BookTrib http://booktrib.com Find New Novels to Read on Booktrib Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:21:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Week’s Personal Stories from Authorbuzz Authors http://booktrib.com/2016/12/this-weeks-personal-stories-from-authorbuzz-authors/ http://booktrib.com/2016/12/this-weeks-personal-stories-from-authorbuzz-authors/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:21:19 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253420 Dear Reader, See what this week’s author has to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, The most explosive novel yet in the bestselling Dan Lenson series, ONSLAUGHT unfolds a frightening scenario of how a global war with […]]]>

Dear Reader,

See what this week’s author has to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more.

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On Slaught - David Poyer

David Poyer Dear Reader,
The most explosive novel yet in the bestselling Dan Lenson series, ONSLAUGHT unfolds a frightening scenario of how a global war with China could unfold. The U.S. Navy struggles to hold Taiwan, Korea, and Japan against a massive Chinese offensive. The prize: domination of Asia and the Western Pacific. This latest novel in Poyer’s longrunning series of military thrillers received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. I’m giving away five copies of the hardcover first edition. Write to david@poyer.com to win!
http://us.macmillan.com/onslaught/davidpoyer

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Egg Drop - Laura Childs

Gerry Schmitt Lara ChildsDear Reader,
When Suzanne Dietz, proprietor of the Cackleberry Club Café, stops by Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up wheels of cheese, she’s greeted by the urgent, upturned faces of cows that haven’t been milked – as well as Mike’s mangled body! Stunned by her grisly discovery, Suzanne vows to find out who killed this mild-mannered farmer. Juggling multiple suspects, a busy restaurant, tea parties, and a raucous Halloween celebration, Suzanne maintains her good humor and keeps her romance with the town doctor sizzling. In the tradition of all my previous New York Times bestselling cozies, I won’t let you down when it comes to heart-warming humor, a breathless pace, and homespun recipes!

Laura Childs
www.laurachilds.com

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Riding High

Stacy FinzDear Reader,
Sharing the ranch doesn’t mean Flynn and Gia have to get along, but riding together isn’t the problem. It’s the scorching chemistry they can’t ignore. And if they figure out a way to add trust to the mix, they’ll soon be sharing more than just a ranch . . .

Email lyricalpresspublicity@gmail.com with the subject “Riding High” for a chance to win one of five digital copies!
http://www.stacyfinz.com/

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Bad Road to Nowhere

Linda LaddDear Reader,
When Mariah Murray tells Will Novak she wants to rescue a childhood friend, Novak can’t turn her down. But she’s hiding something and the pretty little town she’s targeted screams trouble, too. Novak knows there’s a trap waiting. But until he springs it, there’s no telling who to trust…

Email lyricalpresspublicity@gmail.com with the subject “Bad Road To Nowhere” for a chance to win one of 5 digital copies!
http://www.lindaladd.com/

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Book for TV Addicts Who Love Bones http://booktrib.com/2016/12/jonesin-for-a-fix-book-for-tv-addicts-who-love-bones/ http://booktrib.com/2016/12/jonesin-for-a-fix-book-for-tv-addicts-who-love-bones/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:19:44 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253312 It’s kind of shocking to realize that Bones has already been on the air for 11 seasons. 11!! Most shows rarely make it that far, and if they do, the quality starts dropping significantly (I’m looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy). But Bones has tapped into something magical, growing with its audience and delivering quality crime-fighting […]]]>

It’s kind of shocking to realize that Bones has already been on the air for 11 seasons. 11!! Most shows rarely make it that far, and if they do, the quality starts dropping significantly (I’m looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy). But Bones has tapped into something magical, growing with its audience and delivering quality crime-fighting episodes for years.

Now it’s almost time to say goodbye: the 12 and final season airs on January 3, 2017. The show has come a long way, from the early days of chemistry-filled banter between Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) to their eventual marriage and the birth of their children. Along the way they’ve fought countless bad guys, solved countless crimes, and have generally been angstily adorable together. (And let’s not forget about the rest of the team!) It’ll be sad to say goodbye, but thankfully we have 12 more episodes before it’s truly the end.

 

When last we left our favorite crime fighting couple, Brennan was kidnapped by The Puppeteer, the serial killer they spent half of season 11 hunting. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s Zack Addy! No!!) We have no doubt that Booth will do everything he can to save her, but how are we supposed to wait one whole month before we know what happens?? Since January still seems very far away, here are four Dr. Brennan-approved books to dive into while we’re all jonesin’ for our next Bones fix:

51dx85217PLChaos, Patricia Cornwell (William Morrow, November 15, 2016)

Just like Brennan, Dr. Kay Scarpetta — the main character at the heart of Cornell’s Scarpetta series — is an expert at using science to solve crimes. The medical examiner takes on another case when a young women dies from what appears to be a lightning strike, only there’s not a single cloud in the sky. When Scarpetta starts receiving a series of harassing cyber messages, she realizes the two events are connected. Between the cyberbully, the bizarre death, and a public who’d rather believe that the girl spontaneously combusted, Scarpetta has her hands full trying to solve this case. With the science and the smart female protagonist, this is the perfect book to satisfy your Bones cravings until it comes back on the air!

 

61YAO4WOIkLSeventh Plague, James Rollins (William Morrow, December 13, 2016)

Science is front and center in this novel that imagines a world where the biblical plagues are back and deadlier than ever. But this isn’t hocus pocus; Rollins dives into the mythology and science, taking us all over the world as scientists and the military elite fight the growing horror. It starts in the Sudanese desert, when a missing archeologist returns only to die instantly, his body already beginning to mummify. Then the mysterious plagues start spreading, and it’s up to the director of Sigma Force (part of Rollins’ ongoing series) to join forces with the dead archeologist’s daughter, Jane McCabe, to figure out exactly what’s going on. Any fan of Bones is a fan of piecing together a mystery using science, which is exactly what’s at the heart of Rollins’ latest Sigma Force novel.

51VpEOVflpL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, November 15, 2016)

Higgins Clark is a master of her genre, and she has the fans to prove it. In her latest Under Suspicion novel, we meet Casey Carter, a woman who served 15 years for killing her fiancé. Only she swears she didn’t do it. No one believes her, except for Laurie Moran and her news team. But Laurie has a new cohost who’s young, cocky and brash, and who’s trying to steal the show even as he refuses to believe in Carter’s innocence. And is she innocent? It’s a question Laurie will have to answer as the twists keep coming in this compulsively readable thriller. Luckily, Laurie is tenacious and smart — qualities that will instantly make you think of Bones.

 

41CfjeLaqyL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown and Company, November 8, 2016)

The queen of teen vampires returns with another adult novel, this one featuring an ex-government employee on the run. Like Brennan, the main character is smart and capable and the top in her field. She spent years working for a government agency that’s so secret it doesn’t even have a name (much like hers, which keeps changing). So when she becomes a liability, her life is instantly on the line. It turns out that working for her former employers might be the only way to take her life back (or so she thinks). With no one to trust and seemingly no way out, she has to do everything she can to survive. But when she starts to fall for a man, Daniel, who’s just as caught up in the world as she is, it only makes things more complicated. Anyone who loves a strong female protagonist (like Bones!) will be drawn to this new thriller by Meyer.

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Royalty, Fantasy and a Christmas Romance are Part of Our Kindle To-Be Read List! http://booktrib.com/2016/12/royalty-fantasy-and-a-christmas-romance-are-part-of-our-kindle-to-be-read-list/ http://booktrib.com/2016/12/royalty-fantasy-and-a-christmas-romance-are-part-of-our-kindle-to-be-read-list/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:42:37 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253288 Most readers I know have an alarming to-be-read (TBR) pile. Mine is mostly on my Kindle, partly because I vowed that I would stop buying paperback romance novels at the grocery store (yeah, right) and partly because I just can’t resist an Amazon bargain. Any time I see an e-book on sale, I snap it […]]]>

Most readers I know have an alarming to-be-read (TBR) pile. Mine is mostly on my Kindle, partly because I vowed that I would stop buying paperback romance novels at the grocery store (yeah, right) and partly because I just can’t resist an Amazon bargain. Any time I see an e-book on sale, I snap it up, adding it to my ever-growing – and never-ending – list of books that I swear I will read someday.

Honestly, I both love and loathe my TBR pile. It’s like a warm and pleasant albatross around my neck, weighing me down while at the same time filling me with constant comfort and happiness. But I love that no matter what, I always have a book I want to read waiting on deck. (Sometimes too many, but that’s beside the point.) And even while I’m currently reading and loving a book, I’m always thinking and fantasizing about what I’m going to read next.

Right now I have about, oh, 40 or so books that I want to read ASAP. Those are ranked from most important to I-could-put-this-off-for-a-very-little-while.

Here are the most urgent, those five books I’m dying to read (just as soon as I find the time!):

Royally Screwed, Emma Chase (EverAfter Romance, October 18, 2016)

51ED8-jJlUL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_When I read the synopsis to Chase’s royal romance, I knew I had to have it. Seriously, it sounds just like The Prince & Me, but with sexy times. Um, SIGN ME UP. Nicholas Pembrook, Crown Prince of Wesseco, is pampered and spoiled, used to getting exactly what he wants. But then he meets waitress Olivia Hammond, who could care less about his royal prestige. Of course he falls hard for her, especially after she literally throws a pie in his face. Olivia falls too, but she’s not quite ready for everything that comes with dating a prince: the paparazzi, his disappointing family and the intense public attention. The two have to decide if their love can overcome the expectations placed on Nicholas from birth, and OMG this looks so good. I can’t wait to read this book.

 

Holding Up the Universe, Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 4, 2016)

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I love complex love stories with people who aren’t quite what they seem on the surface, which is definitely the basis for Niven’s latest young adult novel. After her mother dies, Libby Strout hides herself away from the world, gains a significant amount of weight, and, following a very embarrassing public event, becomes known as “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one knows the real Libby. That is, not until she meets Jack Masselin and the two end up working together after a cruel prank goes wrong. Jack seems confident and popular, but he’s hiding his true self too: specifically that he has a rare disorder where he can’t recognize faces. The two teens end up finding solace in each other. That kind of support and devotion is exactly why Holding Up the Universe is currently in the second spot place on my Kindle.

 

The Bird and the Sword, Amy Harmon (CreateSpace, May 6, 2016)

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I started hearing buzz about Harmon’s poetic and lovely fantasy novel over the summer, but never quite got around to buying it. Then a few weeks ago I finally read the synopsis and instantly fell hard. The story follows a young girl named Lark who lives in the kingdom of Jeru. It’s a land where the power of words have incredible weight, which is part of the reason Lark loses the ability to speak after her mother dies. But Lark still manages to find her voice, particularly as she begins to fall in love with the king, Tiras, and starts to learn more about her family. It’s rare to find a romantic fantasy novel that’s also lyrically written, which is why I was immediately drawn to this read.

 

 

One Snowy Night, Jill Shalvis (Avon Impulse, November 8, 2016)

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Jill Shalvis is one of those authors I just can’t resist. If I even see one of her books on a shelf, I’m buying it. Seriously, she could write a new version of the phonebook and I’d gladly add it to my TBR pile. So a cute, romantic novella set during Christmas time? I’m there. This is another Heartbreaker Bay story, this time following Rory Andrews who’s trying to get home to Lake Tahoe for Christmas. But her only ride is Max Stranton, a high school crush who she has a lot of old history with. Basically, the two hate each other — at first. Christmas chemistry can’t be denied for long though, and I fully expect these two to be making out in the front seat of Max’s truck before long. This looks like the perfect romantic read to get me into the Christmas spirit!

 

 

P.S. I Like You, Kasie West (Point, July 26, 2016)

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West’s young adult novels are adorable, romantic and fun, which is why I snatched up P.S. I Like You as soon as it went on sale in July. Four months later and I still haven’t found the time to read it. But I will soon! And here’s why: after scribbling some lyrics down on her desk one day, Lily gets a reply from a stranger at her school, and soon she’s having a full-blown relationship with her secret pen pal. She just has to figure out who it is. Her mortal enemy, Cade? The cute hipster, Lucas? I already know who I’m rooting for, and I trust West to deliver well-rounded characters who never dip into the cliché. This is a cute romance that tempts me every time I open my Kindle. Maybe it’s time to bump it up the list!

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PODCAST: Author Britt Alan and DIY MFA Radio Discuss the World of Self-Publishing http://booktrib.com/2016/12/podcast-author-britt-alan-and-diy-mfa-radio-discuss-the-world-of-self-publishing/ http://booktrib.com/2016/12/podcast-author-britt-alan-and-diy-mfa-radio-discuss-the-world-of-self-publishing/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:32:17 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253396 This week’s DIY MFA featured author is Britt Alan! Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 123 here!]]>

This week’s DIY MFA featured author is Britt Alan!

Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 123 here!

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The Power of the Imaginary Book and How Kim Alexander’s Became a Reality http://booktrib.com/2016/12/the-power-of-the-imaginary-book-and-how-kim-alexanders-became-a-reality/ http://booktrib.com/2016/12/the-power-of-the-imaginary-book-and-how-kim-alexanders-became-a-reality/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:10:50 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253388 What are your favorite books within books? Since I’m a weirdo, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon springs to mind. Harry Potter has dozens of them. Frank Herbert’s Dune not only has pages of them, but references them liberally throughout the text. Fictional books have always appealed to me, as much, almost as books of fiction. They are the […]]]>

What are your favorite books within books?

Since I’m a weirdo, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon springs to mind. Harry Potter has dozens of them. Frank Herbert’s Dune not only has pages of them, but references them liberally throughout the text.

14803311_10154542694792332_2144506019_oFictional books have always appealed to me, as much, almost as books of fiction. They are the mystery that can never be solved, they impact our heroes (and villains) without ever showing their faces.

They have great power.

I wanted one.

In my epic fantasy novel, The Sand Prince, my hero, the misfit demon prince Rhuun, finds just such a book–a marvelous story of the adventures of a human man and his friends and enemies on the other side of The Door, the mystical portal separating his own world of Eriis from the human lands of Mistra. The humans are a great mystery to the demons of Eriis as The Door has been locked in the wake of a disastrous war a generation past. Rhuun is something of a mystery as well, even to himself. He sees something in the human book that resonates with him, and he sees a strange echo of himself in the painting of the human man and woman on the cover of his book. He thinks it’s a blueprint, a documentary, a way of behaving in a world he’s desperate to visit.

He’s mistaken.

Originally, the idea that a lurid, over the top romance novel would serve as my hero’s guide to the human world was a sort of joke. In an early draft, one of my writing group compatriots remarked that Rhuun said something that ‘sounded like it was out of a romance novel.’ Thank you, Matthew, you were right!

What if, I asked myself, the only thing Rhuun knows about the human world is what he read in this little book, without context? When he meets our heroine, a relatively modern human woman, how will she react when he calls her a ‘wench?’ (Pretty much as you’d expect.)

To create my book within a book, I first wrote the epigrams appearing at the beginning of each chapter set in Mistra and taken from the imaginary novel, The Claiming of the Duke. I wanted them to reflect the action in the chapter, and I made one more purple than the next.

Then, after The Sand Prince was published, I decided to try and write the whole book.

Since I had one character die twice, several murders, many heaving bosoms, and lots of fairly ridiculous dialogue, I had a lot of work to do back-fitting an actual plot with real characters into the twelve or so pages of text I’d already written. I invented a mysterious dead wife for my Duke, and figured out how to kill off that pesky character who meets his maker twice. (I have to confess, I became quite fond of the Duke, to my own surprise, since he’s sort of an alpha-jerk.)

I kept almost all (not quite all) of the original epigrams from The Sand Prince. We find out why Rhuun picks ‘Moth’ as his name in the human world; in fact the most fun I had was sprinkling references to both The Sand Prince and its sequel The Heron Prince into The Claiming of the Duke. If you’ve read those books you’ll easily find your way through the darkened hallways of the once-great, crumbling estate called Gardenhour. If not, welcome to Mistra and I hope you enjoy your introduction to my world within a world inside this book.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KimAlexanderKim Alexander is the bestselling author of The Sand Prince, book one in The Demon Door series, along with its sequel, The Heron Prince. Before turning to writing epic fantasy, Kim was behind the microphone at Sirius XM Radio where she programming Book Radio, interviewing legends like Stephen King, George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman, along with hundreds of others. Kim also hosted Anne Rice’s first panel appearance at New York Comic Con. A graduate of the University of Miami, Kim now resides in Washington DC with her husband, cats and fish.

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DATELINE 1907 – Football Trickery Abounds http://booktrib.com/2016/11/dateline-1907-football-trickery-abounds/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/dateline-1907-football-trickery-abounds/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:38:06 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253374 Brian Meehl is the author of Blowback ’07 (MCP Books, November 1, 2016) and this article is the seventh in a new series discussing the radical changes in football from the 1905 to 1907.  No one masterminds trick plays like Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians. If “there’s no rule against” (to quote Pop), they do […]]]>

Brian Meehl is the author of Blowback ’07 (MCP Books, November 1, 2016) and this article is the seventh in a new series discussing the radical changes in football from the 1905 to 1907. 

No one masterminds trick plays like Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians. If “there’s no rule against” (to quote Pop), they do it.

  • BB07 #7In their ’07 game against Syracuse, Pop sprang the “many balls trick.” Each of his backs had a football-sized patch sewn on the belly of their jersey, making fake hand-offs impossible to read. (“Who’s got the ball? They all do!)
  • Pop’s most notorious stunt is the “hidden ball trick.” For the 1903 Harvard game, Pop had elastic sewn into the bottom of the jersey of one of his linemen, Charles Dillon. On a kickoff return, the Indians crowded around Dillon and stuck the ball up the back of his jersey. As the Harvard players rushed at them, the Indians scattered, all pretending to cradle the ball, except for Dillon, who ran down the field swinging his arms like a blocker. The baffled Harvard men had no idea who to tackle as Dillon ran the length of the field for a TD. (Harvard never looked so dumb.)
  • But Harvard smartened up in 1908 when Pop tried the “many balls trick” on them. The Harvard coach painted the game balls crimson to match Harvard’s jerseys. Pop protested and the Harvard coach gave him a taste of his own: “There is nothing in the rules against it.” When Pop agreed to remove the ball patches, Harvard produced normal game balls.

And what’s Pop’s most subtle trick play? Blaming the fans for Carlisle’s craftiness. “The public expects the Indian to employ trickery and we try to oblige.”

Next: Jim Thorpe: The Class Cutup

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Meehl HeadshotBlowback 07 BookcoverBrian Meehl has published four novels with Random House: Out of Patience, Suck It Up, Suck It Up and Die,and You Don’t Know About Me. His books have garnered a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a former incarnation, Meehl was a puppeteer on “Sesame Street” and in Jim Henson films, including “The Dark Crystal.” His transition from puppets to pen included writing for television shows such as “The Magic School Bus” and “Between the Lions,” for which he won three Emmys. Meehl lives in Connecticut and is writing Blowback ’63 and Blowback ’94. For more information about this author and his exciting books, please visit www.brianmeehl.com and/or www.blowbacktrilogy.com.

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Six Packs and Stepsisters: These 10 New Sports-Themed Romances Score Big http://booktrib.com/2016/11/six-packs-and-stepsisters-these-10-new-sports-themed-romances-score-big/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/six-packs-and-stepsisters-these-10-new-sports-themed-romances-score-big/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:15:52 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253178 The other day on a whim I decided to watch the first episode of Fox’s new show, Pitch. And OMG I haven’t stopped watching since. Full of strong women, sizzling chemistry and a romance that I’m already rooting for, Pitch is the sports show we all need in our lives right now:   It’s also reminding me […]]]>

The other day on a whim I decided to watch the first episode of Fox’s new show, Pitch. And OMG I haven’t stopped watching since. Full of strong women, sizzling chemistry and a romance that I’m already rooting for, Pitch is the sports show we all need in our lives right now:

 

It’s also reminding me of how much I love a good sports-themed romance. Luckily for me (and you too!) athlete heroes are all the rage these days, dominating the New Adult and contemporary romance shelves. From the six-pack abs to the never-ending capacity for sport puns, these sexy stories are almost always a home run. #SorryNotSorry

Here are 10 recent sport romances that are most definitely hitting it out of the park:

Rushing In, Lexi Ryan (CreateSpace, August 30, 2016)

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After devouring the first book in Ryan’s Blackhawk Boys series, Spinning Out, I knew I needed to get my hands on the sequel ASAP. I’m currently halfway through Grace and Chris’ story and I can barely put it down. College Quarterback Chris is sexy and sweet and he knows he shouldn’t be falling for his sassy new stepsister. But their complicated past and incredible chemistry just can’t be denied. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

Pucked Under, Helena Hunting (EverAfter Romance, October 10, 2016)

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Hunting’s beloved Pucked series is five books and counting. In her latest, we return to the love story of Randy and Lily who first get together in book 3 in the series, Pucked Over. Now they’re back, but with the NHL season starting and Randy’s father showing up unexpectedly, their happily-ever-after is getting majorly tested. Still, there’s a lot of sexy love between the two, as well as a lot of puck puns to throw around.

The Goal, Elle Kennedy (Create Space, September 26, 2016)

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Part of Kennedy’s Off-Campus series, The Goal focuses on Sabrina James and hockey star John Tucker. Both college students, Sabrina knows exactly how her life will play out — until a steamy encounter with John changes that future forever. Will she have to give up on her dreams? Or will she find a new life with the sweet and charming John?

Touching Down, Nicole Williams (October 6, 2016)

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I love a good loved-each-other-as-kids-now-we’re-back-together storyline, which is why I can’t wait to start reading Williams’ latest sexy sport romance. Ryan Hale and Grant Turner loved each other as children, but then Ryan disappeared from Grant’s life. Now he’s a star football player, beloved by millions and known as The Invincible Man. But when Ryan comes back into his life, Grant has to decide if he’s willing to put his trust back into the woman who broke his heart.

Silver-Tongued Devil, Rosalind James (November 15, 2016)

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Both Dakota Savage and Blake Orbison are damaged in their own ways. Dakota has never completely healed from her past, or from the prejudice she faces in their small town. Blake’s career is over thanks to a knee injury, and he’s convinced that he needs a sophisticated wife to raise kids with. Neither thinks the other is what they’re looking for, but of course they’re both completely wrong. If you can’t get enough of Dakota and Blake’s love story, have no fear: this is just the start of a new series by James, called Portland Devils.

Written in the Scars, Adriana Locke (Umbrella Publishing Inc, October 18, 2016)

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Locke has crafted a charming second-chance romance between Elin and Ty Whitt. The two fall in love as teenagers, when Ty is a high school basketball star and the sky is their limit. But life gets in the way as they grow older, and when Ty walks out after an argument, Elin is left to question everything they have together. This book is an intimate portrayal of marriage, promises and what comes after the happily-ever-after.

Catching Fireflies, Terri E. Laine (October 27, 2016)

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College students Chance Abbot and Brie Holloway had their shot at a relationship, but when Chance ran out of fear, Brie was left heartbroken. After watching his best friend find love, Chance wants another, well, chance with the woman he could never forget. But Brie is determined to keep her distance, forcing Chance to get a little creative in his courtship.

Incredible You, Lili Valente (CreateSpace, October 24, 2016)

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Jake Falcone is a famous NHL star, known as “The Dragon” both on the ice and off. Shane Willoughby is the kind of woman who knows what she wants and is tenacious enough to go after it. But when she’s hired by Magnificent Bastard Consulting to pretend to be Jake’s girlfriend, each member of the fake relationship starts to see the other in a new light. Pretty soon the line between client and boss is getting (very sexily) blurred.

How to Date a Douchebag, Sara Ney (September 13, 2016)

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Jameson Clarke is a strong student, determined to stay away from anything that can distract her – and that includes jerks and douchebags. Unfortunately, Sebastian Osbourne just happens to be the biggest douchebag jock on campus, and he’s decided he wants James to be his. The two enter into a chemistry-filled push/pull dance that’s endlessly entertaining to read.

The Player, Claire Contreras (October 8, 2016)

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Warren Silva is the world’s hottest soccer player, used to getting any girl he wants. When he meets Camilla Avilla, he decides he most definitely wants her. But Camilla has no idea who Warren is; she only knows that their worlds are way too different to make a relationship work. Warren isn’t giving up, especially not on a woman who truly sees him beyond the fame and the money. Still, it’ll be an uphill battle to win the fight for Camilla’s heart.

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Leon Wildes Answers One Question About ‘John Lennon vs. The U.S.A.’ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/leon-wildes-answers-one-question-about-john-lennon-vs-the-u-s-a/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/leon-wildes-answers-one-question-about-john-lennon-vs-the-u-s-a/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:04:39 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253258 John Lennon was and continues to be an icon in music, counterculture, popular culture, fashion, and self-expression. But would you guess that he was also the face of the most high-profile deportation case in U.S. history? Yep, me neither. The Nixon administration hated the countercultural movement, or as WASPs called them: “hippies.” In Tricky Dick’s […]]]>

John Lennon was and continues to be an icon in music, counterculture, popular culture, fashion, and self-expression. But would you guess that he was also the face of the most high-profile deportation case in U.S. history? Yep, me neither. The Nixon administration hated the countercultural movement, or as WASPs called them: “hippies.” In Tricky Dick’s cloud of paranoia, he sought out anyone who could bring about an upheaval. John Lennon was foreign, anti-war, had a large platform with his music and wasn’t afraid to speak out. A dangerous combination. Nixon saw him as Public Enemy No. 1 and tried to kick him out of the country. Leon Wildes intimately knows the case because he was Lennon’s lawyer! Finally giving his side of the story in John Lennon Vs. The USA (American Bar Association, August 7, 2016), I was able to take a moment of his time for the ‘One Question and Answer’ series.

Question: With you, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono fighting against the most powerful government in the world, and the most notorious presidency in American history, was there any point where you thought you couldn’t fight on?

LennonVsUSA_cover_FinalThis question requires a simple answer: no. I was never going to give up. Every time the court denied a motion, I appealed. I sued elsewhere. Even when I lost a battle, I didn’t see it as an overall defeat. I went on to try some other visa, some other approach.

John, Yoko and I were determined. We had to be. The government was equally pernicious, and we had to do everything we could to keep up the fight.

The Nixon administration had already determined the outcome before the case even began. It didn’t matter who was right and who was wrong—they were going to deny us anyway. They were malicious and acted illegally, rejecting cases that could have been approved. They didn’t want us to interfere with their plans for President Nixon’s re-election. They were using John as a political pawn.

This was not a normal matter. It took almost five years for John and Yoko to get their Greencards. Throughout that time, I never once spoke with them about giving up. I never told them that there was a big chance we would lose, even though I sometimes felt discouraged on the inside and feared we would not succeed. I forged ahead and kept appealing and filing new motions.

I didn’t want to disappoint John and Yoko. I felt that it would be wrong to quit trying. I was so convinced the government was absolutely incorrect, that we were fighting a very noble fight, and that history would side with us eventually.

When I called to tell John our case was approved, he said, “But I thought you told me we would never win?”

I knew from the get-go that I couldn’t assure them that we would win, but I also knew I would do everything in my power to reach a favorable outcome.

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Latest Giveaway from This Week’s Authorbuzz Author http://booktrib.com/2016/11/weekly-authorbuzz/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/weekly-authorbuzz/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:37:37 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253356 Dear Reader, See what this week’s author has to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader A Jake Travis novel that Kirkus Reviews says, “The pace is breakneck, the plot crackles with energy and suspense, the writing is […]]]>

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3 Ways I Live from My Deathbed Every Single Day http://booktrib.com/2016/11/3-ways-i-live-from-my-deathbed-every-single-day/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/3-ways-i-live-from-my-deathbed-every-single-day/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:45:08 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253347 Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment. By the same token, every […]]]>

Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant. — Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

51DKX7YuSgL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_My boyfriend and I have been talking a lot about death lately.

For a couple in our early twenties, this topic certainly isn’t something we’re expected to be dealing with. And while we’re not at the age where we should be getting our affairs in order or unburdening our families by checking into elderly homes, we can’t seem to shake the all-consuming reality that one day, neither of us will continue to persist on this planet.

As both a painter and writer, I often find myself overcome with desperate thoughts about how I can do better to get my work “out there” – to be celebrated and seen. Cultivating love for my work and my life usually falls second to momentary desires such as “being great” and having financial success. Often, I find myself holding back. I believe the stories I tell where I’m the victim. I constantly feel that I’m nowhere good enough to live my dreams.

A few weeks before my boyfriend turned 25, I’d often catch him meditating with tears in his eyes. Embracing a full quarter of a century of life shook him up. And while it may seem comical to some, for the first time, he felt old. He felt like he didn’t have enough time.

These thoughts are dark and they are serious, but they are also absolutely necessary. I know that they make us better. When I lash out, or when I’m too quick to judge myself or someone else, my boyfriend will gently remind me, “When it comes down to it, we’re all just desperately avoiding the fact that we’re going to die someday.”

That’s when I get quiet; when I rethink what’s right in front of me. Instead, I start to ask myself new questions: am I saturating my time with what I love? Am I leading a life that I’m proud to leave behind? This is when things start to get interesting. Almost immediately, I find myself getting to something deeper: I evaluate whether what I’m creating is a complete extension of my highest self, or a desperate attempt to escape the human fears I often feel.

After picking up Man’s Search for Meaning, my boyfriend’s favorite book, I’ve realized that most of us are in a state of avoidance. We hide from what we truly are.  We “veg out” in our free time and eat terrible food to distract ourselves from the jobs we hate. We try to run away from the fact that nothing is permanent, and that we’re dedicating our precious time to things that don’t really matter.

If you had one week left to live your precious life, would you continue to check out in front of Netflix? Would you mindlessly stuff yourself with sugar?  Would you obsessively keep tabs on who’s liking your photos on Instagram?

Acknowledging our impermanence is terrifying. But it’s also what we need to do if we’re going to live the lives we’ve always yearned for. Here’s how I live from my deathbed every single day:

  1. Act like all you have is what’s right in front of you.

It’s morbid, but when I pretend there is only one week I have left to live, I instantly feel myself connecting to a deep sense of peace. I pause. I align myself with what’s in front of me. Immediately, I’m breathing deeper. I find myself blessing and praising when just a minute ago, I was complaining and cursing. Colors get brighter. Smells are sweeter. The ordinary becomes extraordinary when you slow yourself down and get real about the impermanence of everything. And, funnily enough, when I slow down enough to drink in every facet of the present moment, I find myself engrossed enough to go after what it is that I truly want. There is no more “tomorrow-ing.” There is only gratitude and a keen, new motivation to embody what’s right here right now.

  1. Get real with what you’re avoiding.

What do you want? What do you really want with every cell in your body? It may be that you don’t actually want to be the nurse, teacher, paralegal or marketer that you’ve always been. With one week left to live, would you take that trip? Climb a mountain? Quit the gym membership you never use to afford the voice lessons you’ve always dreamed of taking? You might be surprised with what you come up with. Often, when I ask myself what I really want, it has more to do with what’s right in front of me. Vacations are great, but so is dancing in your bathroom while you’re getting ready for work.

  1. Take inspired action.

When I live like I’m going to die, I find that I’m less likely to play the victim of my life “happening” to me: I’m suddenly the cause of my existence – not the effect. My motivation no longer comes from a reactionary place of trying to “fix” my seemingly broken life, but from an effortless new question: what would I love to do right now? The truth is, most of us are filling our lives up with thoughts of needing to get to the “next step” so we can be happy. The truth is, you’re enough right now. You always have been! Knowing that, what will you start doing? How are you going to seize the precious moment that’s right in front of you?

We don’t know how much time we have left. We’re all betting on a number we can’t see. You’re only guarantee is this instant: how can you make it worthy of your miraculous human life?

 

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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8 Things That NEED to Happen in the Gilmore Girls Reboot — PLUS! Win a copy of the Gilmore Girls Cookbook! http://booktrib.com/2016/11/8-things-that-need-to-happen-in-the-gilmore-girls-reboot-plus-win-a-copy-of-the-gilmore-girls-cookbook/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/8-things-that-need-to-happen-in-the-gilmore-girls-reboot-plus-win-a-copy-of-the-gilmore-girls-cookbook/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:00:12 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253301 The Gilmore Girls revival is here!!! — and OMG I can barely contain myself. I can’t even remember the last time I was this excited about anything, ever. As a longtime fan of the show, it feels like my inner-teen girl is about to burst out of my skin, start singing that Carole King theme song, […]]]>

The Gilmore Girls revival is here!!! — and OMG I can barely contain myself. I can’t even remember the last time I was this excited about anything, ever. As a longtime fan of the show, it feels like my inner-teen girl is about to burst out of my skin, start singing that Carole King theme song, gorge on junk food and twirl in ridiculous circles.

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Called A Year in the Life, the Netflix reboot consists of four 90-minute episodes that follow our favorite mother and daughter team for each season of a year as they navigate their lives. It’s been nine years since we last saw the Gilmores and friends, and I can’t wait to see how all of their lives have changed, or hit a rough patch, or stayed mostly the same. Here’s the trailer, for those who haven’t already watched it about 100,000 times:

STARS HOLLOW, YOU GUYS! IT’S BACK!!

I’m trying to be calm about all this, but clearly I have lost all chill. I’ve been eating, breathing, thinking, and generally obsessing over all things Gilmore since I knew this was actually happening. And on that note, I have a few demands to make of the reboot. These are the eight things that absolutely, no questions asked, NEED to happen in the four new episodes:

  1. RORY AND JESS TOGETHER AND HAPPY (and maybe getting married and making babies and stuff!!)

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Look, I don’t think I’m asking too much. All I’m saying is that Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) better end up together or else I’m setting my TV on fire. Too dramatic? Have you seen these two together? The chemistry! The adorable wordplay! While Jess might not have been the best choice for Rory when she was in high school, he more than redeemed himself as the series went on. By the end, he’s a published author who’s accomplishing his dreams and is clearly still in love with Rory. Why she chose Logan over him, I’ll never understand. In the reboot I expect them to be sucking face for at least 2-3 episodes. OK? OK. #TeamJessForLife

  1. Cute Mother Daughter Scenes

It goes without saying that we’ll get a lot of awesome Rory and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) moments in the reboot, but I’m saying it anyway: I want a lot of awesome Rory and Lorelai moments. When the two were estranged for a while in season 5, nothing made sense in the world. They belong together, way more than they belong with any guy. I can’t wait to see them sitting on the couch again, drinking way too much coffee and talking way too fast about every tiny detail of their lives.

  1. Sassy Lorelai and Luke Banter

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Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai are my everything. A couple of the trailers vaguely make it seem like they might be having problems in the reboot and I won’t stand for it! At least not for long. I need Lorelai and Luke to be in harmony, hanging out in his diner, with Lorelai talking his ear off and Luke grumbling away about everything. They’ve always had the best chemistry – gruff and sweet and charming – and I would like a few hundred scenes of them just happily bantering back and forth, please.

  1. All the Junk Food

Eat Like a Gilmore 9781510717343One of the cruelest fantasies of the show isn’t that Lorelai and Rory have such an unattainable mother/daughter relationship; it’s that they only eat garbage but somehow manage to never gain any weight. But it’s certainly fun to watch them stuff their faces, and so I’d love to watch them eating themselves sick throughout this reboot (as well as drinking all the coffee). I might even eat along with them – or try to at least – which is why I’m planning on picking up a copy of Kristi Carlson and Bonnie Matthews’ unofficial Gilmore Girls cookbook, called Eat Like a Gilmore. The book is filled with Gilmore-style recipes, including meals inspired by Friday Night dinners (salmon puffs!), Luke’s Diner menu (pumpkin pancakes!) and the Gilmore love of junk food (rocky road cookies!). Sounds so delicious, but also like maybe I’ll end up in hospital before I can finish all the episodes.

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  1. Emily Gilmore Being Hilarious

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I think we can all agree that Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) is pretty much the best part of this show, which is why I’m going to need a lot of airtime with her. After watching the new trailer, one of my friends said, “I’m so happy that they’re finally acknowledging Emily as a Gilmore Girl.” It’s maybe the best point anyone has ever made about anything. Despite familial ups and downs, Emily has always been a Gilmore Girl, and now it looks like she’s even more a part of the fold. Clearly, she’s going through a lot in the reboot with the death of her husband (the actor, Edward Herrmann, died in 2014), but I trust Emily to still be hilarious, snarky and to think a 30-foot painting of Richard is completely appropriate for the living room.

  1. The Best Friend Squad Front & Center

 Rory and Lorelai have a pretty healthy group of friends around them, particularly their besties: Sookie, Paris and Lane. All three actresses are coming back for the show (Melissa McCarthy, Liza Weil and Keiko Agena), despite some of their very obvious fame. All I can say is: YAY! One of the best parts of Gilmore Girls has always been the strong circle of women who support each other, rely on each other and are just generally awesome. I’m so excited to see Sookie cooking again, to watch Lane’s band perform, and to hear Paris’ cunning put-downs. I adore these three, so I’m definitely going to need a lot of best friend time in the new episodes.

  1. Clear Resolutions For Dean and Logan

I was so happy to hear that Jared Padalecki (Dean) and Matt Czuchry (Logan) would be returning for the reboot; I loved both their characters and they deserve to have completed storylines. I’m hoping that Dean is married again with a kid or two and a mortgage and PTA meetings and a job he loves. And Logan can be the head of some company, dating lots of women, living in a city and only drinking really expensive scotch.

But see how I said resolutions and not happy endings with Rory? That’s a very important point. While I wish these two all the happiness, I DO NOT wish to see them with Rory again. So let’s remember why we’re all here and try not to get distracted by Dean and Logan’s handsome faces. Jess has a handsome face, too. (One that better be attached to Rory’s for most of the show!)

  1. No Revisiting the Horrible Storylines

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While Gilmore Girls was mostly awesome during the years, there were a few dud storylines. In particular, the quickie Christopher marriage and Luke-gets-a-secret-daughter-out-of-nowhere. It was so painful watching Lorelai and Luke implode in seasons 6 and 7, especially since the reasons were attached to such ridiculous storylines. Luckily, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is back for the reboot (after leaving the series for season 7), and I trust her to give us what we want and need. Which means no Christopher (David Sutcliffe) or Luke’s daughter April (Vanessa Marano) [Editor’s Note: it was announced that April will be making an appearing in Stars Hollow — sorry for the bad news, Rachel!] showing up! I’m fine with casual mentions, but that’s about all I can handle. Let’s focus on what matters: the quippiest mother/daughter team around, and happy endings for everyone.

And by happy endings, I obviously mean Rory and Jess together (remember what I said about having no chill?!). Don’t disappoint me, reboot! Now excuse me while I go binge for the next six hours straight!

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PODCAST: Author Cate Holahan Talks Suspense Writing with DIY MFA Radio http://booktrib.com/2016/11/podcast-author-cate-holahan-talks-suspense-writing-with-diy-mfa-radio/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/podcast-author-cate-holahan-talks-suspense-writing-with-diy-mfa-radio/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:15:33 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253276 This week’s DIY MFA featured author is Cate Holahan! Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 122 here!    ]]>

This week’s DIY MFA featured author is Cate Holahan!

Listen to DIY MFA Radio Episode 122 here!

 

 

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Female Empowerment Soars in These Books Featuring Strong Women Worthy of Miss Sloane Status http://booktrib.com/2016/11/female-empowerment-soars-in-these-books-featuring-strong-women-worthy-of-miss-sloane-status/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/female-empowerment-soars-in-these-books-featuring-strong-women-worthy-of-miss-sloane-status/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:45:39 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253250 We’re always excited about a new movie featuring a strong female lead, which is why we absolutely can’t wait to see Miss Sloane, a political thriller that comes out this Friday, November 25. The film stars Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane, a lobbyist in Washington who’s considered one of the best. She’s also one of […]]]>

We’re always excited about a new movie featuring a strong female lead, which is why we absolutely can’t wait to see Miss Sloane, a political thriller that comes out this Friday, November 25. The film stars Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane, a lobbyist in Washington who’s considered one of the best. She’s also one of the most cutthroat and will do anything to win. But when she takes on the formidable gun industry, she’s picking one of the biggest battles of her life. One that might even put her life on the line.

*CHILLS EVERYWHERE*

We can already tell that Sloane is going to be a Claire Underwood-type character (from House of Cards): ruthless, tough and the kind of woman you do not want to battle it out with. So after you leave the theater all hyped up on female empowerment, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here are four books that all feature a strong female lead worthy of Miss Sloane status:

The Candidate, Lis Wiehl (Thomas Nelson, October 4, 2016)

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Wiehl returns to her Newsmakers series with another Erika Sparks centered novel — the top cable news host who gives readers an inside look at the political world. This time, Erika is investigating Mike Ortiz, a presidential candidate and war hero who miraculously escaped an Al-Qaeda prison. But while the rest of the country adores the frontrunner, Erika is suspicious of Mike and his “perfect” wife, Celeste. Just how did Mike escape that prison? What is the couple hiding? Like Sloane, Erika is determined to win — though in this case, it’s all about finding the truth — even if it puts her and her family in danger.

 

 

My Own Words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams (Simon & Schuster, October 4, 2016)

51vNkYJs1CL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Ginsburg first became a Supreme Court Justice in 1993, and she’s spent most of her life dedicated to women’s rights and upholding law and order for our country. This book is a collection of her papers, speeches and personal writing that reflects the powerful work she’s done as well as her life away from the bench. Along with contributors Harnett and Williams, Ginsburg’s voice shines through on the page and provides an intimate look into a truly political life. There still aren’t many influential women in Washington these days, so we know that Miss Sloane would definitely approve of this latest offering from Ginsburg.

 

 

The Spy, Paulo Coelho (Random House, November 22, 2016)

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One hundred years before Miss Sloane, there was Mata Hari, a powerful woman who eventually paid dearly for her crimes, whether or not they happened to be true. In his new novel, Coelho fictionalizes the life of one of the world’s most famous female spies, following her from her inauspicious start in life to her career as a successful exotic dancer and courtesan, and eventually to WWI and the accusation that led to her execution. Was Mata Hari really a spy, or was she simply an independent woman who refused to play by society’s rules? Coelho attempts to answer these questions and more as he paints a thorough portrait of a woman who never truly played it safe.

 

 

City on Edge, Stefanie Pintoff (Bantam, November 15, 2016)

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Tensions are high in Pintoff’s latest thriller when a tragedy occurs during the New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade. Unexpectedly, the police commissioner is shot and his daughter is kidnapped. Now it’s up to Special Agent Eve Rossi and her team to figure out what happened. But things aren’t always what they seem, especially once the kidnappers contact them listing their strange demands. Rossi soon discovers that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye, including secret lives, and victims who may not be as innocent as she thought. Rossi’s take charge attitude will definitely appeal to Sloane fans, as will the intensity of, well, a city on edge.

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Book Excerpt! Dr. Jennifer Stagg’s ‘Unzip Your Genes’ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/book-excerpt-dr-jennifer-staggs-unzip-your-genes/ http://booktrib.com/2016/11/book-excerpt-dr-jennifer-staggs-unzip-your-genes/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:32:55 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=253326 For a sneak peek of Dr. Jennifer Stagg’s Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal A Radically Radiant You and learn how to put your health in your own hands, check out the excerpt below! Introduction Technological advances have dramatically impacted almost every aspect of daily life, from how we communicate to how we buy things to how […]]]>

For a sneak peek of Dr. Jennifer Stagg’s Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal A Radically Radiant You and learn how to put your health in your own hands, check out the excerpt below!

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Introduction

Technological advances have dramatically impacted almost every aspect of daily life, from how we communicate to how we buy things to how we bank. Now, there’s a high-tech and scientific revolution underway in health care that can transform patient care. I’m not referring to a new treatment for one disease but rather something that can help both physicians and patients.

Genomics. If you’re a science geek or you remember your Biology 101, you know that our bodies contain DNA, which is the so-called building block of life. Genomics goes beyond genetics. The genome is the entire DNA content in one cell of an organism. Scientists study the complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand what causes disease. Genomics allows us to see how variations in our DNA can interact with one another and impact our growth, development and overall health. You’ve probably heard of genetic testing for the BRCA gene which can cause breast cancer. While it’s true that genomics allows people to find out if they are genetically predisposed to a particular disease, there’s much more to this science. By understanding your unique gene structure, you can view your body in an innovative way that allows you to take control of your health and your future.

You should be reassured by the following two facts:

  1. There are more genes associated with resilience and the ability to keep your body in balance or homeostasis than there are for disease.
  2. Your genes are not your destiny. The way your genes get expressed is affected by what we call “genetic modifiers,” including your lifestyle and environmental and psychosocial factors.

Each of you is unique and there are specific actionable steps you can take that can lead to wellness. With guided personalized help, or what I like to call “precision prevention,” you can get the most out of your genes.

For me, after practicing medicine for 15 years, providing patients with individualized plans to meet their nutritional needs based on the latest research combined with clinical data, genomics has allowed me to take a quantum leap. I can custom design my patient’s lifestyle medicine program by utilizing genetic testing and other personalized evaluation tools that reveal each person’s “unique code.” This is a cutting-edge field of health care that I refer to as Precision Lifestyle Medicine. As part of this new type of medicine, you-the-patient become an active participant in unlocking your perfect combination, or “code,” of practices for your body, mind, and spirit. I’m not simply treating you for high cholesterol or weight management. I look at every aspect of your body to help you make changes so you can experience a fuller, happier, and more rewarding life. If you want to feel your best, function at your highest level, and live your life to the fullest extent, this book is for you!

The patients in my practice vary widely in terms of their wellness. Unfortunately, over the years, I see more and more patients who have multiple chronic health problems including heart disease, mood disorders, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal complaints, and obesity. As a physician trained to understand and treat the root cause of illness and identify what is preventing someone from being healthy, I always examine the link between a patient’s lifestyle and his or her unique body chemistry.

My approach differs dramatically from that of many of my peers in the medical community who follow the traditional disease-focused model of health care. In fact, I believe that the healthcare crisis we are facing in this country is the result of concentrating on the treatment of disease states, rather than what makes us healthy. This, in my opinion, is what constitutes true health care. For the first time, we are seeing scientists studying the genes that can keep people healthy, even when they are exposed to a host of environmental and genetic factors that would make someone else quite sick. This is called the study of resilience. By cataloging the DNA of a large number of people, scientists can identify these “resilience genes” and through extensive study of the subjects’ genetics, epigenetics and metabolism, help us understand why some people overcome an illness or remain healthy while others get sick.

For the majority of my patients, by using advanced clinical diagnostic skills and relying on proven nutritional and lifestyle strategies, we can, over time, restore them to a state of health and help them achieve balance. However, for a subset of patients, this plan of treatment just doesn’t work. These patients appear to be doing everything right. They are compliant with treatment protocols and follow the outlined program, but it produces minimal results or just doesn’t work at all. This “failed treatment” occurs more often with patients (especially women) who are overweight or obese and suffer from many chronic health problems. Sound familiar?

I commonly hear this complaint from patients in my office and others in social settings (especially when people find out what I do for a living): “My friends eat the same way as I do and they are not overweight. I promise, I don’t go home and eat half a chocolate cake at night. I just don’t understand why I can’t lose this weight?”

I sometimes feel like a detective trying to solve a mystery. I begin with a comprehensive evaluation which starts the moment I meet patients. I take a thorough medical and family history, finding out what previous treatments worked or failed, to get clues to the underlying obstacles preventing them from their true state of health. I then move on to laboratory assessments including basic tests for metabolic function, lipids, insulin sensitivity, hemoglobin A1C, and hormones (thyroid, adrenal, sex). Investigating digestive function, detoxification, cellular metabolism, and neurotransmitters is an additional requirement for some people. And, of course, now I utilize genomic testing.

Genomic testing provides information that was not clinically available just a few years ago. I can now reply to patient questions such as, “It seems like I get fat when I weight-train. Is that possible?” or “I’ve tried every low-carb diet and it doesn’t work. How could that be?” It is really quite simple. A patient’s saliva sample can provide answers. “Mrs. Smith, genetically you may be more likely to gain fat mass with an intensive strength training program” and “Ms. Morgan, with your genetic makeup, you will do better on a Mediterranean diet.”

But, as we all know, there is more to a healthy, well-balanced life than diet and exercise. I have been a practicing physician long enough to a have gained a deep understanding of the connection of mind, body, and spirit—all of which impact our DNA. Clinically, I see patients who are following the right diet and exercise program, practicing stress reduction, yoga, and socializing, but there is still a missing connection.

One patient was feeling unbalanced about her children leaving for college. Some physicians might say she was suffering from “empty nest syndrome” and perhaps refer her to counseling and advise her to pick up a hobby or start volunteering. She had been a stay-at-home mother and even some friends were criticizing her, wondering how she would keep busy without her children at home. She was feeling overwhelmed and even starting to question her purpose in life. I simply asked her, “What if your purpose in life is just to be happy?” She seemed intrigued and left the office saying she was going to spend some time thinking about that. Two months later, she returned to my office and appeared completely different. She told me that what I had said at her last visit had changed her life. She also explained that she felt she had experienced a spiritual awakening. She approached each day, and even each moment in life, from a new perspective. She now asked herself, “Does this make me happy?” and made decisions from that space. This is a clear example of the complex interplay of mind, body, and spirit that impacts function and creates a state of wellness and vitality.

You may have noticed that some people have figured out, on their own, how to achieve the perfect balance of health and well-being (and those people usually don’t present in my office!). My patients often ask what I eat, what type of exercise I do, how I manage stress, and even which products I use on my skin! People are intrigued by what makes others healthy and mistakenly think that what works for one person could work for them. This is the essence of genomics—you are unique and what allows you to manifest your true state of health is also unique. So, yes, personally, as a happily married working mother of three, who has been searching for the “code” since I began my professional career more than 20 years ago, I thought I had figured it out for myself through a combination of educated guess and trial and error. But, by applying the information I discovered about my genomics, I feel I have finally deciphered my code for a healthy and, most importantly, happy life. In this book, I will help you do the same—but I’ll save you the two decades of discovery that it took me!

I know you want to find out the important stuff—how to get the body you always wanted, how to sleep longer, how not to feel stressed all the time and more. I will discuss these issues, but I believe it’s very important you understand the basics of genomics. Even if you hated high school biology class, I encourage you to read about the scientific studies. Knowing what your genetic makeup reveals about your body provides added motivation to make, as well as maintain, lifestyle changes. That is the key to becoming healthier.

This book is divided into three parts. Part I introduces you to the basics of genomics and the five areas that impact your health. Part II examines epigenetics, the science of nurturing and how your DNA interacts with the environment. Part III is the Precision Health Program which focuses on improving your mind, body and spirit, according to your individual genetic profile.

I would never suggest to you that I have all the answers. In fact, I can say confidently that I do not know it all. This field and our knowledge about human health and wellness, in general, are still expanding. And, as I learn more, sometimes I find that the way I thought things worked is actually not the case. Being open to new ideas and having a willingness to adopt novel concepts in light of compelling evidence is a fundamental value I committed to a long time ago. Incorporating DNA testing and applying the results in a lifestyle approach is a huge paradigm shift in the healthcare industry. A more significant shift is the concept of promoting health and empowering individuals, instead of the disease treatment model.

I feel we are really just at the tip of the iceberg in the transformation of health care and wellness. The key to moving forward is continuing to assimilate the constant flow of incoming information, while embracing our own unique potential and personal power. I believe that is the pathway to health, abundance, and prosperity.

Loving Dr. Jennifer Stagg’s Unzip Your Genes so far? Order a copy today!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

12548872_1024576740933226_6616961553420607486_nDr. Jennifer Stagg has always been passionate about science and health and started out as a doctoral student in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa. She left the field of research to pursue a career as a physician so that she could work directly with patients to improve their health. Dr. Stagg graduated with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She is owner of the integrative specialty practice, Whole Health Wellness Center. Dr. Stagg is a well known expert in integrative medicine and has appeared on NBC, CBS and ABC. She continues to see patients at her private practice in Connecticut and offers telehealth services for individuals who cannot travel to her office. You can learn more at www.drstagg.com.

 

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