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BookTrib Exclusive: Brad Meltzer on Magic and the Secret Service in ‘The Escape Artist’

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Magic tricks and the Secret Service may not seem like they have a lot on common, but Brad Meltzer’s new thriller,  The Escape Artist proves otherwise. When a body is found on a plane that fell from the sky, the military quickly identifies the dead woman as Artist-in-Residence Nola Brown.  However, one man, Zig— who has a special connection to Nola— uncovers Nola’s secret: not only is she still alive, but she’s on the run. The witness to something she was never supposed to see, there are more than a few people who would love nothing more than to make sure that Nola disappears permanently. Working together, Zig and Nola do whatever it takes to expose the trickery and deciet by the…

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Explore Voodoo and the Paranormal in ‘The Big Easy’ with Author Alexandrea Weis

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Inspiration can come from anywhere and varies from writer to writer. For me, the eerie influences of New Orleans have created the ghosts, voodoo tales, and twisted characters appearing in many of my novels. The Magnus Blackwell Series with Lucas Astor is no different. What starts out as a ghost story, morphs into a thrilling supernatural series drenched with all the mystical and mysterious conjured by images of my hometown. Living with the paranormal in the Big Easy is a part of life like red beans and rice on Mondays and steamy showers every summer afternoon. We talk to them, nurture them, and celebrate their influence in a variety of festivals, superstitions, and traditions. From decorating our cemeteries every November…

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‘The Immortalists’ Review: If You Knew You Were Going To Die Tomorrow, How Would You Live Today?

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In the summer of 1969, four children from a Jewish family on the Lower East Side of Manhattan visit a psychic and are told the date they will die.  Does this information, this prediction, change the way they choose to live?  That question is wrapped in mystery in The Immortalists, a story that takes us through each of the siblings’ lives. Author Chloe Benjamin provides us with a mesmerizing story of these rich characters, and their choices about how to live. Simon, the youngest brother, moves to California to live his truth and gets caught up in the sexual revolution of the 1980s. His sister Klara, who is irresponsible in many ways, chooses to become a magician. Daniel, the oldest brother,…

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Fables, Fairytales and Folklore: Discussing ‘The Rules of Magic’ with Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Magic, which inspired the cult-classic film by the same name starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the New York native joins Roxanne to discuss witches, feminism, family secrets, and her latest book, The Rules of Magic. The book which is set in New York City in the sixties is a prequel to Practical Magic and was picked by Reese Witherspoon for her October 2017 Book Club read. The actress and book lover described the story as “full of magic, love, family, heartbreak and redemption.” When asked what attracted her to witches and magic, Alice Hoffman reveals how she grew…

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A Perfect Match: Magic and Drama in This Week’s Authorbuzz

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  Dear Readers, Do you love magical labyrinths? Did you ever wonder what life might be like on the inside? Araina is shocked when for the first time she witnesses an outsider come into her dark labyrinth home… Questions abound as she begins to learn the world is bigger than she ever realized. Will you be able to solve the mysteries of the labyrinth world before Araina? I’m giving away 5 books. Write to me – [email protected] – for a chance to win! Visit my website: http://emilyanngirdner.com     Dear Reader, I’m thrilled to share with you my dark modern drama about a girl from the trailer park and the son of a criminal king. They don’t belong together, but they’re caught in a dangerous game. The King is a USA Today bestselling novel, and I’m giving…

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When Words Turn into Magic in Novel ‘Ninth City Burning’

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In Ninth City Burning there is a close and very special relationship between language and magic. Words are semi-magical things in themselves—intangible, weightless, and yet capable of real and drastic effect. Words have the power to wound, to uplift, to alter opinions and perceptions, and, when spoken by the right people under the right circumstances, change the world. Phrases like “I now pronounce you husband and wife” (or, if we’re being grim, “I hereby sentence you to death”) alter the state of reality simply by their utterance. It’s like—well, magic. And so it should come as no surprise that, with a little extra effort, language can be made to perform magic of the true, supernatural variety. The simplest example is…

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These Emmy Award Nominees Exist Thanks to 6 Amazing Books!

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The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner! Television is pretty easy to love, but it’s even easier to love when it comes attached to a little reading material. Plus, you know that here at BookTrib, we are completely obligated to only root for shows that are based on books (sorry Mr. Robot). So, without further ado, here are our favorite shows up for an Emmy (and the books they’re based on)!   A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam Reprint, 2011) This first one is no secret. In fact, the divergences between HBO’s hit show and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series have caused alternating bouts of outrage and curiosity from fans of the…

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Ellen Roth dreams up a bewitching fairy tale for adults in Ten Fingers Touching

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The recent success of the new Cinderella movie teaches us one crucial thing: everyone loves a fairy tale. But for adults, it’s not always easy to find a book that captures the magic and romance of those classic stories we grew up on while still appealing to a more mature audience. This is why we’re so drawn to Ellen Roth’s Ten Fingers Touching, a new book that combines love, adventure, and breathtaking illustrations. Roth’s mature fairy tale tells the story of Martak and Marianna as they fall in love and fight the forces of Evil as he tries to defeat Good. Not only is it an epic tale, but the book is filled with lush, colorful drawings by John Blumen.…

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