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Valentine’s Day

‘Fall In Love With You’: The Guaranteed Path to More Love & Happiness

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You were made to experience unconditional love and happiness without limits, not to suffer, struggle, and strive – and you are designed to be able to manifest this ideal life regardless of the things you’ve been through or the conditions you face. We’ve been conditioned to believe in an outside-in model of life that says we are intrinsically lacking and have to attract, achieve, or fill ourselves up with something more in order to be enough. This has led us to develop all manner of coping and controlling mechanisms to get what we think we don’t have (and won’t survive without), or hold on to what we’re afraid someone else might take away. The problem with this is two-fold: 1)…

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Sacred and Complex, Amy Bloom’s ‘White Houses’ Chronicles First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secret Affair

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One of the highlights of my year, thus far, was interviewing bestselling author, Amy Bloom about her new book, White Houses. Released in time for Valentine’s Day (February 13, Penguin Random House) with rave reviews from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, White Houses is a love story about a complex affair steeped in our history between a First Lady and a woman— a journalist— that spanned more than three decades. Bloom’s novel is based on the real-life love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena “Hick” Hickok. This story about to women in love is wrought with obvious challenges given the times— when same-sex relationships and extramarital affairs were taboo.  Add substantial class differences between the women and therein lies a story…

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Express Yourself: Literary Valentines for Every Kind of Reader

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Every Wednesday, see what our “book buddies” are up to and stay in the know with all the news you need to know about books, literature and pop culture. Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s that day of the year that many of us buy flowers, chocolates, and and maybe even make some romantic plans. All you need to complete your February 14th is the perfect card. You’re in luck! We’ve dreamed up and designed some adorable literary valentines to give to your friends, family, and maybe even a beau or two. Whether you want to say it with a Dementor’s kiss or make your best friend giggle with an ISBN joke, we’ve got the…

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Love Is In The Air: Last Minute Literary Valentine’s Day Gifts To Spark Romance!

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It’s Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t gotten that special gift for your significant other, it’s not too late! Forget the conventional chocolates and teddy bears, the book lover in your life will appreciate something more creative, inspired by the authors and literature they love. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of last minute gifts that will look like you’ve had love on your mind 24/7, 365: Quidditch Couple Mugs For all those Harry Potter loving couples, this pair of mugs is the ultimate romantic gift. Literary Chocolate Bars Sweet and delicious, give the gift of chocolate this year – with a literary twist of course! One Question a Day Journal One Question a Day for You &…

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All You Need Is Love: 20 New Book Releases Just In Time for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and we’re making it easy to celebrate love, with your love of books! Our list of new releases for this week are all love stories – and because love comes in all shapes, sizes and forms, we have a pretty diverse group of books for you. Some focus on romantic and erotic love, others on the love of family and friends. We’re celebrating LGBTQ love, forbidden love, love of self, and lost-love-found-again; Wallis In Love, one of the favorite new releases looks at how the love-life of the Duchess of Windsor actually changed the entire monarchy. Because some love stories don’t end happily, we have some books of those, too. Take a look below at our list of…

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Single? Five Surefire Ways to Feel Even Worse on Valentines Day

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If you’re single, Valentines Day can be a real crusher, reminding you of the fact that you’ve not found your special someone and everybody else on the planet apparently has. Or so it seems with all the “He went to Jared” and “Every kiss begins with K” jewelry commercials, plus your friends and relatives fretting about what gifts to give their sweethearts and whether they can reserve a table for two at Chez Restaurant du Jour. You might also have your mom chiming in and asking if you’ve met anyone, and your grandma trying to fix you up with her bridge partner’s myopic, asthmatic, socially challenged grandkid (who’s apparently a real catch if you can ignore the coke-bottle lenses, the…

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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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The Secret to a Fulfilling Relationship According to Author Michael Gabriel

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Michael Gabriel, author of “The Balanced Relationship Barometer,” discusses Valentine’s Day and how his own heartbreak led to a deeper understanding of what it means to be in a fulfilled long-term relationship. There is more than one theory on the origins of how Valentine’s Day came to be. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day. Much has changed since the Middle Ages, when chivalrous deeds and poems were used to court women, to our current consumer product-focused bonanza for companies like Hallmark, Victoria’s Secret, Godiva and 1-800 Flowers. What has not changed is the physiological potion of love. When you’re in love, and the brain releases an abundance of feel-good chemicals…

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Sweet Paleo Treats Fit to Beet the Blues This Valentine’s Day

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My dad and I bond over food—especially around Valentine’s Day. Every year without fail, he buys a sampler box of candy and we carefully pick our favorite paper-lined chocolate morsels from the heart-shaped molded plastic tray. This year I wanted to do something a little different, and that’s where Sweet Paleo: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Delights by Lea Hendry Valle (Countryman Press; March 2) comes in. You can find delectable desserts ranging from an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe to more sophisticated sweets like tiramisu, all in keeping with a Paleo diet. I’ve never prepared anything Paleo before, but I’ve certainly enjoyed many dishes made by others who love this gluten-free and grain-free lifestyle. I’m open to experimenting and trying new foods,…

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TED Talks: Amy Webb Hacks Online Dating!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up. Either you’re a romantic who loves all the hearts everywhere, or you’re not looking forward to your loneliness-induced hangover. Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day lover or hater, Amy Webb’s talk from TEDSalon NY 2013 will put a smile on your face. Webb, who specializes in big data, tells the story of the way she used her knowledge of algorithms to hack the online dating scene – with surprising results. This talk is undeniably hilarious, heartwarming and uplifting – the perfect way to greet one of the most dreamy and polarizing holidays. Recommended Reading: Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked The Online Dating Code To Meet My Match (Plume, 2014) Webb’s book tells largely the same story…

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Hilarious (and Cringe-worthy) First Date Tales from Your Favorite Romance Authors

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First dates are typically never fun. They’re awkward and sometimes painful, but always memorable. Just ask these five romance authors who have experienced both the highs and lows of first dates. Here, Maisey Yates, B.J. Daniels, Lori Foster, Jennifer Probst and Jodi Thomas share their funny, sweet and nightmare tales about their first dates. So if you’re heading out on a first date this Valentine’s Day, just remember that no matter what happens, you’re definitely not the first person to experience a cringe-worthy night. Or you just might meet your husband. It’s a toss up, really. Happy Valentine’s Day! Maisey Yates A co-worker and I decided to go on a date once. I knew it wasn’t off to the best start when…

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Maia Chance Gives Fairy Tale Princesses Alternate Prince Charmings for Valentine’s Day!

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Maia Chance writes historical mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. Her most recent novel, Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna was released February 2. Let’s face it, you guys. Fairy tale princes really aren’t in the same league as their princesses. Fairy tale princesses may be valiant, beautiful and resourceful, but—correct me if I’m wrong—the princes a) are too handsome (there would be some competition for the retinol-C skin serum), b) have all the personality of button mushrooms and c) are kinda, well, creepy. Yes, creepy. Think about how Snow White’s Mr. Right “falls in love” with her while she’s dead in a crystal casket. Ew. Or how the Little Mermaid’s heartthrob is super into her when she…

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Warm up your Valentine’s Day with your favorite web series

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Baby it’s cold outside, but Webheads will have no trouble getting hot and bothered this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s Dizzie, A+ or Éclair, we never forget that first kiss. For your voting pleasure we have compiled some of our favorite literary webseries kisses in our latest poll, Webheads’ Favorite Kiss. Go watch and vote, then come back next week to find out the winner. Happy voting! ALL GOOD THINGS… Green Gables Fables has reached the end of Season One. Shirbert shippers were thrilled that Gil and Anne became friends at last, but when will we get Season Two? Relive the finale, then watch the series from the beginning. FUTURE PERFECT North Hangin’, a modern adaption of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey,…

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Webhead extra! Vote for your favorite web series kiss

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: A new Webheads poll! Let’s face it—Webheads live for the kisses that curl your toes and heat you up. Our gift to you—some of our favorites all in one place!  Now go vote for Webheads’ Favorite Kiss.  It’s a tough choice, but somebody has to do it—you may just have to watch again and again and again… Lizzie Bennet Diaries   The Lizzie Bennet Diaries   Emma Approved   Carmilla   Classic Alice   Frankenstein, MD   In Earnest The Lizzie Bennet Diaries   New Adventures of Peter & Wendy   Welcome to Sanditon   Emma Approved       Vote for your favorite lit web series kiss: 

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Matchmaker Barbara Summers on finding Mr. Right and ditching Mr. Wrong

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, romance is in the air. Well, at least for some people. For the rest of us singles, romance is decidedly a little difficult to muster up these days. But, thankfully, we are not left totally to our own devices. Barbara Summers’ new book, Next! A Matchmaker’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong, and Everything in Between (Select Books; February 2015), can help even the most unlucky-in-love find their perfect match. Summers is a long-time matchmaker and relationship guru, which makes her a veritable expert in finding love. The guide, co-written with author Carey Blakely, takes people through every stage of a relationship —from opening yourself up to the possibility of love,…

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Spend Valentine’s Day with the most thrilling novels

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See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader We have a special offer for you. A compilation of 6 of my most erotic and thrilling novels. A $45 value for just $2.99 just until Valentine’s day. A BOUQUET contains all three volumes of my acclaimed Dr. Morgan Snow novels from THE BUTTERFIELD INSTITUTE series, as well as three stand alones that explore passion and power set in the worlds of art and music. Included in the bundle is a bonus collection of three short stories featuring  Dr. Morgan Snow who manages to get three of contemporary suspense’s greatest heroes…

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