The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.
Most surprising of all is when we get a glimpse of a never-before-seen manuscript from a beloved author, long gone. A book from the acclaimed Margaret Wise Brown ...
Another year of reading begins! What better way to start it off than with books that will stretch your imagination? This month's selection of the best science fiction and fantasy reads offers sword and sorcery, eldritch horrors, a richly-imagined forest world, deals with the Devil in the Old West, espionage across parallel worlds, and a 25th Century whodunit in space.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In the snowy Russian ...
Rennie Airth is currently five books into his trilogy of historical mysteries. Yes, you read that correctly. This South Africa-born journalist turned fictionist set out, in the late 1990s, to pen just three novels about early 20th-century Scotland Yard inspector John Madden, his family, and his police colleagues. But as the now 81-year-old Airth explains, “I found I had more to say about the Maddens and the people around them. They had come to fascinate me and I wanted to ...
BOOK REPORT for Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Big Top, Big SkirtBFF Charm:
Cheap Thrill Seekers, Vendors and the DealersBonus Factors:
Traveling Carnival, Mysterious Loner Dude, DiversityRelationship Status:
Lurking in the Shadows
Cover Story: Big Top, Big Skirt
Aside from the literal “under her skirt” commentary this cover elicits, I like it—the mysterious tattooed girl, a full moon, a carnival, and a lone wolf are all elements that ...
PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.
Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:
Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson
After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for allegedly killing a 3-month-old. Devastating and difficult topics—race and reproductive rights within the prison-industrial complex—but, according to the Kirkus review ...
Readers and academics in Southeast Asia are not familiar with Kirkus Reviews. No one in Singapore’s literary community has heard of Kirkus Reviews. Readers here are more familiar with reviews published in London. When my publisher proposed sending my novel, The River’s Song, to Kirkus Reviews, I was skeptical but decided to keep an open mind. Secretly, however, I felt that the American reader/critic was not ready to accept a novel set in Singapore written by a Singapore author ...
As I prepare for another year to roll in, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and new discoveries from 2016.
Some of you may know this has been a bit of a tumultuous year for me, but I was blessed to travel to a number of conferences, including RT, RWA, Chicago North’s Spring Fling, and two international romance reader celebrations—Berlin’s LoveLetter Conference and the first ever Paris Romance Novel Festival.
2016 was the year I ...
Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just next week, as we’re kicking off 2017.
Lucky Lazlo, written and illustrated by Steve Light, was released this week. It’s ...