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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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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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Grady Hendrix on ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is a die-hard horror fan. He writes, reads, and researches the genre and is an expert on its history. His new book, Paperbacks from Hell—about the paperback horror boom in the ’70s and ’80s—is a blood-splattered love letter to horror. It’s a tome to be found on the coffee table in any horror fan’s home, brimming with hundreds of full-color cover illustrations from books that influenced both the publishing and film industries. Just in time for Halloween, we talked to Hendrix about the state of horror today, Stephen King brainwashing, and why horror is a women’s genre. Bookish: You clearly have a place in…

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‘The Eves of MY Destruction’ Alerts Many to Devastating Cyber Crimes

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My new book, The Eves of My Destruction is entirely a work of fiction but it has many kernels of truth. The technology explained in the story is real and while I took care not to reveal too many insider secrets, be aware if you read my book that similar events are taking place in the real world that should give you pause. In my novel, the protagonist in the story is accused of using his deep knowledge of the banking system to pull off a massive cyber-crime, stealing billions of dollars from multiple banks. I did extensive research as I wrote my book and Mark Twain’s old adage “Truth is stranger than fiction,” often came to mind. As an…

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Poetry and Climbing the Highest Mountains in These New Podcasts

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. We hope you enjoy this series as much as we do. In the first episode we have to share with you, Poet Marcus Wicker speaks with Daniel Ford about his new poetry collection, Silencer. Wicker discusses the personals of his life, such as why he pursued an MFA and how hip-hop influences his poetry. He personally shares one of his poems on the air and explains the differences between writing, reading, and speaking poetry. You may know Marcus Wicker from his other book of poetry, Maybe the…

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Redemption and Second Chances in Thomas’ ‘The Future She Left Behind’

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A story of new beginnings in old places – with baggage. Unwanted baggage. Katelyn ran from her small-town roots as soon as she could. Don was everything she wanted: ambitious, caring, safe. After nineteen years, the kids have left for college, and she’s just beginning to realize her life has been on autopilot when her husband serves her divorce papers. She decides to go home to Little Springs Texas to visit her mother and regroup. Through a series of mishaps and misinformation, she ends up having to take her mother-in-law with her. She’s a doozy: uppity, opinionated and memory-challenged. And she doesn’t think much of her son’s wife, either. Everything in Little Springs is the same, so maybe its Katelyn…

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Family Secrets and Fireworks in Kelly Simmons’ ‘The Fifth of July’

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One of my favorite aspects of a good book is the way it transports me to another time or place, far from the daily grind. I want to fall into a world with a setting so vivid, I can taste the salt on my lips and hear the cry of a foghorn. Kelly Simmons captures Nantucket life to a “T” in The Fifth of July; the sea-worn clapboard and constant turmoil of the ocean, the grit of sand and crumbling rock. The distinct look of old New England money, and the push and pull between locals and visitors. I saw, smelled, and felt it all. But that’s not all. Simmons weaves a multi-layered plot carried by a cast of quirky characters,…

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Jillian Cantor’s ‘The Lost Letter’ is ‘Historical Fiction at its Best’

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Author Jillian Cantor truly knows how to draw a reader in, as she did with The Lost Letter…I could not put down this beautifully written book! At the end of every chapter my heart was pounding in anticipation. The Lost Letter is two compelling stories artfully woven together and destined to intertwine at the end. The first takes place in the late 1930s Austria, and is about the Fabers, a Jewish family. The father is an engraver and he has a young, non Jewish apprentice, Kristoff, living with them to learn the trade. Kristoff becomes smitten with the older daughter, Elena, a bit of a rebel, who is secretly learning to engrave stamps in the night. When the war reaches…

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Is Shattered Glass The New Profile of A Woman For Trendy Book Covers?

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They say to never judge a book by its cover, but most of us are guilty of picking up a shiny novel just because of the awesome book cover image. It’s hard not to be enticed by a particularly cool graphic or just the right picture to whet your appetite. Book covers are works of art in and of themselves, pulling in the audience and setting the stage for the reading experience to come.  But if you’ve browsed enough bookstores, you start to notice that some of the covers look alike. Maybe it’s a bold print, or a similar type of photo, but soon you’re recognizing the same images in book after book. It makes sense: just like with fashion,…

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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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Stories and Free Books from Three New Authorbuzz Authors This Week

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz authors have to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader A few years ago, my wife’s ex-boyfriend from England came to visit for a few days. We got on fine, but I thought…”What if?” And that was the inspiration for The Best of Adam Sharp. It’s not a simple love story like The Rosie Project: things get complicated when you’re older. But, you should recognize the male point of view, the humor, and hopefully the heart. And it has a classic rock soundtrack. Sincerely, Graeme Simsion http://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/best-of-adam-sharp/ Dear Reader, My first two novels took readers to Paris.…

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Enter Now to Win These New Releases from This Week’s Four AuthorBuzz Authors

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz authors have to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader: Magic, mayhem, and an assassin who never gives up are all part of Snared, the latest book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Snared focuses on assassin Gin Blanco. When a college student goes missing, her sister asks Gin for help. Gin’s search leads her to an evil that she never imagined—and a killer who wants to make her the next victim. Enter to win at [email protected] Happy reading! New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep Dear Readers, Second chances don’t come easy and sometimes for…

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Free Books and More from Four New AuthorBuzz Authors

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz authors have to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has zero time for romance–but the handsome ex-con, Adam Stone, she enlists to help her with a wayward teen may convince her to make time for love. We are giving away 5 copies of this wonderful story. Write me at [email protected] to win! http://www.irenehannon.com/   Dear Reader, I came up with the idea for No Turning Back during one sleep-deprived day a few weeks after having my little girl. The idea just came out of nowhere as I walked through a leafy park…

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Stories and Giveaways from Four New AuthorBuzz Authors!

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz authors have to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more.   Dear Reader On April 15, 2013, I waited with my five-year-old son at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. When the blast of a homemade bomb packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, my legs took the brunt of the explosion, but protected my son. Seventeen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, I made the decision to have my left leg amputated. It was the best decision I ever made. This is the story of how I took my life back. Revell is giving away…

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Interview with Herb Freed, author of ‘Bashert’ (Video)

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Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Herb Freed,” now! Here, we discuss his newest release, Bashert, what exactly it means to Herb Freed and what’s next for him in 2017. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com. Would you recognize your soul’s complement in another? Beyond the bliss of actually finding your soul mate, there is a belief that the universe hinges on predetermined people finding their other half, their bashert, to maintain cosmic balance. In BASHERT author, screenwriter, director and former rabbi Herb Freed immerses us in the heady intoxication and thunderous losses of what it really means to be bashert. Dan Sobol and Marion Gladstone meet by chance at…

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AuthorBuzz Authors are Excited to Offer This Week’s Many Giveaways!

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz authors have to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, What happens when a child prodigy is no longer a child? Joanie, Meg, and Avery Promise struggled to escape the notoriety and pressure that accompanied the publication of their narcissist mother’s bestselling book. Now, twenty years later, a new documentary will help The Promise Girls redeem their artistic ambitions, reclaim their true selves, and uncover shocking family secrets. I hope you’ll read The Promise Girls. It’s a story you’ll get swept up in and a perfect book club pick. I’m giving away 5 books. Write to –…

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