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Video: Bestselling Author Tamora Pierce Talks with Signature-Reads.com About Writing Strong, Female Heroes

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Award-winning, New York Times Bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce knows a thing or two about how to write memorable female heroes who are tough, yet self-aware. On this International Women’s Day, Pierce shares with Signature-Reads.com (a site run by Penguin Random House) some insight into how she crafts strong characters who happen to be women, books she personally rebels against and the women whose writing serves as her inspiration. The video is also available on the YouTube channel Signature Views, which is the video arm of Signature-Reads.com, a site run by Penguin Random House. Books by Tamora Pierce https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 https://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Magic-Speaker-Emperor-Realms/dp/0739438034 Tempests and Slaughter: Book 1 of The Numair Chronicles  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series) First Test: Book 1 of the…

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2017 Goodreads Choice Award Winners Are Here! How Did Our Picks Match Up?

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Yesterday, Goodreads announced their 2017 Choice Award Winners. If you recall, BookTrib’s Senior Editor, Aisha K. Staggers, and Contributor, Rachel Carter, shared their picks from their list of nominees. Here are the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2017, see how our picks match up! 2017 Winner in Fiction Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng Aisha: We featured a lot of the books nominated here on BookTrib, so it was a difficult choice. I chose Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I have a teenage daughter and so I could relate to the main character being a single mom and raising a daughter at that stage in her development. What really was interesting to me was how boldly the author addressed the transracial adoption;…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Kat Howard Talks Writing in This Friday Morning Coffee

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. Today, you can enjoy a Friday Morning Coffee podcast featuring Kat Howard. Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians and Roses and Rot, talks to Daniel Ford about crafting the memorable characters you meet in An Unkindness of Magicians and why writers need to find the writing process that works best for them. Kat Howard is best known for her fantasy, science fiction, and horror writing. Her work has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. To learn more about Kat Howard,…

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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: BookTrib’s Top Picks in Every Category

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The Goodreads Choice Awards are here once again, and we’re already knee-deep in the semifinal rounds. The books have been narrowed down to 20 choices in each category, and the competition is tougher than ever. Semifinals last until November 12th, with the final round of voting open from the 14th to the 27th. Winners will be announced December 5th. In the spirit of friendly competition, two of us are comparing our choices and arguing for our faves— Siskel & Ebert style! Here, BookTrib’s Senior Editor, Aisha K. Staggers, and Contributor, Rachel Carter, share a spirited debate over which books should win in each category: Fiction   Rachel: This one is easy! I’m voting for Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesym Ward.…

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Sex, Voyeurism, A Legendary Journalist And The Thin Line Between Fact And Fantasy

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Ever go to a hotel and wonder if anyone is watching you? Voyeur, a documentary shown this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival about well-known journalist Gay Talese and motel owner Gerald Foos, the voyeur who chose him to write his story. It started more than thirty years earlier when Foos wrote a letter to Talese. Foos owned a small motel in Aurora Colorado that he turned into a laboratory designed specifically to spy on his clientele. In April, 2016 a controversial excerpt from Talese’s upcoming book The Voyeur’s Motel was published  in The New Yorker. Just before the book’s release, The Washington Post ran a story stating the book had factual inconsistencies threatening to destroy the story Talese was working on…

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Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: Advice for Writers of Fantasy

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Where do you get your news? If you’re like me, it’s a combo of Twitter, Colbert, and as little TV as I can get away with. (And then, the shower-crying.) As we continue to build and populate our fantasy world, it’s worth thinking about where your beekeepers, wenches, and princesses get their information. Does your agrarian worker’s paradise have the internet? (Trick question: by definition paradise has no internet.) Is your steampunk city (so many gears!) equipped with a brass and glass version of telephones? Does your underwater domed kingdom communicate with its neighbors by courier-fish? As always, that’s one of the pleasures of a DIY world–there aren’t any wrong answers. However, there must be answers. (And some of them will…

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Tasty Food and Book Pairings for Every Literary Genre

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There are food and wine pairings, book and wine pairings, and even book and coffee pairings but no one knows what to eat with a book! What should you munch on while reading Mockingjay? Or nibble while reading New Moon? Well, lick your lips and attack a snack, because here are five foods pairings to go with every literary genre: Romance Ah, yes, the red wine and bubble bath classic. And what goes better with red wine than some nice dark chocolate? As you probably know, chocolate is the food of love. Turns out, there’s actually a chemical found in chocolate that can release serotonin, which can make you feel like you’ve gone down Lover’s Lane, never to return. But…

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Bees and Wenches: Kim Alexander Expands on the Chosen One Trope

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Okay, this is going to be a difficult one. We’ve been talking about the elements of world building, and specifically world building for your very own fantasy novel, and this one is going to be about one of the most common, nearly unavoidable tropes that ever troped: the Chosen One. You know how it works. One minute you’re a milkmaid, or a farm boy, or the illegitimate child of a nasty nobleman, and the next you have ninja-level fighting skills, magic you can’t control, or (if you’re super lucky) a dragon drops from the sky and declares undying devotion (in Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice, ‘Why not?’) Now you’re probably thinking I’m going to advise against using the device in your fantasy…

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June Author Crush: Robin Hobb, Like Tolkien and R. R. Martin, is a Master Worldbuilder

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From Game of Thrones to His Dark Materials, I love all kinds of fantasy. But it’s not easy to find a series that ticks off all the boxes: epic but still heartfelt, detailed but not overwhelming, and filled with characters I want to spend book-after-book with daily. More often than not, I leave a fantasy book feeling a little cheated and a little lost. But that’s never the case with Robin Hobb. Not only does Hobb create epic and compelling stories, she’s basically the queen of worldbuilding, completely immersing her readers in an intricately-constructed world. Her characters are also so realistic that you feel like you know them – which is not always easy to pull off in books about dragons and living ships. Robin…

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ICYMI! Our Top Picks from the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

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It’s once again time for the annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where thousands of readers choose their favorite books of the year. The competition is stiff this go around, with three stages of voting and tons of awesome reads to choose from. Goodreads has always been about the readers, bringing together authors and their fans in a truly personal way. The Choice Awards are no exception, and is, according to Goodreads, “the only major book award decided by readers.” Which is why this is such a great chance for the book lovers of 2016 to let their voices be heard The Opening Round vote started on November 1 and goes until the 6, so if you haven’t voted yet, now’s the time!…

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Kim Alexander Tackles Hair Details in Her Series on World Building

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In my continuing series on world building, I’ve mostly been talking about big-picture components: time, religion, the written word. In this edition, let’s narrow the focus. Picture a woman. Now get closer. Let’s look at her head. What’s she got going on? Is her hair flawless; waist length and perfectly highlighted? So we can assume she can afford to get a regular blow-out, or her work demands that she always looks just-so, or someone pays her salon bills. Maybe she’s young and carefree, or she’s trying to cling to her free-flowing youth. Maybe she’s got it yanked into a post-gym ponytail, or cut short because she just had a baby and wants to keep little hands from yanking it. Is…

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These Top 10 February Books Will Fight that Winter Fatigue!

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We’ve finally reached the shortest month of the year – and possibly the most romantic one, with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and the snow still steadily falling outside our windows. Still, despite the romance we might all be getting a little sick of winter at this point, which is why it’s also the perfect time to get over seasonal fatigue with a new book or two. Or 10. There are just too many awesome new releases to choose from this month. Here are our top 10 February books to take your mind off the never-ending ice and snow: February Books Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (W. W. Norton & Company, February 7, 2017) Neil Gaiman + Norse Gods? Sign us up.…

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Interview with ‘Divergent’ Author Veronica Roth and Carve the Mark (Video)

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Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series. On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than…

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Fantasy Wins: 11 Novels by Female Authors Giving Us Book Fever

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A few months ago, we brought you 15 fantasy novels by female authors that are just electrifying the genre. Since then, even more female-written fantasies have — or are about to! — hit bookshelves, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here are the best of the best: 11 more fantasy novels by female authors that are definite must-reads: The Fate of the Tearling: Queen of the Tearling, Book 3, Erika Johansen (Harper, November 29, 2016) Johansen wraps up her successful Queen of Tearling series with the final installment of Kelsea Glynn’s story after she ascends to the throne. But Tear is still in turmoil, and it’s up to the strong leader to save her realm and her people. Closer to the…

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The Top 10 January Books Keeping Us in Hibernation Mode

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With the holidays behind us and the dark days of winter looming ahead, January is one of those months where we don’t particularly want to leave the house. Ever. Which is why it’s an excellent time to hunker down with that giant pile of novels you got for Christmas or an excuse to use those Amazon gift cards to buy a bunch of new January books to get you through the coming winter storms. Here are the top 10 new January books that we can’t wait to hibernate with: Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, January 17, 2017) Roth follows up her bestselling young adult Divergent series with a love story set in space. This highly anticipated YA novel…

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Newest Giveaways From This Week’s Featured AuthorBuzz Authors

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Dear Reader, 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 Reader, Do you dream of having a dragon of your own? Then come meet the sexy Highlander Dragon Kings. Rachel Marek is intent to expose the Dragon Kings to the world – until she meets suave, daring Asher. As the truth is revealed to her, she finds she’s fallen for him. Now only Asher can save her from an enemy out to destroy them both. Please write to [email protected] to win one of five copies. http://www.1001darknights.com/2016-books/donna-grant-dragon-fever/     Dear Reader, Winter Park is a darkly funny tale of two unlikely…

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