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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books with Beautiful Covers

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: great covers can get me to read almost any genre. There’s something about a beautifully designed cover that just reaches out to me and I want — no, need — that physical book in my hand. So for this week’s Heat Index we’re absolutely judging these books by their covers. But it’s important to note that an attractive cover is not the only thing each of these books have going for them. The stories that live on the pages between the covers are just as beautiful, poignant and rich. So judging by these five hot new beautifully designed covers, I already knew I was going to go crazy for the tales they tell. Boy, was I right!…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Use Food and Drinks as Supporting Characters

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There’s nothing like food and drinks to bring a group of people together, whether it’s a special occasion, a holiday or good ol’ fashion picnic, at the heart of it all is the food we eat and the cocktails we drink. So it makes sense that the incorporation of food and drinks in the thing we love most, books, would be a must. Not only do the characters in these stories rely on food to get them through their day, but the delicious cocktails and fine cuisine take on a life all its own within the pages of these five hot new books and ultimately become the supporting characters in each novel. Sweetbitter: A Novel, Stephanie Danler (Knopf, May 24, 2016) “Gorgeous,…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that are Both Visually Beautiful and Emotionally Moving

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I’m a visual person. I love “pretty” things. I love colorful things. So when I perused my many stacks of books on my desk for ideas for this week’s Heat Index, my eye was drawn to five gorgeous hardcover books sitting beautifully in a pile. I knew then, regardless of the topic, that these books needed to be in a list together. Then I read each synopsis and it was like the stars had aligned. Each book begins similarly by showing the protagonist’s current life, but the comfortable lifestyle each character was living is soon thrown completely off-course, leading them to situations and people they could have never expected. Old love, new love, suspense, thrill and the power that lies within a story itself…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Harlequin Romance Books We’re Literally Loving

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Let’s be honest, for the most part everyone loves a good love story. HEAs (Happily Ever After, for those of you who are new) are what I live for, whether it’s a book or a movie. Contemporary romance literally has my heart. So it makes complete sense that Harlequin books are top on my reading list. For this week’s Heat Index, I decided to list the new Harlequin reads that I’ve had on my list and that never disappointed me once I hit the last page. I’m pretty confident they won’t let you down either. Plus, you know, there are those covers! #swoon Hard Rain: The Montana Hamiltons, B.J. Daniels (March 22) “Hard Rain continues to satisfy readers. Crossing multiple genres, Daniels successfully combines Western…

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Book Excerpt! Melissa Marr’s ‘Seven Black Diamonds’

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Are you a Melissa Marr fan? Do you have a monthly spreadsheet on your computer of every YA/Fantasy/Fae novel releasing soon? If so, then we’ve got the read for you! On the off chance that you haven’t yet checked out Marr’s Seven Black Diamonds, you’re sadly missing out. Last week, we gave Marr’s most recent release a temperature of 94 in our Heat Index column, writing, “Lilywhite Abernathy, daughter of a wealthy crime boss, has anything she could ever want at her fingertips, she also happens to be half-faerie, half-human. But on her 17th birthday, life changes and thrusts her into the world of the Black Diamonds, six half-humans just like her, who are determined to destroy the human race. Now positioned firmly in the middle…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Sent Us Straight to Fantasy Land

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Fantasy/urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian genres are some of the hottest books available right now, especially in YA, and I’m going to be completely honest: I had a really hard time ranking these five amazing novels. From Gena Showalter to A.L. Davroe to Karen Marie Moning, I just couldn’t say a bad thing about any of them. That’s why you’ll find that the temp never dropped below 90° in this edition of Heat Index. Get ready to dive right in, because you’re going to want to immerse yourself in these worlds. Guile, Constance Cooper (Clarion Books, March 1, 2016) “Memorable, well-drawn characters…Those who like unusual fantasies will enjoy this and will identify with the appealing Yonie as she searches for her roots and a place…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books All About the Heart of the Matter

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In the fast-paced society we live in today, sometimes we forget to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer us. But there are times that we’re reminded of the important things in life like family, friends and love. Whether you’re single, dating or completely off the market, these five hot new books may be just what your heart needs right now. Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, Jon Birger (Workman Publishing, August 2015) “The author…provides fascinating evidence to show how and why dating and mating culture in America has changed in the 21st century.” —Kirkus Reviews Heat Index: There’s a perfectly good reason as to why you haven’t met the man of your dreams yet and Date-onomics has…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books to Read Over the Holiday Break

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It’s here! Christmas is almost upon us and that means you’re packing, wrapping, traveling, cooking and generally going holiday-crazy doing whatever must be done before the big day arrives. However, the holiday break also offers us some much-needed relaxation time off from work or school. There’s no better way to chill than cozying up to a great book and diving in. So, whether you’re cuddled up with a blanket near the tree in between gift-wrapping sessions, or riding in the passenger seat on your way to Grandma’s house, we have five hot new reads perfect for all of your holiday escapism needs. Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, Homer Hickam (William Morrow; October 2015) “Must-read… A…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Stir Those Christmas Feelings

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It’s my favorite time of the year! The decorations, the yummy food, family bonding and the pep in everyone’s step is what I really love about the holidays. Another thing I can’t get enough of each December? Christmas books. There’s just something about reading a sweet holiday story by the fireplace with a mug of cocoa in my hand that stirs warm feelings of contentment. Thanks to that Christmas spirit, I’ve rounded up my top five new Christmas-themed books for this week’s Heat Index that will surely put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas, Bryan Mooney (Lake Union Publishing, October, 2015) “The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout… a traditional New England…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Tug at Your Heartstrings

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I’m pretty crazy about every book in our Heat Index this week, which explains why I’m starting the temperature at 90 for the first book. From strong, kick-ass heroines, to love, suspense, intrigue and folklore, these books will have you feeling ALL of the feels! These stories of lost love, new love, the kind of love that scares you and the love you one day wish to find, will not only pull at the heartstrings, they’ll tear your heart out and then, by the end, replace it with a heart that’s content, full and blissfully happy. From my heart to yours, enjoy these five damn good reads. The Heart You Carry Home, Jennifer Miller (Mariner Books, November 3, 2015) “Miller offers an impressively…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Will Scare You Silly

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Halloween is days away and while other people will be out trick-or-treating or heading to Halloween parties dressed as their favorite character, we’re going to curl up with a hot cup of cocoa and read some seriously spooky books. If you delight in fright as much as we do, these five hot new releases include everything from mystery and suspense to zombies and vampires. What more could you ask for this Halloween?! We’ll Never Be Apart, Emiko Jean (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 6, 2015) “Realistic characters make good use of a Gothic setting that will attract anyone with a taste for the edge.” —Kirkus Reviews Heat Index: In this haunting tale of mistaken identity, Alice suffers the consequences of her twin sister, Cellie’s, actions,…

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Here’s What You Missed This Week on BookTrib!

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We all know that staying up-to-date with your favorite website can be a full-time job, and we’re betting you’ve already got one of those. So every Saturday, BookTrib is bringing you a weekly roundup of our can’t-miss posts. Here you’ll find 7 posts from the week that you need to check out: What’s Your Book Sign: Astrology is the guilty little pleasure we just can’t seem to put away. But did you know that your zodiac sign is actually a pretty good indicator of what books you should read? Flip your sign to see what book is perfect for you       Exclusive! Miya Tokumitsu on Why “Do What You Love” is Misleading: Miya Tokumitsu never imagined when she…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books Deserving of Their Own Category

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Have you ever had a completely random pile of books that you’re dying to read but don’t know which one to start first? That was my dilemma this week for Heat Index. Each of the books that I picked is fabulous in its own right, but I just didn’t have a category that each one fit in. That is, until I had five of them and the category made itself! From a magical and dystopian world, to WWII, to love a second time around, there’s something here for everybody. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine, Alex Brunkhorst (MIRA Books, September 22, 2015) “Brunkhorst’s story is full of memorable characters and contains a first-rate plot; the latter will delightfully surprise the reader.…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Depict Heroines’ Survival Stories

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This week’s Heat Index honors the women in fiction who will stop at nothing to live a happy and fulfilled life, regardless of who tried to knock them down or what circumstances led to the difficult situations they found themselves in each day. They’re stories about love, friendship and family and the journey to self-discovery that proves it’s not always about what you don’t have, but what you make of what you do have that matters most. The Mistake I Made, Paula Daly (Grove Press, September 15) “[Daly] writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page, while also displaying a visceral understanding of the betrayals and humiliations of domestic life.” —Daily Mail Heat Index: Roz…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New September Books We’re Devouring

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September is upon us and that means the book-release craze has begun. With so many books hitting the shelves this month, we decided this week’s Heat Index should spotlight a few that held us prisoner from the first page to the last. There are many more to come, but for now get these new reads on your TBR list immediately. If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go, Judy Chicurel (Berkley, September 1) “Although this is ostensibly a collection of ‘linked’ short stories, the book reads like a novel…very nearly miraculous and unexpectedly profound.” —Los Angeles Review of Book Heat Index: A number of novellas come together to form this beautifully laid out novel…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Book Covers We Can’t Stop Looking At

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One of the most alluring factors for me when picking my next read is the cover. I’m a sucker for a stop-you-in-your-tracks book cover. Gorgeous covers inspire an immediate top spot on your TBR list before you’ve even read the inside flap to find out what the story is about. So for this week’s Heat Index, I’m compiling five of my recent favorites and let me tell you, narrowing it down to five was a tough job. Not only were these five reads a delight to look at, but they earned mega bonus points for having a fantastic story living between the covers. The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey (Delacorte Press, April 2015) “A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission…

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