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A Novel in 10 Years: One Author’s Journey To Get It Done

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Novel in Ten Years

I had just attended my 30th high school reunion and come to the realization that my life was slipping away. Here I was, almost 50, and I still hadn’t accomplished my life’s dream. “I will write a novel before the next reunion,” I told myself. I just needed an idea. I’d spent decades as a newspaper reporter and doing PR professional writing about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I should have been brimming with ideas, but nothing had grabbed me. I stole a weekend to be alone with my laptop at the family beach house on Guemes Island. I got to the ferry dock in Anacortes but missed the boat. The muse works in mysterious ways. I passed a lovingly…

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Debut Novel by Catherine Steadman is Bombshell Thriller

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Psychological thrillers have been all the rage recently, beloved for their ability to grab your attention from the very first pages, pull you in, and become so intertwined and twisted that you’re forced to second-guess yourself… and Downton Abbey actress Catherine Steadman has done just that in her fast-moving, debut novel Something in the Water. Erin, a filmmaker in the middle of making a documentary of people in prison – which has the potential to be her professional breakthrough moment – and Mark, a good-looking investment banker with big plans for the future, are traveling in the beautiful and exotic Bora Bora for their dream honeymoon. Passionately in love, they can imagine nothing better than the sun, sand, and each other. But one…

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Tara Isabella Burton’s Debut and Deadly Relationships

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This year, we’ve seen a lot of books that seem to just raise the bar on what we can expect from literature in terms of mesmerizing plots, spellbinding characters and twists no one ever saw coming. But debut novel Social Creature, with its eye-catching cover that stops you in your tracks may just have raised the bar above all the others. Equally hypnotic and provocative, the novel focuses on the friendship between two women: Louise living on her own, barely making rent with no real relationships with anyone, not even her own family; and Lavinia, living in an apartment on the Upper East Side, funded by her parents, and taking part in everything the high life in New York has to offer.…

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Gail Honeyman on “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”

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Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (which is now available in paperback), stops by Writer’s Bone to discuss delving into loneliness in her debut novel, what went into crafting her memorable main character Eleanor, and how she balanced drama and humor throughout the narrative. To learn more Gail Honeyman, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter @GailHoneyman. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice

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A few years ago I received a surreal phone call telling me there had been a murder. Whaaaat? A crate had been discovered. It had been hidden on our property. We opened it. And nothing could have prepared us for the horror inside. My first book, The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, is not a book I expected to write. I live an ordinary little life in Connecticut as a publicist, wife and mother. I always imagined writing a romance, maybe, or even a historical fiction, since that’s my favorite genre to read. From my little bubble, I never thought I’d be telling the true story of a violent crime that rocked my family. The discovery…

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Art Teacher in Peril in Kelli Clare’s Debut Novel “Hidden”

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Can’t decide whether you want your next book to be a romance or a thriller? Never fear: If you pick up Kelli Clare’s debut novel Hidden, you don’t have to choose. This romantic suspense novel follows an art teacher named Ellie James who realizes that her life is in danger. A handsome stranger named Will Hastings appears and claims he will protect her from a bloodthirsty group named the Order, but will his help be enough? To celebrate this book’s June 5 release, check out this exclusive excerpt from the fourth chapter of Hidden. I pounded the side of my fist on the door frame. The police believed we were missing—we’d have to skip the funeral. Not…

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The Hype About New Psycho Thriller And Its Debut Author

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It’s one of the most talked about books, included on every list of recommendations, no matter what the occasion. Tangerine, the psychological thriller by debut author Christine Mangan, is not only beautifully written prose, but electric in imagery. Taking place in Tangier, Morocco, in the 1950s, the novel is vivid and full of heat, winding the characters up tighter and tighter as events around them begin to fall apart, only adding further to the feelings of claustrophobia and anxiety that are the hallmarks of every great thriller. Alice and Lucy used to be best friends and roommates, practically inseparable. But after an accident, the two haven’t spoken in over a year – which is why Alice is so startled when Lucy shows…

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Kimmery Martin’s ‘The Queen of Hearts’ Asks If Friendship and Betrayal Go Hand-in-Hand

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Combine late hours working at the hospital with an irresistible, handsome, charming and persistent doctor, friendships and disasters and you end up with the stunning debut, The Queen of Hearts,  by Kimmery Martin. Zadie and Emma are best friends, from medical school to the present, currently living in North Carolina and both practicing doctors.  But as close as they were and are, there are still deep secrets they haven’t shared with each other, and when an old colleague moves to town, it conjures up the past memories, and they are forced to reveal some painful truths from their youth. Kimmery Martin shows us how relationships evolve and grow overtime, so much so that when lives become intertwined, lifelong friendship can prevail…

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Family Bonds are Tested by Mental Illness in Mira T. Lee’s Debut, ‘Everything Here Is Beautiful’

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In her new book Everything Here Is Beautiful (Pamela Dorman Books), author Mira T. Lee eloquently shows us when someone has a mental illness, it affects each person in the family and impacts all relationships. Miranda and Lucia grew up very close, as loving sisters, Chinese-American girls from New York. When their mother dies, Lucia marries an unlikely match for her— a kind, Israeli man with one arm. After some time, though, Lucia leaves him and becomes involved with a younger Hispanic man, eventually having his child and moving with him to Ecuador, to live in a tiny hut with no bathroom, adjacent to his extended family. Her behaviors are extreme, and even after she has ended up in the hospital,…

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Mikkel Rosengaard’s Debut, ‘The Invention of Ana’ is a Surreal Reinvention of Classic Literary Fiction

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Having spent the majority of his writing carer focusing on short stories and non-fiction pieces, Mikkel Rosengaard is finally making the jump from writer to novelist. His debut work, The Invention of Ana, is a uniquely stunning novel with a surreal dreamlike quality— reminiscent of a distant memory that only adds to the reader’s enjoyment of this work. On a Brooklyn rooftop in spring, our narrator, freshly arrived from Copenhagen and working as an art intern who wants to be a writer, meets Ana Ivan.  Ana is a mathematician and artist who is as intriguing and fierce as she is independent, but, as Ana confesses, she’s also bad luck— she comes from a cursed Romanian lineage. Soon the intern finds himself enthralled…

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Brilliant and Twisted: Emily Elgar’s Debut ‘If You Knew Her’ is a Thriller You Won’t Forget

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Fans of Cate Holahan’s Lies She Told,  will love the debut by Emily Elgar, If You Knew Her— a psychological suspense centered on the meeting of three strangers unexpectedly brought together after a hit-and-run. What follows is a gripping chain of events that will keep readers in suspense to the very end. Cassie Jensen, young, beautiful and devoted wife, is brought into the hospital in the early morning, after being hit by a car in a terrible accident. Barely alive and in critical condition, she is tended to by Chief Nurse Alice Marlowe, who swears she recognizes Cassie. When news emerges that Cassie is, against all odds, twelve weeks pregnant, Alice starts her own investigation into what happened. But Alice isn’t alone in her…

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EXCLUSIVE! Jules Moulin on Her New Book and Leaving Hollywood

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Jules Moulin was living the dream in California, writing scripts for Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning television series, when she realized that just wasn’t her dream anymore. After deciding to dedicate herself full-time to her family, Moulin set out on her next career adventure—author. Now with the release of her debut novel, Ally Hughes has Sex Sometimes (Dutton Books, August 25, 2015), Moulin’s career is right where she wants it to be and she’s only just getting started. BookTrib had the pleasure of speaking with Jules Moulin one-on-one and got the scoop on her first book, if she’s still drawn to the Hollywood life and what’s on her TBR list right now. BOOKTRIB: Can you tell us a little more…

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WIN copies of the latest titles! See what this week’s authors have to say

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See what this week’s authors have 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 Readers, Can you imagine being thrown into the role of Empress of Europe’s most glamorous–and treacherous–court at just 16? I sure can’t, which is why I was inspired to share the story of Empress Sisi, who was plucked from obscurity and thrust onto the throne in the golden era of the Habsburg dynasty. My novel, The Accidental Empress explores the history of the glittering Empire and Sisi’s tumultuous role in it, bringing to life a leading lady so enchanting and charismatic that she inspired legends in her own lifetime. Peeking into the…

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