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The Top 10 July Books Making Lazy Summer Days More Productive

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Summer is officially here, so it’s time to bust out the sunscreen and spend some lazy days in the July sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to invest in some good books to bring to the beach or indulge in while you’re lying poolside. Thankfully, there are some awesome new reads this month that are guaranteed to make your summer even brighter. Here are the top 10 July books that we can’t wait to get our hands on: Everything All At Once, Bill Nye (Rodale Books, July 11, 2017) America’s favorite scientist is back with a brand new book, and this time he’s talking about how to find your inner nerd. Nye reveals his “everything all at once” theory, teaching…

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Everything, Everything Adaptation Puts Spotlight on Young Adult Novels

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With blockbuster series like Twilight or The Hunger Games on bookshelves, it’s easy to assume that most young adult novels need a sexy vampire or a dystopian future in order to succeed. Sure, we’re not ever going to turn down a sexy vampire—we’re not crazy, after all. But there’s also something intriguing about contemporary novels involving issues that could affect any teenager in our society. The success of realistic YA novels like The Fault in our Stars or 13 Reasons Why show us that people crave relatable, human stories just as much as they crave paranormal or fantasy. Even if those “relatable stories” make us cry buckets of tears, such as Everything, Everything. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, is the…

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Video: Interview with Lisa Childs and Beauty and the Bodyguard (Bachelor Bodyguards)

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Can this bachelor bodyguard save his true love from mortal danger…on her wedding day? Bride-to-be Megan Lynch has just learned her ex, presumed dead marine Gage Huxton, is alive after surviving enemy captivity. But before she can break up with her fiancé, gunmen storm her wedding and take hostages! Megan will do anything to stay alive—for herself and a second chance with Gage. But there’s more terror to endure before she can say yes to the dress—and her dream groom! What do the gunmen want? Gage works double time to unravel the mystery and save the beauty who still holds his heart. As the wedding crashers open fire, Gage puts his life on the line to protect Megan and convince…

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52 Little Lessons from a Christmas Carol Gold Medallion Award-winner BOB WELCH crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels of all time, A Christmas Carol. ‘For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.’ ‘No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.’ ‘God bless us, every one.’ The lessons and stories from the beloved novel A Christmas Carol point to bedrock values we all share. Award-winning author Bob Welch takes readers deeper into the nuances of this classic by Charles Dickens. From the miserliness of Scrooge to the innocence of Tiny Tim, 52 Little Lessons from A…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Catherine McKenzie and Smoke

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From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town. After a decadelong career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in her former life for a quieter one with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce and a fire in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed. For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Catherine Mann, author of hot new contemporary romance titles

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Pregnant by the Cowboy CEO (Diamonds in the Rough) From one-night stand to one huge secret! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann… Jewelry designer Amie McNair would do anything for her dying grandmother, including promise to travel with the outsider chosen to run her family’s business empire. Simple. All she has to do is keep her hands to herself…and find a way to let the sexy new CEO know she’s pregnant with his child. Preston Armstrong has secrets of his own. But spending a week with Amie has this tight-lipped cowboy longing to open up. Even if his past threatens their future—as a couple, and a family. Pursued by the Rich Rancher (Diamonds in the Rough) A millionaire cowboy must…

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Author Interview: Cynthia Swanson talks dual lives in The Bookseller

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What if? It’s a simple sentence, but one that’s so often packed with fear, anticipation, and wonder. And it’s one that Cynthia Swanson, author of The Bookseller (Harper Books, 2015), knows all too well. Her debut novel dives right into the heart of the question, forcing her main character to confront a phrase that so many of us run away from. The Bookseller’s 38-year-old Kitty Miller lives alone in Denver, 1962, runs a bookstore with her best friend, and generally enjoys her single (if slightly unconventional for the time period) lifestyle. But all of that changes when she dreams of 1963 and a different life, one where she married a man named Lars, and finds herself with two kids and…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Holly Peterson, Author of THE IDEA OF HIM

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  “Holly Peterson’s THE IDEA OF HIM is the perfect novel if you want to plunge into great dialogue, a twisting and unexpected plot, shady Wall Street schemes, betrayal, girl friends.. and sex. It is unputdownable.” –Lesley Stahl, CBS News 60 Minutes Anchor THE IDEA OF HIM Have you ever wanted someone, something, so badly to be true that you’d overlook every shred of evidence to the contrary? Enter Wade Crawford – the dazzling, urbane, hotshot magazine editor of Meter. With gorgeous hazel eyes, strong shoulders, a chiseled face, and long blondish hair, he was everything that Allie ever thought she wanted in a man and a husband. Until she realized he was anything but. The Idea of Him, the…

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SheReads January book club pick

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For months, we’d been calling Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory the “book that got away.” Only choosing one book per month can often feel restrictive, and means that there are books we can’t pay proper attention. Love Water Memory fell into that category when it was published in April 2013. It was a novel we read and fell in love with immediately. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold on to her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing. There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady…

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