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4 Indie Bookstores Offer Their Top Suspense Reads

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Sunscreen? Check. Swim suit? Check. Summer suspense? Grab some of these. There’s nothing like a good, gripping tale to help you unwind. We randomly polled four independent bookstores that specialize in murder and mayhem about new bestsellers in the suspense category. Surprisingly, there were no overlaps as each store named four titles selling well, in no particular order: Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store, Delray Beach, Florida: Cheryl Kravetz, a bookseller at the Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store, named the following four as her top sellers: 1.) The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (William Morrow). A woman returns to her home after a 10-month absence, too terrified to step outside. Shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear…

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Author Fiona Davis Shares the Secrets to Her Writing Success

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Last year, author Fiona Davis published her wonderful debut, The Dollhouse, rich in history about the Barbizon Hotel in NYC. Keeping with iconic Manhattan landmarks, her fabulous new release, The Address is set in alternating timelines; in the late 1800s during the building of the Dakota, the architecturally stunning residence on the upper west side of Manhattan: Sara, a housekeeper at a fancy London hotel meets Theo, the talented NYC architect. He takes a job at the newly built Dakota, and craziness ensues. Their budding relationship remains hidden from his wife and children as they bond, it turns passionate and a crime is committed. In 1985, fresh out of rehab and penniless, designer Bailey, a descendant of the wealthy Dakota architect,…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Episode 37: 21 Summer Books

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In this latest Just the Right Book episode, Roxanne visits some of her favorite books to give you suggestions on what you should read this summer. Whether you are on the lookout for a beloved thriller, romance, memoir, or more – Roxanne has some fun summer suggestions for you, straight from the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, Connecticut. And, after Roxanne’s speech, stay…

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The Top 10 July Books Making Lazy Summer Days More Productive

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Summer is officially here, so it’s time to bust out the sunscreen and spend some lazy days in the July sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to invest in some good books to bring to the beach or indulge in while you’re lying poolside. Thankfully, there are some awesome new reads this month that are guaranteed to make your summer even brighter. Here are the top 10 July books that we can’t wait to get our hands on: Everything All At Once, Bill Nye (Rodale Books, July 11, 2017) America’s favorite scientist is back with a brand new book, and this time he’s talking about how to find your inner nerd. Nye reveals his “everything all at once” theory, teaching…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Episode 32 – Michael Kindness

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. We bring you the latest episode, where Roxanne Coady talks to Michael Kindness, a friend of the show who has appeared in Just the Right Book! Podcast in earlier days. Michael Kindness is a sales representative for Penguin Random House and is a former host of the popular podcast, Books on the Nightstand. Kindness’ past relationship with Books on the Nightstand consisted of great book…

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The 5 Most Captivating Books of the Summer by (and about!) Women

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From thrillers to romance, there are so many amazing books coming out this summer – and a ton of them just happen to be written by women. We’re not surprised. With Wonder Woman dominating theaters, girls seem to be kicking ass everywhere we look these days. Which is why it’s the perfect time to curl up with a great female-centric read. Here are five awesome books coming out this summer written by (and about!) women: The Duchess, Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, June 27, 2017) Steel is the master of the thought-provoking romance, usually featuring a strong and interesting woman at the center of her stories. The Duchess is no exception. Set in the 1800s, it tells the story of a…

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9 Summer Reads We’re Taking to the Beach!

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Summer is finally here and we are hyped. Beach days, cookouts, camping, long afternoons devouring a good book – after the endless days of winter, we can’t wait to get out into the sun. Plus it’s finally time to start planning our summer reading list. For us, summer is all about the beach read: light-hearted romance, books that make us laugh, and a few juicy tell-alls for good measure. Here are 9 reads we’re more than ready to bring to the beach this summer: The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown and Company, June 13, 2017) Hilderbrand is the queen of the beach read, which is why we can’t wait to dive into The Identicals, all about twin sisters with a long-standing…

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It’s Not Over! Extend Your Summer with These Beachy Novels

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Even though it’s still sunny out, tree leaves are still green and the beaches are still open, autumn is clearly rearing its head. It’s just a little bit cooler in early mornings and kids have gone back to school — but never fear! Instead of lamenting summer’s death throes, do what people have always done since the dawn of time: completely deny something is happening until it’s here! We intend to keep reading beachy, summery reads until most of the leaves are off the trees, anyway. So, in honor of endless summers, here’s a book list to help you keep the feeling of these long, warm days!   Love Her Madly: A Novel, M. Elizabeth Lee (Atria Books, August 16, 2016)…

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Talking Georgia Clark’s ‘The Regulars’: What’s So Bad about Being…Regular?

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Let’s face it, being a girl is hard. Deciding what to wear and then if that clothing fits your apple or pear body shape is not always enjoyable. Answering the question: do I have too much makeup on or not enough, is typically a rhetorical question, because is there ever really an answer? The list goes on and on. In a world where we are told to “just be ourselves,” there sure seems to be a lot of pressure on us ladies, from the “pretty” Snapchat filter to our Instagram news feeds filled with selfies of contouring celebrities, it’s no wonder where Georgia Clark found her inspiration for her latest witty and sexy novel, The Regulars (Emily Bestler Books, August 2, 2016). In Clark’s debut in adult fiction, Evie,…

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Halloween in July: A Spooky Reading List for Summer Thrills and Chills

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There’s a chill in the air… wait, no there isn’t. It’s the dog days of summer, but there’s more than one way to get a chilly thrill on the sweatiest of days! Instead of getting all hot and bothered reading summer romances or getting all sticky and sandy forcing yourself to read on the beach, cuddle up in the darkest corner of your abode and prepare to get freaked out. There’s a spooky book for every taste and occasion, and we’ve got the goods on what you should be reading to give yourself the nighttime shivers. If you’re into scary, but like not really scary: Fellside, M.R. Carey (Orbit, April 5, 2016) From the author of the much-loved The Girl…

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A Summer Book List to Get You Excited for Exploring the Outdoors

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I know it’s July and it’s hot as blazes. Many of us just want to sit next to our cool, life-saving window unit, letting the days pass us by. But, come on. Just look outside. There’s a whole world to explore out there! Do you think Lewis and Clark let a little heat hinder their trek across the American West? You’re damn right, it didn’t. Summer really is the best season for going on outings and adventures. So get off your love seat, grab a Camelback, and go hiking/camping/skydiving — whatever makes you happy. And to get you in the mood, here are four books to give you that little extra push: Into the Wild by John Krakauer (Anchor Books, January…

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Celebrating Independence Day with a Box of Books Giveaway!

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We could not think of a better way to celebrate America than giving away the thing we love most: books!! It’s a long weekend and summer is now in full swing. Whether you’ve got summer trips planned or you’ll be making a few trips to the beach on those scorching days, the one thing that most of us look to bring along is a book or two (or 10!). This July 4th, we’ve got the perfect books to get you into the American spirit and keep you glued to the pages! Included in this giveaway are:   Click the Box of Books below to enter to WIN this Independence Day Giveaway! Happy 4th of July!

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Rich and Pretty: A Socialite’s Summer Reading List

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Once summer rolls around all I daydream about is strolling down the bustling Manhattan streets in my favorite summer dress, with the perfect pair of wedges and a bright clutch to finish off the perfect ensemble. Once I have the look, then I obviously need somewhere to show it off! In my daydream I’m making stops at trendy rooftop bars, picking between the tropical 230 Fifth next to the Empire State Building or Hotel Chantelle down on the Lower East Side. Hey, I may have read too many Gossip Girl books in my life, but a girl can dream! Truthfully though, the array of rooftop bars is unlimited in the Big Apple and trying to find the time to hit them all can be a bit overwhelming. So for every daydreamer out there…

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Mike Urban’s Cookbook and Travel Guide Should be on Every Seafood Lover’s Bookshelf

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If you’re a Connecticut native like me who has also spent a lot of time in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, chances are that you have a mental check list of all your favorite roadside seafood spots along the coast during the summer months. One of my favorite places comes from my college days in Bristol, Rhode Island. Situated between Bristol and Newport is Middletown, where a simple family business called Anthony’s Seafood churns out fresh dishes all day. This does not go unnoticed in Yankee Magazine writer Mike Urban‘s The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook: Recipes from the Best Lobster Rounds, Clam Shacks, and Fishmongers (The Countrymen Press, May 24, 2016). One of the most unique things about Rhode Island is the…

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5 Smoothies to Help Chill Those Summer Nights

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The best purchase I’ve made by far this summer is the $19.95 I spent for a simple kitchen blender. I bought it for one purpose, and I’ve only used it for that purpose: I wanted smoothies. I can’t explain why—I just had a fruit in my kitchen, I wanted to drink something sweet and cold and delicious, and I didn’t want the huge load of calories that a milk shake would have packed on. So smoothies it was. At first, I didn’t quite know what I was doing—I began buying whatever kind of fruit that caught my eye, throwing it in the blender with some non-fat vanilla yogurt, and drinking whatever I whipped up. Soon, however, as it always does,…

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Pass a hot summer afternoon building towers of cookies and ice cream

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When the thermometer hits 80 degrees this summer, everyone goes out for ice cream. Forget about chocolate and vanilla, though. Artisanal ice cream makers like Coolhaus are whipping up flavors like salted caramel, spicy pineapple-cilantro-chile, blueberry mojito, and bourbon pecan pie. Coolhaus takes these and many other mouth-watering flavors and makes them even better by turning them into ice cream sandwiches. Our mothers may have taught us never to play with your food, but Natasha Case and Freye Estella, founders of Coolhaus Ice Cream and authors of the new Coolhaus Ice Cream Book (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2014), would say otherwise. The duo creates and sells architecture-inspired ice cream sandwiches from food trucks in LA, New York, Dallas, and…

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