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Book Excerpt! TS Rhodes’ ‘Pirates of the Golden Age’

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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 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…

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Book Excerpt! Marc Rainer’s ‘A Winter of Wolves’

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For a sneak peek of Marc Rainer’s A Winter of Wolves: A Jeff Trask Crime Drama (CreateSpace, September 30, 2016), check out the excerpt below! Jackie Turner began the circle around the Lincoln Memorial, switching her gaze from the road to the huge marble structure from time to time just to make sure nothing was going on. So far, it had been a routine patrol on the graveyard shift. Christmas was only a few days away, and the crowds on the National Mall had dwindled to the usual trickle. The tourists were at home for the season. Whatever they could scrape together in a tight economy was going for gifts to put under their trees. She looked up again at the Doric columns…

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The Top 10 August Books to Read as Summer Winds Down

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Somehow it’s already August (where has the summer gone??) and the heat is sweltering, the beach days are in full swing, and we’re already bracing for that first cold bite of fall. While we bask in our last true summer month, we’re devouring as many new books as we can. Luckily, August is filled with some awesome new releases, from New Adult to Fantasy to historical mysteries. Here are the 10 we books can’t wait to get our hands on as the summer winds down around us: Sweet Tomorrows, Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books, August 2, 2016) Macomber is a romance powerhouse with dozens of titles to her name. Sweet Tomorrows is the fifth book in her Rose Harbor series and this time…

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15 Female Romantica Authors Leaving Us Hot and Bothered!

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Thanks to books like Fifty Shades of Grey, there’s been a huge boom in mainstream erotica novels. In fact, the popularity has birthed an entirely new genre, one that combines traditional romance novel tropes with steamy erotic situations. These new novels are called romantica — and we can’t get enough of them. Like romance or erotica, romantica is mostly written by and for women. It also includes all kinds of sexy tropes, but the most common is definitely lite-BDSM. These are stories about powerful men dominating equally-powerful women who can hold their own both in and out of the bedroom. But unlike straight-up erotica, the man and woman also fall in love, creating a compelling romantic storyline as well as some…

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A Summer Book List to Get You Excited for Exploring the Outdoors

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I know it’s July and it’s hot as blazes. Many of us just want to sit next to our cool, life-saving window unit, letting the days pass us by. But, come on. Just look outside. There’s a whole world to explore out there! Do you think Lewis and Clark let a little heat hinder their trek across the American West? You’re damn right, it didn’t. Summer really is the best season for going on outings and adventures. So get off your love seat, grab a Camelback, and go hiking/camping/skydiving — whatever makes you happy. And to get you in the mood, here are four books to give you that little extra push: Into the Wild by John Krakauer (Anchor Books, January…

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Tackling the To-Be-Read Pile: 4 Authors We’re Discovering This Month

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Like any voracious reader, my to-be-read pile is at least a mile high. I mean this literally: I have novels stacked in teetering columns around my living room and at the side of my bed. And that doesn’t even include all the new titles on my iPad just waiting for me to click on their little icons. This month I finally decided to put aside those well-worn reads I return to again and again and try out a new author or two. Or four, it turns out. Here are the authors I’m discovering this month, and the books that are making me fall hard for them: Paper Princess, Erin Watt (EverAfter Romance, April 4, 2016) Any book that’s described as…

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The Bear Necessities: What to Read if You’re Obsessed with The Jungle Book

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In 1894, English author Rudyard Kipling created a novel that conveyed moral lessons within it’s story using wild animals and a feral orphan child. It wasn’t until Kipling’s tales grabbed the attention of Walt Disney himself in 1967 that the story catapulted to fame. The Jungle Book animation was the last film produced by Walt Disney and one, it’s safe to say, we all hold dear. While the original movie holds a special place in my heart, I’ve been awaiting Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book film since the moment I first heard it’s creation was a possibility. And now that it’s actually a reality, I’m beside myself with anticipation.   Looks amazing, riiiight?! Listen, I love animals. I mean, who…

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