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Hey, Whiny British Authors... You Want Fries (Ahem, Chips) with That?

Whatever happened to that steely British resolve, that famous Churchillian stiff upper lip? When did the English become as whiny as we Americans? Evidence has arrived in the form of an article in the Guardian, a leading British newspaper,...Show More Summary

Philly Writer George Lippard, a Friend of Edgar Allen Poe

Now that I've finished my book on Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia (the publication date is September 8th), I find my mind drifting back to a few of the most important people in the book. One of them is 19th Century Philadelphia writer George Lippard. Show More Summary

Fan Up: Gene Yang and Sonny Liew have [CENSORED] words for their cartooning hero

The Internet features more than its share of negativity and snark—sometimes you’ve just gotta vent. But there’s plenty of room for love, too. With Fan Up, we ask pop-culture people we admire to tell us about something they really, really like. Show More Summary

The San Diego Comic-Con Experience: Everyone Wants Connection (And Also Cash, Food, and Electricity)

by CarrieS Want to know what it’s like to go to San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)? I spent four days there plus preview night and I am here to tell you all about it. Unfortunately, among other things, SDCC is is exhausting so I’m not sure I can do it justice. Show More Summary

Outlander Panel at San Diego Comic-Con!

by CarrieS STARZ is about to unveil the Outlander TV series. When I first heard this, I was sure it would be horrible. Then I heard that Ronald D. Moore was the creator and I thought, OK, maybe not. He’s the guy who brought us the rebooted...Show More Summary

Books on Sale: Contemporaries with Cowgirls, Weddings, & a Hawaiian Island

by Amanda The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly is $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Send some prayers to the price matching goddess for more e-tailers to get in on the action. This contemporary romance is the first in Connelly's Save the Date series with the second book coming out this September. Show More Summary

“How like a prison is my cubicle…”

In May, poet David Lehman wrote the first line of a sonnet about cubicle anomie and began crowdsourcing the rest. The completed 12-week project at The American Scholar is not merely a pretty great piece on its own, but a lesson in how to write one, line by line: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8/9, 10, 11, 12, […]

Review: The Pirate’s Secret Baby by Darlene Marshall

by CarrieS Grade: B Title: The Pirate's Secret Baby Author: Marshall Publication Info: Amber Quill Press, LLC 2014 ISBN: 978-1-61124-562-2 Genre: Historical: European I seriously doubt that any summer experience can possibly be more delightful than sitting on the beach while reading The Pirate’s Secret Baby. Show More Summary

HaBO: Historical Disco Stick on a Stick (Not Deep Fried I Hope)

by SB Sarah Time for another HaBO, because if it's Tuesday it must be... a few things, actually. This HaBO request is from Mary, who writes: I am looking for a book I read about...8? years ago, when I first started reading romance and was a lot less discerning. I got it at the library so it definitely could have been an older book. Show More Summary

Does a Tweet Make a Difference?

As I moderated #caedchat on June 8, I tipped over the 10K mark for tweets. What?! 10K? Ten years ago I never thought to myself that one day I would have sent out over 10,000 tweets. In fact, 10 years ago I wasn't even a part of social media. Show More Summary

Books on Sale: Rainbow Rowell, A Boxed Set, Hunger Games, and More

by SB Sarah Tempted by His Touch: A Limited Edition Boxed Set of Dukes, Rogues, & Alpha Heroes is a boxed set of ten historical romances from assorted authors, and it's on sale for $1.99. The plots feature familiar tropes remixed, such...Show More Summary

HaBO: Cheating Hero with a Possible Drinking Problem

by SB Sarah Time for Help a Bitch Out, aka HaBO! Someone remembers the details of a book, but not the author or title. And nearly every time, you in your wisdom can identify the book with ease and accuracy. It's amazing. This request is from Shari, who writes: I've been trying to remember the name of a book for several years. Show More Summary

Review: The Orca King II by Darragha Foster

by Elyse Grade: F+ Title: The Orca King II Author: Foster Publication Info: Liquid Silver Books 2008 ISBN: B00408AXVE Genre: Paranormal The things I do for love. And cookies. After I reviewed the orca-shifter, time-travel penis crazysauce...Show More Summary

Books on Sale: Historical Favorites from Kleypas, Heath and More

by SB Sarah RECOMMENDED: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas is $3.99. This is the first book in the Wallflower Quartet, one of Kleypas' most beloved series. If you've never read Kleypas, she is one of the most talented historical writers: her use of language and her characters, heroes in particular, are extraordinary. Show More Summary

The Making of a Susanna Kearsley Cover - Plus Giveaway

by SB Sarah On Saturday, Susanna Kearsley's The Firebird ( A | BN | K | ARe ) won the RITA® for Best Paranormal at the 2014 RWA convention. While I had no idea that was going to happen, I'm a little extra excited, because I'd been working...Show More Summary

Confused by the Comma? Here's Your Guide

The comma is such a little mark, but it can prompt big confusion -- and heated debate -- about its use. There's a lot to cover, so let's jump right in. (Believe me, we will not cover everything about commas here, but we'll give it a shot.) Compound sentences A compound sentence comprises two independent clauses. Show More Summary

Further Joy by John Brandon

Drew Arnold reviews FURTHER JOY by John Brandon today in The Rumpus Books.

A Rabid Book for the Kids

Rabies Landau 1993 Submitter: The late, great Elaine Landau has a number of up-to-date quality titles out there. Perhaps this was one of them in 1993. I was in middle school then, and I wonder what my reaction to the severed skunk head would have been. I wasn’t prepared for it when I was flipping […]

Go on, judge these books by their covers

Book Cover Roundup, Item #1: Each year The Millions publishes a high stakes face-off between the UK and US covers of books featured in The Morning News’ Tournament of Books (2014, 2013, 2012). Now, for Sarah Hemfrey’s research on book covers in the publishing industry, it’s your turn to be the judge. Item #2: if Harry Potter is more your style, that […]

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