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Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud: Chatting with Mike Lupica

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As a reviewer and insider, Ryan Steck has been called “the Godfather of the thriller genre.” In this first contributed piece to BookTrib, Ryan names every thriller hitting the bookshelves this fall that genre aficionados should know about. Visit Ryan at www.therealbookspy.com. Replacing an icon can’t be easy, but you wouldn’t know that by reading Mike Lupica’s new novel. Titled Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud (Putnam Books), Lupica has resurrected Sunny Randall, one of Mr. Parker’s most beloved characters. Already, Parker’s fans have seen Spenser (Ace Atkins) and Jesse Stone (Reed Farrell Coleman) live on through other writers. Only one book in, I think it’s clear that Lupica has best mimicked Parker’s voice and style, while staying truest to the character readers fell in…

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The Handmaid’s Tale: To Be Continued in “The Testaments”

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Good news, Handmaid fans! Margaret Atwood just announced she will deliver a sequel to her dystopian classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, next year. To be titled The Testaments (Random House), Atwood promises readers, “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” (Gilead, for those few souls who might not know, refers to the repressive Puritan-like regime that takes over the United States after a revolution.) Published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale was also inspired by world events. In the early 1980s, AIDS was spreading, there was famine in Ethiopia, the Equal Rights Amendment fell short of ratification and the ozone…

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“A Duke Changes Everything”: Business and Pleasure Can Mix

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In Christy Carlyle’s A Duke Changes Everything (HarperCollins), Nicholas Lyon is a man with scars, both literally and figuratively. Cast aside as a bastard and tortured by his nobleman father, Nick is only too happy to renounce a title that has brought him nothing but pain. Forced to survive on his own after his mother’s death, Nick eventually builds a gambling empire, one where he holds all the cards. At Lyon’s Gentleman’s Club in London, the house always wins. That is, until an unexpected turn of events forces Nick back to a life he left behind, to a title he never wanted, and to a woman who just might have the power to chase away his ghosts. Thomasina Thorne was raised…

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A Poetic Killer More Complicated Than Reading Shakespeare

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Taking a much-needed break from her stressful yet rewarding job as administrator of a psychiatric hospital, Rebecca Paige goes on a retreat to GetAway Resort, a secluded cabin in the woods. Expecting peace and solace, she walks right into the thick of a criminal plot involving characters with far more dangerous intentions and damaged personalities than many locked up in her own facility. In The Poet (Gatekeeper Press), Stephanie Jo Harris leads us through a harrowing hostage operation and introduces us to a character who may be more sinister than the very ghouls who are holding the guests captive. Jack Shelley cordially intercepts an ill-intended pursuer from the beautiful Rebecca as she momentarily lets her guard down on a walk outside,…

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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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“Alice Isn’t Dead:” Popular Podcast is Now a Novel

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Buckle in and get ready for a risky road trip! The podcast Alice Isn’t Dead has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and now fans have a novel to go with it (Harper Perennial) — coming out this month from Joseph Fink. The novel fits nice and cozy into the horror genre, but it’s probably nothing like your run-of-the-mill thriller. The overall story of the Alice Isn’t Dead novel is female-driven — that is, the protagonist is female and she drives a truck. Keisha is all-too relatable. She has fears, worries, likes, dislikes, and idiosyncrasies (like how she always gets a turkey club at roadside diners). She loves deeply, cares with her whole self, and will die for the…

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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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Unwinding “The Labyrinth of the Spirits”

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Stories have no beginning and no end, only doors through which we may enter them. Internationally acclaimed author Carlos Ruiz Zafón has presented us with many dark and dazzling doors in his Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. In the grand finale of this saga, The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Harper) Ruiz Zafón deftly ties together the many winding plots of his other stories and gives long-awaited closure on past mysteries. As with Ruiz Zafón’s bittersweet writing style, fans will be fully satisfied with his grand hulking conclusion (around 800 pages), and yet saddened to see their favorite characters join on page for the last time. The novel is set in the late 1950s Barcelona when Franco is in power, and follows the alluring…

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Tall Poppy Review: Psycho Dysfunction in “Little Black Lies”

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A funny thing happened after I read Little Black Lies (Grand Central Publishing).  I met Sandra Block on Twitter soon after reading the book. I remember writing in 140 characters or less: I loved Little Black Lies. You should be a Tall Poppy Writer. I want to be your friend. I’m not sure why I wanted to befriend a woman who can write psychological dysfunction so well, but there are subtle humor and great depth in Sandra Block’s writing. In person, she is one of the funniest, kindest and smartest people I have ever met. Anyway, onto the book. Little Black Lies is the first of the Zoe Goldman trilogy. The book centers on Dr. Zoe Goldman, a psychiatric resident in…

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Eloisa James Continues to Impress in “Born to be Wilde”

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The year is 1780 and we’re on book 3 of The Wildes of Lindow Castle by Eloisa James, Born to Be Wilde (Avon). The Wildes are an extraordinary extended family:  eccentric, outrageous, loving and full of joy. They are the perfect reflection of rambunctious Georgian high society. The Wildes are an utter delight. Born to be Wilde is the story of Parth Sterling, adoptive son and brother to the Wilde clan, and Miss Lavinia Gray, a beauty who believes herself to be an heiress until she discovers that her mother’s criminal behaviour has ruined the family.  Lavinia and Parth have always had a prickly relationship but when Lavinia needs to find a rich husband she proposes to Parth, only to be rejected. Parth’s…

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BookTrib Q & A with Marcelino Truong, Author-Illustrator of Graphic Novel ‘Saigon Calling’

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Marcelino Truong, a self-taught illustrator who works on graphic novels, has been growing as an artist for years and wants to share his growth with us. In this exclusive interview, we learn more about some of his recent works, taboo subjects, and his take on the media.  BookTrib: You’re a self-taught illustrator, and the images you have in both graphic novels are very particular, and sometimes deal with very heavy subject matter, which is reminiscent of MAUS. Did your artistic abilities grow organically in the media of drawing for graphic novels, or did you start off drawing, or designing somewhere else first? Marcelino Truong: Both my graphic novels are the result of many years of experience as a self-taught illustrator…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Novelist Marc Cameron on the Future and his Newest Tom Clancy Book

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Marc Cameron, author of the Jericho Quinn series and the recently published Tom Clancy Power and Empire, talks to Sean Tuohy about writing under a legend’s name, his “unplugged” writing process, and his future plans. Author of the New York Times bestselling Jericho Quinn Thriller series, Marc Cameron’s short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and BOYS LIFE magazine. In late 2016, he was chosen to continue the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan/Campus Thriller series. To learn more about Marc Cameron, visit his official website or like his Facebook page. Want to be a published writer? Take a look at our writing contest, where TWO Grand Prize winners will become Booktrib Contributors! Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for…

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‘Strong to the Bone’ is Jon Land’s Most ‘Introspective’ Book in Series

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In September, author James R. Hannibal (The Fourth Ruby) gave an outstanding review of Jon Land’s latest in the Caitlin Strong series, Strong to the Bone, which was released today.  Here we revisit Hannibal’s review of what he calls Land‘s most “introspective” and deeply “insightful” book in the series.   Rape. Racism. White Supremacy. These are hard words to read, and even harder to write. It feels risky, dangerous even to offer such evil the permanence of ink on paper. In Strong to the Bone author Jon Land refuses to shy away from that risk, exposing those evils with the right blend of delicacy and rage, while still bringing the intense action and thrills readers of his Caitlin Strong series have come to expect.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview with Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen

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BookTrib/Meryl Moss Media “15 Minutes With…” Interview with Tess Gerritsen, author of I Know a Secret, book 12 in the Rizolli and Isles series. Gerritsen joined us for a live chat this week to discuss her new book and to share why readers are connecting with Jane Rizolli and Maura Isles. She also shared the inspiration for the series, the new book and hinted at the plot for her next novel.   Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for our weekly newsletter

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Berenson’s ‘The Prisoner’ Strikes a Delicate Balance Between Fear and Paranoia

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In this age of great distrust, when even the most open-armed neighbor turns out to be a blood-thirsty sleeping cell waiting to enact some extremist cause, suspicion becomes the first natural line of defense, a secondary reflex when culture forces us to internalize the prevalence of danger. The Prisoner will feel like a fresh twist. The setting works in reverse, as the choice of story attempts to excoriate layers upon layers of phobia and paranoia. You could even venture to whisper that the story has a cleansing effect. In this case, John Wells, the main protagonist, is a Muslim convert who goes into hiding in the very epicenter of al Qaeda jihadist world, and so to infiltrate ISIS. Even though…

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Interview with Jonathan Stroud, Author of ‘The Empty Grave’

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Born in Bedford, England, Jonathan Stroud self-published his first work at age eight. After several years of working as an editor in London, Stroud “finally took the plunge,” and ventured into the world of publishing as a writer in his own right. Watch as Jonathan Stroud talks with us about the final installment of his Lockwood & Co. series, The Empty Grave, his approach to the craft of writing and what’s next.

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