in the streets.A highly contagious microbe is spreading unchecked, killing everyone in its wake only to bring them back again as the ravenous undead. Only a lone CDC virologist understands the extent of the outbreak at hand. He cowers among the embassy staff praying for extraction from the hands of death, fearing his part to play in the epidemic. Follow this harrowing tale of survival, duty, love and horror as the living dead bring the world to its knees. The first installment of an epic series, End Time starts as a slow burn that turns into a breakneck-paced struggle for survival. Greene does an excellent job of depicting individual stories within the larger scope of the global epidemic. Enter the End Time. ©2018 Daniel Greene (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. October 10, 2021 - I am on track. I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. I am reading/listening to the NLT Tyndale version of the Bible on You Version App so Hubby and I are reading the same passages each day. No new study yet. I completed only one (two by Monday) book and will review both this week. My NetGalley shelf remains at 1 new children's title and 3 old ebooks titles, one of which I plan to read this month.  I have two author titles remaining in queue. I'm still working on reading these.(Plus a few that I received from facebook links and newsletter sign-ups, not specific review requests.)Still many titles through InstaFreebie and many new author requests I haven't replied to.Welcome to Mailbox Monday.Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. This Meme started with Marcia at A Girl and Her Books (fka The Printed Page) and after a tour of hosts has returned to its permanent home at Mailbox Monday. Thanks to the ladies sharing hosting duties: Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, me and new to the team, Velvet at vvb32reads. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. I requested/received no new review titles this week.I picked up five free Audible Plus books.I resisted purchasing audios this week. Four free Kindle titles. (Note these are in my Amazon library, NOT on my Kindle until I download and transfer them.) Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?Review TitlesNONE WonNONEPurchased NONE FreeFive Audible Plus Catalog titles: Harper's Ten: Fractured Space, Book 0.5By: J.G. CresseyNarrated by: Alex WyndhamSeries: Fractured Space, Book 0.5 Length: 6h 29m A Winter HauntingBy: Dan SimmonsNarrated by: Bronson PinchotSeries: Summer of Night, Book 2 Length: 9h 49m When the Morning Glory BloomsBy: Cynthia RuchtiNarrated by: Melinda Sward Length: 9h 27m Mort(e): A NovelBy: Robert RepinoNarrated by: Bronson PinchotSeries: The War with No Name, Book 1 Length: 11h 8m HalloweenThe Official Movie NovelizationBy: John PassarellaNarrated by: Emily Sutton-SmithLength: 9 hrs and 1 min I searched Horror and found this in the Plus Catalog plus many more that I didn't add to my library yet. Four Kindle Titles - from Facebook links. Deadly Touch: A gripping Detective Crime Thriller Short Story (Robin Matthews Series)Audrey Walker Lavish LiesCharlotte Byrd The Buried Symbol: A Discovery of Magic (Runes of Issalia Book 1)Jeffrey L. Kohanek Mail Order Bride: The Bride's Bond: Clean and Wholesome Western Historical Romance (Mail Order Brides For ALL Seasons)Faith Johnson Other Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.
Sunday Words of Encouragement October 10, 2021
We enjoyed Sunday School again this morning with an excellent lesson I hope to share another day. In church we had moving worship that led to time with Spirit before Pastor shared his sermon. As Pastor noted, God is always moving but do we respond? We need to be willing to break through the ceiling or the walls of comfort and resistance. The believer should always be pushing to reach new levels in our relationship with God. This comment fit in with Pastor’s conclusion to the series Walking With Jesus. Our ultimate companion and partner, is Jesus, and the Holy Spirit living in us. As stated in the earlier messages, our roots should grow into Him. Colossians 2: 6-7.We are all familiar with company products and limited warranties that deliver failed promises. But we can always rely on the promises of God. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will dwell with the believer. He sends us the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, as His representative. John 14:15-29. The Point: True intimacy with God is possible because the Holy Spirit lives in us. Abraham was given a promise, before he ever had a child, that he would be the father of many nations. Jesus died for believers so we might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14. Submitting to the Holy Spirit helps us become more like Jesus. It is more than WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). It is being more like Jesus. God has that goal for you. We are children in the family of God and share in sufferings so that we may share in God’s glory. Romans 8:15-17. The Holy Spirit and our spirit long for connection and intimacy. The flesh pushes against the spiritual connection. As Francis Chan says, our job is to put our flesh to death. “The Bible admonishes us in Romans 8:13 to put to death the deeds of the sinful flesh by the Holy Spirit so that we might truly live.” See Chan’s blog - The Ordinary Christian. The Holy Spirit leads us to life with Christ, to accomplish God's purpose.“When we are at our wits’ end for an answer, then the Holy Spirit can give us an answer. But how can He give us an answer when we are still well supplied with all sorts of answers of our own? -Karl Barth-” ― Francis Chan, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. And why does it take us so long to get to God’s way? A sure sign of the Holy Spirit's working in us is that Jesus is magnified through us. “The Christian’s life in all its aspects—intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness—is supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate and sustain it. So apart from him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will be no believers and no congregations at all. -J. I. Packer-” ― Francis Chan, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.Today is the day to move and respond to the Holy Spirit. Now...and at all moments. You cannot be led and follow without worshiping and magnifying Him. We should worship the one God magnifies – Christ Jesus. I chose this song for today “Yahweh”: Verses for Today: Romans 8:15-17 NIV 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.Lord, keep me close to you through the Holy Spirit. Help me fight the flesh that leads me against Your Will.Pin on ScriptureRomans 8:15,16 | Romans 8 15, Deliverance prayers, Romans
MBS 2021 FRATERFEST READATHON #FraterfestRAT
2021 Fraterfest This readathon is hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and lasts from 10/15-10/25/2021. The rules are fairly easy (follow the link above): Between Midnight October 15th and ending at 11:59 pm October 25th; read or listen to thrillers, mysteries, paranormal, horror, supernatural, witchy, ghostly or serial killer novels and novellas. I estimate I might get in 25 hours listening time and a little bit of ebook time. 8 books (5TBR and 3 current) completed for FRATERFEST 2018 10 TBR titles for FRATERFEST 2019 6 books (2TBR and 4 current) for FRATERFEST 2018 I am going to try to stick to TBR books except for one of the NetGalley titles and the Bookfunnel ebook. Here are some of the titles I may pick from to read or listen to for 2021 Fraterfest:eBooks: 58918781NetGalley: The Secret Halloween Costume by Sophie VaillancourtWitches and Poppets by Melanie Karsak – Bookfunnel 10/3/2021NetGalley TBR: My Dead Friend Sarah by Peter RoschAudio Books:A2020 Countdown: A Prequel Story to Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry 19mAA2018 The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 0h 44m A2020 Black Virus: Black Rust, Book 1 by Bobby Adair 2h 34mA2020 Once Upon a Haunted Moor, The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1 by Harper Fox 2h 57mA2020 Dead Acre by Rhett C. Bruno , Jaime Castle 3h 24mDead Acre Audiobook By Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle cover artA2020 Murder by Other Means: The Dispatcher, Book 2 by John Scalzi 3h 33mA2020 A Crazy Inheritance Series: Ghostsitter, Book 1 by Tommy Krappweis 4h 25mA2020 Second Skin, Audible Original Novella by Christian White 2h 28m AC2020 Gustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro 4h 42m Chirp A2020 Monster, She Wrote The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger, Melanie R. Anderson Length: 7h 29mA2020 Dusty's Diary by Bobby Adair 7h 44mAC2019 Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan 7h 47m ChirpA2020 Monster Hunt NYC: The Monster Hunt NYC, Book 1 by Harmon Cooper 7h 53m I have another list of longer books available for October reading -- this year or in the future. 🙂 But Why Tho? A Geek Community 13 Halloween Horror Films to Watch This  OctoberImage found at But Why Tho?
MBS September 2021 Reading List Wrap Up
MBS 2021 Reading List - SEPTEMBERCode for the list is: A = Audible; ABB = Audiobook Boome = eBook; eA = eBook from Author; eT = eBook from TourNG = NetGalley P = Print; PT = Print from TourLBC = Ladies Book ClubTBR = From the TBR shelves prior to 2020Favorites for the month: 5 Stars = None4.75 Stars = None4.5 Stars = A Worthy Pursuit, Killer Lawyer and Penny Preston and the King's BladeATBR- Audio Book Review: The Dauntless by Alex Kings; Genre: Military, Science Fiction, Space Opera; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.0; Narration 4.25. ATBR- Audio Book Review: A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer; Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational, Romance; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5. ATBR- Audible Book Review: Who in the World is Carmen Sandiego by Rebecca Tinker; Genre: Children's Audiobooks, Literature & Fiction; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.25. NGA2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Striking Range (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #7) by Margaret Mizushima; Genre: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Police Procedures, Women Sleuths; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.0. A2021- Audible Book Review: The Unwanted Heiress by Amy Corwin; Genre: Historical Romance, Regency; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.0; Narration 4.0. eBTBR- Book Review: Killer Lawyer (Jake Wolfe Book 3) by Mark Nolan; Genre: Action, Crime Thriller, Mystery; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0. ATBR- Audible Book Review: Commune, Book Three by Joshua Gayou; Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.5. A2021- Audible Book Review: Penny Preston and the King’s Blade, Misaligned Book III, by Armen Pogharian; Genre: Fantasy, Teen and YA, Time Travel; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5. Author2021- Poetry Book Review: Palm Lines by Jonathan Koven; Genre: Emotion, Nature, Poetry; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0. NGA2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt; Genre: Animals, Holidays, Legal Procedures, Mystery; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5. Total read = 10 TBR = 5New Authors = 5Audio/Audible = 8 (4 TBRs) NetGalley = 2 (2 audios) (0 TBRs) Author Review books (other than NG) = 3 Nonfiction = 1eBook = 1 (1 TBR) Print = 0 (0 TBR)Goal Progress (to Date meaning through the end of the given month): Goodreads Goal Read to Date: 113 of 124TBR to Date: 78 of 90 totalDONE - Audio to Date: 83 of 64NetGalley to Date: 27 of 24DONE - Author Reviews: 12 of 12Nonfiction: 11 of 12TBR ebooks or Print: 9 of 24 • Series: 71 (27 continuing, 44 new)• New to me Series: 44 (17 Yes to continue; 12 likely to continue, 11 maybe, unlikely 4) • Finished for me Series: 1 Special Goals• Seasonal title: 3 of 4: Winter, Spring, Summer • Color in title: 6 of 8: Red, Black, Gold, Blue, Blonde, Diamond DONE • Alphabet letters covered: 26 Mixed media: 10 Jan + 6 Feb + 2 March + 1 April + 2 May + 2 June + 1 July + 2 August (26 of 26) • Alphabet letters covered: 26 Audio only (not the same): 1 Jan + 4 Feb + 7 March + 5 April + 4 May + 1 June + 0 July + 1 August + 0 September (23 of 26) Remaining: N, V and X
Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway October 8, 2021
Happy Friday! TO ENTER FRIDAY PICK.US Entrants: Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.INTERNATIONAL: Leave a comment indicating "Gift Card" (see further comments near the end of the post.) CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 9:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up too late to do the winner post! I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.Thank you to all who entered the October 1, 2021 Pick. There was no automatic win last week. Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times without other people asking for that book during those weeks. There was no title blocked.CONGRATULATIONSto Random.org picked Winners from October 1, 2021 Pick:LINDA gets a GCANDMARYP gets a GC. All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual, sexy or sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.} Getting ready for Halloween!Image found at Get Literary. New Book Box #94 May 28, 2021 (10 books) Three Audio CD Books: Web of Evil by J.A. Jance One Good Deed by David Baldacci Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts SINGLE TITLES Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale The Hidden Heart by Laura Kinsale A Summer of Firsts by Susan Wiggs and Sarah Morgan Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane Christmas on 4th Street: An Anthology by Susan Mallery The Stranger by Harlan Coben Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson New Book Groups #92 and #93 November 13, 2020.#92 (15 books):A Most Unsuitable Man by Jo BeverleyThe Tender Stranger by Carolyn DavidsonHer Wedding Wish by Jillian HartHeart's Desire by Ruth Ryan HaganThe Deputy's Duty by Terri ReedSummer by the Sea by Susan WiggsBox #93 (14 books)Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn CreadyThere's Only Been You by Donna Marie Rogers (personally signed)For the Love of Pete by Julia HarperThe Irish Bride by Alexa HarringtonWhen We Met by Susan MalleryAnne of Green Gables by MontgomeryAll of Me by Lori WildeNew Book Group #91 October 2, 2020 - Suspense themedSINGLES: Ten books in this box: Fight or Flight by Natalie J. Damschroder The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman Audiobook PICK TWO  your choice (listed below the picture) Nora Roberts: Born in Fire Audiobook Cassettes Montana SkyValley of Silence Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Blue New Book Group #90 June 19, 2020Quite a few mysteries in this box.SINGLES:Alias by Smy J. FetzerHot Sex by Janet Evanovich (Audio cassettes)New Book Group #89 March 6, 2020Singles: My Surrender by Connie BrockwayHow to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holoquist Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere New Book Group #88 November 8, 2019Singles: A Lady Never Tells by Candace CampDawn of Redemption by Starla ChildsNew Book Group #87 August 23, 2019SINGLES:Captain's Paradise by Kay HooperOpen Season by Linda Howard AUDIO CASSETTESNew Book Group #86 June 7, 2019Another group of variety from my shelves.SINGLES: Show No Fear by Marliss MeltonA Question of God's Balance (Vol 1) by Joseph ThekKing by Right of Blood and Might by Anna L. WallsNew Book Group #85 March 22, 2019A variety from my shelves. SINGLES:Summer Skies by Judith ChristenberryWindfall (two stories) by JoAnn RossDaddy's Little Cowgirl (two stories) by Judith Bowen and Kimberly RayeThe Forever Year, Cold Pursuit, Lover's Lane and Temporary Sanity (Reader's Condensed)ToxiCity by Libby Fischer HillmannNew Book Group #84 December 15, 2018Here are some Christmas titles to pick from. SINGLES:A Family for ThanksgivingOn this Holy NightChristmas HavenKing Harold's Snow JobNew Book Group #83 November 30, 2018 (Starting bottom left and continuing up then down)SINGLESeductive Secrets by Lynne ConnollySeven Up by Janet Evanovich - Audio CassettesA Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein Audio CassettesThree Reader's Digest Condensed Books - each hardback:Cold Harbour and The Courtship of Peggy McCoyThe Things We Do for Love, Three Weeks With My Brother, The Murder Artist and Night Train to LisbonFollow the Stars Home, Hunting Badger, The Quiet Game and Second Wind New Book Group #82 November 9, 2018SINGLES:Magic Strikes by Ilona AndrewsKilling Time by Linda HowardThe Wedding Night by Barbara Dawson SmithNew Book Group #81 August 17, 2018SINGLESBest Laid Plans by Allison BrennanDarkness Tell Us by Richard LaymonCooking Most Deadly by Joanne Pence New Book Group #80 August 17, 2018Note: The Final Judgment andThe Book of Fate are Audio CassettesSINGLES:Summer’s Moon by Lacey BakerThe Final Judgment by Richard North PattersonAudio CassettesFirebird by Janice GrahamNo Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores FossenThe Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer Audio Cassettes New Book Group #79 July 13, 2018I found this box of books buried under some other boxes.The Vanishing Act of Esme Lenox by Maggie O’FarrellP.S. by Helen SchulmanHer Sexiest Surprise by Dawn Atkins (personally autographed)Dakota Child by Linda FordCalling the Shots by Ellen HartmanPromises, Promises by Amber MillerThis Time for Keeps by Jenna MillsA Daughter’s Legacy by Virginia SmithAnother Man’s Baby by Kay Stockham New Book Group #78 April 27, 2018 SINGLESBlackberry BushBreaking PointA Tangled AffairToo Wicked to LoveRoses are Red Audio Cassettes New Book Group #77 February 16, 2018- 

All goneNew Book Group #76 November 3, 2017 13 books remain of the original 37:

I finally Have them Listed!Boots & Booties by Kristine RolofsonSaucer the Conquest by Stephen CoontsThe Scorpion Seducer by Bonnie VanakHell On Earth by David L. Porter Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane GreyThe Glimpses of the Moon by Edith WhartonCrisscross by Harmon HenkinMaelstrom by Anne McCaffreyInhuman Condition by Clive Barker101 Commonsense Rules for the Office by John R. Brinkerhoff This shelf of 35 books are what is left from Groups #1 (11/27/09) through Group #75 September 29, 2017(Title list reads left at bottom to right at top - 14 titles.)RehabilitationSecret BlessingNamed of the DragonAunt Erma's Cope Book The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan Bound by Destiny by Rayka Mennen(Title list reads left at bottom to right at top - 21 titles.)Plan of Attack by Dan Brown(*Three One more very old books from my Gothics box.) *The Man in the Garden by Paule Mason (1969 - yellowed)Fire Dancer by Ann Maxwell*Four One books are very old; pulled from a box of gothic novels I found.*Maggie – Her Marriage by Taylor Caldwell (1953 very old, yellowed pages, some stain damage doesn't effect reading)First Things First by Stephen R. Covey- Audio CassetteTrilogy Of Mysteries Audio Book Shadow Prey, There Was A Little Girl, Smokescreen Audio Cassettes (NOT CDs)Raintree Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones (spine creases)The Shadowing by Joan OverfieldThe Sweetheart Dance by Patti Ann ColtBOX 4 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 47-53)Undateable by Ellen Rakieten & Anne CoyleJezebel by Katherine SutcliffThe Hidden Truth of Cytech's Randall Forty by Vickie KennedyBreakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes (link is for mass media version)BOX 3 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 39- 47)Shetland Summer by Janet LynnfordBOX 2 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 24- 38)The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon SharpeA Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley -- NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this oneAn Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac AsimovBOX #1 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 1- 23)Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. SpenserAlien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah ChesterIf you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.I started Friday Pick on November 27, 2009 and in almost TEN years I have posted 91 groups of 16 books plus an additional 21 totaling 1,477 books available to find new homes! (As of November 6, 2020).I am happy to say that so far about 1,374 books have found new homes through this feature! YAY. [A year or so ago I posted I had reached 2000 books given away. As I calculated the numbers 11/2/17 I realized that had to be an error. I realized I went from 1098 to 2001 instead of 1101. Guess I was tired; sorry for the error.] I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed. I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want!Note rules here regarding international entries.Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, TWRP, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors, your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to faraway places runs between $7.00 and $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!
Audio Book Review: Bunker (Book 1) by Jay Falconer
This is a quick post-apocalyptic listen with a hero that I like.Bunker (Book 1)Written by Jay J. FalconerNarrated by Gary TiedemannRun Time 3h 46minRelease Date: March 31, 2017Publisher: BookBreeze.comGenre: Action, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, ThrillerMy Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0. Publisher DescriptionCyber-Attacks. EMPs. Invasion. War. When the end comes, few will have the ability to survive.When a coordinated attack takes out the nation’s power grid, a small town finds itself at ground zero of an all-out invasion.With limited options and no time to prepare, the citizens have no choice but to turn to a mysterious drifter, Jack Bunker, for help.The former combat engineer has the skills to keep them alive, but he won’t be able to do it alone, not against an overwhelmingly superior force. Somehow he’ll have to find a way to transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade warriors and lead them into battle, despite his dark past that leads some to wonder whose side is he really on?The Bunker series is a 5-part explosive, high-octane thriller. If you like pulse-pounding action, resourceful warriors, and deep political intrigue, then you’ll love this bestselling tale of true grit. It’s Rambo versus Red Dawn, only amped-up with one thrilling scene after another. Review: Jack Bunker is a soldier with a mysterious past. He was looking forward to ‘decompressing’ and finding a new beginning when events went haywire. Bunker was on a train traveling north when the power went out. At the same time, the cell phones and tablets of passengers went dead. Next a plane plunged from the sky. It is clear that Bunker suspects a greater problem – an EMP strike – that many others don’t recognize. Sitting next to Bunker on the train is a young woman and her 10 year-old son. When Bunker chooses to exit the train and start walking, the woman, Stephanie, and her son, Jeffrey, are determined to go with him. Bunker doesn’t want to take any responsibility for them, but he can’t force them not to follow. Before Bunker and his companions get to the town they set out for, they are pulled in to rescue a busload of children. Now Bunker is in town and facing a crowd with leaders who aren’t sure how to protect themselves from the disruptions that are quickly spreading. The author has not yet revealed Bunker’s full background, so he is still a mystery, which adds interest to the story. The post-apocalyptic event has just occurred so there is still a lot to learn about what or who caused the event. I liked the action which I hope will increase in the next books. The writing could use more depth, but it has an easy flow in this series opener. I didn’t necessarily find this ‘enthralling’, but I found it entertaining and want to continue. I was glad I could get audio books 2-5 for just under $10.00 at Chirp. I recommend this to fans of the post-apocalyptic genre. Audio Notes: Gary Tiedemann does a fine job with the narration. The voices are distinct and the energy fit the story. I look forward to listening to more in the series. Source: 9/5/2021 Chirp Purchase $.99. This qualifies for 2021Audiobook goal.
#NetGalley Audio Book Review: Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt
As usual with this series, I enjoyed the legal aspects and mystery... and dogs. Best in Snow(Andy Carpenter #24)by David RosenfeltNarrated by Grover Gardner Best in Snow: An Andy Carpenter MysterySeries: Andy Carpenter Series, Book 24 6 hours and 52 minutesRelease date: 10-19-21Publisher: Macmillan Audio Genre: Animals, Holidays, Legal Procedures, MysteryMy Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5. Publisher's SummaryIn this Christmas mystery, Best in Snow, lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are on the beat after a body turns up in the snow and a journalist is nowhere to be found.Christmas has come early to the town of Paterson, New Jersey, in the form of a snowstorm that left over two feet of snow on the ground. Lawyer Andy Carpenter likes snow - to a point - but he misses the walks he takes his dogs on every day. When the snow starts to melt, and a body is discovered, Andy ends up in the office of the local newspaper editor. The murder victim is that of crooked businessman Thomas Lansing, who had an infamous relationship with the newspaper. Last year a young reporter published an expose, and Lansing had him fired for libel. Now, the young reporter - and prime suspect - isn’t answering his phone...and everyone is worried. Andy agrees to take the case, though it’s not looking good this holiday season. The snow is piling up - along with the evidence - in the next Christmas mystery in this best-selling series from David Rosenfelt. A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books ©2021 David Rosenfelt (P)2021 Macmillan Audio Review: Wealthy and want-to-be retired lawyer, Andy Carpenter, is out walking the dogs when his main dog, Tara, sniffs out a body under the snow. It turns out to be the local mayor and the police are quick to focus on a young reporter, Bobby Nash, who had reason to have a grudge. When they find blood in Bobby’s trunk, he is arrested for the murder. One of Andy’s drinking ‘buddies’, Vince, a newspaper editor and Bobby’s former boss, coerces Andy into taking on the defense representation. Evidence builds against Bobby as his car and phone are placed at the scene and the mayor’s wife advises the police that Bobby made threatening phone calls a few days before the murder. Unfortunately, Bobby isn’t able to help much with the facts as he was in a car accident shortly after the murder and has no memory of the events. When a potential witness is killed, it seems to turn the search away from Bobby who was in the hospital. Until it is determined that the source of the second murder could have been set up before Bobby was arrested. Still, Andy sees lots of holes in the evidence. He just needs more facts to lead the jury to a different conclusion – to reasonable doubt. Andy gathers his quirky crew of investigators, and they get busy searching out alternate suspects. Attempts to eliminate Bobby and Andy make it clear that there are other suspects to be found. As usual in this fun series, the Carpenter Team is able to dig out good facts pointing to bad actors further afield. The necessary details don’t get to Andy until the eleventh hour and he and his client have to wait out the jury verdict. I enjoy this series for its unique characters. Andy has a snarky personality but his crew dish right back at him. I also enjoy the legal proceedings, in preparation and presentation. The writing is concise and moves along at a good pace. I recommend this story to fans of legal procedure mysteries. Each book is a new murder or criminal event so they can be read as standalones. However, I do recommend reading the first several to get to know the characters… and that may lead to reading more in the series. Audio Notes: Grover Gardner is the voice of Andy Carpenter and pulls me right into the story. I have read one or two of the books on Kindle and I still can hear Gardner’s voice. I have to smile as soon as I start listening. I love listening to this series. Source: 9/9/2021 from NetGalley. This qualifies for 2021NetGalley and 2021Audiobook goals.
Sunday Post October 3, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 4, 2021
Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.It's Monday! What Are You Reading? now at The Book Date (at WordPress)What Are You Reading? is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.Last week was full of appointments and day to day work.   Here is a picture with one of the local fawns who still has her spots (to the left of the shed). This group of six (one behind the shed and another further to the right) were under our bedroom window in the back yard. Our Temps hit in the 90s last week but this coming week the temps are supposed t range 63 to 85.I enjoyed reading and audio this week, finishing one poetry and two audiobooks.  I posted two reviews and my usual memes.I visited only 16 blogs again last week. Shout Out this week to THE READING BUD. Heena, aka Crazy Cat Writer, the founder and admin of The Reading Bud, is an author and editor who spends her free time “reading tons and tons of books and reviewing them!”Audible offerings for free children's titles ended June 30.Audiobooks.com is still sharing some free listens for children. These were last week's posts:Sunday Post September 26, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday September 27, 2021.A2021- Audible Book Review: Penny Preston and the King’s Blade, Misaligned Book III, by Armen Pogharian; Genre: Fantasy, Teen and YA, Time Travel; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5. Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway October 1, 2021. Open Worldwide. Ending 10/7/2021.Author2021- Poetry Book Review: Palm Lines by Jonathan Koven; Genre: Emotion, Nature, Poetry; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0. Sharing Beyond Books #431 Comment Giveaway October 2, 2021. Open Worldwide. Ending 10/16/2021. Sunday Words of Encouragement October 3, 2021. Finished Reading:1. PDF/Compter (Author2021) 56354292. sy475 Palm Linesby Jonathan Koven This has beautiful imagery. Source: 7/14/2021 I accepted an Author request to read and review.My review is linked above. 2. Audible/Smartphone (A2021) Best in Snow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery Best in Snow(Andy Carpenter #24)by David RosenfeltNarrated by Grover Gardner6 hours and 52 minutesAs usual with this series, I enjoyed the legal aspects and mystery... and dogs. Source: 9/9/2021 from NetGalley.Click on book title for full description. 3. Audio/Smartphone (A2021)Bunker (Book 1)Written by Jay J. FalconerNarrated by Gary TiedemannRun Time 3h 46minI have had this series in my Wish List and decided to try the first book before buying a bundle.I like the hero and I like the beginning with the suspected EMP strike. (I purchased more in the series.)Source: 9/5/2021 Chirp Purchase $.99.Publisher DescriptionCyber-Attacks. EMPs. Invasion. War. When the end comes, few will have the ability to survive.When a coordinated attack takes out the nation’s power grid, a small town finds itself at ground zero of an all-out invasion.With limited options and no time to prepare, the citizens have no choice but to turn to a mysterious drifter, Jack Bunker, for help.The former combat engineer has the skills to keep them alive, but he won’t be able to do it alone, not against an overwhelmingly superior force. Somehow he’ll have to find a way to transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade warriors and lead them into battle, despite his dark past that leads some to wonder whose side is he really on?The Bunker series is a 5-part explosive, high-octane thriller. If you like pulse-pounding action, resourceful warriors, and deep political intrigue, then you’ll love this bestselling tale of true grit. It’s Rambo versus Red Dawn, only amped-up with one thrilling scene after another. Currently Reading:1. ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)58950207. sy475The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflowerby Tessa BrookmanI am 25% in and interested to see how it proceeds.Source: Received from author team for review. Click on book title for full description. 2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, P.W. Singer, August Cole Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World WarWritten By: P.W. Singer, August ColeNarrated By: Rich OrlowDuration: 14 hours 28 minutesIt's October so I am beginning "ghost" stories and mysteries. :-)This one is actually suspense -- and scary as I am three hours in.Source: 1/24/2020 January Audiobooks.com Free VIP selection.Summary:The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the U.S. into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists. Ghost Fleet is unique in that every piece of technology featured in the novel already exists or is in the works. Peter W. Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and a consultant for the US Department of Defense and FBI. August Cole is a journalist and writer specializing in national security issues and is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. October 3, 2021 - I am on track. I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. I am reading/listening to the NLT Tyndale version of the Bible on You Version App so Hubby and I are reading the same passages each day. I finished the five day study: The Great Surrender. I completed three books and have two still to review this week. My NetGalley shelf remains at 1 new children's title and 3 old ebooks titles, one of which I plan to read this month.  I have two author titles remaining in queue. I'm still working on reading these.(Plus a few that I received from facebook links and newsletter sign-ups, not specific review requests.)Still many titles through InstaFreebie and many new author requests I haven't replied to.Welcome to Mailbox Monday.Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. This Meme started with Marcia at A Girl and Her Books (fka The Printed Page) and after a tour of hosts has returned to its permanent home at Mailbox Monday. Thanks to the ladies sharing hosting duties: Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, me and new to the team, Velvet at vvb32reads. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. I received no new review title this week.I picked up five titles at Chirp.I resisted other audios this week. Seven free Kindle titles. (Note these are in my Amazon library, NOT on my Kindle until I download and transfer them.) Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?Review TitlesNONE WonNONEPurchased10/2/2021 Chirp Purchase Five books $11.95.- I picked up books 2 through 5 of The Bunker series:Bunker (Book 2) Dogs of WarWritten by Jay J. FalconerRead by Gary TiedemannRun Time 4h 40min $1.99 Book cover for Bunker (Book 3) by Jay J. FalconerBunker (Book 3) Code of HonorWritten by Jay J. FalconerRead by Gary TiedemannRun Time 5h 50min$1.99 Book cover for Bunker (Book 4) by Jay J. FalconerBunker (Book 4) Lock and LoadWritten by Jay J. FalconerRead by Gary TiedemannRun Time 6h 45min$2.99 Book cover for Bunker (Book 5) by Jay J. FalconerBunker (Book 5) Zero HourWritten by Jay J. FalconerRead by Gary TiedemannRun Time 6h 22min$2.99 The Zodiac Boxed Set Books 1-3Written by Paul SatingRead by Paul SatingRun Time 21h 37min$1.99 Free Seven Free Kindle Titles Found through Facebook:The Brave Heart (Listen to Your Heart Book 1) by Margaret Lake Once Upon a Townsbridge Story: The Townsbridge Prequel (The Townsbridges) by Sophie Barnes Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story (McCarron’s Corner Book 1) by Sharon K. Middleton Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC® #1): A Motorcycle Club President Romance by Autumn Jones Lake Under Color of Law (Trevor Finnegan Book 1) by Aaron Philip Clark Immortal Killers (Nathan K Book 1) by Stuart Jaffe Courted by a Cowboy: Small Town Contemporary Romance (Texas Sweethearts Book 1) by Mindy Neff Other Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.
Sunday Words of Encouragement October 3, 2021
After 18 months Hubby returned to in person Sunday School and Church today! Pastor welcomed us back, particularly Hubby, who was humbled when people clapped. He is a big teaser and people missed his humor. We shared in worship and then Pastor continued his sermon series on Walking With Jesus. Jesus should be the pilot, and not the copilot. He is always there; He doesn't walk away. We are always in His presence. Pastor reminded us of the foundational verses. ‘… walk with Christ, established in faith…’ Colossians 2:6-7. When we are young, we learn to help neighbors by the example set by our fathers and mothers.Children pick up family values and habits. When we walk with parents or others who serve, we learn to serve. The Disciples were being prepared to serve. They were sent out to serve. Matthew 10:5-20.Jesus prepared and commanded His disciples to serve. They walked with Him, and they learned how to serve.The Point: When we walk with Jesus, we grow to become like Jesus.They learned compassion watching Jesus. He stopped and touched people. He said, “Let the children come to me...” He would see the people not normally seen -- even the demon possessed and the dead. Jesus told His disciples to serve others: to feed the people gathered and then to collect the reminder.Jesus didn't favor anyone above another. Everyone had the same position. Mark 10: 35-45.Serving others should become a part of who we are. There is no position where we are only served.Serving others is the life of the Christ follower.Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, showing them how important it is to be a servant to others. Then he directed them to love one another. John 13:34-35. Loving one another will prove we love Jesus.When we serve like Jesus, people see Jesus in us.Serving others has to be who we are, not what we do or who we were over the past years.We should be serving inside the church and outside the church.I found this video which is a bit beyond my usual tune but I like it.Verses for today:Mark 10:42-45 NIV42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Lord, Help me be a servant that shows your love to others. Mark 10:45 (NIV) - For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but  to serve, and to give his life as a ranso… | The son of man,Serve | Mark 10:42-45 - Tricia Goyer
Sharing Beyond Books #431 Comment Giveaway October 2, 2021
Hello again, Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books.Hello October - the dark, spooky month. Thanks to everyone who commented on the last question.Last post SBB#430 Marjorie asked: What is your favourite place to visit on vacations?? (Expanded by my answer to include: a) If anyone changed their answer from 2013 or b) if vacations have been different due to Covid19 restrictions or c) anyone has a Dream Vacay they'd like to share. )2 commenters haven't traveled due to Covid lockdowns; 2 have no favorite vacation place, one of whom hasn't vacationed in 12 years. One doesn't vacation but visits family. Another 3 named specific locations while one said crusing, one said any beach and another said any mountain with waterfall and woods. For US participants: I need to update and refill the books available to US winners. I have used "Love" and "Christmas" titles as well as ARC titles. Since the supply is lower, I have author collections I could choose from, mostly romance - historical, suspense and some contemporary. What genres/books/authors would you like me to include?The Winner from SBB#430 comments is #8 NATALIJA who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated (**Finally!) ARC/Review titles or (recently updated) Love and Christmas titles - all linked near the end of the post. -- [9-18-2021 I have added a new box and crossed off books no longer available through August 2021.]Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.WEEK #431(One Question.) Fredamans asks: What is one book that has impacted you since the moment you closed it?I have to say the Bible -- but I don't keep it closed. This year I find myself thinking about The Iron Triangle. I have shared it several times with others reading in the same vein.The images below show how one book can have an impact on its surroundings. 🙂 Image found at Think Marketing Magazine.Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month, I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a 1/2 book choice or $2.50 towards GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify them. .Your turn to share. Fredamans asks: What is one book that has impacted you since the moment you closed it?SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Updated ARC and Other books, including the "Love" and Christmas titles all in one post.SBB Rules:a) Must be a follower.b) Share a comment on the question above.Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 5 PM central.
Poetry Book Review: Palm Lines by Jonathan Koven
I found this work of verse full of beautiful imagery and evoking of emotions.Palm Linesby Jonathan Koven 56354292. sy475ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1734499281Paperback ‏ : ‎ 53 pagesPublisher ‏ : ‎ Toho Publishing (December 18, 2020) Genre: Emotion, Nature, Poetry My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.These heartfelt poems speak to a transformative journey "to rediscover love as both a question and an answer." Seeking hope, honoring family, finding love, accepting time's passage, and understanding gratitude are all major themes explored in this dreamlike collection. Review: This is a thought provoking collection of verse, full of life and relationship topics. The poems are set out in three sections: Life line, Heart line and Head line. I found the imagery descriptive, rich, and beautiful. Several pieces clearly evoke emotions such as sorrow, loneliness, hope and an awe of love. I liked the themes of family, friendship, and love that were shared in the free verse. The blurb description of “dreamlike” is fitting. Let me preface the rest of my comments with the fact that I am more a fan of traditional poetry, and even freestyle, than of free verse. Some of the pieces made me stretch my mind as I might recognize imagery and sense the emotions, but I didn’t fully get the message right away. It might be best to read the full 50+/- pages as some of the poems in the second and third sections helped my understanding of the first section. Also, keep in mind that I was reading for the purpose of reviewing rather than personal enjoyment/engagement. I was engaged, but it might take a slower, second reading, focusing in on each piece, to reach the full level of enjoyment that I do think these verses could supply. I recommend this to fans of free verse poetry and as a short collection to stretch those readers, like me, who favor more traditional poetry. I say “thank you” to the author for providing this work for my review. Source: 7/14/2021 Author request to read and review this collection. This qualifies for my 2021 Author Review goal.
- CBethM
Lights in the Dark: balancing honesty and optimism in The Ice House by Monica Sherwood
I never set out to write a children’s book when I began drafting The Ice House. In fact, when I was a kid, I hated anything marketed specifically toward children.  The whole concept seemed to suggest that because I was young, I couldn’t handle serious things, and I took myself incredibly (far too) seriously. This […]
- CBethM
On Monsters by Anne Ursu
I have a fair few monsters in the books I’ve written, and something I’ve noticed about them is that monsters tend to crawl out of places societies have tried to keep hidden. After the Brett Kavanaugh hearings I desperately needed to find something to say to young people about power and patriarchy but I could […]
- CBethM
When a Teacher Becomes a Peer by Kate McGovern
It was the first session of an Advanced Novel in Progress workshop at GrubStreet, the writing center in Boston where I’ve taken many classes and met many writerly friends over the years. I was sitting at the long table in the middle of the room, waiting for the rest of the class to drift in. […]
- CBethM
The Story Behind Sorry For Your Loss by Joanne Levy
Hi again, Nerdy Book Club friends. In case you missed it, I was here about a year ago, talking about my book FISH OUT OF WATER. That book touched on toxic masculinity and was a gentle but frank look at gender stereotypes while encouraging kids to find and follow their passions. Today, I’m here to […]
- CBethM
ASSASSINATIONS AND DIRTY HANDS – AMBUSHED!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield by Gail Jarrow
Early Friday afternoon, November 22, 1963, I was sitting at my desk in Mrs. Wonderlich’s classroom. One of the boys brought a message from our elementary school’s office. The news was on the radio, he said. President Kennedy has been shot. The world was transfixed by the events of the weekend––first the death of the […]
- CBethM
Oh, the Places You’ll Go (with books)! by G. Neri
What I love about books is that they take you to worlds beyond your imagination. What I love about being an author of books is that it literally takes you to worlds beyond your imagination. Like the time I found myself in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in the middle of winter, looking for a […]
- CBethM
Reading and Writing sitting in a tree, D-R-E-A-M-I-N-G by Claire McFall
I grew up in rural Scotland. Get your mini-violin out, because this is about to get a little pitiful. I moved from England when I was ten (on my tenth birthday, in fact) and I very much had the wrong accent for the new world I was dropped into. It was a small place, everyone […]
- CBethM
Asking Kids Unanswerable Questions by Alex Perry
I am not nearly as entertaining as I think I am. For four years I dreaded seeing my sixth-grade student’s faces slowly glaze over in boredom. Sometimes, one of them might try to liven things up by throwing something across the room or making creative use of the stapler.   I faced moments of recurring […]
- CBethM
My Father’s Books by Eugene Yelchin
My father’s books filled the entire wall of our room. We lived in the USSR, in a Soviet-style communal apartment, in which five of us—my parents, my grandmother, my brother, and I—had to share a single room. The room was small, and my father’s books occupied more space than any one of us. My father […]
- CBethM
Growing Up to Be Superman by Dean Robbins
I was 7 years old, watching TV before bedtime in my footie pajamas. Suddenly, the screen turned blue. Trumpets blared, followed by a whooshing sound. Voices cried: “Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Superman!” There, hands on his hips, stood a guy with a rippling cape and a big red […]

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- Brandon Taylor
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Haunting New Novel
In “The Morning Star,” the Norwegian novelist gives voice to the feeling that something terrible is coming for us all.
- James Marcus
Thoreau in Love
The writer had a deep bond with his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson. But he also had a profound connection with Emerson’s wife.
- Katy Waldman
The Short Story at the Center of the “Bad Art Friend” Saga
A Times Magazine feature has prompted feverish discourse about the ethics of artistic appropriation. Is the art in question any good?
- Kristen Roupenian
The Impact of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Nobel Prize
His beautiful, sensory novels are enlivened by streams of literary influence from outside the English-speaking world.
- Katy Waldman
Reading a Novel Set Entirely in Slack
In “Several People Are Typing,” Calvin Kasulke takes office agony to its outer limits.
- The New Yorker
The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction
This year’s longlist includes three début novels.
- The New Yorker
The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction
This year’s contenders often take on America and the construction of national narrative.
- The New Yorker
The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Poetry
Some of this year’s contenders wrestle with the human dimension of environmental catastrophe.
- The New Yorker
The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Translated Literature
Many of this year’s contenders grapple with the slippery nature of truth and memory.
- The New Yorker
The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature
This year’s nominees often mine the past for lessons.
- Jane Friedman
Business Bootcamps for Writers: Join Me Next Week!
Next week, I am delighted to be moderating two panels in partnership with The Authors Guild Foundation on paths to publication, which are part of a larger series, Business Bootcamps for Writers.
- Andrew Watson
Book Printing 101: What You Need to Know Before Approaching a Printer
Choosing the right materials for your printed book affects not just its appearance but how a potential customer perceives its value.
- Angela Ackerman
Adversaries in Fiction: Who Is Standing in Your Character’s Way?
Your story’s adversary might come in many shapes or sizes. Most important, ensure that the conflict they present has a reason for existing.
- Seth Harwood
Your Writing Matters. A Coach Can Help.
Just as coaches help athletes, writing coaches can help authors be more productive, proficient, and proud of what they accomplish.
- Sharon Oard Warner
Why You Should Write a Novella for NaNoWriMo 2021
Only a fraction of participants reach the finish line. Setting your sights on the more compact novella form might help you go the distance.
- Denne Michele Norris
How Literary Gatekeepers Can Advocate For Black Trans Women

When the finalists for the 2021 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards were announced, Deesha Philyaw was thrilled to learn that she’d been nominated in the Debut Fiction category. Her story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies had been published to much acclaim in late 2020, netting her numerous awards and a place among the finalists […]

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- JR Ramakrishnan
A Novel About Privilege and Class Set in Modern-Day Cairo

In Cairo Circles, Doma Mahmoud lures the reader on a voyeuristic tour of the Egyptian capital’s wildly differing class spheres. On the lowest circle is Zeina, the daughter of a housekeeper to an upper-class Egyptian family. Starting on a New Year’s Eve in the early 2000s, Mahmoud absorbs us with Zeina’s yearning soul and entitled […]

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- Bradley Sides
7 Magical Realism Short Stories Haunted By Emotional Ghosts

I think a lot of us believe in ghosts. In fact, many of us are likely haunted by them. I’m talking about emotional ghosts, of course.   My debut short story collection, Those Fantastic Lives: And Other Strange Stories, has a particular fascination with ghosts. In my stories, there are certainly the kind of transparent, […]

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- K. David Wade

“These Golden Cities” by K. David Wade On the last night of my first spring break home from NYU, I dropped acid with my best friend, Dom. The week had largely been a bust: Grace wouldn’t get back with me; my mother was a ghost; and none of my niggas had changed. Still, the familiarity […]

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- Meredith Talusan
This Filipino American Memoir Confronts Privilege, Sacrifice, and Colonialism’s Legacy

Like the complex Philippine history the book aims to depict, there is no single sentence that can sum up Albert Samaha’s Concepcion, especially when he renders that history through the lens of his own diasporic family, dating back to his ancestors’ first encounter with Europeans. Though nominally a memoir in the sense that it tracks […]

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- Bethany Ball
The Weirdest Schools in Literature

Schools have their own set of rules and morality, rituals and language. What makes sense in an elite private Manhattan school—good grades, fancy clothes, the competitive sports of the wealthy (squash and tennis) can be entirely anathema in a progressive school where cooperation, eschewing of labels, and creativity are valued. In a small community, an […]

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- Eli Cugini

In 2015, Casey Plett wrote about the rise of a particular kind of novel in Canada: ‘Call them the Gender Novels – books about Gender with a capital G.’ She describes the rise of non-trans authors writing sympathetic books about trans characters, exemplified by books like Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex (2002) and Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward […]

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- Elane Kim

Missense Once, I followed the snow, watched as it blinked. In this language, to ask is to bury. In this language, eyes are less than mirrors. What is lost in translation: a bird is a beginning that sings; a horse is an untamed tongue. Pears are as good as boats are as good as stomachs […]

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- Electric Literature

In 2021, the Keystone XL pipeline, which threatened Indigenous burial and archeological sites, was officially cancelled. Canada celebrated its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honor the lost children and survivors of residential schools on September 30. And the Yukon Tribe received the green light to reestablish California condors, a critically endangered species […]

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- Amy Lee Lillard
7 Books About Older Women Behaving Badly

In our youth-obsessed culture, we want older women to disappear. But what happens when they refuse?  In my new story collection, Dig Me Out, I focus on women filled with anger. And often, that’s older women. When women reach forty, our culture tells us we’re no longer sexy or fertile, not as sweet and pliable. […]

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- Diana Murray
3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro
Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.
- Alverne Ball
5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas
Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.
- Script Magazine
Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)
In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!
- Robert Lee Brewer
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice (but Never Writing)
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is to collect writing advice at the expense of actually writing.
- Mark Spencer
The Benefits of Having a Book Coach for Writers
What is a book coach? How could they help authors? Award-winning author and writing instructor Mark Spencer answers these questions and more in this post about the benefits of having a book coach for writers.
- Robert Lee Brewer
Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears
Award-winning author Clare Chambers discusses the fear and excitement of switching genre gears in her new historical fiction novel, Small Pleasures.
- Robert Lee Brewer
Exquisite Corpse: Poetic Forms
Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the exquisite corpse (or exquisite cadaver), a collaborative poem that would make a fun poetic game.
- Peri Chickering
How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers
The writing process is both individual and communal, as receiving constructive feedback and outside encouragement helps our drafts become finished manuscripts. Author Peri Chickering discusses how opening ourselves up to others can make us better writers.
- Stephanie Kane
What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries
Stephanie Kane discusses the impact of Frances Glessner Lee, the godmother of forensic science, and her crime scene dioramas on writing mysteries.
- Robert Lee Brewer
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive
Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, reveal that a character who was thought deceased is actually still among the living.
- Robert Lee Brewer
Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication
Author Mark Anthony hopes to educate and normalize paranormal communication with his new spirituality book, The Afterlife Frequency.
- Richard Girling
Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries
Across the globe and spanning lifetimes, animals have always operated as more than simply animals within the stories they reside. Author Richard Girling discusses how animals have interacted with writers throughout the centuries.
- Michael Woodson
Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.
Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Verble discusses the process of writing her new historical fiction novel, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky.
- Robert Lee Brewer
Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 586
Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a scary poem.
- Terry Helwig
Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing
What do you do in a world perpetually in fast forward? You create spaces for contemplation. Author Terry Helwig offers advice on creating spaces to ponder your bliss and how to find your inner compass.

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- Joe Bunting
Inciting Incident: Definition, Examples, Types, and How to Start a Story Right

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If you are planning on writing a story, there is something you need to consider besides basic plot structure. You need to determine your Inciting Incident.

What incident will compel your protagonist to act, prompting them to move through a meaningful story?

Let's take a look at what an inciting incident is and how to write one.

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- Liz Bureman
In Medias Res: Definition and Examples That Start a Story in the Middle

The article In Medias Res: Definition and Examples That Start a Story in the Middle appeared first on The Write Practice.

One way to tell a story is to introduce the reader to the environment of the story. Descriptions of foliage and dirt roads, or of skyscrapers and clanging subway gears, can get the reader acclimated to the setting and can be a way to introduce the protagonist as a product of their surroundings.

But sometimes you just don't have the patience for that. You want to hit the ground with the plot running at full speed, and once you've gotten the reader's attention and piqued their curiosity, then maybe you explain what's going on and how things got here.

Welcome to the world of in medias res.

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- Joslyn Chase
Subtext Examples: 7 Simple Techniques to Supercharge Your Scenes

The article Subtext Examples: 7 Simple Techniques to Supercharge Your Scenes appeared first on The Write Practice.

As writers, we are always working to make our stories the best they can be. One of the more advanced techniques that can help you do this is by giving an underlying meaning in a scene—otherwise known as subtext. 

In a story, subtext  can be implied by the surface action and dialogue.

When you think about the books and stories that you most enjoyed reading, chances are that story’s scenes were woven with something deeper than what appeared on the surface.

Today I'd like to teach you seven simple techniques for using subtext in your story, which I'll also teach with some subtext examples. 

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- Joe Bunting
Points of a Story: 6 Key Plot Points That Every Story Needs

The article Points of a Story: 6 Key Plot Points That Every Story Needs appeared first on The Write Practice.

One thing writers have told me consistently is that knowing story structure and the major plot points—or points of a story—makes writing great stories easier. But what are the main points of a story? How can you get them into your books?

I've personally found story structure to be incredibly helpful, not just in writing novels and screenplays, but also in memoir and even, sometimes, writing nonfiction books.

In this guide, we're going to talk about the basic points of a story and how to use story structure to make your writing easier and more effective. I'll share the six major plot points and talk about a few other points you might look for when writing a book that will give you a general roadmap to writing your story.

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- David Safford
The Ordinary World: The First Step in the Hero’s Journey

The article The Ordinary World: The First Step in the Hero’s Journey appeared first on The Write Practice.

Have you heard the story of the orphan boy living in the cupboard under the stairs?

Or perhaps the story of the girl in District 12 (the crappiest District) who would not only survive an unwinnable deathmatch, but become a symbol of liberty?

Maybe you've heard of the baby boy who was going to die in a mass genocide, but whose mother put him in a basket and sent him down the Nile River . . .

If you didn't catch those, here they are in order: Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), and . . . Moses.

And all these stories follow the same classic story structure.

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- J. D. Edwin
Writing Theme: The Simple Way to Weave a Thematic Message into Your Story

The article Writing Theme: The Simple Way to Weave a Thematic Message into Your Story appeared first on The Write Practice.

Does the concept of “theme” confuse you? Do you have trouble writing a theme, or weaving a theme into your story? 

If you said yes, you’re not alone. Lots of writers struggle to identify a theme in their book—and many don't even know what thematic message the are communicating through their story until a second or later draft. 

The good news is, there are writing tips you can use when weaving a thematic message (or two) into your story.

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- Joe Bunting
The 10 Types of Stories and How to Master Them

The article The 10 Types of Stories and How to Master Them appeared first on The Write Practice.

How do you write a best-selling novel or an award-winning screenplay? You might say, great writing or unique characters or thrilling conflict. But so much of writing a great story is knowing and mastering the type of story you're trying to tell.

What are the types of stories? And how do you use them to tell a great story?

In this article, we're going to cover the ten types of stories, share which tend to become best-sellers, and share the hidden values that help you master each type.

But first, what do I mean by "types of stories"?

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- Joe Bunting
The Write Structure Reviews: Will The Write Structure Help You Write a Great Book?

The article The Write Structure Reviews: Will The Write Structure Help You Write a Great Book? appeared first on The Write Practice.

I published my new book, The Write Structure, last week, and it's been amazing to see the response.

People are getting so much out of the book. It's always an honor to get the chance to help people with their writing, but it's even more rewarding when the help is making a huge difference.

But does it work? And will it actually help you with your writing?

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- Sarah Gribble
Should I Use a Pen Name? Carole Wolfe on Writing Under a Pen Name

The article Should I Use a Pen Name? Carole Wolfe on Writing Under a Pen Name appeared first on The Write Practice.

What do Lewis Carrol, Mark Twain, and Dr. Seuss have in common? They all wrote under a pen name.

Those are some pretty big names, so it really makes a writer wonder: Should I use a pen name?

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- Joslyn Chase
Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers

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Do you remember how you felt while reading The Da Vince Code or Gone Girl? The sweaty palms, the pleasant shiver, the jaw-clenching tension? Remember how those well-drawn elements of suspense held you in thrall, feathering along your skin, raising goosebumps?

Suspense fiction comes in a variety of flavors, all delicious, and if you have a yen for building suspense in your writing and learning how to create the same kind of reading experience for your own audience, this is the place for you.

In a special series of articles, I'll be your guide as we dig deep into the elements of suspense that grab readers and don't let go. These elements apply, regardless of the publishing route you choose for getting your stories out to your suspense readers.

Here, we will learn how you can craft suspense in your own books, starting now.

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- Joanna Penn
Build Better Worlds: Anthropology For Writers With Michael Kilman

How can anthropology — the study of human cultures — teach us to build richer and more convincing worlds for our stories? What questions do we need to ask of our characters and settings to bring them alive? Michael Kilman talks about how anthropology can help with world-building in this episode. In the intro, the […]

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- Joanna Penn
Want To Improve Your Writing Craft And Business? NaNoWriMo StoryBundle Available Now.

It's that time again! NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, happens every November. It's a fantastic time to give writing fiction a try — and it's how I wrote the first 20,000 words of what eventually became Stone of Fire, my first novel. Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, or you just want to improve […]

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- Joanna Penn
How To Use Mystery To Hook Your Readers With Jonah Lehrer

How can you use elements of mystery to hook your readers, regardless of the genre you write? How can you make sure your writing process prevents errors or plagiarism? Jonah Lehrer covers these aspects and more. In the intro, KDP Print available in hardback; Bookvolts book-specific NFT platform [Medium]; Books for writers in the NaNoWriMo […]

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- Joanna Penn
Opportunities For Audiobooks And Introducing The Findaway Voices Marketplace With Will Dages

How can you expand your creative and financial opportunities with audiobooks and podcasting? Will Dages from Findaway Voices talks about options as well as introducing the new Marketplace. Will Dages is the head of Findaway Voices, which helps authors produce and distribute audiobooks to a global network of platforms and listeners. You can listen above […]

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- Joanna Penn
Co-Writing The Relaxed Author with Mark Leslie Lefebvre

How can you be a more relaxed author when there is always so much more to do? How can you co-write a book and retain different voices in written text as well as audio? Mark Leslie Lefebvre and I discuss how we co-wrote The Relaxed Author and how we're publishing and marketing it. In the […]

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- Joanna Penn
Writing And Producing Audio Drama And Podcast Fiction With Sarah Werner

The opportunities for creation and marketing in audio format continue to expand and the lines are blurring between audiobooks, podcasts and other forms of audio storytelling. In this episode, Sarah Werner talks about writing for audio first and the challenges of full-cast audio drama and podcast fiction. In the intro, problems with publishing distribution and […]

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- Joanna Penn
Travel Writing With Jeremy Bassetti

What are the different types of travel books and how can you blend them within the genre? How can we tackle our imposter syndrome when writing in a genre we love? Jeremy Bassetti explores these questions and more in today's show. In the intro, my 10-year author entrepreneur lessons learned; the different stages of an […]

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- Joanna Penn
Lessons Learned From A Decade Of Being A Full-time Author Entrepreneur

Ten years ago, in Sept 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. Every year since I have reflected on the journey and what I learn along the way. My challenges change and grow along with the business and you will likely be at a different stage, but I hope that you find my lessons […]

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- Joanna Penn
Author Mindset: Strengths For Writers With Becca Syme

We all have different strengths as writers, but sometimes we don't know what they are. Or we get frustrated because we try to succeed at something that just won't work for our personality. In this interview, Becca Syme explains how our strengths can help us and how to ‘question the premise' whenever we face different […]

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- Joanna Penn
Story Of A Storyteller. Joanna Penn Interviewed By Conor Bredin

I do a lot of interviews, but sometimes, an interviewer asks some personal questions that go beyond what I normally talk about. Conor Bredin interviewed me for his Story of a Storyteller Podcast and we ended up getting deep and meaningful. He also has a lovely Irish accent so you will enjoy it even more! […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for the Mage Arc: Evil and the Weakness of Humankind

It is appropriate that the final archetypal character arc of the life cycle—the Mage Arc—should be the one to finally confront the ultimate antagonist within the human experience. This is, of course, Evil—in all its abstraction. As the final arc, the Mage symbolizes the end of life and, presumably, its fulfillment. Because the Mage is […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for the Crone Arc: Death Blight and Tempter

As the fifth of six archetypal character arcs in the life cycle, the Crone Arc offers the first great challenge of a character’s Elder years. Fundamentally, it is a story about a character coming to grips with the full magnitude of mortality. And indeed Death itself is the primary archetypal antagonist within a Crone Arc—or […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for the King Arc: Cataclysm and Rebel

The King Arc begins the second half of the life cycle of archetypal character arcs. This placement as the fourth of six arcs necessarily makes it a turning point within the overarching “story structure” of life. We can recognize this particularly in the King’s relationship to his archetypal antagonists. The first three arcs—those of Maiden, […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for the Queen Arc: Invader and Empty Throne

As the third of the life cycle’s archetypal character arcs, the Queen Arc is that of the mature adult who has completed the youthful arcs of Hero and Maiden and is now challenged to grow into a position of greater responsibility and leadership. This is the tale of someone who has so far proven herself […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for the Hero Arc: Dragon and Sick King

The well-known Hero Arc offers us the exciting story of a brave youth fighting to discover and earn his own worthiness. It follows on the heels of the Maiden Arc‘s initial individuation from the Authority Figures that dominate one’s youth, and it offers the young adult the opportunity to discover what he is meant to […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Writing Your Story’s Theme Audio Book (+ Special Announcement)

I’m happy to announce the Writing Your Story’s Theme audio book is now available, narrated once again by my regular collaborator Sonja Field. Thanks for your patience in waiting for the audio version. I know I’ve been promising it ever since the paperback and e-book versions of the book came out last year. We ran […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for the Maiden Arc: Authority and Predator

As the first transformational archetype within the “life arcs” cycle, the Maiden Arc is the quintessential “coming-of-age” story. It is the story of teenage angst, the joys and heartbreaks of growing up, and the struggle to individuate into a fully autonomous and mature human being. Like all arcs, the Maiden’s doesn’t just happen. Nor (for […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
Archetypal Antagonists for Each of the Six Archetypal Character Arcs

Antagonists are an interesting consideration for any writer. So often, when we conceive or plot a story, the antagonist may be an afterthought—especially in genre or “plot-driven” fiction in which the antagonist is less likely to be in a relationship with the protagonist and more likely to be a “Big Bad” of some sort. But […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
The Main Reason Your Story’s Premise Is Important

Your story’s premise is the foundation of your work. This is true for the shaping of the story itself, and it is also true from a marketing perspective. For both writers and readers, the premise is the reason we become interested in a story. Even when you don’t know your premise until late in the […]

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- K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
3 Things to Know About the Ending of a Story

There are three parts of a story that are difficult to write: the beginning, the middle, and the ending. (I was going to start the article by referencing the ending of a story as one of the hardest parts, but then I realized… it’s all hard. Ahem.) Each has its own special set of challenges, […]

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- Rob Madole
Laurent Binet’s Alternate History of the Novel
The elaborate counterfactuals of Binet’s newest novel, which contemplates a Spanish conquest in reverse, offer a recursive vision of history: you can swap out the protagonists, but the processes of social atomization and economic consolidation unleashed by globalization will propel us into the modern era regardless.
- Elizabeth Gonzalez James
Villainy and Epiphany in Tales the Devil Told Me
The stories in Jen Fawkes’s latest collection, which tell the tales of literature’s most famous villains, don’t simply long to provide motivation for a character’s badness, but rather are united around people suffering from pervasive loneliness and longing for love—two human qualities anyone, villain or victim, could understand.
- Kaitlyn Teer
A Joint Interview with Brenda Miller and Julie Marie Wade
The eleven essays that make up Miller and Wade’s new collection emerged through an email correspondence the two writers exchanged over the course of four years—an associative, improvisational game of call-and-response that played out in their inboxes.
- Paul Scott Stanfield
Inheriting Tramua in How to Not Be Afraid of Everything
Jane Wong’s new poetry collection suggests that historical trauma does not evaporate between generations—its traces leak into the bones of the children, and even of the grandchildren . . . A triumph of formal ingenuity.
- Christian Wessels
A Poem for Children
The poet of Dan Chiasson’s poems is a father and a son, often both at the same time. The poet of Dan Chiasson’s poems, since his first collection was published in 2002, reveals more about himself, his being a father and a son, through the way his poems are made.
- Adrie Rose
Cultish’s Exploration of Manipulative Language
People are often mystified about how anyone could get involved in a cultish group, or may vaguely think that “brainwashing” was involved. Indeed, while we might feel safer if there were more esoteric or arcane tricks being used, Montell argues that cults bewitch followers exactly the same way that poets and novelists do: with language.
- Sarah Appleton Pine
The Social Constructs of Womanhood in I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness
The protagonist of Claire Vaye Watkins’s new novel refuses to perform motherhood, wifedom, and womanhood within the strictures of these words. But her refusal calls into question her very character, in others’ eyes and sometimes also her own. If she doesn’t fulfil these roles, what is she?
- Laura Spence-Ash
Life and Death in Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket
Hilma Wolitzer’s new story collection is brimming with life and humor, and yet death is ever-present, leading the book forward to its final, inevitable conclusion.
- Lindsey Weishar
The Wilderness of Language in Atsuro Riley’s Heard-Hoard
In the collection, language, like nature, is elemental—a way of speaking and being in the world . . . Riley’s inventiveness is an invitation to notice language’s connection to the natural world.
- Zeena Yasmine Fuleihan
Turmoil, Vodou, and Female Strength in Moonbath
By remaining subtle at times and uninhibited at others, Yanick Lahens pens an essential family saga in the midst of Haiti’s politically turbulent mid-1900s, one that casts an eye to undiscussed brutality while simultaneously upholding a joyous celebration of culture, family, and female strength.
- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Write Faster and Better with Chris Fox

Chris Fox shares a method authors can use to increase writing output and improve craft. Implement these habits to write faster and better.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Author Media: The Behind-the-Scenes Story

Peek behind the scenes to find out how Author Media came to serve authors like you and how we'll serve you in the coming years.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How Jack Ellem Went from Unpublished to Bestselling Indie Author

Find out how Jack Ellem became a bestselling indie author in two foreign countries while living in Australia and learn how his strategies can work for you.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Use Price Pulsing to Supercharge Your Backlist Sales

Discover three ways to revive your backlist and increase sales with price pulsing.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Get Endorsements for Your Book

The right endorsement for your book can make a huge impact on sales. Follow these five steps to get effective endorsements.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Yes, YOU Can Make a Living as a Writer, Here’s How

There are four different ways authors can earn a living through writing. Find out which one you can leverage to make an income.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Sell Your Book In Person (and make way more money per copy)

Author make the most profit when they sell books in person. Take these five steps to sell more books and increase your revenue.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Everything Authors Need to Know About K-Lytics

Find out how k-lytics can help you discover what readers are currently buying so you can increase your chances of success.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Write Book Reviews Readers Will Want to Read

Five tips to help you write useful book reviews that will build credibility and connection with your readers.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
An Author’s Guide to StoryOrigin

Learn how you can grow your author email list with the help of StoryOrigin's author community and list-building tools.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How Author Websites Irritate Readers (and what to do about it)

Have you ever been irritated by a website? Did you know that readers may be having that exact same experience when they visit your website? Ticking off your website visitors is a bad way to get more readers. Here are seven ways author websites annoy visitors and what to do about it.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Spend LESS Time Marketing Your Book

Learn how to get stellar book sales while spending LESS time on marketing. If book promotion stresses you out, these steps are for you.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
The 10 Commandments of Book Marketing

If you want to succeed in publishing, heed these book marketing commandments.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
The Author’s Guide to LLCs

Learn when and why you should form an LLC for your author business. Discover who can help you get it done and how much it will cost.

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- Thomas Umstattd Jr.
How to Find Your Readers

Follow these five steps to find out what your readers like and want in a book. Their preferences might surprise you and lead you to success.

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- Lucy Diver

‘Compassion’ and ‘Urine Season’, two poems by Niina Pollari.

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- Lucy Diver

‘The fertility process is more like gambling than investment.’

Two women meet in an IVF clinic in this short story by Kate Lister Campbell.

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- Josie Mitchell
Prologue

‘What was she ushering in and what was a grand program for which she was simply helpless agent?’

An excerpt from Search History by Eugene Lim.

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- Lucy Diver
Notes from an Island

‘When we woke up, the whole ocean was full of broken ice.’

An excerpt from Notes from an Island, with artwork by Tuulikki Pietilä and memoir by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal.

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- Josie Mitchell

Remembering Jonathan Cooper, OBE.

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- Josie Mitchell
Naomi

‘When I was eight, my mother died and Naomi arrived.’

An excerpt from Burntcoat by Sarah Hall.

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- Josie Mitchell

‘I’m drawn to the irrational because it has the potential to radicalise our senses.’

The authors discuss ghosts, transgenerational mourning and communal cooking.

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- Lucy Diver

‘Feeling Real’ and ‘I Miss Myself / Shared Oranges’ by poet and filmmaker Edmund Hardy.

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- Rachael Allen

‘we welcome the applicant.’ Two poems by Radna Fabias translated by David Colmer.

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- Josie Mitchell

‘Beauty was a state of being blamed’

New fiction by David Hayden.

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- Karen Yuan
A History of Killing Sparrows
One by one, the sparrows fell from the sky in exhaustion.
- Vuyelwa Maluleke
The Daughter Myth
“Say then that I am overflowing / & nobody’s fool & did not give up"
- Sam Schramski
One Man’s Pest
In the urban Amazon, black vultures are a threat to aviation — but otherwise a boon, however distasteful, to humans.
- Anne Barngrover
Taking Flight
On Helen Macdonald’s Vesper Flights and Star Wars
- Vasna Ramasar, Theo Aalders, and Shayna Rosendorff
Shayna Rosendorff: What Lies Beneath
Revealing the degradation and extraction that maps conceal.
- Salar Abdoh and Mohammad Hossein Jafarian
“Why the Afghans Did Not Fight”
How American "help" turned the Afghan army into sitting ducks
- Paul Guest
On Being Asked What I Am Tired Of
The weather of course and the afternoon light / that might as well be bad milk
- Kayla Rae Whitaker
“She Ain’t Gonna Last Very Long, Is She?”
A year of at-will employment in the Kentucky legislature.
- Apoorva Tadepalli
Ordinary People
In a book comprised of observations from her daily bus commute, Lauren Elkin considers the line between the everyday and the exceptional.
- Samira Shackle
Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City
A map-maker works to get basic amenities in his community. An excerpt from the book, out now.
- Regan Penaluna
Amia Srinivasan: “Feminism is a political practice, not just a set of ideas”
The philosopher on sex as a political phenomenon
- George Abraham
Teaching Poetry in the Palestinian Apocalypse
Towards a collective, lyric "I"
- Laura Dean
Jamie Roth: “The opportunity for change is fading.”
A federal prisoner released during the pandemic is sent behind back bars—while pregnant.
- Raksha Vasudevan
What Runs Beneath
Fresh out of grad school, the British charity hired me to identify new economic opportunities for the impoverished communities of Turkana. Were they delusional, or was I?
- Andres Octavio
This Town Has Become a Museum
This is life in a dwindling community eroding by the day, adagio, slowly, like a seaside cliff.
- Submissions Editor
  I want to fall apart quietly, On a Sunday morning In the corner of my blue bedroom, With Pythagoras theorem scrawled Across the walls in green marker, The radio playing Sade The birds chirping their song, The trees whispering secrets between their sweet leaves Of the fruit ripening on my lips, A kiss, The […]
- Submissions Editor
  After Pablo Neruda, For Ahmad Aisha   I have named you queen, I drag a crown made of confetti, I disentangle into a downpour of rain on your head & your mouth loosens into a bowl of rosewater. I want to walk with you, hand in hand on a carpet splattered with tulips, I […]
- Alesia Alexander
Nigerian poet Chika Jones celebrated his birthday on September 27th and shared a set of stunning photos on instagram. His look was styled by his wife Esther Jones and photographed by Imogirie Gaston. Chika looked dapper in a mauve suit as well as in a more casual black and white striped shorts set. Esther makes […]
- Alesia Alexander
A new haven for book lovers has opened up in Nairobi! Soma Nami Books was founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge. The bookstore features a wide selection of books, as well as coffee, wine, a book box subscription service, and a book club.  Muthoni, psychologist by profession, is a bookpreneur and fierce literary activist […]
- Submissions Editor
    I My neighbour, a young family man, has bought a Toyota Highlander. With a steel, swarthy skin the countenance of valour, the beastly thing with its tireless breath for an engine, heralds the apogee of Japanese engineering. It perches staidly on the small open nest of the ramshackle two-storey, which is apropos Feng […]
- Submissions Editor
World Literature Today is publishing an issue titled New African Voices and invites writers to submit work in any genre, with an emphasis on prose writing in fiction, narrative non-fiction, flash-fiction, or hybrid forms. The issue is being guest-edited by award-winning poet Mahtem Shiferraw. Writers selected for publication will be paid. Selected works will be […]
- Alesia Alexander
  Nigerian-American chef Kwame Onwuachi is publishing his first official cookbook. It is titled My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef and will be published on May 3, 2022 by Knopf.  Onwuachi has been recognized by Food & Wine magazine, Esquire magazine, and the James Beard Foundation as “Rising Star Chef of the year.” He was also a […]
- Abraham Aiyejinna
  tonight, i pledge to acknowledge the tenderness of the moon; to see it, hold it, embrace it, and (re)affirm that not all nights are lightless. i promise to believe that a poet – on this side of the globe can look, look again, and again, and see the flower growing amidst thorns. that a […]
- Alesia Alexander
INTRODUCTION Introduction In The Art of War, Sun Tzu explains how an army should use the sun to its advantage. “Camp in high places, facing the sun,” he advises. Mountains are preferable to valleys, illuminated places to dark ones. When confronted with a hill or a bank, an army should “occupy the sunny side.” He […]
- Brittle Paper
The long-awaited collection by British-Somali poet Warsan Shire is finally on its way. Publication by Random House is set for March 1, 2022 by Random House. This is Shire’s first collection since she collaborated with Beyoncé on Lemonade and Black Is King.  Titled Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, the collection evokes themes […]
- Steve Laube

While rather corny, today’s video is at least entertaining! Enjoy the MozART group performing “How to Impress a Woman.” Dare I say that I was impressed too? (If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click the headline and go directly to our site to view …

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- Tamela Hancock Murray
Why I Represent the Author: Agent Edition | written by Tamela Hancock Murray

My reasons for representing an author may differ from why I read a certain book. Content: When I see something fresh and different, but not so far out that no one can relate, an author has my attention. Talent: Although my office must decline talented authors every day, writing talent …

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- Bob Hostetler
21st-Century Writing | written by Bob Hostetler

I’ve been writing and publishing for a long time. Just look at me: a lonnnnng time. During those many years of experience, I’ve learned a thing or two. Maybe three. And among the things I’ve learned about writing for publication is that writers in the twenty-first century must do things …

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- Thomas Umstattd, Jr.
How to Fight Cancel Culture As a Christian Author with Laura Lynn Hughes | written by Thomas Umstattd, Jr.

It’s no question that we live in a “cancel” culture. It may be tempting to bury our heads in the sand and be sure we never do anything to offend anyone. But that’s not how the Bible calls us to live. Countless times throughout the Bible, men and women of God took a stand for […] You can listen to this episode How to Fight Cancel Culture As a Christian Author with Laura Lynn Hughes on Christian Publishing Show.

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- Steve Laube
Book of the Month – October 2021 | written by Steve Laube

I’ve known Les Stobbe for well over 30 years. And here he is, at age 91, publishing a new book! God Moments in My Publishing Life: The Making of a Writer and Publisher was just released by EABooks Publishing. I want to recommend it to all of you. I had …

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- Steve Laube
Fun Fridays – October 8, 2021 | written by Steve Laube

Enjoy today’s video of master potters at work. Seven minutes of extraordinary creativity and artistry. I could not help but compile the following: “I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the …

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- Dan Balow
The First New York Times Bestseller List | written by Dan Balow

Ninety years ago, on Monday, October 12, 1931, the New York Times published their first book bestseller list. There were nine titles shown, five fiction and four nonfiction. That month was an interesting time in US history. The president of the United States was Herbert Hoover. The Great Depression was …

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- Tamela Hancock Murray
Why I Bought the Book: Consumer Edition | written by Tamela Hancock Murray

I’m a literary agent, but I’m also a reader. As a reader, I have reasons for buying a book. Nonfiction Topics: The topic must address a need or want I’m feeling at that time. For example, if I’m cooking for someone who’s a vegan, I’ll search for books with ideas …

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- Steve Laube
Always Be Curious (The ABCs of the Writing Life) | written by Steve Laube

by Steve Laube

Depending on where you live and your school district policies you may already be in a back-to-school mode or preparing for it.

It got me to thinking about the need for all writers to always have a "back to school" mentality.

Here are five things we can learn from always going "back to school."

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- Steve Laube
Fun Fridays – October 1, 2021 | written by Steve Laube

Today’s video features 11 singers from 8 different countries. Enjoy! By the way, for those who love choirs (aka choir nerds), it’s a high D for the soprano and a low G for the bass. What makes this most unusual is the tracing of the globe. And this was done …

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- Bob Hostetler
Books, Hooks, and Good Looks | written by Bob Hostetler

I love hooks. As a writer, I work hard on my hooks. When I was a magazine editor, the hook was often the best way for a writer to make a good first impression on me. And now, for me as a literary agent, the hook is the first and …

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- Dan Balow
The Writer, Alone in a Village | written by Dan Balow

Writing is a strange pursuit. A writer works endless hours in solitary, personal work then, after what seems like an eternity, takes their work out to a world of editors, agents, critics, and readers. Even if you self-publish and desire to skip any outside editorial input, your work will be …

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- Thomas Umstattd, Jr.
Where Christian Publishing Came From with Leslie Stobbe | written by Thomas Umstattd, Jr.

Have you ever wondered where Christian publishing came from? I sure have. In the olden days, there were only publishers. But then Christian publishers started to emerge. Why did that happen? What caused it?  To find out, we have a special guest who has worked in the publishing industry for 65 years.   He is the […] You can listen to this episode Where Christian Publishing Came From with Leslie Stobbe on Christian Publishing Show.

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- Steve Laube
God Gave Me This Blog Post | written by Steve Laube

God gave me this blog post.

By invoking divine inspiration I have guaranteed that you will read this post and possibly give me money to read more.

Sound like a stretch? Then what if I just wrote or said: “God spoke to me” “I was led to write this” “God revealed this to me” “I have been called to write this” “I believe this is an inspired post”

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- Steve Laube
Fun Fridays – September 24, 2021 | written by Steve Laube

Today is National Punctuation Day! In celebration, take out a comma.

Or at least visit the official site: www.nationalpunctuationday.com.

Recently I walked into a church classroom to find a list of the 10 Commandments on the board. The first line read "No other God's." Sigh.

If you want to read a fun book on grammar and punctuation I can recommend Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

So while you take a moment to appreciate the need for precise punctuation enjoy this delightful five minute repartee between Dean Martin and Victor Borge singing with Phonetic Punctuation.

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- terribleminds
Caitlin Starling: Five Things I Learned Writing The Death of Jane Lawrence
Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: […]
- terribleminds
Gwenda Bond: Five Things I Learned Writing Not Your Average Hot Guy
A paranormal romantic comedy at the (possible) end of the world. All Callie wanted was a quiet weekend with her best friend. She promised her mom she could handle running her family’s escape room business while her mom is out of town. Instead a Satanic cult shows up, claiming that the prop spell book in […]
- terribleminds
What’s The Word From Wendigworld?
WENDIGWORLD makes me think of some kind of horrible amusement park. Robotic Wendigs wander the park, entertaining you, until you decide they are fodder for your violent desires, and then the Chuckdroids revolt and — well, ha ha, I’m sure none of that is real, please ignore the Wendig Automaton on the workbench behind me. […]
- terribleminds
Possession is an addiction. Sydney’s spent years burying her past and building a better life for herself and her young son. A respectable marketing job, a house with reclaimed and sustainable furniture, and a boyfriend who loves her son and accepts her, flaws and all. But when she opens her front door, and a masked […]
- terribleminds
Dust & Grim: New Release Date And Events!
So, maybe you’ve heard tell of these “supply chain issues” that are plaguing everything from lumber to microchips to monkey chow. I mean, I just assume the thing about monkey chow? Whatever. Point is, add one more things to the list of supply chain woes: Books. What’s causing this supply chain problem with books? I […]
- terribleminds
What’s Up In Wendigworld
Right out of the gate let’s ask — are these kinds of updates interesting to you? Meaning, just the general here’s some stuff I’m doing, here’s some things I’m enjoying, hey look, birds, bugs, and dogs. If they are, I’ll do more. If they’re not, I’ll do less, and also I’ll collect my many tears in little […]
- terribleminds
Emily Wenstrom: Why We Need ADHD Representation in Fiction
A guest post from Emily Wenstrom about ADHD representation in fiction — please read, and then check out her new novel, Departures. *** When I first got my ADHD diagnosis in high school, I had no choice but to be loud about it. This all came about in the first place because years of good […]
- terribleminds
Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Paper & Blood
There’s only one Al MacBharrais: Though other Scotsmen may have dramatic mustaches and a taste for fancy cocktails, Al also has a unique talent. He’s a master of ink and sigil magic. In his gifted hands, paper and pen can work wondrous spells.  \But Al isn’t quite alone: He is part of a global network […]
- terribleminds
Dust & Grim, Book of Accidents, And Where I Will Pop Up
Here, hold still while I duct tape this CRUCIAL WENDIG UPDATE to your face. Don’t worry, it’s reversed so you can read it, sheesh. So pushy. Anyway, hey, hi, hello. Some quick updates for your FACE, as noted: This Thursday, the 12th, I’ll be joining the Peculiar Book Club, hosted by Brandy Schillace — it […]
- terribleminds
The Book Of Accidents: The First Two Weeks
It’s been two weeks since haunted houses, coal mines, missing serial killers, and other nightmares have been on the menu with the release of The Book of Accidents, so I figured I’d talk a little about the book and where it’s at now. This was not a book whose success I felt was sure — it’s […]
- Rachelle Gardner
Have you been to a writers’ conference?

  📚 Even if you’re published, conferences can be a great way to network, make friends, continue your education, and most of all, be a part of the writing community.   📚 Writing is a solitary endeavor, so it’s helpful to be reminded that you’re a part of something bigger.   📚 Plus, those friendships…

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- Rachelle Gardner
BOOK CLUB ALERT: “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu

  “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu releases in three weeks! ☀️ This is a message from Jeff: As we’ve been anticipating Wholehearted Faith’s release on November 2, we’ve been thinking about how we want to read this book. The word that kept popping into our hearts and heads: together. We want…

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- Rachelle Gardner
Congratulations to author Cindy Wang Brandt on release day!

    Congratulations to author Cindy Wang Brandt on release day! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cindy’s first children’s book, “You Are Revolutionary,” encourages kids that they don’t need exceptional skills to make an impact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The inspiring words and pictures reveal that kids already have inside themselves everything they need to make big, transformative change in the world…

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- Rachelle Gardner
New Release Spotlight: Kayla Craig

Congratulations to author Kayla Craig on release day! ✨✨✨✨ Kayla’s debut book, “To Light Their Way,” is a gorgeous collection of over 100 modern liturgies, giving words to our prayers for our children. ✨✨✨✨ From everyday struggles like helping your child find friends or thrive in school to larger issues like praying for a brighter…

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- Rachelle Gardner
Gardner Literary is Proud to Represent Kaitlin Curtice!

Congratulations Kaitlin! We are so excited to be working with you and can’t wait for this book. 🌟 💫 ✨⭐️

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- Rachelle Gardner
Gardner Literary is Proud to Represent Debut Author Amanda Held Opelt!

  ✨I am so happy to announce this book deal for debut author Amanda Held Opelt. ✨ Amanda’s a gifted writer in addition to her considerable talents as a musician, singer & songwriter. In her first book, she explores grief and the rituals people have used throughout history to cope. With her talent for storytelling,…

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- Rachelle Gardner
How do you determine the difference between heavy competition for agents vs. if your work is just not good?

So you’re sending out submissions with no luck. Why? Well, your query may need work. The book idea itself may need work. OR… Your query and your book might be just fine. But because there are so many other queries in the queue, and perhaps bad luck and lack of serendipity and an annoying scarcity of fairy…

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- Rachelle Gardner
Gardner Literary is proud to represent author Karen González!

Gardner Literary is proud to represent author Karen González! Congrats, Karen, on your new book contract. 🎉🎊

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- Rachelle Gardner
What’s a good subject line for a query email?

A basic but important question: what do you put in your query subject line? . I’m sure there are plenty of possible creative answers to this, but I’m going to err on the simple side. I like a subject line that includes the word “Query” along with your book title, and possibly the genre. .…

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- Rachelle Gardner
Gardner Literary is proud to represent debut author Lyvonne Briggs as she signs her first publishing contract!

  Gardner Literary is proud to represent debut author Lyvonne Briggs as she signs her first publishing contract! . Congrats, Lyvonne!  🔥🔥🔥    

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- Rachelle Gardner
What’s your advice for someone wanting to publish a first-time poetry collection?

The first step toward getting your poetry published is to get the Poets Market, a print resource also available on Kindle. It includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, including listings for book and chapbook publishers, print and online poetry publications, contests, and more. . Before trying to get a whole book of poetry…

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- Rachelle Gardner
SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Make a Move: How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World by Stephanie Williams O’Brien

  We make thousands of decisions, and while most of them are relatively simple, we can get stuck in the larger, life-altering decisions, leading to frustration, anxiety, and confusion. “It would be so much easier if life just came with a road map!” Life is full of twists and turns, the unexpected and the unforeseen.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Abuelita Faith by Kat Armas

  🌹🌹 This beautiful book from debut author Kat Armas is out in the world, and I’m excited for you to read it! . What if some of our greatest theologians weren’t theologians at all? “Abuelita Faith” tells the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians in society and in the Bible–mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters–whose…

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Is there anything you should avoid in a query that would lead to an automatic rejection?

  Is there anything you should avoid in a query that would lead to an automatic rejection? . People ask me this question all the time, and I want to start by saying that every agent is different, and we probably have different things that make us immediately decline a query. . For many agents,…

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