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Adapting One Historical Novel to Another: How to Make It Work

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. We’ve all been there: We read a novel, and wonder “How did the author do that?!” Sophfronia Scott has written just such a novel. Her book Unforgivable Love is a retelling of Dangerous Liaisons that will enchant and entertain readers with its historical flair. Here, she tells Bookish readers just how she went about adapting the original. Ideas are a dime a dozen—they exist in multitudes and any creative thinker knows there is no shortage of good ideas. Still there’s a fascination with ideas and they are considered scarce—that’s why authors consistently get asked how they found the idea for their latest work. But the idea is only the beginning. Two writers can start…

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Gaynor and Webb’s ‘Last Christmas in Paris’ Mixes Relationships and Tragedy

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At BookTrib, we are constantly searching for the best ways to connect readers with writers, opening their eyes and worlds to fresh ideas! This is how we came across a wonderful group known as the Tall Poppies, who are not only avid readers, but extremely talented writers as well! This week’s Tall Poppies review of Last Christmas in Paris relays a beautifully crafted story love and dreams in the wake of war human tragedy. War changes everything–individuals, relationships, priorities, dreams– so it’s not surprising that stories set in wartime are so popular and, in this case, so engrossing. In Last Christmas in Paris, best friends Will and Tom head off to fight the Germans, leaving behind Will’s sister, Evie, and, soon…

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Review: Fall in Love with Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Wonder’

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“Lib wrote down, 1:13 p.m., 1 tsp. water. Not that quantity mattered, she supposed, except that she wanted to be able to give a full account of anything the child ingested on her watch.” For fans of historic classics such as The Kite Runner and Angela’s Ashes, The Wonder (Little, Brown & Company, September 20, 2016) will have you on a suspicious journey of religion and ethics. Warning: You may want to add this book to the top of your reading list. To say Emma Donoghue has a way with words is an understatement. For those who have read her heart-stopping novel, Room, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. The way Donoghue captures the voice of 5-year-old Jack is reflected perfectly in…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with James MacManus and Midnight in Berlin

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Berlin in the spring of 1939. Hitler is preparing for war. Colonel Noel Macrae, a British diplomat, plans the ultimate sacrifice to stop him. The West’s appeasement policies have failed. There is only one alternative: assassination. The Gestapo, aware of Macrae’s hostility, seeks to compromise him in their infamous brothel. There Macrae meets and falls in love with Sara, a Jewish woman blackmailed into becoming a Nazi courtesan. Macrae finds himself trapped between the blind policies of his government and the dark world of betrayal and deception in Berlin. As he seeks to save the woman he loves from the brutality of the Gestapo, he defies his government and plans direct action to avert what he knows will be a…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Maia Chance and Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna: A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery

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From the author of Cinderella Six Feet Under, a beauty must solve a beastly murder. Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That’s why she’s accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner—and romantic sparring partner—the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the comte has shredded Ophelia’s last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party—until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travelers arrive at the comte’s sprawling château. Soon she can’t tell the boars from the bores. When one…

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Live Interview with Steve Berry, Author of The Patriot Threat, History Matters

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The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.  Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files–the kind that could bring the United States to its knees–Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice…

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Not afraid of Virginia Woolf? 3 Novels to celebrate her birthday

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Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf! You turn 133 on January 25 (which is funny, because you don’t look a day over 125). How can you celebrate the timeless author’s big day? You can read some of her great works, of course. Or, for something a bit different, you can treat yourself to some novels that feature Woolf as a character. Here are some of our favorites: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar Parmar’s second novel brings the Bloomsbury group to vibrant life. Vanessa and Her Sister is Vanessa Bell’s imagined diary, incorporating letters and telegrams. In 1905, the four Stephen children have recently been orphaned. Vanessa, the eldest, strives to keep the family together in their London home while focusing…

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Susan Jane Gilman serves up ice cream with a side of fiction for National Ice Cream Month

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Here in the US, we are experiencing an ice cream renaissance. July, which is national ice cream month, is the perfect time to rediscover this childhood favorite. Thanks to the artisanal ice cream craze sweeping the country, lovers of the cold and delicious treat can choose from a range of eclectic flavors that go way beyond chocolate and vanilla. While you’ll have to decide for yourself which variety to order at your local ice cream shop, we at BookTrib can at least tell you what to read while you’re enjoying that favorite cone. In her debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (Grand Central Publishing, June), Susan Jane Gilman serves up our favorite dessert with a side of…

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