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Comfort Audiobooks That Will Brighten Your Day

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I’ve been under the weather with a very bad cold, and there hasn’t been much that’s made me happy, with the exception of Simon Prebble’s narration of THE PERFECT LOVER (Harper Audio) by Stephanie Laurens. Whenever the misery gets especially miserable, I hit play and sink into his all-encompassing storytelling. THE PERFECT LOVER is one of Laurens’s early “Cynster” novels, recently recorded by Prebble, and it makes ideal comfort listening. The main character, Simon (okay, yes, two Simons), arrives at a Regency house party and is immediately intrigued by a longtime acquaintance, Portia. Prebble’s aloof yet dominant voice for Cynster embodies aristocratic arrogance without a smidge of overacting. (Important aside — I would really like that voice for the emergency alert system on the…

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Author Buzz Giveaway: Two Suspenseful Reads

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In this week’s Author Buzz giveaway, we have two great selections available! It’s your choice, a gripping medical thriller penned by Geoffrey M. Cooper or Lexi Blake’s suspenseful romance. Either way, we know you won’t be disappointed! Dear Reader, Do you think medical researchers are sincere, hard-working and dedicated? Some are. But not all. When Pam Weller discovers a drug against Alzheimer’s, her rival sees the coveted Nobel Prize slipping away. His all-consuming ambition drives him to concoct a plot that threatens Pam’s career, her freedom and even her life. The Prize (BookBaby) is an award-winning medical thriller in the tradition of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton. Email [email protected] to win one of five copies. Geoffrey M. Cooper https://geofcooper.com Dear Reader, In…

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A Romantic Heroine Makes Ripples in the Gilded Age

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In Maya Rodale’s Duchess by Design, (Avon) Miss Adeline Black is a seamstress on a mission to change the world, one pocket at a time. A dress isn’t just a dress to Ada — it’s a statement. In 1895 New York City, the right dress on the right woman could be life-changing, especially when the goal is to be the most sought-after dressmaker for the exclusive Four Hundred of High Society. When Ada bumps into the Duke of Kingston, she vows not to let him distract her from her purpose. But then, neither can Kingston become sidetracked in his quest to find a wealthy bride who will save his inheritance from ruin. If only he wasn’t so “enchanted” by the…

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For Novak: Romance, Mystery, Cookies & Greek Goddess

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Having written more than 50 novels, Brenda Novak is an expert at pulling our romantic heartstrings. But in addition, a mysterious disappearance forms the backdrop in Before We Were Strangers (MIRA). Inspired by a segment from a true-crime television show, her latest novel is a story of intrigue, mystery, and psychosis. Novak says she watched a show that “featured a woman whose mother went missing when she was small. As the girl grew up, she suspected her father had something to do with it, but she wasn’t sure enough to accuse him, and because there was no solid evidence… Novak couldn’t resist the pull of the question, “Did the father do it?” and wanted to explore the mystery through her…

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Tall Poppy Review: “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” Explores Faith

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis (Thomas Nelson) is the newest release from Patti Callahan Henry and has already set itself apart from other romances. Joy Davidman was never going to be the woman behind the man. Born to be a writer and always devoutly focused on her work, as hard as she tries to change herself, she can never quite conform to the dutiful housewife role that her husband, Bill, expects her to play. At her wit’s end with his infidelity and alcoholism and her own seeming inability to fill the role that society has assigned her, Joy kneels down in her son’s room and has an undeniable and instant conversion experience. She feels…

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Says Lauren Blakely: In Romance Genre, All You Need Is Love

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It’s no shock that romance has always been stigmatized. Too often, the genre is viewed as frivolous, fluff literature strictly for women. But romance is valuable in ways that often get overlooked. With Romance Awareness Month having just come to an end, I spoke about the topic in detail on a recent episode of the One True Pairing podcast. Here are some of the critical points. I think it’s crazy that the romance genre gets bashed. Ultimately, I feel like it’s what every person is striving for. Everyone wants to fall in love – we want to be happy, we want to be linked with another person. That’s one of the most basic elements of being human. If we want…

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Author Buzz Giveaway: Fantasy, Mystery, Vampires!

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A royal fantasy, Mardi Gras mystery, and sizzling vampire romance are all featured in this week’s Author Buzz giveaway! Don’t miss out on your chance to win a free copy from any of these great authors. Read below for messages straight from the writers! Dear Reader: I’ve always loved reading epic fantasy, and I’m thrilled to introduce Kill the Queen (Harper Voyager), book #1 in my Crown of Shards series. Kill the Queen focuses on Everleigh Blair, a royal who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena. Enter to win at [email protected] Happy reading! New York…

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Author Buzz Giveaway: Romance, Mystery, and Fantasy

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This week’s Author Buzz giveaway features a mixed bag of genres including mystery, romance and fantasy! For more information on any of these great books you could win for free, read what the authors have to say. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! Dear Reader, Tensions rise in 1936 Singapore when a dead Englishman is found covered in juice from the betel nuts chewed by locals. Afraid of Colonial backlash (and hoping for a story), Chen Su Lin plunges into the investigation against Inspector Le Froy’s advice. I based Su Lin very loosely on my grandmother who wanted to be a journalist, ended up a teacher, and loved stories. Ovidia Yu If you’d like a look at murder…

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Author Buzz Giveaway From Elisabeth Naughton

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This week’s Author Buzz giveaway features a steamy romance from a writer who has topped both New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. For more on the latest book from Elisabeth Naughton in her House of Sin series and how you can win a free copy, read below for a message from the author. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! Dear Reader, I’m thrilled to share Surrender, the newest story in my House of Sin series! If you’re new to the House of Sin, don’t worry. This is a great place to start. Danger, intrigue, romance and suspense – this series has it all. If you’ve already read the House of Sin books, then you’re familiar with Marco and…

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AuthorBuzz Giveaway: Romance and Transformation

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This week’s AuthorBuzz giveaway features a suspenseful romance and a powerful tale on the transforming experience of teaching for many unruly students as a substitute teacher. Read more straight from the authors about the intriguing titles they are giving away! Dear Reader, I’m thrilled to share Surrender, the newest story in my House of Sin series! If you’re new to the House of Sin, don’t worry. This is a great place to start. Danger, intrigue, romance and suspense – this series has it all. If you’ve already read the House of Sin books, then you’re familiar with Marco and Felicity. Surrender takes you back in time to their first meeting and a friendship that shaped an entire series. “In a…

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Tall Poppy Review: “The Simplicity of Cider” Fresh in Fall

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Charming and enchanting, The Simplicity of Cider (Gallery Books) by Amy E. Reichert is a must-read for Fall. Set in Door County, Wisconsin on an apple orchard, Reichert’s descriptions of the land, owned by the fascinating Lund family for five generations, is only rivaled by the mouthwatering food served in their kitchen. The combination is a recipe for joy and romance that readers will delight in. Orchardist Sanna Lund has a way of looking at things differently and stays busy fine-tuning cider she makes from apples that others thought were unusable. She has inherited a gift, too, a magical one, and she hopes her endeavors will save the struggling orchard that she runs with her aging father, even though her brother urges…

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Meet The New York Times’ New Romance Columnist

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Romance is one of the most successful genres in publishing despite often being overlooked by both the mainstream media and the publishing world. Jaime Green is a writer, editor and teacher who has has written about books for Slate, Vulture, Thrillist, BuzzFeed and many others. She now joins The Gray Lady as the new romance columnist for The New York Times Book Review. Roxanne says “Jamie’s column shows that romance novels can be smart and fun and explores how they fit into today’s world culturally and politically.” So, whether you favor Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy or prefer the modern day rom-com hunk, you are sure to find the perfect romance recommendation in Jaime’s new column! Check out Jaime’s Column! Books in this episode: Captive Audience: On Love…

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The Inspiration Behind Brae’s “Eight Goodbyes”

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Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae is one of the featured titles in BookTrib’s initial “Book Club Booster Program,” in which the book will be included as part of a gift package sent this month to 50 U.S. chapters of The Girly Book Club. My stories have always been spurred by actual events. Eight Goodbyes is no different.   The idea came to me after a chance encounter on a flight to New York two years ago. Since it started on an airplane, I decided to immortalize that one event and build a story around it. As with all my other books, this story incorporates many personal experiences. It highlights the wanderlust that is a huge part of my life, the…

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Author Buzz Giveaway: Van Dyken’s Latest!

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This week’s Author Buzz giveaway features a 1001 Dark Nights mafia romance that packs plenty of heat! For more on winning  a free book from New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, read on! Hey readers! I’m so happy to bring you my newest mafia romance, Envy (Evil Eye Concepts). There’s something so angsty and fun about walking the fine line of love versus hate, fear versus safety, and that’s what this book is all about. You’ll find yourself rooting for the anti-hero, you’ll find yourself justifying all of their actions even though you know it’s wrong. I know you’ll enjoy Vic as he tries to keep his oath to the families—to stay away from the only woman who drives…

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Romanticist Brae Goes Global in “Eight Goodbyes”

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When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she is intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. While their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe. As Tessa finds the strength to deepen the relationship, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. So goes the storyline in Eight Goodbyes, the fourth romance novel by Christine Brae (Vesuvian Books). Brae, a full-time career woman, in 2013 thought she could write a book about her life – her first novel, The Light in the Wound — and…

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Alyssa Cole’s Latest Charms All with a Scottish Duke

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Alyssa Cole has presented another winner in her acclaimed Reluctant Royals series with A Duke by Default. In this third installment, New York socialite Portia Hobbs, friend of Ledi from the first novel A Princess in Theory, takes Scotland by storm apprenticing with a struggling sword maker, Tav McKenzie. Though the location of Edinburgh, Scotland and the practice of an apprenticeship are narrative choices that seem dated, the tone of the story is nothing but contemporary. Portia is a relatable young woman who is trying to find her path in the world post college. Tav is a gruff character who cares deeply for his armory business and community, but is not the openly friendly type. For Portia, finding the chinks of…

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