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Kiss & Tell: Two New Historical Romances Face Off

Shop this article on Amazon The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman Like many romance readers, I devour books.

Graphic Novel Friday: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Shop this article on Amazon The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes by Kurt Busiek and George Perez The Avengers: Age of Ultron thunders into theaters today!

From the Desk of Charlaine Harris: How a Childhood Tradition Sparked Her New Series

Shop this article on Amazon Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris Day Shift by Charlaine Harris From the desk of Charlaine Harris: When I turned in the last Sookie Stackhouse novel [to my publisher] in 2012, I found myself both very excited and at a complete loss.

From IndieReader: The List Where Indies Count

Shop this article on Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds This article was originally published by IndieReader.

Best in Mysteries: The 2015 Edgar Award Winners

Shop this article on Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King Sara Nelson was on hand at the Edgar Awards last night and calls out the highlights of the ceremony: Please forgive the irresistible clichés: Attendance at last night’s Edgar Awards was pretty much a roundup of the usual suspects: Stephen King, James Ellroy, Karin Slaughter, and the publishers and agents who’ve helped them become who they are, and all were all dressed to kill at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom in New York.

Sara Says: Their Parents Might have Messed Them Up But We Loved Them Anyway

Shop this article on Dangerous When Wet by Jamie Brickhouse As the great man said, all unhappy families are not exactly alike – but neither are the thousands of books written about such families created equal  (The same holds true for stories about families that aren’t exactly unhappy, but just, as they say, “have issues.”) As writing teachers tell aspiring memoirists every day, it’s not the life that counts, it’s how you recount the life.

"How I Flew to the Hawk to Escape a Searing Grief."--Helen Macdonald on "H Is for Hawk"

Shop this article on H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Boasting one of the best book jackets we've seen this year, Helen Macdonald's much lauded memoir, H Is for Hawk, describes the unusual way she grieved the loss of her father.

5 'Hidden' Truths about Women’s Critical Roles in the War in Afghanistan by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Shop this article on Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Last week, Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon was published, and the reception has been positive and immediate.

Oh, Baby!

Shop this article on Amazon Underwater Babies by Seth Casteel Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel If you thought Seth Casteel's Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies were cute (and they are!

They Had It Coming: Social Media and the Age of Shame

Shop this article on So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson Author Jon Ronson knows a thing or two about public shaming.

Take Two Now and Call the Drug Dealer in the Morning

Shop this article on Amazon Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones The rumblings about the dangers of the prescription painkiller OxyContin are getting louder every day, and for good reason.   More and more often the end of prescribed refills leaves patients with an addiction to the opiate that is being filled by heroin dealers--dealers who have turned the demand into a business that author Sam Quinones compares to the efficiency of pizza delivery.

Kiss & Tell: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My: Why We Love Shape-Shifter Romances

Shop this article on The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston   The third time I heard a romance reader utter the phrase “billionaire bears,” followed by a giggle, I realized that shape-shifter romance had taken off in such a big way that “werebears” wasn’t a good enough category anymore—we now needed a further subdivision into “billionaire bears.” What was going on?

2015 James Beard Book Award Winners

Last night the winners of the 2015 James Beard book awards were announced at a gala celebration in Chicago.

Family Secrets: The Story Behind "Orhan's Inheritance"

Shop this article on Amazon Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian Our debut spotlight pick for April, Orhan's Inheritance is a beautiful and moving account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice.

Sara Says...Check Out This Kindle Single

Shop this article on Amazon The Secrets of Carriage H by Andrew Rosenheim You know how, sometimes, when there’s a big public event – usually a disaster, but not always – say, an accident, some happening around a celebrity or maybe a royal wedding – you’re riveted to the news wherever you can find it?

From IndieReader: "Growing Up the Son of a 'Mad Man'" by Chris Pfaff

Shop this article on Mad Men: the Illustrated World by Dyna Moe This article was originally published by IndieReader.

Eisner Awards Nominate the Best in Comics and Graphic Novels

Shop this article on Saga by Brian Vaughan Dig into the very best of comics and graphic novels with the nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which highlight the finest works for a wide range of readers.

YA Wednesday: 5 Things to Do Before You Die

Shop this article on Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin Denton Little's Deathdate is a funny YA novel (a best of April pick, in fact) about a high school senior who is about to die.

Would You Like Some Cow in That Lipstick?

Shop this article on Amazon Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment by Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes One thing is certain: We like our beef.

A Guest Review of Nicole Haroutunian's "Speed Dreaming"

Shop this article on Amazon Speed Dreaming by Nicole Haroutunian Julia Fierro's Cutting Teeth was one of the most anticipated novels of 2014.