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In “Switch and Bait,” Ricki Schultz Spoofs Modern Online Dating

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If sarcastic wit and sharp insight into modern dating culture are your cup of exotic tea, then meet author Ricki Schultz. Last year’s debut novel, Mr. Right-Swipe, threw readers into the world of online dating and was relatable to anyone who has ever been on a bad date, which excludes one or two ants that crawled through my kitchen last week and likely no one or nothing else. Fast forward to her latest comic romp, Switch and Bait, out this June from Grand Central Publishing. What has become Schultz’s trademark are irreverent humor and reflections into modern dating. The main character, Blanche Carter, was known as the “Love Doctor” in her sorority (interpret that as you may), but has now…

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Laurie Petrou

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Laurie Petrou

AUTHORS Laurie Petrou Genre: Suspense, Literary Fiction, Thriller BOOKS: Between (2006) Sister of Mine (2018) BIGGEST LITERARY INFLUENCERS ON YOUR WORK:Heather O’NeillMichael ChabonZadie SmithKate AtkinsonDonna Tartt LAST BOOK READ AND WHY:I just finished Circe by Madeline Miller, and I loved it. I took Classics and Latin all through high school with the wonderful late Mr. Maybee (and I competed in the Classics Conference every year!). The Secret History by Donna Tartt is still one of my favourite books because of the themes of antiquity. Circe satisfied my thirst for stories from that world in spades. I’m currently reading Son of Achilles, also by Miller. There is something about the ferocity of the ancient world that I just love. THE BOOK…

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PJ Tracy

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PJ Tracy

AUTHORS P.J. Tracy Genre: Crime / Thriller BOOKS: Monkeewrench (2003) Live Bait (2004) Dead Run (2005) Snowblind (2006) Shoot to Thrill (2010) Off the Grid (2012) The Sixth Idea (2016) Nothing Stays Buried (2017) Biggest literary influencers on your work:Steinbeck, Twain, Poe, twentieth century crime fiction, nineteenth century Russian literature, 1970’s horror…I guess I’ve been influenced by almost everything I’ve ever read. Last book read and why:Lies by Helen Callaghan. I was given an advance reader copy and whipped through it in a day. It’s a fantastic book. The book that changed your life and why:The Catcher in the Rye. I was quite young when I read it, and I was enthralled by the juxtaposition of gravity and levity; that…

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How To Judge A Book By Its Cover: 18 Famous Books

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Have you ever stopped to think about how your favorite books’ covers were conceptualized? The Grapes of Wrath cover artist, Elmer Hader, made a living illustrating children’s books with his wife, and that’s how John Steinbeck discovered his work. The stories behind some of the most iconic book covers are truly fascinating, and this infographic from Invaluable highlights some of the most recognized throughout history. Check out how each designer brought their visions to life!   Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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Harwood-Jones’ Journey Filled With LGBTQ Life Lessons

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Happy Pride Month! June was chosen as Pride Month to celebrate and commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, and sparked what turned into days of clashes and riots between the police, and members of the LGBTQAI community. The riots are largely considered to have been the defining moment that brought the fight for gay rights into the modern era. Pride parades, first started in 1970, the year after the riots, now take place across the world. Because at BookTrib we’re all about books and literature, we have one of our favorite interviews to share with you this month! Markus Harwood-Jones is coming out with two companion books this August: Romeo for…

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Sara Wiseman

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AUTHORS Sara Wiseman Genre: Mind/Body/Spirit BOOKS: Writing the Divine: How to Use Channeling for Soul Growth & Healing (2008) Your Psychic Child: How to Raise Intuitive & Spiritually Gifted Children (2009) The Four Passages of the Heart: Moving from Pain into Love (2012) The Intuitive Path: The Seeker’s Guide to Spiritual Intuition (2012) Intuition, Cancer & Miracles: A Passage of Hope & Healing (2013) Living a Life of Gratitude: Your Journey to Grace, Joy & Healing (2013) Messages from the Divine: Wisdom for the Seeker’s Soul (2018) Currently working on:Several new books on spirituality and intuition. Also creating new coursework for Intuition University. Words to live by:“The Universe is always guiding us.” Advice to new and aspiring authors:The more you…

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Sandra Mendelson

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AUTHORS Sandra Mendelson Genre: Spirituality BOOKS: We Walk Beside You: Animal Messages for an Awakening World (2017) Biggest literary influence:Eckhart Tolle Last book read:Messages From The Divine by Sara Wiseman Book that changed your life:Would have to be Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. In short, if we don’t change how we see and interpret life and our role in it, nothing changes on the outside. We perpetuate our limiting beliefs, live in a state of dis-ease and miss the real beauty and magic of life. Tolle’s book is a magnificent tool for bringing us to a place where Wayne Dyer’s words ring true: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you…

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Rick Pullen

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AUTHORS Rick Pullen Genre: Thrillers, Mysteries BOOKS: Naked Ambition (May 2016) The Apprentice (December 2017) Biggest literary influencers:Dashiell Hammett, Scott Turow, Lee Child, Steve Berry and Lawrence Block Last book read:The Wife Between Us The book that changed your life:Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent. I stayed up late three nights in a row to finish it. The twists and turns amazed me and influenced my writing. Your favorite literary character:Bernie Rhodenbaugh — Lawrence Block’s burglar who constantly finds himself in the middle of a murder he stumbles upon while in the act of burglarizing a Manhattan apartment. He spends the rest of the novel proving he didn’t do it. Simply brilliant! I love his interplay with his gay poodle groomer girlfriend. The dialogue is masterfully witty. Block is the best crafter…

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Richard Webb

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AUTHORS Richard Webb Genre: Non-Fiction BOOKS: Boats Against The Current (June 2018) Biggest literary influencers:John Updike, Scott Fitzgerald, historians too numerous to mention. Last book read:Hoover by Kenneth White The books that changed your life:Atlas Shrugged, because it celebrates the individual; The Beautiful and Damned, because I saw my own youth reflected in it; The Great Gatsby, for taking my breath away. Favorite literary character:Rabbit Angstrom Currently working on:a work of fiction Words to live by:“There is no such thing as luck; luck is… when hard work meets opportunity.” Advice to new and aspiring authors:Revise, revise, revise Articles: https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Documentary-focuses-on-Scott-Zelda-s-Westport-6293824.php#photo-4584835 http://www.ctoldhouse.com/AntiqueAbandon.html https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Documentary-focuses-on-Scott-Zelda-s-Westport-6293824.php https://patch.com/connecticut/westport/f-scott-fitzgerald-slept-here https://blog.ctnews.com/culturecache/2015/05/29/fitzgeralds-westport-sojourn-is-subject-of-new-documentary/ http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/comments/large_turnout_for_f._scott_fitzgerald_film/ http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/comments/tracing_f_scott_fitzgeralds_westport_connection/

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Mike Murphy

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AUTHORS Mike Murphy Genre: Inspiration, Law of Attraction BOOKS: Love Unfiltered(Next Century Publishing, 2014) The Creation Frequency(New World Library, 2018) Living in Color(due out May 2019) Biggest literary influencers:Joseph Murphy, The Power of your Sub-conscious Mind; Jack Canfield, The Success Principals; Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within; Elkhart Tolle, The Power of Now, all of Wayne Dyers’ books, the work of Byron Katie. Last book read:Three Feet From Gold by Napoleon Hill The book that changed your life:Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Sub-Conscious Mind. This book really cemented home what the Mystery Man had taught me about the Law of Attraction, when you understand the immense power of the one infinite mind and how to access it, you will…

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Mike Bond

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AUTHORS Mike Bond Genre: Fiction BOOKS: Saving Paradise (2012) The Last Savanna (2013) House of Jaguar (2013) Holy War (2014) Tibetan Cross (2014) Killing Maine (2015) Assassins (2016) Snow (2017) Biggest literary influencers:Hemingway, Camus, Malraux, Tolstoy, Simenon, Irène Némirovsky Last book read:Se Souvenir des Jours de Fëte, Christian Signol The book that changed your life:How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne. This bestseller of many years offers deep insights on how to find personal freedom without taking it from or harming others. For any writer, personal freedom is essential; in a way, all art is about it. Your favorite literary character: I don’t have one. But I do like some of my own, specifically Pono, hero…

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Maxine Rosaler

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AUTHORS Maxine Rosaler Genre: Fiction BOOKS, SHORT STORIES, AND ESSAYS: The Devil on Trial: Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, and Terrorists in America’s Courtrooms (Junior Library Guild Selection, 2008) Coping With Asperger Syndrome (2004) This was offered to me as a work-for-hire by an editor who didn’t know I had a child with Asperger Syndrome. Hamas: Palestinian Terrorists (Inside the World’s Most Infamous Terrorist Organizations) (2002)  “The Day My Father Died” (Ascent) January 2015 “The Girl from Texas” (Baltimore Review) Winter 2016:  “The Fog Man” (Witness) October 2015  “My Husband’s Literary Debut” (Blue Stem)  “A Stroke of Luck” and “The Missing Kidney” (The Southern Review) Biggest literary influencers:John Cheever, Flannery O’Connor, Philip Roth Last book read:The Cry of the Wolf by…

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Kathleen Hill

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AUTHORS  Kathleen Hill Genre: Fiction / Memoirs BOOKS: After visiting her newly grown daughter in Niger, who had herself returned to Africa in the Peace Corps, Hill wrote Still Waters in Niger, a novel set in the Sahel in a time of famine. It is centered in the complicated bonds between mothers and daughters and the will to survive in a place where the children are starving. Published in 1999, it was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, and was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Award. The French translation, Eaux Tranquilles, was short-listed for the Prix Femina Étranger. A witness to hunger in Niger, Hill was involuntarily returned…

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Katherine Nouri Hughes

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AUTHORS Katherine Nouri Hughes Genre: Historical Fiction Books: The Mapmaker’s Daughter Biggest literary influencers:Richard Ford, Lawrence Durrell, Richard Powers. Last book read:The Leopard (Lampedusa) The book that changed your life:The Mapmaker’s Daughter. It made me a reasonably serious student of 16th century Ottoman history. It took me to remote parts of Greece and Turkey I wouldn’t have visited and made true friends out of perfect strangers. It showed me that I had far more patience and perseverance than I realized. It forced me to manage – repeatedly but temporarily – rejection. It taught me to take no for an answer and learn from the no. It bore out the instinct to put all my eggs in one basket. It has…

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James R. Hannibal

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AUTHORS James R. Hannibal Genre: Adult Thriller, Children’s Mystery/Fantasy As a former stealth pilot, JAMES R. HANNIBAL is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is an award-winning author of multiple series, including the Nick Baron covert ops trilogy from Penguin, the Section 13 children’s fantasy mysteries (now under development by Columbia Pictures), and a new CIA series on the way from Revel for 2019. Visit https://thelostpropertyoffice.com/ BOOKS: Shadow Catcher (2013) Shadow Maker (2014) Wraith (2015) The Lost Property Office (2016) The Fourth Ruby (2017) Biggest literary influencer:Clive Cussler, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis Last book read:Confident Faith…

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Herb Freed

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AUTHORS Herb Freed Genre: Romance BOOKS: Bashert (2017) Biggest literary influencers:It is difficult to narrow this down to a few because stories of all kinds have been the driving source of my exploration of life in every direction – and period of my life. The author who most influenced my writing is Philip Roth. From American Pastoral to Sabbath Theater to the Zukerman (Bound and Unbound) and the list goes on. I was influenced by his writing and strongly recommend every one of his books. Also high on the list is Saul Bellow. From the novels like The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog to the novelette To Jerusalem and Back. Among the very top writers whose work I read and reread often is F. Scott Fitzgerald. For spiritual exploration, I recommend Abraham Joshua Heschel’s God…

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