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Baby Teeth Proves It’s Dangerous to Play Favorites

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If you are in need of a blood chilling thriller to make your heart pound, Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s Press) is for you!  It is clear that author Zoje Stage mastered everything dark and suspenseful when she created Hanna, a seven year old, and the only child of Suzette and Alex.  Suzette had a difficult childhood, poor mothering and a continual battle with Crones Disease. When she meets Alex in a professional environment, he saves her from loneliness and despair by respecting her design work and falling in love.  Alex, an architect, is a cheery Swedish man who desperately loves his wife, Suzette, and showers his very bright but mute daughter Hanna with love and attention.  Both parents want to be…

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The Champion of Middle-Aged Mothers Is Back!

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Kate Reddy has returned in full force in Allison Pearson’s new novel with St. Martin’s Press, How Hard Can It Be?  Pearson’s character, Kate, is now older, more mature, a more seasoned character. Pearson’s column, Sandwich Woman, about women in midlife who struggle with their children and their parents as both grow older, is a perfect segue to Kate Reddy at close to 50. Clearly Kate has more on her plate than she might have ever contemplated. And for the many of us who remember her as a young working mother in Pearson’s debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, her new challenges are striking.  We cheer her on as she battles and soothes her teenage daughter, and sympathize with her as…

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VMA Week: Photographer Afshin Shahidi Gives BookTrib a ‘Private View’ of Icons Prince, Beyonce in an Exclusive Interview

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  One of my favorite pictures of Prince is the cover photo of Afshin Shahidi’s forthcoming book, Prince: A Private View. One of the reasons I am so enamored of this picture is due to the striking contrast of black and white in Prince’s clothing against the simplistic set— what appears to be a plain hallway. What is even more endearing to me as a 30+ year fan is that Prince, who was of a smaller stature, even in the most ordinary of spaces was ginormous. He was a larger than life figure in life and in his passing his absence has left a chasm that no artist now or in the future will be able to fill.  Through his…

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Infidelity, Corruption and Love Abound in Michele Campbell’s ‘It’s Always the Husband’

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Aubrey, Jenny and Kate are college roommates who come from very different backgrounds and instantly develop strong friendships. Kate is the bad girl who leads them to trouble and Jenny is the good girl who is always there to get them out of it. While in college, Aubrey loses her mother to cancer and feeling distraught, she proceeds to make some questionable decisions. Jenny laments over a past relationship with Lucas but Lucas is getting caught up with Kate. There are some disagreements among the friends and a horrific tragedy occurs; things will never be the same again. Fast-forward 20 years and the three friends are all back in the same town. Aubrey is married to a cheating husband, Jenny is…

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Douglas Brunt Shares an AuthorBuzz Giveaway and Story!

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz author, Douglas Brunt, has to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, TROPHY SON explores single sport specialization, obsessive parenting, steroids, and the behind the scenes world of professional sports. The novel paints a provocative and eye-opening portrait of tennis prodigy, Anton Stratis. Can you learn more from fiction than from nonfiction? James Kaplan, co-author of YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS with John McEnroe, says ‘TROPHY SON takes us deeper inside the modern men’s game than any nonfiction account could’. Email me at [email protected] to win one of five copies. http://douglasbrunt.com/

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Book Excerpt! Lisa Scottoline’s ‘One Perfect Lie’

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For a sneak peek of Lisa Scottoline’s One Perfect Lie (St. Martin’s Press, April 11, 2017) check out the excerpt below! One Perfect Lie Chapter One Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud. His resume was fake, and his identity completely phony. So far he’d fooled the personnel director, the assistant principal, and the chairperson of the Social Studies Department. This morning was his final interview, with the principal, Dr. Wendy McElroy. It was make-or-break. Chris waited in her office, shifting in his chair, though he wasn’t nervous. He’d already passed the state and federal criminal-background checks and filed a clear Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Form, Child Abuse Clearance Form, and…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 140: Writing Multiple POV Suspense — Interview with Jessica Strawser

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In this week’s DIY MFA Radio episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews Jessica Strawser, editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine, and author of the stunning debut novel, Almost Missed You. They talk about writing multiple point-of-view suspense and how to craft that crucial first chapter for maximum impact on your readers. They also discuss the juggling act involved with being moms who write and also have busy “day jobs.” (It is possible to balance it all!) ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading + Community = MFA This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is:…

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Teen Millennials Meet (and Adore) Queen Victoria 170 Years after Her Reign

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As a historian, juggling the challenge of being the consultant on a TV historical drama series where the original story often has had to be tailored to the need for dramatic effect, my bottom line is this: does it arouse the viewers’ interest in the real story? It became apparent very early on during the UK transmission of ITV’s (PBS in the U.S.) Victoria, which premiered in the U.S. in January 2017 starring Jenna Coleman, that this series, of the many historical dramas we have had and enjoyed — from The Tudors to Downton Abbey to Wolf Hall — had really struck a nerve. What was striking, however, was that it had done so, not so much with the mature and better read…

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Business Book Awards: 800-CEO-READ Announces Shortlist

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800-CEO-READ is a website dedicated to exploring and providing the very best business books for readers. They also hold an annual Business Book Awards where they acknowledge the top business books of the year. On the December 6, they announced this year’s shortlist, which includes the winning titles in eight different categories. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony and celebration on January 12 in New York City. According to Editorial Director, Dylan Schleicher, the awards are looking to represent a more inclusive and human-driven approach to the business world. “You will see a broadening in the definition of what constitutes, ‘business,’” he writes on their website. This includes, “who business is meant to serve, and who should be allowed – even…

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November’s Author Crush: There is No Author Quite like Lisa Kleypas

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The other day, I got a text from a friend that read: “I need a good new romance author to read. Who do you recommend? They have to be Lisa Kleypas-like.” I wracked my brain for hours until I finally had to admit the truth: there is no one else quite like Lisa Kleypas. With her perfect blend of humor, romance and heartfelt emotion, Kleypas is an entity in and of herself. If I could make a shrine to her writing without seeming like a total lunatic, I would. I first fell for her historical romances with the Wallflower series, and then I was swept away by her modern Travis family saga. Now I’m a true devotee, willing to shell out…

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The 25 Beach Bag Books You Should be Reading — WIN a Bag FULL of Books!

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There’s nothing quite like being at the beach. Picture it, you’re lying in the warm sun, listening to the waves crash in front of you as the beautiful breeze keeps you cool; it’s pretty much every person’s dream day. The only thing that can make it even better is having the perfect beach read to really help you kick back and relax. Well, get ready because we’ve got the perfect list for all of those gorgeous summer beach days coming up. Here are 25 of the perfect books (in no particular order) that you definitely NEED to have in your beach bag. WIN 12 of the 25 amazing books below and a BookTrib Tote Bag!  Click the bag to ENTER: The Girls In The Garden…

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Who Needs Sleep? The Books That are Keeping Us Awake All Night Long

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The other day I sent an email to one of my BookTrib editors (and fellow writer), Beth. “UMM I started reading The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day and I can’t stop,” it read. “I only got two hours of sleep last night!” After she chastised me for just now discovering the sexiness that is Crossfire, Beth and I commiserated over what it’s like to stay up until dawn because we’re physically unable to put a book down. Sometimes it feels like we go into a trance while reading, the rest of the world fading away until the birds chirping outside remind us that an entire night has gone by. Other times we’re perfectly aware of the time, but we just don’t…

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9 Enthralling Audiobooks to Get You Through Spring Cleaning — WIN a FREE Subscription from Audiobooks.com!

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Our friends over at Audiobooks.com have compiled a list of essential audiobooks that are sure to keep you company as you make your way through the daunting task of spring cleaning this April. While we know we all have to do it, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? Take a look at the list, throw some of the titles in your wish list and then enter to win a 3-month subscription from Audiobooks.com! How much easier could it get?! Good luck!                                             We have 3 FREE 3-month subscriptions to giveaway (A $45 Savings!!) — so if you’re planning on some serious…

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Hidden History: 3 Books That Crack Open Past Secrets

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We’ve all been thrilled by the hidden corners of history so deftly incorporated into the novels of suspense writers like Steve Berry and Dan Brown, but you don’t have to wait for your next thriller to discover them for yourself. Our history is a treasure trove of fascinating information, much of which remains hidden until we crack open a truly revealing book. If you’re looking to revel in the previously unknown, Copperfield’s Books has some terrific reads. Copperfield’s of California will celebrate its 35th year in 2016 and with bookstores in seven locations (and an eighth coming next year), they might be just around your corner. These picks were selected by Copperfield’s frontlist buyer Sheryl Cotleur: Ivory Vikings: The Mystery…

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Smart Reads: 5 Beautiful Books That Offer a Visual Feast

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By now our readers are aware of how much we love the holidays—and how much we love sharing our favorite books to give as gifts. But our suggestions wouldn’t be complete without those gorgeous coffee table books that sweep you away with their luscious photos and fascinating stories. Their spectacular covers are the literary equivalent of “You had me at ‘hello’.” Here are some of the most visually sumptuous and smartest reads for your holiday giving. The Sartorialist: X by Scott Schuman (Penguin; October 27, 2015) Nowadays it seems like everyone and her sister have a fashion blog, but Scott Schuman started it all 10 years ago with his photos captured on sidewalks of New York City street style. The…

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Mahtob Mahmoody: An Emotional Journey 30 Years After ‘Not Without My Daughter’

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In 1984, 5-year-old Mahtob Mahmoody and her mother, Betty, found themselves trapped in Iran by their abusive father and husband, Sayed Mahmoody. Through a harrowing journey, they managed to escape and move back to the United States, where they spent years hiding in fear. In part to raise more awareness, Betty wrote a memoir about her experiences, Not Without My Daughter (St. Martin’s Press, October 1987), which became an international phenomenon. Their lives quickly changed and soon they were interviewed by Oprah and a movie of the same name starring Sally Field was released in 1991. It’s been 30 years since she left Iran, but Mahtob can still recall details that would escape most young children. She recently published her first memoir, My Name…

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