It would be hard not to relate to at least one of the characters in this compelling debut novel. Will it be cosmetics executive Katherine, young wife and mother Laney, or the older and wiser Luella? With Liebert’s creative marketing plan, you can now feel like you are part of the book by wearing the nail polish created for these characters.
Wanting to make her novel “stand out in the crowded shelf” Emily came up with the idea of partnering with Zoya to develop nail polish colors named for the three main characters of her novel, each of whom is involved in the cosmetics industry. In addition to Katherine red, there’s emerald green for Laney, her estranged childhood friend. A deep purple represents Luella, an older woman whose will reunites Katherine and Laney.
Join Emily when she talks about writing—and marketing—You Knew Me When at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 10 during a live video Booktalk Nation event hosted by Elm Street Books in New Canaan, CT.
Sign up to save your spot and order a personally inscribed copy of You Knew Me When at booktalknation.com. Nail polish sold separately.
Alice Clayton’s third smart, sexy (smexy if you’re in a hurry), funny “Redhead” novel, The Redhead Plays Her Hand, will be published later this month, just in time for holiday gift giving. But give carefully–Redhead is for readers who’d rather make the naughty list. Even Alice knows her writing isn’t for everybody, as she admitted during an interview for the Bookish Temptations blog when she was asked how friends and family reacted to her getting published.
“Everyone was really excited and proud as I tried on this new hat, although some were a little hesitant to “read,” knowing the content got a bit steamy. My Dad was the best, he said, “I’m buying 10 copies, but I hope you’ll understand when I tell you I won’t be reading them!”
While you’re waiting to get your hands on the latest erotic adventures of Grace Sheridan and her hunky younger man, Jack Sheridan, join Alice for a live online video Booktalk Nation event at 7 PM ET Thursday, Dec. 5, hosted by Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO. Go to booktalknation.com to save your spot for the event and order a personally inscribed copy (or 10 if you’d like) of The Redhead Plays Her Hand. Alice will also sign The Unidentified Redhead, The Redhead Revealed and Wallbanger.
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Readers pleaded; Andrea Cremer answered “yes.” Stunned by the shocker ending of Bloodrose, book three in Andrea’s bestselling Nightshade trilogy, fans clamored for a return to the world of Keepers, Searchers and Guardians.
Her new book, Snakeroot, begins where the Nightshade books left off. As Andrea revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly when Bloodrose was about to be published two years ago, readers weren’t the only ones having trouble saying goodbye to the Nightshade characters.
“It was really a heartbreaking process; not only because I’m so deeply invested in the characters and their journey, but also some of the things that happened are quite difficult throughout the final book. So there was a lot of crying on my part, but it was also very satisfying. I really feel that the story took the direction that I hoped it would, and I hope that readers are as fulfilled as I am by the conclusion.”
Join Andrea when she talks about Snakeroot on the eve of its publication, 7 pm ET, Monday, Dec. 9, during a live video Booktalk Nation event hosted by McNally Jackson in New York City. Sign up to save your spot and order personally inscribed copies of Snakeroot and all three books in the Nightshade trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane and Bloodrose at booktalknation.com.
Bonnie, whose only child was a year old, called Jane and said, “My little boy hates going to bed at night and loves dinosaurs. Can you write something for me?” Jane says in a piece published on IndieBound.org. The next day, Jane faxed her editor a draft of the manuscript that would eventually become How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane recalls Bonnie’s response: “’It’s perfect,’ she said, then proceeded over two years to have me revise it a bunch more times.”
The rest is picture book history. Over more than a dozen years, Jane’s loveable giant reptiles, illustrated by Mark Teague, have taught children how to say “I love you,” “happy birthday,” “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Chanukah,” as well as how to go to school, laugh out loud, play all day and get well soon. Now Jane takes on temper tantrums with How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?
Join the live dial-in conversation when Jane talks with her daughter, author Heidi Stemple, about How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? at 7 pm ET, Wednesday, Dec. 4, during a Booktalk Nation event sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can ask a question live and order personally inscribed copies of How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?, and three of Jane’s other books: Grumbles from the Forest, Curse of the Thirteenth Fey and Owl Moon. Also, Heidi will sign Bad Girls (which she co-wrote with Jane) and Not All Princesses Dress in Pink. Save your spot for the talk and order signed books, which will be delivered to you by Worlds Eye Bookshop in Florence, MA, at booktalknation.com.
“I’m working hard on being a young author. I’m only ten, but I want to be a good author. Any pointers, helpful hints, or WWW sites?” Duke asks on the Guestbook section of Bruce’s website. “P.S. Sorry for not doing the guest book for SOOO long. I also have some ideas for a new Magic Shop book.”
Sara laments, “So, I have always wanted to be a writer. But cause of school, I have no time. What should I do? On weekends, I am busy with homework and writing books take a lot of time. I really don’t like waiting so to wait 10 years until I can have a job is bothersome.”
The less impatient Megan says, “I enjoyed the Unicorn Chronicles. I am reading Always October right now. It is really good. I was wondering if you could write any books about ghosts, mermaids, vampires, or witches. P.S. When I grow up I want to be a writer like you!”
Stephen, who has grown up, writes, “I just wanted to say that I absolutely love The Unicorn Chronicles series. Being an adult man, I love when people give me weird looks or ask why I am reading a book about unicorns…You have provided the motivation to get me to finally sit down and write my first book; any words of advice for a young author? I’m 30,000 words in, and when I feel like I’ve lost the drive, I just pick up one of your books, and it provides all the inspiration I need to create my own world of magic. Thank you again!”
You can see Bruce’s replies to these and all the messages he receives on his website. And you can join him live online at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT, Thursday, Nov. 21 when he talks about, Amber Brown is on the Move the latest book in Coville’s revival of his best friend Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown character (written with Elizabeth Levy), during a Booktalk Nation event hosted by Creekside Books & Coffee in Skaneateles, NY.
Sign up to watch and ask questions live through Google Hangout by going to booktalknation.com. While you’re there, you can order a personally inscribed copy of Amber Brown is on the Move, as well as Bruce’s books Always October, Amber Brown is Tickled Pink and The Last Hunt.
In Kristina McMorris’s The Pieces We Keep, two seemingly unrelated stories—in present day Portland OR, a widow tries to solve the mystery behind her seven-year-old son’s night terrors and increasingly strange behavior; In 1939 London, young lovers set to leave for America end up separated by war—unfold in alternating chapters until eventually intersecting.
In Morning Glory, Sarah Jio toggles between 2008, when a woman flees her shattered East Coast life and moves to a houseboat in Seattle, and a half century earlier, when a newlywed living on the same boat goes missing under circumstances the neighbors keep hidden for decades.
Kristina and Sarah will talk about building interwoven timelines into their fiction during a live video Booktalk Nation event at 6 pm ET/ 3pm PT, Wednesday, Nov. 20. You can watch and ask a question live through Google Hangout, and order copies of personally inscribed books through the host bookstores. Sarah will sign Morning Glory and her novels, The Bungalow and The Violets of March, to be delivered by Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA. Kristina will sign The Pieces We Keep, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves and Letters from Home, to be delivered by Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland, OR.
Save your spot for the event and order books at booktalknation.com.
“This is the story of an aging and troubled man yearning for love and knowing it will never come, a troubled artist who had given up her art and lost her voice, and a courageous, fiercely loyal wild dog abandoned by a bad man and left to fend for herself in the Adirondack wilderness,” Jon says in his memoir of falling at the age of 61 for a gentle woman whose constant companion is an over-protective Rottweiler-shepherd mix that doesn’t like men.
Jon, whose 25 books include many that celebrate the dogs in his life, may be the last man you’d expect to have trouble winning over a canine. But, as Jon writes, this story is full of the unexpected.
“And what in the world could possibly bind these three completely disparate and seemingly so utterly different beings? The thing that makes any good fairy tale work: We were looking for love. We were looking to be saved from an empty life. We were seeking that rarest of miracles, a second chance.”
Join Jon when he discusses The Second Chance Dog: A Love Story at 7 PM ET Tuesday, Nov. 19 during a live video Booktalk Nation event sponsored by Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY. You can watch the conversation and ask a question live via Google Hangout.
Sign up and order a personally inscribed copy of Jon’s new memoir, as well as two previous titles, Dancing Dogs: Stories and Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, at booktalknation.com.
Scandalous! And Sarah MacLean won’t stand for it.
Last month the New York Times Book Review published a “Sex Issue,” including a piece in which 15 authors were asked to weigh in on writing “the naughty bits.” Not one of those writers was a romance novelist.
So in a move worthy of the feisty heroines in her Rules of Scoundrels historical romance series, Sarah fired off a letter to the editor (that’s right, not a tweet, a letter) protesting the snub, noting that “writing about sex is a large part of what we do. And our readers — all 75 million of them — expect us to do it well.”
Sarah also volunteered answers to two of the questions in the Times piece: “Why is writing about sex so difficult?” and “What makes a good sex scene?”
While the Times quoted some fine writers, none answered the questions as succinctly as she. Sarah also made reading about sex sound a lot, well, sexier. Judge for yourself, http://macleanspace.com/.
Hear what else Sarah has to say about sex and other topics, including her next Scoundrels novel, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, at 5 PM ET Thursday, Nov. 14 during a live video Booktalk Nation event sponsored by WORD Books in Brooklyn, NY. You can watch the conversation and ask a question live through Google Hangout.
Sign up and pre-order a personally inscribed copy of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, which will be shipped to you when the book goes on sale Nov. 22, at booktalknation.com.
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver based the title character of their first bestselling series, Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Underachiever, closely on Henry, who suffered as a child from an undiagnosed learning disability that caused many of his teachers to write him off.
For their second series, Ghost Buddy, they found inspiration in Henry’s uber cool Happy Days alter ego. Talking to the Today Show’s Matt Lauer about the series, Henry channeled the voice of the ghost known as “the Hoove.”
Henry: “The ghost is irresponsible and funny. He says, ‘You can call me a ghost. I like that. Phantom is okay. I think it’s rude when you call me a banshee.’”
Matt: “I just got nostalgic for a second. What did I hear in that?”
Henry: “You may have heard a little bit of a character I used to do. For two months I walked around Lin ’s office and spoke like Arthur [Fonzarelli].”
Matt: “The ghost is based on The Fonz?”
Henry: “He’s in me. He came out.”
Join the live video discussion when Lin and Henry talk with Lin’s about their latest book, Ghost Buddy 4: Always Dance with a Hairy Buffalo, at 3 PM ET, Noon PT on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Theo Baker (Sound Bender, Shadow Mask) will moderate. You can ask a question live on Google Hangout and order personally inscribed copies of Ghost Buddy 4: Always Dance with a Hairy Buffalo, Ghost Buddy 2: Mind if I Read Your Mind? and two books from the Hank Zipzer series.
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This panel discussion is sponsored by The Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, with book orders being fulfilled by Once Upon a Time bookstore in Montrose, CA.
That’s the question at the heart of James Dashner’s new Mortality Doctrine YA series, which debuts this fall with The Eye of Minds. Inspired by movies including the Matrix and Inception, James imagines a near future in which gamers spend most of their time in the VirtNet, an addictively immersive— and increasingly dangerous— virtual world. “The technology’s taken a huge leap in just the last 15 years,” Dashner said during a recent interview with sci-fi website io9. “It just seems less like fantasy, and more like, ‘When is this going to happen? When is virtual reality going to be so realistic?’”
Join James live online at 6 PM ET, Wednesday, Nov. 13 when he talks about the new series, where he sees virtual reality heading, and what he thinks about Fox’s decision to delay releasing the movie adaptation of his bestselling Maze Runner trilogy during a Booktalk Nation event hosted by Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY. You can ask your own question through Google Hangout and order personally inscribed copies of The Eye of Minds and all three books in the Maze Runner series.
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