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October’s Author Crush: Jamie McGuire Writes the Ultimate Bad Boy

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Every once in a while you stumble across one of those book heroes who just make you melt. They might be an alpha guy, a sensitive jock, or the hipster boy who likes to write poetry about sunsets. It doesn’t matter; they’re so sexy that you’re ready to crawl into the pages of the book to make out with this fictional character. For me, that weakness is all about bad boys with a secret heart of gold. And no bad boy is quite as hot, or as melt-worthy, as Travis Maddox. When I first read Jamie McGuire’s genre-defining new adult novel, Beautiful Disaster, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would this book live up to the hype? Was it really…

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The Top 10 August Books to Read as Summer Winds Down

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Somehow it’s already August (where has the summer gone??) and the heat is sweltering, the beach days are in full swing, and we’re already bracing for that first cold bite of fall. While we bask in our last true summer month, we’re devouring as many new books as we can. Luckily, August is filled with some awesome new releases, from New Adult to Fantasy to historical mysteries. Here are the 10 we books can’t wait to get our hands on as the summer winds down around us: Sweet Tomorrows, Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books, August 2, 2016) Macomber is a romance powerhouse with dozens of titles to her name. Sweet Tomorrows is the fifth book in her Rose Harbor series and this time…

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6 TV and Book Bad Boys That Make Us Feel So Good

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Ever since I first watched My So Called Life when I was only a preteen, I knew I was in trouble. Jordan Catalano kept leaning against things. In flannel. With those bangs flopping over his forehead and that brooding look in his eyes. It was official: I was hooked on bad boys. Years later, I still haven’t beaten my addiction. There’s just something about that boy from the wrong side of the tracks who didn’t have the best upbringing but still manages to have a soft side. A soft side that only comes out around his true love, naturally. Luckily for me (and all of you), there are tons of awesome television bad boys to drool over. Here are my…

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A Reader’s Guide to New Adult Fiction

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The literary world is a vast and ever-expanding place, where new genres and terms are constantly being invented and developed. “New Adult,” or NA, is a fairly broad genre that’s defined mostly by the age group it revolves around. While Young Adult literature focuses on characters in their early to late teens, NA tells stories about characters in their early adult years: typically ages 18-30. Books about characters in their 20s are nothing new. In the ‘90s, Chick Lit emerged as the genre that bridged the gap between YA and romance novels, often focusing on characters in their mid-to late 20s. But while Chick Lit deals with some of the same issues as NA—finding love, succeeding in the workplace—it has…

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Indie Books: Why We’re Still Obsessing Over These 3 Book Series

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God bless Amazon self-publishing. I’ve discovered so many amazing romance novels through the Kindle store—novels that may have started out as indie series, but they quickly rose to fame with teams of dedicated readers and fans. And I totally get the appeal: while traditional romance series tend to jump from isolated couple to couple, these indie series stay with our favorites for several books, creating rich worlds of friends and lovers that stay with you long after you stop reading. Here are my three all-time favorite indie series and why you will love them just as much as I do: The Beautiful Disaster Series by Jamie McGuire The story of Travis Maddox and Abby Abernathy—the first in this family-centered series—is…

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Asher Ellis taps into New Adult, delivers The Remedy

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It’s difficult to predict where a genre as new as New Adult will go next. The fledgling category, coined in 2009 by St. Martin’s Press, so far has been regulated mostly to romance novels staring college-aged heroines (think EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, or Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster—two extremely popular New Adult novels that focus on women coming into adulthood primarily through their romantic relationships). But other New Adult (NA) novels—horror, sci-fi, paranormal, and fantasy—have started popping up more frequently, expanding not just the readership for NA, but how we define it in the first place. No one is more aware of this than horror author Asher Ellis, whose debut novel, The Remedy, was recently released with Full Fathom…

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Has “New Adult” genre replaced “Chick Lit”?

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Fifteen years ago, everyone was talking about Chick Lit. It was the new big genre, and candy-colored books were flying off the shelves. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Confessions of a Shopaholic, anything by Jennifer Weiner – readers couldn’t get enough of the quirky heroines who awkwardly navigated love and careers. But these days it seems like bookstores are noticeably missing those familiar covers with large pink graphics and cartoon ladies clutching shopping bags and martinis. Not that Chick Lit has disappeared completely. Jennifer Weiner’s new book, All Fall Down, just came out last month, and Emily Giffin’s pastel-covered novels regularly hit the New York Times bestseller list. But where there used to be thousands of Chick Lit novels crowding every bookstore,…

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