BookTrib http://booktrib.com Find New Novels to Read on Booktrib Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:43:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Authors Tweet Support for Women’s Marches Around the World http://booktrib.com/2017/01/authors-tweet-support-for-womens-marches-around-the-world/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/authors-tweet-support-for-womens-marches-around-the-world/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:43:07 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254114 It’s safe to say that the women’s march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 21, was a huge success. The peaceful rally drew people from all over the world, with satellite marches popping up in cities across the globe (including Antartica!). The numbers are still rolling in, but some sites are reporting that there was an estimated three times […]]]>

It’s safe to say that the women’s march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 21, was a huge success. The peaceful rally drew people from all over the world, with satellite marches popping up in cities across the globe (including Antartica!). The numbers are still rolling in, but some sites are reporting that there was an estimated three times the amount of people at the march than there were at Trump’s Inauguration the day before.

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Many popular authors attended marches around the country, and they took to Twitter to talk about it:

Judy Blume tweeted a photo from the Key West march in Florida:

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Stephen King joined a rally in Sarasota:

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Elizabeth Gilbert shared some of the signs she saw at the march in Washington:

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Cheryl Strayed was also at the Washington march:

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As was young adult author Gayle Forman:

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Neil Gaiman showed his solidarity all the way from Australia:

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While John Green marched in Indianapolis:

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Young adult author of the Shatter Me series, Tahereh Mafi, showed off her sign (and awesome jacket):

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And Mindy Kaling marched with pals:

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Amy Tan was in Washington too:

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Maureen Johnson, who marched in NYC, reported that the streets were crowded:

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And shared this adorable sign:

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Roxane Gay’s words became an inspiration for lots of marchers, and she shared some of the signs with her followers:

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Joyce Carol Oates showed her support:

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As did Anne Rice, delivering a message of hope:

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Video: Interview with Teri Wilson and His Ballerina Bride (Drake Diamonds) http://booktrib.com/2017/01/video-interview-with-teri-wilson-and-his-ballerina-bride-drake-diamonds/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/video-interview-with-teri-wilson-and-his-ballerina-bride-drake-diamonds/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:02:06 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254107 The Ultimate Pas de Deux A Page Six Exclusive Report  Debonair Artem Drake has had tongues wagging all over New York since he became surprise CEO of Drake Diamonds. This playboy hopes to bring new life to the storied old business before those rumored bad investments sink the family ship. He’s even plucked an ambitious […]]]>

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A Page Six Exclusive Report 

Debonair Artem Drake has had tongues wagging all over New York since he became surprise CEO of Drake Diamonds. This playboy hopes to bring new life to the storied old business before those rumored bad investments sink the family ship. He’s even plucked an ambitious salesgirl out of the shadows to become the store’s new star designer. But Ophelia Rose isn’t the ingenue she seems. The swanlike beauty’s hiding a past that glimmers as bright as a Drake diamond—she once graced the stage as a professional ballerina…until she was forced to take her final curtsy and hide from the limelight. Now can Artem bring her back to center stage? Or will their glittering future together wither under the secrets of the past?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Teri Wilson is a romance novelist for Harlequin Books and contributing writer for HelloGiggles, an entertainment and lifestyle website founded by Zooey Deschanel and now a division of People Magazine. Teri is the author of UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. She loves books, animals, travel and dancing every day. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.

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How Life Led Robin Finn to Write Her First Novel and Discover a Village of Support http://booktrib.com/2017/01/how-life-led-robin-finn-to-write-her-first-novel-and-discover-a-village-of-support/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/how-life-led-robin-finn-to-write-her-first-novel-and-discover-a-village-of-support/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:29:34 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254092 My author journey started when I began writing personal essays about parenting a child with special challenges. To my surprise, when these essays appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and other outlets, readers responded. My inbox was flooded with emails from parents having a similar experience. One of the most challenging aspects of […]]]>

My author journey started when I began writing personal essays about parenting a child with special challenges. To my surprise, when these essays appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and other outlets, readers responded. My inbox was flooded with emails from parents having a similar experience.

One of the most challenging aspects of writing about raising a child with ADHD was not letting it sound like sour grapes. There certainly were some sour grapes but I spent two years studying at a Los Angeles spirituality school learning to cultivate a “spiritual perspective” on my life, which ultimately meant not taking anything personally. After all, what’s more personal than your kids? As a parent, this attitude helped me become a calmer mom. As a writer, my aim was to write about parenting—and life—from my new perspective, one that was deeply influenced by my spirituality.

RestlessinL.A.-CoverWhen I began writing Restless in L.A., my debut novel, I didn’t realize I was writing a book. I thought of myself as an essayist. But as the story continued to grow, I let go of worrying about what it was and simply gave in to writing it. I came to refer to this point in my writing life as the “divine download” because, once I got out of my own way, the novel poured out. It did occur to me, “wow, maybe I am writing a book but I didn’t let myself think about it because then it became overwhelming and scary. I just wrote without thinking. About halfway through, I had to stop and develop an outline of who my characters were, what was happening, what day it was—things like that. By the time my conscious mind understood, “yes, I’m writing a book,” it was already halfway done—too late to turn back!

For me, it’s true that we ‘write what we know.’ I laughed and blinked back tears as my protagonist, mother-of-three Alexandra Hoffman, struggled with her kids, her husband, the school, other parents, and herself. Certainly, Alex’s battles at school were informed by situations I had faced in my own life.

As I wrote about Alex’s relationship with her children, I thought about the complex relationships siblings have with a brother or sister who has special needs. The ways in which that dynamic impacts Alex’s family’s life and the guilt she feels as a parent was also inspired by real life.

Women often have very intimate friendships. When I became a parent and had a child with severe hyperactivity and impulsivity, my social circle became limited. I don’t think this is unusual for special needs parents. Whether it’s a function of mom-judgment or time limitations or today’s competitive parenting paradigm or shame or simply personal overwhelm, a mom’s social circle can contract, especially if her child is judged as “difficult.” For Alex, maintaining a close friendship with her best friend Laurie was crucial to her well-being as a woman, a parent, and a person. Again, this was a realization I had as a parent: that finding your village isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity, even if it’s only a village of two.

Novel writing felt like an organic outgrowth of my writing. Advocating for a child with special challenges, writing essays about that experience, and then writing a novel with a protagonist struggling with these same issues were all different paths of exploring a similar theme: parenting as “other.” Raising a child with significant challenge creates a parenting experience unlike everyone else’s and unlike you may have ever imagined. Because it’s fiction, I set this experience in the larger context of Alex’s midlife search for identity and added the steamy complications of connecting online with ‘the one that got away.’

Writing Restless in L.A. not only gave me an outlet for my bottled-up frustrations, hopes, upsets, and imagination, it also forced me to reclaim myself as a writer. In order to get the book done, I had to commit to mercilessly carving out time to write—in the middle of soccer practice, carpools, field trip chaperoning, and all the other tasks of being a mom of three.

There is a popular misconception that being a good parent means devoting every waking moment to your children. I found that not to be true. It simply made me an exhausted parent. Being an effective mom turned out to be inextricably linked to taking care of myself, like the old adage, “put on your own oxygen mask first.” Writers write. Writing fills my tank. Whether I am working on a novel or an essay, I am definitely a happier, calmer, and more patient mom when I balance my time between my family and my work, regardless of how complicated and crazy that can sometimes be.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Restless in L.A. by Robin Finn (Inkspell Publishing, February 26, 2017)

It was an innocent online flirtation…until it wasn’t…

Alexandra Hoffman thinks she has it all together. She lives with her work-obsessed husband Jason and their three challenging children in upscale Los Angeles. She never meant to “friend” her old boyfriend, Matt Daniels. She hasn’t seen him in twenty years. But as Alex’s fortieth birthday approaches, she finds herself re-connecting with Matt online—and re-reading her college journal, which details their intense connection and unresolved ending. But Alex’s hands are full with the kids, one of whom she just can’t help, no matter how hard she tries.

Lonely and alienated by the helicopter moms, and from Jason who is never around, Alex’s flirtation quickly moves from on-line to real-world. Alex realizes—too late—that she cannot trust herself. When she meets Matt for dinner, the attraction is undeniable. And when he touches her face, it’s electric. As her life spirals out of control, she clings to her free-spirited life coach, Lark, to make sense of the mess she’s made. But Lark’s advice is clear: Alex must confront her past and find the courage to face her future, even if it means risking everything.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

colorheadshotRobin Finn is an author, essayist, and advocate for children with ADHD/2e. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Disney’s Babble.com, ADDitude Magazine, and elsewhere. She has master’s degrees in public health from Columbia University and in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Robin lives in Los Angeles with her husband and family. For more about Robin Finn, visit her website at www.robinfinn.com or follow her on her social media at Facebook and Twitter.

 

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PODCAST: ‘Paris Homicide’ Author Frédérique Molay Talks a Writer’s Determination with DIY MFA Radio http://booktrib.com/2017/01/podcast-paris-homicide-author-frederique-molay-talks-a-writers-determination-with-diy-mfa-radio/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/podcast-paris-homicide-author-frederique-molay-talks-a-writers-determination-with-diy-mfa-radio/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254080 This week’s DIY MFA, we get to hear Gabriela Pereira’s interview with Frédérique Molay! Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 130 here!]]>

This week’s DIY MFA, we get to hear Gabriela Pereira’s interview with Frédérique Molay!

Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 130 here!

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‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Kicks Up Our Love for World War II Romances http://booktrib.com/2017/01/sophie-and-the-rising-sun-kicks-up-our-love-for-world-war-ii-romances/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/sophie-and-the-rising-sun-kicks-up-our-love-for-world-war-ii-romances/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:15:05 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254018 I have a huge weakness for romances set during World War II. It may have started with my obsession over The Bronze Horseman (Best. Book. Ever.), or maybe after I watched The English Patient all the way back in high school. But now I am officially, one hundred percent hooked. There’s just something about the […]]]>

I have a huge weakness for romances set during World War II. It may have started with my obsession over The Bronze Horseman (Best. Book. Ever.), or maybe after I watched The English Patient all the way back in high school. But now I am officially, one hundred percent hooked. There’s just something about the nostalgia, the romance, and the heightened sense of danger that pulls me in every time.

Which is why I jumped for joy when I heard that Augusta Trobaugh’s charming novel, Sophie and the Rising Sun, was being made into a movie. Set in Georgia in the early 1940s, Sophie tells the story of a lonely widow who falls for Mr. Oto, a mysterious Japanese man who ends up in her small town. But when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, the reality of the war hits their doorstep, and Mr. Oto faces both prejudice and danger as the town turns against him. In the aftermath, Sophie must make a choice about their relationship that will affect her life forever.

The movie version is officially out and it looks so romantic:


Yes, yes, yes! I can’t wait to watch this movie. And maybe reread the book again, too.

Luckily for me, WWII romances are a pretty common genre, and lately I’ve been reading a ton. Here are five recent favorites that will definitely appeal to any fan of wartime romances:

From Sand and Ash, Amy Harmon (Lake Union Publishing, December 1, 2016)

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*Cries all the tears*

Harmon’s latest historical novel is so good. Also, so, so heart-wrenching. It tells the story of two childhood friends, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco whose lives become intertwined in Italy in 1943. Years before, Angelo had decided to become a priest despite his complicated feelings for Eva. Now, with Hitler’s agenda closing in on the Italian people, Eva, a Jewish woman, has nowhere else to turn. Angelo hides her in his church, and the two face the realities of the war together, even as their love can no longer be denied. This is not an easy book to read. It never shies away from the horrors of the war or the Holocaust or the fate of the Italian Jewish population. But it’s also a strong look at how love and faith can give people strength and create bright moments in the darkness.

The Velvet Hours, Alyson Richman (Berkley, September 6, 2016)

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A lot of historical novels feature an older person from the present sharing their life story with a younger generation. Richman plays on this trend, but with a twist: both her characters are in the past, living in France right before the occupation during WWII. Marthe de Florian, who was an elite courtesan in the 1800s, shares the story of her life and loves with her granddaughter, Solange Beaugiron. But with Paris about to fall to the Germans, Solange is facing an uncertain future, and Marthe’s prized possessions — including a portrait by famed artist Giovanni Boldini — might not survive the war. Based on a true story, this is a book about legacy, family and how history becomes a guide for how we shape our lives.

 

 

The Girl From Venice, Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster, October 18, 2016)

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It’s 1945 near Venice, and the war is coming to an end. But the danger is far from over, as fisherman Cenzo Vianello learns when he rescues a young Jewish woman from drowning one night. After witnessing a horrific crime, Giulia, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family, is on the run from the Nazis. For reasons he can’t even explain, Cenzo decides to give her sanctuary. But he has his own problems to deal with as well, with his family torn apart by war and a sister-in-law he’s now expected to marry. Giulia and Cenzo find solace in each other as they both face uncertain futures. Smith’s latest novel captures the uneasy, horrifying (and sometimes humorous) moments of a slowly ending war.

 

The Fire by Night, Teresa Messineo (William Morrow, January 17, 2017)

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Sometimes friendship is just as important as love, a lesson that is definitely at the heart of The Fire by Night. Jo and Kay are best friends and American nurses tending to the wounded overseas. Jo is in France, with the front getting closer and closer to her hospital tent, while Kay is trapped in a Japanese POW camp in the Pacific. Both women are scarred by the horrors they’ve seen and struggling to save lives — including their own — as the war rages around them. But their incredible bond helps sustain them, even thousands of miles away. Messineo mixes love, friendship, and courage in this heartwarming story about nurses during the war.

 

 

The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende (Atria Books, November 3, 2015)

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Allende’s novel may have come out a year ago, but it’s still a must read for anyone drawn to World War II fiction. The novel follows two women: Alma Belasco, a resident at Lark House nursing home, and Irina Bazili, a caretaker who grows close to Alma’s family. As Irina begins to bond with Alma’s grandson Seth, the two become more curious about Alma’s life during the war. When WWII was just beginning, Alma’s parents sent her away to live with family in San Francisco. It was there she met Ichimei Fukuda, the Japanese son of the family’s gardener. Alma and Ichimei started an affair that would last decades, including through the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the internment camps that Ichimei and his family were sent to. Now, an old woman near the end of her life, Alma is still connected to Ichimei — and it’s through her enduring love story that Irina learns her own place in the world.

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Video: Interview with Carrie Ann Ryan and Adoring Ink (Montgomery Ink) http://booktrib.com/2017/01/video-interview-with-carrie-ann-ryan-and-adoring-ink-montgomery-ink/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/video-interview-with-carrie-ann-ryan-and-adoring-ink-montgomery-ink/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:05:12 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254134 The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.  Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure […]]]>

61Hsr7WAhSL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world. 

Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.

As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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January’s Author Crush: Katy Evans’ Novels are Hot, Hot, Hot http://booktrib.com/2017/01/januarys-author-crush-katy-evans-novels-are-hot-hot-hot/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/januarys-author-crush-katy-evans-novels-are-hot-hot-hot/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:10 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253913 Sometimes you just want to read a sexy book. You know what I mean: those select stories filled with flirtation, innuendo, sexy make-out scenes and even sexier bedroom scenes. These are the books that sweep you up in the romance, delivering a solid story that’s always satisfyingly hot and heavy. When I’m in the mood […]]]>

Sometimes you just want to read a sexy book. You know what I mean: those select stories filled with flirtation, innuendo, sexy make-out scenes and even sexier bedroom scenes. These are the books that sweep you up in the romance, delivering a solid story that’s always satisfyingly hot and heavy.

41HIvF8ERPLWhen I’m in the mood to be wrapped up in a sexy read, I immediately turn to Katy Evans. Her alpha men are hot, chiseled and so completely devoted to their lady loves that I sometimes find myself dying of jealously while I read. And those lady loves are no slouches either; smart, accomplished and completely worthy of the true love they find in their hot leading men. Their romances might feature extraordinary lives (like candidate for President of the United States), but they still manage to feel completely realistic at their core. Also, super, super hot. Seriously, I dare you to try and read an Evans novel without blushing at least once. All that undeniable passion is most definitely why Evans is my author crush for January.

Evans has published 13 novels and novellas, with her most recent, Commander in Chief (January 11, 2017) just released. She also returns to our favorite characters again and again, giving us complete stories of courtship, passion, and what comes after the HEA. So if you haven’t read any Evans yet, now’s the time. But be prepared: her novels are practically addicting. I guarantee you won’t be getting a lot of sleep once you start one.

In my humble opinion, here are the top five hottest Evans novels around:

Real (Gallery Books, May 28, 2013)

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This is the book that started it all for me. As soon as I started Real, I fell so hard for Remington “Remy” Tate, an underground fighter who’s basically sex on a stick (seriously, I think Evans even uses that exact phrase in the book). He’s got a dark past, and he’s pretty closed off, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing Brooke Dumas, a sports therapist who ends up working with Remy. Brooke is smart and independent, struggling to follow her dreams. Remy is intense — oh, so intense — broody, and has a difficult time communicating his feelings. But when he lets Brooke in, their chemistry and passion is electric. These two quickly became one of my OTPs and I was happy to follow them through the rest of the REAL series.

 

 

 

Legend (Gallery Books, February 9, 2016)

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The first three books in the REAL series stick with Brooke and Remy (swoon), while books 4, 5 and 6 branch out into secondary characters and their individual love stories. While all of them are great, the best by far is Legend, the story of Maverick “Mav” Cage and Reese Dumas. It’s also the final book in the REAL series — and what a great way to end it all! Mav is a fighter with a pretty tortured past who’s determined to beat his personal rival, Remy, for champion of the Underground. But when he meets and falls for Reese, the cousin of his rival’s wife, he’s even more tortured. The two know they’re supposed to stay away from each other, but their chemistry just can’t be denied. If you love alpha heroes with a chip on their shoulder and Romeo & Juliet-style stories with lots of underground fighting (and who doesn’t??), then this book is for you.

 

 

Mr. President (October 31, 2016)

41e1SUYTjSL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_If Scandal has taught me anything, it’s that I definitely have a sexy, forbidden-romance-with-the-president fetish. So when I heard that Evans was going to release a book about a hot young presidential candidate and the campaign staffer he falls for, I knew I was on board. And OMG is this book hot. Matthew Hamilton is the prince of America who decides to run for president years after his father was assassinated in the same position. Matt’s known Charlotte Wells since she was a child, which is partially why he offers her a job on his campaign — not to mention the fact that sparks instantly fly whenever they’re in the same room. With all eyes on Matt, a romance between the two is definitely off limits. Which makes it so much hotter when (Spoiler Alert!) they finally, finally give into temptation. This book is all innuendo, longing glances, and forbidden love (my three favorite things!). Thank god that sequel, Commander in Chief, is finally out.

 

Manwhore (Gallery Books, March 24, 2015)

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I am always a fan of a good push-pull romance, where both parts of the couple think they have the upper hand until they both fall completely in love. Which is why I’m such a fan of Manwhore, the first in the series about Malcolm Saint and Rachel, the girl he can’t help but alter his ways for. Theirs isn’t an easy love: Malcolm is the ‘manwhore’ of Chicago, and not known for his commitment to one woman. But all that changes when he meets the innocent Rachel (and instantly calls “dibs” on her). Unfortunately, Rachel has an angle of her own — one that could threaten their entire relationship and ruin Malcolm’s tentative trust. These two gave me heart palpitations at times as I had no idea how it would all be resolved. But they’re also really sweet together. And just know that you’ll want to have book two ready to read as soon as you finish this one.

 

 

Womanizer (December 5, 2016)

51CxeT4myoLEvans’ most recent book is a standalone novel that’s connected to the Manwhore universe, and I fell just as hard for Callan Carmichael as I did for Manwhore’s Malcolm. Maybe even harder. Callan is a ruthless CEO who’s also known to be a huge womanizer. But when he meets the feisty Olivia Roth, he’s almost instantly smitten. The only problem? Olivia is his new intern, and the sister of his best friend. They try to keep their hands off each other, but of course that doesn’t last long (luckily for us). This story is relatively angst-free compared to Evan’s usual novels, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and bask in the sweet, and very sexy, romance.

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S.H.I.N.E. in 2017 and Leave All of the Excuses Behind http://booktrib.com/2017/01/s-h-i-n-e-in-2017-and-leave-all-of-the-excuses-behind/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/s-h-i-n-e-in-2017-and-leave-all-of-the-excuses-behind/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:28:27 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254065 Welcome to 2017! You made it. Let the happy dancing commence. Your vision board is made and prominently placed to be seen daily. You’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and are full of confidence that you will accomplish them all. You vow to be your best self yet. Better health. Advance in your career. Save […]]]>

Welcome to 2017! You made it. Let the happy dancing commence.

Your vision board is made and prominently placed to be seen daily. You’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and are full of confidence that you will accomplish them all. You vow to be your best self yet. Better health. Advance in your career. Save more money. All doable but what is your exact game plan? I suggest you S.H.I.N.E.!

51DoSWeEA6LI wrote an Amazon bestselling book, S.H.I.N.E. and WIN: 5 Keys to Conquer the Fear of Failure. In it, I reference the S.H.I.N.E. and WIN blueprint I created to demystify the 5 keys to get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

S.H.I.N.E. is an acronym for show up honestly, intentionally, no excuses. It’s a wash, rinse, and repeat process, and with it, you will win every time.

“Show up,” signifies that when you have a fear of failure, you often don’t show up. You hide out; You live a mediocre life, and you do just enough to get by. I walk you through what it means for you to show up and different ways that you can show up so that you can accomplish your goal and get beyond that fear of failure. What is it that you want to do, and how can you accomplish that? You can’t do it sitting at home. There are ways that you must show up. If it’s a new job, or if it’s a promotion that you want, to get that promotion, you must turn in that application. You should express the desire that you want the promotion, and you have to verbalize that. For single people like myself, showing up is going out. Mr. or Mrs. Right, nine times out of ten, is not going to knock on the door. It’s not going to be the mailman; it’s not going to be the FedEx or the UPS person. Going out and being social is showing up.

“Honestly” and authentically is “how” you show up. Honest and fully exposed in the sense of your desires and who you are. You have to bring everything that you are to the table and not hold anything back. You only get what you give; no more holding back. Be fully present. Show up honestly.

“Intentionally” is your laser focus. What is your thought process? What is the goal that you have in mind? If it’s to meet someone, then you have to go into target-rich environments. Our intentions are going to guide us in the right direction, place, and time to accomplish that goal. If you don’t have a clear intention, then you will end up with these hits or misses. That’s when you end up in the job where you think, “Oh, this is not quite what I wanted.” That’s when you end up in the relationship where you may feel, “I said I wanted these things, but I didn’t think I wanted these other things as well.” So, you should be clear and focus on what you want.

“No” is your response to limiting beliefs and people not in alignment with your plan. I love no. No is a complete sentence. That’s it: no. If it’s not in alignment with your core and with your intentions, then no. You’re not going to settle for anything less than the best. If you’re going after and conquering this thing called failure, you’re not going to settle for anything less than the best that God has for us.

“Excuses” are no limiting beliefs and no longer a part of your vocabulary. Excuses are a dime a dozen. Excuses are just another reason to turn around and go in the opposite direction, and that’s not what you want to do because now, you’re showing up. You’re learning to be honest with yourself and honest with others. You set the intentions, going in the right direction, not accepting any shortcuts; you’re not accepting anything short of what your heart desires. No excuses. In 2017, you’re not giving excuses, and you’re not accepting excuses. There’s the good news.

I’m here to serve Y-O-U. Allow me to partner with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential. I’m offering a complimentary 1-hour coaching session. To take advantage of my offer, you may either text “COACH2017” to 301-613-7085 or sign-up at www.shineandwin.com.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lewis_BookTrib Head ShotL.T. Lewis is a Spiritual Strategist, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Coach and Entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of Kick Boxing Believers, L.L.C. a transformational business dedicated to helping individuals identify and kick the limiting beliefs/boxes in their lives. Facilitating ‘next level’, free- from-boxes-living for her clients is her life’s joy! She champions this in a creatively energizing way with life-changing impact via her writings, speeches, seminars, workshops, tele-classes, webinars and coaching sessions. Lisa also has the following experience and tools to serve you: 20 Years of Management in the Public Sector, Certificate in Public Leadership, Certificate in Personal Development Coaching, and Ordained Clergy.

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Fantasy Wins: 11 Novels by Female Authors Giving Us Book Fever http://booktrib.com/2017/01/fantasy-wins-11-novels-by-female-authors-giving-us-book-fever/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/fantasy-wins-11-novels-by-female-authors-giving-us-book-fever/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:08:49 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253660 A few months ago, we brought you 15 fantasy novels by female authors that are just electrifying the genre. Since then, even more female-written fantasies have — or are about to! — hit bookshelves, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here are the best of the best: 11 more fantasy novels by female authors that are […]]]>

A few months ago, we brought you 15 fantasy novels by female authors that are just electrifying the genre. Since then, even more female-written fantasies have — or are about to! — hit bookshelves, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Here are the best of the best: 11 more fantasy novels by female authors that are definite must-reads:

The Fate of the Tearling: Queen of the Tearling, Book 3, Erika Johansen (Harper, November 29, 2016)

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Johansen wraps up her successful Queen of Tearling series with the final installment of Kelsea Glynn’s story after she ascends to the throne. But Tear is still in turmoil, and it’s up to the strong leader to save her realm and her people.

Closer to the Chest: The Herald Spy, Book 3, Mercedes Lackey (DAW, October 4, 2016)

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Lackey returns to her beloved Valdemar with the latest installment in her Herald Spy series. Closer to the Chest is all about cults and the potential destructive quality of religion as Herald Mags and his wife Amy investigate just what is happening in the dark shadows of their world.

Three Dark Crowns, Kendare Blake (HarperTeen, September 20, 2016)

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Sisters are fighting sisters in Blake’s young adult fantasy about the island of Fennbirn and magical triplets — one of whom is destined to take the throne. But since only one girl can be queen, they’ll fight each other to the death for power in this brutal, imaginative tale.

Den of Wolves: Blackthorn & Grim, Book 3, Juliet Marillier (Roc, November 1, 2016)

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If mystery novels and fantasy had a baby, it might look like Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series. In this latest adventure, Blackthorn and Grim deal with old enemies, even as they find themselves helping to take care of a young girl whose life is more mysterious than it first seems.

Frost Like Night: Snow Like Ashes, Book 3, Sara Raasch (Balzer+Bray, September 20, 2016)

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The conclusion to Raasch’s young adult fantasy series finds our heroes and heroines facing their final battles in order to stop Angra and save the world of Primoria once and for all.

Caraval, Stephanie Garber (Flatiron Books, January 31, 2017)

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Scarlett and her sister Tella are determined to see the show Caraval at least once before Scarlett is forcibly married off by their father. Taking place over five nights, Caraval involves the audience in a hands-on performance where nothing is truly real, though the consequences are high. When the sisters finally make it to the show, they realize that the line between fantasy and reality is more deadly and confusing than they ever could have imagined.

Cast in Flight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 12, Michelle Sagara (MIRA, October 25, 2016)

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Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series is 12 books and counting, which is definitely awesome for fans of her epic fantasy world. This time Kaylin Neya finds herself caught up in protecting her new roommate, Sergeant Moran Carafel, a flightless Aerian who tons of people seem to want dead.

Of Fire and Stars, Audrey Coulthurst (Balzer + Bray, November 22, 2016)

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Princess Dennaleia has always known her fate: to marry the prince of Mynaria. But when she meets his sister Aaranthine and the two girls grow closer and closer, their feelings threaten to change that fate forever.

Breath of Fire: Kingmaker Chronicles, Book 2, Amanda Bouchet (SourceBooks Casablanca, January 3, 2017)

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The second book in Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles continues the story of warrior queen Cat Fisa, who’s determined to save those she loves from the terrible destiny that she knows is coming. And that includes Griffin, the warlord who fought to break down her self-protective walls in the first book in the series.

Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones (A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin’s Griffin, February 7, 2017)

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When Liesl’s sister is stolen by goblins, she sets out to find her, traveling to the Underground and confronting the Goblin King — a mysterious, handsome creature who’s searching for his bride.

Feversong, Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte Press, January 17, 2017)

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Feversong is the 10th and final book Moning’s extremely popular Fever series. Fans who have been following the series for years will finally discover the fate of MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons as they fight to save Dublin — as well as Mac’s soul.

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Book Excerpt! TS Rhodes’ ‘Pirates of the Golden Age’ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/book-excerpt-ts-rhodes-pirates-of-the-golden-age/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/book-excerpt-ts-rhodes-pirates-of-the-golden-age/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:07:11 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254053 For a sneak peek of TS Rhodes‘ Pirates of the Golden Age: Revealing the True History of Pirates And Their World (CreateSpace, 2016), check out the excerpt below! Christopher Columbus discovered the New World for Spain in 1492, and he brought back news that the natives had gold. Only 14 years later, 45 ships had sailed […]]]>

For a sneak peek of TS RhodesPirates of the Golden Age: Revealing the True History of Pirates And Their World (CreateSpace, 2016), check out the excerpt below!

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Christopher Columbus discovered the New World for Spain in 1492, and he brought back news that the natives had gold. Only 14 years later, 45 ships had sailed to the Caribbean. By 1550, Spain had colonized lands ten times the size of Spain itself.

Many of the expeditions were funded and led by Spanish nobles. Basically, they got permission from the Spanish king to start colonies, then went in with soldiers, horses and guns, and carved out their own small empires.

They wanted the gold and silver found in the New World. Hernando Cortez, whose military success made him Governor of Mexico, was the richest man in Spain by 1547.

Their military conquests continued wherever there was even the rumor of treasure. The amount of money coming out of the New World stretches the imagination. Gold was said to fall like rain.

In addition to gold mines, the Spanish captured a mountain named Potosi, which seemed to be made entirely of silver. Silver coming from the mountain was so plentiful that the total amount of silver in Europe doubled.

Spain did not use its newfound wealth to build businesses or improve the country’s roads or bridges. Most of the treasure belonged to Spanish nobles, who used it to buy luxury goods from other countries, including England. While the nobles lived in growing luxury, the common people of Spain remained poor.

Pirates chased the Spanish treasure ships, so the ships only traveled in large groups. Some of these treasure convoys took years to assemble, and contained as many as 100 ships.

The English and Dutch did everything possible to stop the flow of treasure to Spain. They did not capture any Spanish treasure ships, but in 1702 they sank the whole treasure convoy. The next convoy, in 1708, was destroyed by the English alone, and the one in 1711 was sunk by a storm.

The Spanish government had come to depend entirely on gold and silver from their colonies for funding. With the loss of three treasure convoys, the Spanish king was desperate. He demanded that the next convoy leave as soon as possible.

At sunrise on July 24, 1715, a convoy of twelve Spanish treasure ships set sail from Havana Harbor.

The convoy was late setting out. Delays in shipments of silver and pearls had cost time, and some of the governors had not wanted to contribute their due to the king.

As a result the convoy took off during the hurricane season. In the evening of July 30, 1715, eleven of the twelve ships of this fleet were lost in a hurricane near present-day Vero Beach, Florida.

The Spanish sent army and navy forces to recover as much gold as possible. But news that piles of gold were lying on a Florida beach, salvage for anyone who could get to it, drew fortune hunters from all over the world.

The shipwrecks and their spilled cargo also came at a time when many sailors were out of work. They rushed to the site, hoping to get rich. When the Spanish army fought to defend the treasure, the sailors fought back. The salvage efforts, and the battles, lasted for months. During the fighting, honest men who had wanted easy gold were transformed into pirates.

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Enjoying TS Rhodes’ Pirates of the Golden Age so far? Order a copy today!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Captain on deck IIITS Rhodes is a professional pirate reenactor, storyteller and author. She has been studying pirates for over ten years, and today is a registered expert witness on the subject of pirates, in addition to a pirate consultant on reviews of the Starz series Black Sails. She is also the author of The Pirate Empire series, which tells the lively fictional story of Scarlet MacGrath, a female pirate captain, as she fights, robs and loves her way across the Caribbean. In her position as author, TS Rhodes is available as a speaker at book clubs and libraries.

 

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Myth and the Modern Woman: Why We Need Fairy Tales to Survive http://booktrib.com/2017/01/myth-and-the-modern-woman-why-we-need-fairy-tales-to-survive/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/myth-and-the-modern-woman-why-we-need-fairy-tales-to-survive/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:23:18 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253983 “I too am not a bit tamed…I too, am untranslatable/I sound my barbaric yawp over the roof of the worlds” – Walt Whitman When I was a child, I wouldn’t only read stories, I would become them. I would wear ball gowns of every color and insist that you call me Cinderella, Belle, or Snow […]]]>

“I too am not a bit tamed…I too, am untranslatable/I sound my barbaric yawp over the roof of the worlds” – Walt Whitman

When I was a child, I wouldn’t only read stories, I would become them. I would wear ball gowns of every color and insist that you call me Cinderella, Belle, or Snow White for weeks on end. It was not until I was twelve when I read The Power of Myth that I understood what had been happening to me.  Joseph Campbell dedicated his life to tell us that myths and stories are essential to our survival: “Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life…Myth helps you to put your mind in touch with this experience of being alive.” All that time I had been playing dress up was really a way for me to live deeply and fully.

51z5OALg1fL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_But, as it happens, I stopped reading fairy tales and I started chasing a Happily Ever After that I thought would please and impress everyone around me. I found myself at an Ivy League institution, interning at one of the top magazines in the country, and owning a demanding start-up business. Sooner than later, my belief in magic was buried under some very convincing “Should’s” and “Have to’s.” Oh, and let’s not forget some other ones we often hear: “Listen to the experts before you listen to yourself!” and “You have to kill yourself with hard work if you ever want to ‘make it.’”  Well, all of this snowballed into some very convincing whispers in my brain that were getting louder and louder, screaming, “You’re not good enough, you’re not good enough” around the clock.

Smash cut to an anxiety disorder and insomnia among other lovely medical diagnoses — not to mention a Nyquil addiction and my hair falling out in clumps. But what was the most disconcerting was my heart: shaking and screaming inside of my chest like a bird in a cage that knew it was about to die.

What was going wrong? I was doing everything so “right!” On paper my life looked like a dream!

But it wasn’t my dream.

The challenge of listening to my own heart — of shedding the socially acceptable notions of “perfection” — has been its own beautiful, complex story with many, many components. However, following the urge to re-discover some of my favorite fairy tales has been more healing than I could ever even imagine. Beauty and the Beast had always been my favorite, but re-reading it as grown woman unlocked something unexpectedly gorgeous inside of me.

Now, I understand that Beauty’s love for the wildness within the Beast was what saved both the Beast and herself. In loving something untamed, she too learned to love, accept and adore the untamable inside of her own being. And that is what made Beauty beautiful, and what allowed her Happily Ever After to occur. So, what if we could be a little more like Beauty?  What if we could wrap our arms around the feral thing peering out of souls and whisper, “Yes, yes, you are wonderful”?

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Often times, we find ourselves afraid of our wild natures. Most modern notions of “success” are based on very masculine ideals of “keeping at it” and tearing down others to get to the “top.” The power of the Wild Woman is not something often lauded. Many of us don’t even know what She looks like. I would love to share what She means to me, but I also must ask you to please, please, please discover Her for yourself. For that is the only way to free Her. For me, my Wild Woman works like the turn of a wheel: Her energy is formed by the natural cycles of Her body, the moon, the sun, and the seasons. She eats when She is hungry and runs and dances when She feels compelled to move; She sleeps when the midnight sings Her its lullabies and She awakens with a jolt of ecstasy for the promise of the day ahead of Her. She travels over the mountains and the valleys of Her life with equal effortlessness. She is fiercely loyal to those She loves but She can stand alone unflinchingly any time She is required to do so. She is both the dark and the light, and She is unafraid to explore both energies inside of Her. She is brave and She is strong in a way where She inspires everyone around Her to be just that much better. She makes art in every way and form because that is the agreement She made before She was born into this world: She promised that She would live as an Artist. She rarely thinks — She just is. Her being is more than enough.

We spend so much time chasing our Happily Ever Afters that we rarely pay attention to the story that we are even writing — to “the experience of being alive!” When we read fairy tales and myths, we give ourselves permission to unleash what we are! Myths have the power to realign us with our authentic natures. They give us the yearn to live freely according to what we know as truly right and wrong according to the coding inside of our souls. They remind us that it is in fact essential to our survival be the Wild Woman singing deep inside of our hearts.

I know now that I will never be good enough for anyone else’s version of Happily Ever After. But I am the perfect heroine in the story of my own life. All this time I thought I was seeking perfection: I was trying to force Beauty to mollify the savageness inside of the cursed prince.

But now I know that all I’ve ever wanted is the Beast snarling inside of my own heart.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

izzy-howell-headshotAfter graduating from Columbia University and living in New York City, Izzy Howell is dedicating her life to redefining the kind of success that twenty-somethings are expected to embody. As both a painter and writer, she strives to create work that inspires others to live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can reach Izzy on Instagram @izzyhowell.

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Does the History of Jack the Ripper Lead Us to Discovering He was Really Jane the Ripper? http://booktrib.com/2017/01/does-the-history-of-jack-the-ripper-lead-us-to-discovering-he-was-really-jane-the-ripper/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/does-the-history-of-jack-the-ripper-lead-us-to-discovering-he-was-really-jane-the-ripper/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:05:28 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254042 Several years ago, I stumbled on the theory that Jack the Ripper could have been a woman. As history goes, Inspector Frederick Abberline briefly considered a midwife as the killer. There’s no evidence Abberline seriously pursued this theory, and most Ripperologists dismiss the idea since little to no trace or forensic evidence pointed to a […]]]>

Several years ago, I stumbled on the theory that Jack the Ripper could have been a woman. As history goes, Inspector Frederick Abberline briefly considered a midwife as the killer. There’s no evidence Abberline seriously pursued this theory, and most Ripperologists dismiss the idea since little to no trace or forensic evidence pointed to a woman as the killer. But the seed was planted, growing like a stubborn dandelion in an otherwise perfectly manicured lawn.

killing-jane-coverIn 1939, William Stewart published Jack the Ripper: A New Theory. Stewart focused on four key questions:

  • What sort of person could move about late at night without raising suspicion in their own household or on the streets?
  • Who could walk the streets in blood stained clothing without causing alarm?
  • Who had the basic knowledge and skills to commit the mutilations?
  • Who could have been spotted near the body and provide a reasonable alibi?

Stewart latched onto the idea of a midwife as the killer, likely an abortionist. Trusted and often seen at all hours of the night, a midwife could easily explain her blood-stained clothing and she possessed basic anatomical knowledge. Stewart also believed a midwife’s knowledge of pressure points gave her the ability to render her victims unconscious before she killed them.

Mary Kelly’s rumored pregnancy and the unexplained sighting of Kelly hours after her death are key pieces of Stewart’s theory. Mrs. Maxwell, a reliable witness with no reason to lie, told Inspector Abberline she saw Kelly at 8:00 a.m. the morning after her death. Abberline never explained the sighting, but Stewart postulated a midwife was called to abort the baby—Mary Kelly’s neatly folded clothing, according to Stewart, indicated she’d prepared for a medical procedure—and killed Kelly. The midwife burned her own clothing and escaped in the victim’s, which explained the sighting by Mrs. Maxwell.

But what about motive? Stewart speculated the midwife might have been betrayed by a married woman and sent to prison, thus triggering the need for revenge and the attacks.

And Stewart even had a suspect: Mrs. Mary Pearcey, who in October 1890 stabbed her lover’s wife and child to death at the victim’s home and then later dumped the bodies in the streets. Stewart claimed the savage throat cutting and the discarding the bodies in a public place were key similarities that couldn’t be ignored.

Stewart’s theory was met with much criticism. Most believed he placed too much emphasis on the blood-stained clothing. Experts believe the victims were strangled first, cutting off blood flow, which means no major blood spatter. Kelly was the only pregnant victim, and the others were so malnourished the likelihood of a pregnancy was slim. Years later, Mary’s official post-mortem revealed she was, in fact, not pregnant, blowing Stewart’s theory out of the water.

Over the years, others have written about the possibility of Jack being a woman, going so far as to provide their own suspects, and while it’s highly unlikely, the idea has always stuck with me.

A savage woman roaming the streets of Victorian London during a time when women were considered special flowers, delicate and to be cared for and controlled by the men in their lives? A woman responsible for a terror-filled fall and one of the biggest enigmas in history?

The idea was too tantalizing to ignore, and the “what if” questions began. What would her motive have been? Jealousy? Revenge? A lover’s triangle?  More importantly, how could I create a modern crime fiction thriller around the idea of Jane the Ripper?

Killing Jane releases January 31 from Vesuvian Media, but you can read more about Jane the Ripper in my short nonfiction story KILLER SHORTS: Jack Jane the Ripper, on sale now.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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STACY GREEN is the author of the Lucy Kendall thriller series and the Delta Crossroads mystery trilogy. All Good Deeds (Lucy Kendall #1) won a bronze medal for mystery and thriller at the 2015 IPPY Awards. Tin God (Delta Crossroads #1) was runner-up for best mystery/thriller at the 2013 Kindle Book Awards. Green started her career in journalism before becoming a stay-at-home mother and rediscovering her love of writing.

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PODCAST: Author Manjula Martin Talks about the Role Money Plays in Writers’ Lives with DIY MFA Radio http://booktrib.com/2017/01/podcast-author-manjula-martin-talks-about-the-role-money-plays-in-writers-lives-with-diy-mfa-radio/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/podcast-author-manjula-martin-talks-about-the-role-money-plays-in-writers-lives-with-diy-mfa-radio/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:24:08 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=254037 This week’s DIY MFA, we get to hear Gabriela Pereira’s interview with Manjula Martin! Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 129 here!]]>

This week’s DIY MFA, we get to hear Gabriela Pereira’s interview with Manjula Martin!

Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 129 here!

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The Top 10 January Books Keeping Us in Hibernation Mode http://booktrib.com/2017/01/the-top-10-january-books-keeping-us-in-hibernation-mode/ http://booktrib.com/2017/01/the-top-10-january-books-keeping-us-in-hibernation-mode/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:01:30 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253896 With the holidays behind us and the dark days of winter looming ahead, January is one of those months where we don’t particularly want to leave the house. Ever. Which is why it’s an excellent time to hunker down with that giant pile of books you got for Christmas or an excuse to use those […]]]>

With the holidays behind us and the dark days of winter looming ahead, January is one of those months where we don’t particularly want to leave the house. Ever. Which is why it’s an excellent time to hunker down with that giant pile of books you got for Christmas or an excuse to use those Amazon gift cards to buy a bunch of new novels to get you through the coming winter storms.

Here are the top 10 new books that we can’t wait to hibernate with in January:

Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, January 17, 2017)

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Roth follows up her bestselling young adult Divergent series with a love story set in space. This highly anticipated YA novel follows Cyra and Akos, two teens from very different backgrounds with unusual powers, or currentgifts. While most currentgifts are blessings, both Cyra and Akos are in danger of being exploited by the very thing that makes them most unique.

Mulberry Moon, Catherine Anderson (Jove, January 3, 2017)

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Part of Anderson’s popular Mystic Creek series, Mulberry Moon tells the story of Ben Sterling, a cowboy who’s ready to put the rodeo circuit behind him and settle down. When he meets Sissy Sue Bentley, he’s determined to make the café owner his. But Sissy has sworn off men, including the sexy cowboy who just won’t leave her alone.

Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner (Dutton, January 31, 2017)

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Fans of Gardner’s bestselling Find Her will love her latest thriller about Sharlah May Nash, a young teen with a dark past. But just as Sharlah is about to be adopted by two people in law enforcement, her past comes back to haunt her in the form of her brother Telly Ray Nash, who killed their father in self defense eight years ago. Now Telly is killing again, and it’s up to Sharlah’s new family to get to the root of what’s happening — and what really happened that dark night all those years ago.

Love and First Sight, Josh Sundquist (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 3, 2017)

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Sundquist has charmed viewers all over the world with his engaging YouTube channel. Now he’s charming them in print as well, with Love and First Sight, a young adult novel about a blind teen, Will Porter, who undergoes an experimental surgery to see for first time. But everything isn’t what he expected, including his crush Cecily, who looks nothing like what his friends described. Will has to deal with issues of trust, societal standards of beauty, and just what it means to truly be able to ‘see.’

The Sleepwalker, Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday, January 10, 2017)

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Annalee Ahlberg vanishes one night, and all the police find is a piece of her nightshirt attached to a tree near her Vermont home. Because of her rare sleepwalking condition, her children are convinced that she must have wandered out into the night. But they can’t find a body, and one specific detective seems to know more than he’s saying. Mysterious and hauntingly lovely, you won’t want to miss this latest novel from Bohjalian.

Love is Love, Various Artists & Authors, Organized by Marc Andreyko (IDW Publishing, January 10, 2017)

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After the horrific hate crime in Orlando last year, various comic book authors and illustrators came together to create Love is Love. The eclectic collection “examines love in today’s world” and is a tribute to the victims of the tragedy. All of the proceeds of this unique comic go to the victims and their families.

Windwitch, Susan Dennard (Tor Teen, January 10, 2017)

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Dennard’s follow up to last year’s Truthwitch continues the story of Safi, Iseult and Prince Merik. With the world thinking Merik is dead, and Iseult and Safi separated, each will have to face their own battles as the future of the Witchlands seems more precarious than ever. Expect action, adventure — and even pirates — in this epic young adult fantasy series.

Difficult Women, Roxane Gay (Grove Press, January 3, 2017)

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Known for her masterful essay writing, Gay delivers a collection of short stories this time with Difficult Women. Each fictional story centers around a woman’s unique life, whether they’re married or single, rich or poor, or dealing with the trauma of their past. But no matter their circumstances, we know that Gay will turn her sharp critical eye on the complicated realities of a modern woman’s life.

Dead Cold Brew, Cleo Coyle (Berkley, January 10, 2017)

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This is the sixteenth book in Coyle’s beloved Coffeehouse mystery series. Clare Cosi, Coffeehouse manager, and Mike, her NYPD detective boyfriend, are ready to enjoy a little down time after Mike proposes. But of course life can’t be simple for long, and soon the engagement leads to mysterious letters, a poisoned jeweler, and a cold case murder that’s tied to a big family secret.

Surrender: Inside Out, Lisa Renee Jones (Pocket Star, January 9, 2017)

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Jones continues her sexy Careless Whispers series with Surrender, the third installment. After finding Ella Ferguson in an alley with amnesia, Kayden Wilkens slowly let her into his mysterious world. But while the two have tons of passion between them, there are also still plenty of lies and secrets. Ella will have to face both their pasts if she truly wants to have a future with Kayden.

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