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Random House Releases E-books Designed For Reading Groups

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

After reading a gripping fictional account of a time or place, have you ever wished you knew more about what actually happened? If so, then Random House Publish Group has a treat for you. Their new e-book line of Reader’s Circle Deluxe Reading Group Editions comes complete with over fifty additional pages of nonfiction content that will answer questions and encourage book group discussions.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (one of RT’s Whitney’s all-time favorite reads) and Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be the first two e-books released in this extended e-format. The new editions have what Random House calls “exclusive, author-approved annotations” that are designed to “enrich” the reading experience. And each reader can decide if he or she wants to access this extra content while reading their books, or after they finish the story, tailoring the experience to their personal preference.

Guernsey Literary and Snow Flower both captured readers’ imaginations and are perennial book club favorites. Thus, these New York Times bestselling titles are logical picks to launch Random House’s new line.


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Nicholas Sparks Teams Up With Figment.Com For Writing Contest & Book Club

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Wanna-be writers, sharpen your pencils, stretch out your typing fingers and get to work on your short story for Figment's writing contest that will be judged by Nicholas Sparks himself! In honor of the fifteenth aniversary of the author's bestselling romance The Notebook the author has teamed up with Figment to judge a writing contest. And for those of you who prefer to read your romances, today RT reviewer Ellen shares how Nicholas Sparks fans can take part in an online book club at Figment.com!

It’s a big month for Nicholas Sparks. His new book The Best of Me has just premiered and, if the number of tissues we’ve used reading it are any indication, it’ll be another phenomenal hit. And Sparks’ first-ever novel, The Notebook, is having its 15th anniversary. 


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Star-Studded Audio Books From Audible

BY Whitney Sullivan, OCTOBER 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Audible — arguably the most popular source for audio books today — is getting Hollywood’s stars to contribute their voices to help re-create a slew of modern classics as audio books. This is a wedding of talents that I am absolutely in favor of!

I’ve always considered audio books something to listen to before I fell asleep. But with this news about Audible and Hollywood teaming up, I am seeing audio books in a whole new light.

Audible is working with some of the biggest and best names in Hollywood to bring back some classic tales. The dreamy Colin Firth will read The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, as Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson take on novels by Jerzy Kosinski and Colin Himes, respectively.

And the men of the silver screen aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet are just two of the nine actresses who will be contributing their dulcet tones to these projects. (I have to say, I’m particularly intrigued by the news that Anne Hathaway will be recording The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.)


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Nicholas Sparks To Pen TV Series About A Fallen Angel

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

I just learned that Nicholas Sparks is going to co-write a new TV series for ABC. Most readers have picked up at least one of his bestselling books — or you’ve watched the movie adaptations of them — and if you’re anything like me, you probably cried buckets after both. But TV writing is a new frontier for this skilled wordsmith. (His novel The Rescue was turned into a drama for CBS, but he didn’t write the adaptation.) This just-announced show will be Sparks’ first time writing for the medium, and I’m hoping that if I only spend 30 minutes (or an hour) with his characters each week, the show won’t have me reaching for the tissues.

The Watchers will follow a fallen angel on the hunt for his mortal love. This premise could be interpreted in many different ways, and I wouldn’t put it past Sparks to write scenes where this heavenly being is disappointed in love. But if there’s one thing Sparks knows how to do well (other than make me sob) it is to create beautiful romances. (I’m thinking of you, The Notebook and The Guardian.) 


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Video Interview: Jackie Collins

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Get a special look at The Goddess of Vengeance the newest novel about Lucky Santangelo, the long-time heroine of iconic author Jackie Collins. Discover how a story in the news inspired Lucky's newest adversary, Armand, what the title of this story means, and find out what all-new genres Lucky will be conquering next. There's all this and more when RT's Morgan Doremus chats with Jackie!

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Around The World: Travelling To Prague With Alyson Richman

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mainstream author Alyson Richman's The Lost Wife explores Jewish culture in Prague during World War II. It was love at first sight for Lenka and Josef, but Nazi invasion sends Josef fleeing to America while Lenka and her family are sent to a concentration camp. Today, the author gives us an insider's look at the city of Prague, the inspiration for her book's Czech backdrop and the difficulties of writing about life in a concentration camp.

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For The Lost Wife, which came first, the story or the setting?


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Debbie Macomber’s Youngest Son Dale Passed Away On August 9

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

It is with profound sadness that we report that bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s youngest son Dale, passed away on August 9. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and her family at this most difficult time. Dale Macomber passed away on August 9. His older brother Ted wrote a poignant obituary for Dale, which you can read here.

The family will have a memorial service for Dale on Tuesday morning in Port Orchard, Washington. Those who wish to express their condolences can make a donation to Special Olympics Washington in lieu of flowers. The family decided that as Dale always cared for those with special needs, this would be a wonderful tribute to his memory. The Special Olympics Washington can be contacted at their website here or via postal mail at 1809 7th Ave Ste 1509, Seattle, WA 98101.

To send Debbie Macomber and her family messages of condolence, you can visit the author’s website to sign her guest book or you can send your thoughts via postal mail to P.O. Box 1458 Port Orchard, WA, 98366.

To share your own memories of Dale, you can visit the memorial Facebook page, “Remembering Dale Macomber” here.


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Introducing Macy: An Insider's Look At The Complex Heroine Of Erin Celello's Miracle Beach

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Macy Armstrong Allen, the heroine of Erin Celello's new mainstream novel, Miracle Beach, has a lot on her plate. She has just lost her husband and discovered that he was hiding several secrets. Today debut author Erin Celello gives us an insider's look at her heroine and the troubles ahead.

Imagine what you might do, and how you might feel, if the one person who had the answers you craved was dead. That’s the situation that Macy, the heroine of my debut novel, Miracle Beach, finds herself in after her husband Nash dies in a sudden accident and she discovers things about Nash in death that he kept from her in life. It’s a complicated position to find oneself in, and the questions raised would be plenty to challenge a person. But Macy’s difficulties don’t end there. She also has a mother-in-law who blames her for Nash’s death, and a father-in-law who is trying to live vicariously through her to get to know his son.

That’s a lot to grapple with.


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Keith Thomas Walker's Finley Sisters On How To Survive Your Ten-Year Class Reunion

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

In this month's mainstream novel The Finley Sisters' Oath of Romance, author Keith Thomas Walker introduces readers to "The Finley Sisters" — three women who were as close as kin during their years at Finley High School but have drifted apart during the past decade. Now, on the eve of their ten-year class reunion, these three friends jump off the page to share their own tips for how to survive this important milestone.


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Pinch Me By Adena Halpern

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

A generations-old curse, a feisty grandmother and a heroine attempting to get back to the reality where she is married to her Prince Charming — there’s all this and more in Adena Halpern’s new novel, Pinch Me.

Morgan: Adena Halpern’s books are the perfect light read. Fun, uplifting, flirty, these are not “message” books. But in between the characters’ ridiculous adventures, a lesson slowly emerges — one that generally revolves around family and more specifically generations of women.

Whitney: And their difficulties in romance.

Morgan: True, although at the beginning of the story, our heroine, Lily, has a great love life! She is dating the most wonderful man. Smart, attentive, charming Gogo (yes, it’s a nickname) is perfect!


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