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The Authors’ Billboard – Taylor Lee: The Case For BODICE RIPPER Sex Ed

NEWS FLASH! We romance writers have been vindicated. According to none other than the Gray Lady herself, the New York Times: “Romance Novels Are The Best Sex-Ed”

Seriously, this is news. The January 21, Sunday New York Times featured a sensational article by contributing opinion writer Jennifer Weiner titled: “We Need Bodice-Ripping Sex Ed.” In a clever, insightful article Weiner claims that she got a smidgen of information about sex from her well-meaning parents. Another sliver came from junior high sex ed classes that named body parts and detailed all the bad things that can happen to you if you have sex. (Think hideous diseases and of course, the ultimate curse, pregnancy.) Fortunately for Weiner, like a lot of us, she was a reader. And what did she read? Yep, you guessed it: Romance novels.

Weiner throws a bone to the likely readers of the NYT when she concedes: “The literary establishment doesn’t have much love for women’s fiction, whether it’s romance, erotica or popular novels about love and marriage.” She adds, “Romance novels come in for an extra helping of scorn. Critics sneer that they’re all heaving bosoms and throbbing manhoods, unrealistic, poorly written and politically incorrect.”

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Caffeinated Reviewer | Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully – he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plane of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

My Iron Druid Chronicles addiction continues with Hammered written by Kevin Hearne and narrated by Luke Daniels. Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plane of Asgard to face down the hammer-wielding god Thor but first Atticus must steal a golden apple. Darker than its predecessors Hammered shared insight into key characters, epic battles, and death. Hearne once again left me eager for more.

Caffeinated Reviewer | Hammered by Kevin Hearne

By L. A. Kelley: What’s in a Name?

One of the pleasures of writing is the ability to draft a new world from scratch. You not only have god-like power to create characters, but baptize them as well. However, as every potential parent will tell you, choosing a name for their little darling isn’t as easy as it seems. Often names have cultural, religious, or ethnic significance. Many ancient societies had religious or magical naming rites. Modern Catholicism has Confirmation. A child selects a saint’s name in the belief the saint will guide moral choices. Names can also have a particular order depending on cultural conventions. In China, the surname or xing is first and usually, but not always, monosyllabic. The personal name or ming follows and is nearly always one syllable. Spanish naming custom draw from both sides of a child’s family. The given name is followed by two surnames; the first is from the father and the last from the mother.

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New Bestsellers | Book Pulse

Fiction

City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central: Hachette)
Debuts at #2 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Del Rey: Random)
Debuts at #3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Munich by Robert Harris (Knopf)
Debuts at #11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #45 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

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Bryan Murphy, Author

Bryan Murphy is a man of Kent, though he comes from a long line of Irish peasants. He has worked as a fruit-picker, kitchen hand, road-sweeper, bar-tender, wages clerk, teacher of English as a foreign language, translator and copy-editor. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system, and now concentrates on his own words, as a writer and an actor. He divides his time among England, Italy, the wider world and cyberspace.

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Book Pulse January 25, 2018

Horror Writer Jack Ketchum Dies
By Neal Wyatt on January 25, 2018
Horror author Jack Ketchum has died, Grist Mill Road builds holds, and Meryl Streep is set to star in the second season of Big Little Lies.
 
 
 
 
Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin
By Neal Wyatt on January 24, 2018
Appreciations for the late Ursula K. Le Guin are pouring in, the Oscars make literary news, and My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout is being adapted into a play.
 
 
 
 
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Michael Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night (Coming October 2018)

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new thriller from author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

Dark Sacred Night will be released on October 29, 2018 in Australia and New Zealand, and on October 30 in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Ireland. Cover art, an excerpt, and more will be posted soon.

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Grant Faulkner: Fortify Your New Year’s Resolutions

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and he wanted to pop in to talk about those New Year’s Resolutions you might have — especially the ones that might be waning at this point in the new year.

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Grant Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing Month and co-founder of 100 Word Story. He recently published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, where portions of this essay originally appeared.

How Harry Potter Changed the World

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That means we’ve all spent the last two decades going to midnight release parties, rereading the series multiple times, and arguing about Snape. It’s a milestone fans are invited to participating B&N stores to celebrate Saturday, February 3, at 6 p.m., with Potter cosplay, games, trivia, and more. (Please contact your local store for event details.)

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10 More Picture Books That Feel Like a Hug

With Turkey Trot and Gingerbread Latte Season come and gone, even the most optimistic among us can turn a bit, well, gloomy. Indeed, all we have now are sub-zero temps, gray slush stacked on the curb, and black ice. If you’re curing your cabin fever by halfheartedly hanging St. Patrick’s Day decorations six weeks early, then we have a healthier suggestion: a HUG! In the form of a STORY! You know as well as we do that storytime goes as well with a snuggle as it does with hot chocolate, so we’ve rounded up 10 more of our favorite tales (after these) that give us more warm and fuzzies every time we read. So go ahead, dust off your lilting read-aloud voice and start spreading the love at your next storytime.

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