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Best of BookTrib 2017: Tess Gerritsen Talks Return of Beloved Rizzoli and Isles with ‘I Know a Secret’

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! One of the most interesting and sometimes-complicated aspects of a writer’s life is the inspiration that they use for their breakthrough novels. Tess Gerritsen recently shared with us the inspiration behind her latest release in the beloved TNT Rizzoli and Isles series, I Know a Secret. Here’s the story behind her inspiration in her own words: As happens with most of my books, the plot of I Know a Secret is a fusion of two different ideas. This is often how I come…

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Review: The Mad Feast is This Year’s Fun and Frantic Cookbook

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Matthew Gavin Frank’s previous book was about the discovery of the giant squid, and he has also written memoirs of working at a marijuana farm and an Italian vineyard. Given that unconventional publishing history and his background—he spent 20 years in the restaurant industry but is also a poet and creative writing teacher—it’s no surprise that his new book about America’s signature foods is no straightforward, one-genre affair. Instead, Frank describes The Mad Feast (Liveright; November 9, 2015) as a “spastic, lyrical anti-cookbook cookbook of sorts that also may be a fun and digressive revisionist take on U.S. history.” Indeed, it is the off-the-wall blend of memoir, travel, history and fiction that makes the book unique. This is the cookbook…

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4 Fictional Cities We Wish Existed in the Real World

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Sometimes when we find ourselves so enveloped in a TV show or book, we often imagine what it would be like to be a resident of the fictional hometown or city. Not only do we want to live in the town, but we’d obviously want to check out the local hot spots and maybe meet up with one of the fictional characters we wish could be our BFF. Here are four cities/towns we’ve put on our imaginary travel bucket list and one we’d move to in a heartbeat (We’re looking at you, Stars Hollow!). City: Gotham City, [State Redacted] Origin: DC Universe Take New York and Chicago, throw them in a blender with about a gallon of chaos and you…

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Carla Neggers Dishes: Wedding Bells for FBI Agents Sharpe & Donovan?

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From the moment former nun and current FBI specialist in art crimes Emma Sharpe tries on her wedding dress in Carla Negger’s new thriller, Keeper’s Reach (Harlequin MIRA, 2015), we were hooked. Emma is engaged to fellow FBI agent Colin Donovan and they’re in for a wild ride before they arrive at the altar in this latest installment in the Sharpe & Donovan series. Adding to the intrigue is Colin’s big brother, Mike, former Special Forces and current outdoor guide, and freelance civilian intelligence analyst Naomi MacBride. We had the pleasure of talking with Neggers to ask about the new book and beg for some hints about where the series might go. BookTrib: The Sharpe & Donovan series features FBI…

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Can Mike Bond Save the Beautiful Maine Environment?

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In most thrillers, when a Special Forces vet battles the forces of evil, he fights for his life, his allies and his country, all in a fictional environment. But when Pono Hawkins, the main character of Mike Bond’s new thriller Killing Maine (Mandevilla Press, 2015), takes on the bad guys, he doesn’t just do it in a make-believe world—he’s fighting for you and for the natural beauty of our real-life America. Bond said his first Pono Hawkins novel, Saving Paradise, was written in part to deal with what he called “the approaching tragedy” of an energy project that would have stripped the Hawaiian island, Molokai, of much of its environmental splendor. In Killing Maine, Hawkins leaves his tropical paradise and…

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Three romance novels get you “inn” the mood to win this historic building

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Being a lover of romance novels, I’ve come to accept certain narratives as fact. For example: if I move to a small town in the middle of nowhere, I will immediately fall in love with the local sheriff while we solve a mystery together. Also, there’s a perfect boy from my past just waiting to find me again when I move back home and I’m down on my luck. And finally, if I ever decide to run a quaint country inn in the middle of nowhere, some hot (possible CIA agent) will come to stay, fall in love with me, and never leave. I have yet to test any of these actual situations, though when I saw this contest floating…

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