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The True Story Behind “Black Diamond Fall”

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To write a successful novel, I have to dip my pen into autobiography; and if I don’t, I lose my way. This makes it difficult when I am writing fiction about a crime. It means weaving a tight narrative comprised of an act of violence and the mystery surrounding that act of violence with something substantial that I’ve lived through. I was lucky in my previous novel, Cloudland (Polis Books), which was based on the unsolved serial murders of seven women in a place called “the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.” A very close friend of mine, who was like a mother figure to me, found the last of the victims: a woman in a pink parka whose body…

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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke: This Book Nearly Broke Them

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. National Best Friend Day is celebrated on June 8, and here at Bookish we are super excited about it. Some of our best friends are characters in books, but literary friendships can take another form: best friends who co-write. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke know all about that. This pair of besties is responsible for bringing readers novels including The Good Widow and Girls’ Night Out, which will be available on July 24. Here, Liz and Lisa dish on how Girls’ Night Out tested their friendship and almost destroyed it. There’s no easy way to say this: We almost broke up last year. Our thirty-year friendship and nine-year writing relationship came to a roaring halt while writing our latest release, Girls’ Night Out, a…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: 10 Sexy Billionaire Romances Heating Up Our Tablets

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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! From motorcycle men to sports stars, romance novels often feature different types of alpha men. One of the latest trends is one we can definitely get behind though: billionaire romances! These men are CEOs, wear designer suits, ride around in private jets, and fall hard for their lady loves. It helps that they like to dominate in the boardroom — and the bedroom. Sexy and powerful, it’s hard not to fall instantly for a billionaire leading man. So here are 10 billionaire romances that we’re…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Live From Belmont Books With Best-Selling Author Eric Rickstad

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Best-selling author Eric Rickstad read from his latest Canaan Crime novel, The Names of Dead Girls, and answered questions from the Writer’s Bone crew during a live podcast recording from Belmont Books on Dec. 7. Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and international bestselling author of the The Silent Girls, Lie in Wait, and Reap, novels heralded as intelligent and profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. He lives in his home state of Vermont. His latest novel, The Names of Dead Girls—the terrifying sequel to the smash sensation The Silent Girls, published in September. To learn more about Eric Rickstad, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @ericrickstad.…

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‘Life Is A Wheel… It Always Comes Back Around To Where It Started’: Stephen King’s Life in Books

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Stephen King has thrilled readers for more than four decades with a body of work that effortlessly combines scintillating fear and some very uniquely memorable characters.  King, who recently turned 70, is as unique and memorable as his characters and has lead a life that is just as interesting as his books. Check out these 6 facts about the unique talent that is Stephen King and great books that shed some light on the character of the man, himself. 1. Stephen King is a huge Red Sox fan (despite his disapproval of Fenway Park safety nets in the past). For those of you who can’t get enough of King or the Boston Red Sox, this fact is enough to get the blood flowing!…

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‘Rocket Boys’ Author Homer Hickam Talks Writing, History, NASA, and More

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Homer Hickam, beloved author of Torpedo Junction, Rocket Boys, and more, recently shared all in his interview with our very own Andrew Masi from BookTrib. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star Medals and eventually left service with the rank of Captain. Over the years, Hickam’s experience helped him craft some of the most thrilling and accurate novels that we could have ever imagined, earning him awards and fame as a novelist. You don’t want to miss this one-on-one interview loaded with history, memoirs, and more. BookTrib: October 4th was the 60th anniversary of the historic launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. It was…

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Creating Characters That Readers Love: 3 Tips for Writers

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Walt Gragg, author of ‘The Red Line,’ shares with us and you his tips for creating unforgettable characters readers will surely love. One of the great things about being a writer is that you get to meet so many other writers along the way. From the extremely famous to the highly obscure, the chance to interact and talk about the trade with others who are a part of this business happens for most of us at least a couple of times each year. Something you soon learn is that none of us goes about the process of creating a novel in exactly the same way. There are as many approaches to this craft as there are people writing. No one…

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Michael Connelly on His Journey to Novel and Television Fame

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Michael Connelly is best known for his Harry Bosh detective novels and his Lincoln Lawyer series. He has also written several stand alone novels, produced television shows based on his work, appeared as himself in television dramas and Clint Eastwood even turned one of his novels into a movie! “I took a long way through college,” says Connelly. Had he not, the world may have never discovered one of the best detective novelists of our time. He took an 18-month hiatus from his college studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he struggled with the construction engineering curriculum. “It was the family line. I like that work.” During his hiatus he wrestled with what he wanted to do.…

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‘The Damascus Cover’ Author Howard Kaplan Shares All

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. This week, Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy bring us a podcast with Howard Kaplan, author of The Damascus Cover.  Forty years after its release of, Kaplan’s book has recently been turned into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Writer’s Bone talked with Kaplan about his literary journey. An adaptation of Howard Kaplan’s The Damascus Cover has been released 40 years after its initial release, and it is sure making a comeback! Recently, at BookTrib we had the amazing opportunity to speak to Kaplan about his novel and many aspects of its endurance over the years, as well as its journey to the big screen. Now, Howard Kaplan sits down and talks to Sean Tuohy at Writer’s…

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Lemony Snicket Author Daniel Handler Gets “Dirty”

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If you have read the Series of Unfortunate Events series, then you are probably familiar with Daniel Handler, as he wrote the thirteen-book series under his pen name, Lemony Snicket. The San Francisco native took time away to come talk to Roxanne Coady on this latest episode of Just the Right Book!, where they discuss his latest book, All the Dirty Parts. The story details the erotic impulses of a teenage boy stuck in the midst of many girls and a friend. Together, Roxanne and Daniel talk about any subjects including how to speak with your children about sexuality, pornography’s contribution to our culture, and how the book has stirred up controversy. Handler commented, “Publishing houses just felt like it was not something that…

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Dead Birds, Retired Spies, and Mental Breakdowns: 12 2017 Fall Thrillers

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Halloween is around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until October 31 for thrills and chills. If you want to get the party started early, this is the list for you. Whether you’re itching to read the latest Stephen King and Owen King novel or dive back into the world of John le Carré and the beloved George Smiley, there’s something here for everyone. Grab some candy corn and apple cider: It’s going to be a good fall. A Legacy of Spies, John le Carre John le Carré is unquestionably one of the most famous mystery and thriller writers of our time, and he’s back with a new novel featuring George Smiley—the…

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Familial Relationships Gone Awry in ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

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An emotional and timely novel, Home Fire is a compelling story about Muslim families in crisis. Isma is the responsible older sister of twins Aneeka and Parvaiz. Their mother and grandmother have passed away and the twins are now 18 years old, so Isma, having previously put her ambitions on the back burner to look after her siblings, is leaving her home in London to travel to America for a work opportunity. Aneeka is beautiful and intelligent and will be studying law in London, and Parvaiz vacates the country on a quest to learn about his father, a known Jihadist, who fought in Chechnya and Afghanistan. In the US, Isma meets Eamonn, the son of a British politician who has a…

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‘All the Dirty Parts’: A Bookish Interview with Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. You may know Daniel Handler by another name: Lemony Snicket, the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. When he isn’t writing about the Baudelaire siblings, Handler is penning adult and young adult novels under his given name. We were lucky enough to catch up with Handler at BookExpo America to chat with him about his new novel, All the Dirty Parts. In it, a high schooler named Cole experiences firsthand the complexity of the “uncomplicated” relationship. Check out our conversation with Handler below. Bookish: This story is, as the title suggests, is a love story in pieces—what the reader has is literally all the dirty parts. How do you think the story…

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Sitting Down at Lemuria Books on John Grisham’s Book Tour

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John Grisham has invited book lovers and writers alike to listen to his podcast, ‘Book Tour with John Grisham’. So far he has made stops along the way, speaking with some of our favorite authors and more in bookstores across the U.S. Today, we listen to John Grisham speak to a variety of faces in the novel world, including John Evans, Greg Iles, and Matthew Guinn. His tenth stop takes place at the renowned Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS. His first interview revolves around John Evans, the owner of Lemuria Books, who is full of humor and insight that inspires the audience. He also speaks to novelist Greg Iles, who has published 16 novels in a variety of novels, and…

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Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and More Light Up Authors Night 2017

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Literary luminaries lit up the warm and misty evening at the 13th annual Authors Night to benefit the 120-year-old East Hampton Library. In case you didn’t know, this is event is said to be the premier literary event of the Hamptons and one of the nation’s leading annual literary celebrations.   When I arrived, the parking lot was already full and shuttles, golf carts and mini buses helped attendees get to the massive tent that held 100 authors and more than 2,500 guests. The mood inside the tent was electric and abuzz with excitement. The first person I ran into was the “King of Shoes,” Steven Madden, who sold me shoes when I was in high school. He said he…

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Sybil’s List: Publishers Weekly Book Reviewer Sybil Steinberg’s List of Reads

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We love a good booklist to peek our interest and inspire us to read more. Westport Connecticut resident Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly puts together a list of her favorites several times a year and recently she presented her July 2017 picks to a standing room only crowd at the Westport Library. I had a chance to catch up with Sybil and ask her a few questions… BookTrib: Your list of recommendations is so long, what is your favorite genre and how much do you read? Steinberg: Books are my passion. I read three or four books a week. I try to keep a balance between fiction and nonfiction. I’m an avid…

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