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October Reading List: Horrifying Tales, Across Genres

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

There’s a chill in the air, pumpkins adorn doorsteps across the neighborhood, you’ve unearthed your slippers after a summer of barefootedness. Must be nearly Halloween! To get you in the mood, we’ve already compiled your Tropeoween costumes. And now it’s time to sit back and be scared by a horrifying read! We’ve picked some titles across genres to keep you up late into the night …

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

If you love YA … try Gretchen McNeil’s Ten. A take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, this YA mystery has it all: a creepy atmosphere (an isolated island, besieged by storm!), a perfect horror movie set up (teens at an illicit party!) and a ever-increasing body count. Gretchen does Dame Agatha proud.


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Ebook Sale: 8 Eloisa James and Lisa Kleypas Titles For $4 Or Less

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Aw yea, several ebooks by fan favorites Eloisa James and Lisa Kleypas are on sale right now, each title costing less than $4. Grab 'em before the prices increase!


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Famous In Love: Rebecca Serle Dishes on Celebrity Couples

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

We'll be honest, we're still not over the fact that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are no longer a couple. Same goes for Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. We all love celebrity couples, but why? Why do we love them so much? YA author Rebecca Serle addresses this in her new novel, Famous in Love.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: celebs are the human version of mythical gods. They are larger than life. And two together? Forget about it.

My novel and upcoming series, Famous in Love, is inspired by the fiction-meets-reality off-screen romances of the celebrities we know and love. Rob and Kristen, Nina and Ian, Lily and Jamie … they all started out as separate individuals, but once they came together (on screen and in real life) they became something more (Robsten, Nian, Jamily (?!)). 

I’m sure celebs feel like we want to know every single detail of their lives, but the truth is, we don’t. We enjoy the mystique, the mystery — even, dare I say it, the rejection — of knowing that there’s only so much about a celebrity romance that we can read about on E! or speculate about in GIF format. (Or, if you’re like me, over Twitter, entirely in emojis.)


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot Ebook Deals

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.

Historical Romance

Charity Girl

Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer

Buy It On Amazon For $2.51 >>

Buy It ON B&N For $2.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

How to Tame A Wild Fireman

How to Tame A Wild Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

4 stars

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

Buy It ON B&N For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

4 stars

Get It On Amazon For Free >>

         


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Cover Breakdown: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios & Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's cover reveal season and we're reveling in all the pretty as we add to our ever-expanding TBR piles. With two recent YA covers we're yearning for road trips, our tired eyes ogling neon signs as we get ready to hit the open road. Want to take a peek at what has us hankering?


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Cinda Williams Chima: Creating Believable Magic

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Creating a whole new world is one of the most exciting parts of being an author — but it can also be the most grueling. With two YA fantasy series under her belt, Cinda Williams Chima knows a thing or two about worldbuilding. And with The Sorcerer Heir, the latest book in her Heir Chronicles series, hitting shelves today, we wanted to know what tips and insight Cinda has for worldbuilding. Here's what she had to say:

People associate worldbuilding with fantasy writers, but all writers need to master it. For example, if I set a novel in a small Georgia town or coastal Maine, I have to make that setting real to people who’ve never been there. Fantasy writers have the additional challenge of building a magical system alongside the setting.

My goal with the Heir Chronicles was to make the magical world of Ohio accessible to everyone — even people who are not regular fantasy readers. The key is to layer in description with a light hand. I believe that a reader with a few questions is more likely to keep reading than one who feels like she is hacking through a thicket of words.

After five books, I know the magical landscape of the Heir Chronicles really, really well. That doesn’t mean that it all makes its way onto the page. I like Hemingway’s iceberg theory of fiction. He says that seven-eighths of what the writer knows stays below the surface, supporting the world that the reader sees.


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Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books

BY , OCTOBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.

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Our Need for Consolation is Insatiable by Stig Dagerman

Almost a suicide letter, where when confronted with the absence of any consolation our only freedom is suicide. The happy ending is obviously a bluff.

Plot: Everyone wants to be comforted, but there is no consolation.
Rating: ●●●●○

Thérèse Philosophe by Anonymous

To mix a religious treatise with an erotic novella may be strange, but when you listen to Therese it sounds quite obvious.

Plot: A girl loves God and sex.
Rating: ●●●●○

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake

If everything is sacred, there is a hidden wisdom even in Hell. Blake goes down there and give it to us.


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Unbosoming: Jay Crownover

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love authors, it's true. And sometimes we want to know more than just what their next book is about. So we asked, and they answered. Our very first victim, er, volunteer is New Adult and contemporary romance superstar Jay Crownover, whose Top Pick! Rowdy is out this week.

What was the first book you read that meant something to you?

The Catcher in the Rye. I thought I was Holden, then I wanted to date Holden when I got older, I still wanna date Holden now that I'm grown — which is creepy.

What book do you wish you could live in?

The Outsiders. I just love the angst and the greaser vibe and I want to squeeze Ponyboy.

What book are you an evangelist for?

Lately for the Innocents books by Sarah and Mary Elizabeth. So different and beautiful and it hurts. I loved Wicked By Jennifer L. Armentrout too — NA paranormal all the way.

Which trope most mirrors your life?

Super driven girl meets a party boy and has to learn to live a little. Even when I was younger I forgot to have a life — I’m hyper focused and it takes something special to get me to stop.


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Romance Is Awesome: Author Jennifer McQuiston Is Fighting Ebola With The CDC In Sierra Leone

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Romancelandia is filled with so many awesome women who not only write wonderful love stories, but also somehow manage other impressive feats like practicing law, raising tiny humans and fighting infectious diseases. Historical romance author Jennifer McQuiston is a veterinarian and infectious disease researcher with the CDC, and is currently in Sierra Leone as part of the CDC ebola response team. She's sharing her adventures on her Facebook page and it's fascinating to follow. I first learned of McQuiston's day job after reading her article in the April 2014 issue of RT about infectious diseases in romance (Because a highly contageous illness is the first thing people expect when they pick up a romance, right?). Copied below is the article (as well as a downloadable PDF version), "Fever All Through the Night: The Reality of Love in the Time of Cholera".  And if you'd like to help Sierra Leone, Jennifer suggests donating to Focus 1000.

A photo of the Jennifer McQuiston article


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Darynda Jones on Pregnancy and Plotting

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

There's something about a long-running paranormal series with a cheeky proganist that we just can't resist. So of course we're excited that this week, Darynda Jones is releasing her latest installment in her Charley Davidson series: Seventh Grave and No Body. We, of course, had questions. 

Charley's pregnant but still dealing with hellhounds and other otherworldly concerns. How did you approach writing her "delicate condition"?

Fortunately, even in her delicate condition, Charley is still Charley, and she approaches her pregtastic state as she does all of her states: in a very roundabout way. She’s decided that she’s going to start small and work her way up to motherhood by getting a goldfish and seeing if she can keep it alive. It could work.


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