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Nancy Bilyeau

Spies, Lies, Goodbyes and the Quest For Blue

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The color blue—one of the rarest colors on earth. It is the color of the sky and sea, of eternity, of divinity. And sometimes the color of death. A color which proved to be at the heart of the race for the most coveted porcelain in the world. In The Blue (Endeavour Quill), Nancy Bilyeau uses the 18th century race to manufacture porcelain—adding spies from England and France—to create a historical thriller with an ingenious premise. Twenty-four-year-old Genevieve Planché is a passionate painter but may not pursue her art; historical painting is not appropriate for women in 1758 England. Although she paints flowers on silk dresses, and will soon become a decorator at Derby Porcelain Works, her work is almost…

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Discovery of the “Real” Lolita from the Classic

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This story appears through BookTrib’s partnership with the International Thriller Writers. It first appeared in The Big Thrill.  When discussing a novel, many an author will be only too happy to cite the real person who inspires a character or the news story that sparks the idea for a plotline. But Vladimir Nabokov, no great surprise, wasn’t like other authors. He always denied that the case of Sally Horner, abducted at the age of 11 from Camden, New Jersey, in 1948, inspired his 1955 novel Lolita. Sarah Weinman argues otherwise, in her meticulously researched and movingly written nonfiction book The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandelized the World (Ecco). In so doing, Weinman became a literary detective, poring…

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Get Free Books, Join Contests, and Read Personal Stories with This Week’s Authors

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, Despite the fact that so many women struggle to have a child, most of them feel alone, in part because those closest to them don’t know what to say or how to say it. This book will tell you both what to say and do, and what not to say and do, while your Infertile Loved One is struggling to build her family. I’m giving away five books! Write to me at [email protected] to win. http://www.zahieelkouri.com Dear Reader, Ten years ago, my journey began when I started working on…

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