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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Use Food and Drinks as Supporting Characters

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There’s nothing like food and drinks to bring a group of people together, whether it’s a special occasion, a holiday or good ol’ fashion picnic, at the heart of it all is the food we eat and the cocktails we drink. So it makes sense that the incorporation of food and drinks in the thing we love most, books, would be a must. Not only do the characters in these stories rely on food to get them through their day, but the delicious cocktails and fine cuisine take on a life all its own within the pages of these five hot new books and ultimately become the supporting characters in each novel. Sweetbitter: A Novel, Stephanie Danler (Knopf, May 24, 2016) “Gorgeous,…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that are Both Visually Beautiful and Emotionally Moving

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I’m a visual person. I love “pretty” things. I love colorful things. So when I perused my many stacks of books on my desk for ideas for this week’s Heat Index, my eye was drawn to five gorgeous hardcover books sitting beautifully in a pile. I knew then, regardless of the topic, that these books needed to be in a list together. Then I read each synopsis and it was like the stars had aligned. Each book begins similarly by showing the protagonist’s current life, but the comfortable lifestyle each character was living is soon thrown completely off-course, leading them to situations and people they could have never expected. Old love, new love, suspense, thrill and the power that lies within a story itself…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Harlequin Romance Books We’re Literally Loving

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Let’s be honest, for the most part everyone loves a good love story. HEAs (Happily Ever After, for those of you who are new) are what I live for, whether it’s a book or a movie. Contemporary romance literally has my heart. So it makes complete sense that Harlequin books are top on my reading list. For this week’s Heat Index, I decided to list the new Harlequin reads that I’ve had on my list and that never disappointed me once I hit the last page. I’m pretty confident they won’t let you down either. Plus, you know, there are those covers! #swoon Hard Rain: The Montana Hamiltons, B.J. Daniels (March 22) “Hard Rain continues to satisfy readers. Crossing multiple genres, Daniels successfully combines Western…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Sent Us Straight to Fantasy Land

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Fantasy/urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian genres are some of the hottest books available right now, especially in YA, and I’m going to be completely honest: I had a really hard time ranking these five amazing novels. From Gena Showalter to A.L. Davroe to Karen Marie Moning, I just couldn’t say a bad thing about any of them. That’s why you’ll find that the temp never dropped below 90° in this edition of Heat Index. Get ready to dive right in, because you’re going to want to immerse yourself in these worlds. Guile, Constance Cooper (Clarion Books, March 1, 2016) “Memorable, well-drawn characters…Those who like unusual fantasies will enjoy this and will identify with the appealing Yonie as she searches for her roots and a place…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books All About the Heart of the Matter

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In the fast-paced society we live in today, sometimes we forget to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer us. But there are times that we’re reminded of the important things in life like family, friends and love. Whether you’re single, dating or completely off the market, these five hot new books may be just what your heart needs right now. Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, Jon Birger (Workman Publishing, August 2015) “The author…provides fascinating evidence to show how and why dating and mating culture in America has changed in the 21st century.” —Kirkus Reviews Heat Index: There’s a perfectly good reason as to why you haven’t met the man of your dreams yet and Date-onomics has…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books to Read Over the Holiday Break

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It’s here! Christmas is almost upon us and that means you’re packing, wrapping, traveling, cooking and generally going holiday-crazy doing whatever must be done before the big day arrives. However, the holiday break also offers us some much-needed relaxation time off from work or school. There’s no better way to chill than cozying up to a great book and diving in. So, whether you’re cuddled up with a blanket near the tree in between gift-wrapping sessions, or riding in the passenger seat on your way to Grandma’s house, we have five hot new reads perfect for all of your holiday escapism needs. Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, Homer Hickam (William Morrow; October 2015) “Must-read… A…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Stir Those Christmas Feelings

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It’s my favorite time of the year! The decorations, the yummy food, family bonding and the pep in everyone’s step is what I really love about the holidays. Another thing I can’t get enough of each December? Christmas books. There’s just something about reading a sweet holiday story by the fireplace with a mug of cocoa in my hand that stirs warm feelings of contentment. Thanks to that Christmas spirit, I’ve rounded up my top five new Christmas-themed books for this week’s Heat Index that will surely put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas, Bryan Mooney (Lake Union Publishing, October, 2015) “The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout… a traditional New England…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books You Must Read Before the End of Summer

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Summer is almost over–can you face it? Before it slips away, we have five hot new books about facing it — feelings, family secrets, the one who got away. Before you head off to fall’s state fairs, you’ll want to indulge in this lingering taste of summer. Starlight on Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs (Mira Books, August 25) “Wiggs’ carefully detailed plotlines, one contemporary and one historical, with their candid look at relationships and their long-term effects, are sure to captivate readers.” —Booklist, starred review Heat Index: After a horrible accident, Alice Bellamy must hire a caretaker to help her get around. When Faith McCallum, Alice’s new live-in nurse, stumbles across some damning evidence about the accident, it’s up to her…

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