INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

CLAUDE ARNAUD
by Rhett Morgan

Even as a teenager, Jean Cocteau tried to calm worries about his future even as he would fly off in new and illogical directions stemming from his interests of the moment. “Never fear,” he wrote to his worried mother, “there is beneath my seeming frivolity something great and profound, which I have wanted to mask.” After that letter ...


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CARLY PHILLIPS
by Poornima Apte

After a successful 15-year career with various New York publishing houses and over 40 contemporary romance novels under her belt, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carly Phillips is now exclusively an indie author who writes to her own expectations and those of her readers. In July, she launched a new series, Billionaire Bad Boys, with the book ...


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2016 KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST: SUSAN FALUDI
by Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews

Susan Faludi’s work has always been au courant. Her 1991 debut, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, tackles gender and feminism and the sexism that emerged in the ’80s in response to feminist advances. In her latest work, In the Darkroom, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes again about a hot-button civil rights issue—transgenderism—and again the politics are personal. In ...


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ON DISTRIBUTION
by Karen Schechner

Once you’ve self-pubbed your book, making it widely available to readers can present an unexpectedly high hurdle. We spoke with Smashwords founder Mark Coker about the value of working with a good distributor and reaching the right e-book retailers. 

What do you think is the best strategy for streamlined distribution?

Mark Coker: I’m obviously a big believer in authors ...


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BLOGS

THE SKIN SHE'S IN
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Into White by Randi Pink

Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
4
Talky Talk: Real Talk
Bonus Factors:
Dean Winchester Award for Cool Older Brotherhood, Keeping Up Appearances, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me
Relationship Status: An Affair to Remember

Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror

This is a cute illustration that probably ...


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BLEEDING BALLS AND SECOND LINES: CRIME LOVERS DESCEND ON NOLA
by J. Kingston Pierce

So this might be the funniest story to come out of Bouchercon 2016, the September 15-18 World Mystery Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As Icelandic crime novelist Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (Someone to Watch Over Me) writes on her Facebook page, she had been scheduled to hold a public meet-and-greet session on Friday afternoon during Bouchercon, along with fellow Reykjavik native ...


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NEW IN OCTOBER 2016
by Leila Roy

I started six different books over the weekend, and ended up giving up on all six of them. All six! Which was so disheartening, as fall is often prime reading time for me—chilly weather, hot tea, and fluffy blankets make for a perfect reading experience, don’t you think? So let’s take a look at six October titles I’ve got my ...


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