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Monday, June 29, 2015


If Jane Austen met Charlotte Bronte and they drank too much port, the Poldark Saga would be their literary love child.


Captain Ross Poldark rides again in the new Sourcebooks Landmark tie-in editions of Ross Poldark and Demelza, the first two novels in the acclaimed Poldark Saga by Winston Graham, adapted into the inaugural season of the new Masterpiece Classic PBS’s series Poldark, airing June 21 – August 2 on PBS.

In celebration, July 6th through August 3rd, The Ross Poldark Blog Tour will visit thirty popular book blogs specializing in historical, romance and Austenesque fiction. Featuring spotlights, previews, excerpts and book reviews of these two acclaimed historical fiction novels, the tour will also offer readers a chance at a fabulous giveaway contest including copies of the books and a stunning Anglophile-themed prize package.

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July 06           My Jane Austen Book Club

July 07           Booktalk & More                                  

July 08           Reading, Writing, Working, Playing 

July 09           vvb32 Reads 

July 10           The Paige Turner                                

July 10           My Kids Led Me Back To P & P                               

July 11           Austenprose                                   

July 12           Laura's Reviews                                                    

July 13           Peeking Between the Pages                      

July 13           Reflections of a Book Addict                                            

July 14           Living Read Girl                      

July 15           Confessions of a Book Addict

July 16           vvb32 Reads               

July 17           Paige Turner                       

July 18           Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books                       

July 19           Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide                      

July 20           Laura's Reviews                               

July 20           The Calico Critic                                        

July 21           So Little Time…So Much to Read 

July 21           Poof Books                                 

July 22           Babblings of a Bookworm

July 23           Austenprose                                   

July 24           Peeking Between the Pages

July 25           My Love for Jane Austen 

July 25           Living Read Girl

July 26           Delighted Reader 

July 27           My Jane Austen Book Club

July 27           Austenesque Reviews

July 27           Laura's Reviews

July 28           She Is Too Fond Of Books

July 29           English Historical Fiction Authors                

July 30           vvb32 Reads

July 30           Babblings of a Bookworm

July 31           CozyNookBks                                     

Aug 01           The Calico Critic 

Aug 01           More Agreeably Engaged 

Aug 02           Scuffed Slippers Wormy Books

Aug 03           Romantic Historical Reviews 

Aug 03           Psychotic State Book Reviews    

 Copies of Ross Poldark and Demelza are available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iTunes and Books-A-Million.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

9781492616511-sTravis Jonker, who covers children’s literature on his 100 Scope Notes blog for School Library Journal, exclusively revealed the book trailer for Max the Brave by Ed Vere.

“Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: debuting a book trailer. My favorite part is that the trailer is for a book I love: Max the Brave by Ed Vere.” WATCH THE TRAILER.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

9781492622505-sBooklist has given Emma Shevah’s Dream On, Amber a STARRED REVIEW!

“Shevah’s debut novel is a charmer, and not only supplies some much-needed diversity to the middle-grade fiction scene, but also addresses the emotional impact of living in a single-parent home. Amber’s amusing self-awareness, imagination, and drawings keep the tone light, and her true-to-life tween concerns (e.g., existing in an Instagram and WhatsApp dead zone, hating Justin Bieber) will resonate with many. While its humor and illustrations lend it Wimpy Kid appeal, its emotional depth makes it stand out from the pack. Molto bene!”

 Dream on, Amber is Emma Shevah’s debut novel. This review will appear in the July issue of Booklist.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

9781492609384-sKirkus has given The Dogs by Allan Stratton a STARRED review for their July 2015 issue.

Stratton masterfully constructs a creepy gothic setting…A monstrous, stalking father, unhinging nightmares, a ghostly boy, wild dogs, and a moldy basement add creepy deliciousness to a murder mystery and tale of a boy who, in trying to solve a mystery, may just discover what a loving family might be. An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story.”

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


Reading Group Choices reading group members recently voted on their favorite reading group books from 2014 and The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure is their #10 pick! The Paris Architect joins an impressive lineup of books on the list (see below). 

1. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
3. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
4. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
7. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (tie)
8. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (tie)
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
10. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Belfoure's next book, House of Thieves, comes out in September 2015. The Sourcebooks Landmark imprint began to focus on publishing book club fiction during the Spring of 2013. A complete list of book club books is here, along with discussion guides and other materials.


Monday, June 08, 2015

9781492613329-sThe Naked Roommate 6th edition by Harlan Cohen is #5 on the New York Times Education Bestseller list for June!

The Naked Roommate is also #15 on New England Independent Booksellers Association bestseller list, #8 on the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association bestseller list and #4 on the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller list. This is the second time The Naked Roommate has made The New York Times bestsellers list – the 4th edition was #15 on the Paperback Advice list in 2011.


Monday, June 01, 2015

9781492617891-sHouse of Thieves, the upcoming novel by Charles Belfoure, received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!

"Belfoure’s sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives. The architectural knowledge imparted will appeal even to those who are unable to differentiate between Queen Anne and Ikea. Best of all, Belfoure holds together each and every thread of the novel, resulting in a most memorable, evocative read." Read the full review.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

9781492605300-s9781492602026-sCongratulations to Grace Burrowes and Susanna Kearsley!

The Duke's Disaster debuted at #70 on the USA Today bestsellers list, while A Desperate Fortune debuted at #78.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

9781402288791-sCongratulations to Janice MacLeod! Her memoir, Paris Letters (Feb. 2014), is #7 on the New York Times Monthly Travel Bestsellers list for February! View the list.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Contragulations to Patty Blount whose Some Boys won the 2015 Firecracker Award in the Young Adult category! The award winners were announced last night at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.Some Boys by Patty Blount

PattyBlount FirecrackerAwardWinnerPresented by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), "the Firecrackers seek to celebrate and promote great literary works from independent literary publishers and self-published authors. We're looking for language that smolders, crackles or explodes on the page. We're looking for voices we've never heard and will never forget. The Firecrackers will spotlight books that make a permanent contribution to our literary culture and introduce them to readers far and wide," states the CLMP website.

Judges for the awards were made up of independent bookstore owners and staff, authors, agents, publishers, and more. Judges for the YA category specifically were Katie Coyle (author), Sarah LaPolla (agent), and Jordan Nielsen (YA/Children’s Buyer at powerHouse Arena). 

Patty and her editor, Aubrey Poole, attended the awards ceremony and Patty was thrilled to be named the winner, to say the least!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


9781492616221-sPublishers Weekly has given Samantha Chase’s upcoming contemporary romance MADE FOR US a STARRED review!

“Readers weary of shoehorned-in suspense plots will find this novel gratifying and realistic; it’s an uncluttered, perfectly paced look at two individuals trying to move forward after tragedy.”

Read the full review.


Thursday, May 21, 2015


At Sourcebooks, Diversification Drives Gains

Digital initiatives, broader product line boosts the Chicagoland publisher

By Claire Kirch |

May 01, 2015

Sourcebooks continues to move forward at a rapid pace, with company executives reporting a 20% sales gain in 2014 over 2013. Much of that growth is due to the Chicago-area company’s aggressive move into the digital market with its Put Me in the Story platform, which enables customers to customize books in both print and digital formats. PMITS sales in 2014 were 10 times higher than the previous year’s sales, and its two e-commerce sites, PMITS and Simple Truths, accounted for 18% of the company’s total revenue last year, up from 7% in 2013. PMITS was launched in 2012, followed by Simple Truths less than a year later.

“Put Me in the Story really opened the door for this,” Sourcebooks’ founder and CEO Dominique Raccah said. “Personalized books have been an extraordinary experience.” The company’s partnership with Sesame Workshop, which began in 2013, is yielding high returns with a new line of licensed books, she noted. Sourcebooks is producing PMITS books with seasonal themes and others with Sesame Street characters; both are also available in hardcover. The text, which consists of twists on classic poems, is written in-house during staff brainstorming sessions. For instance, in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Sesame Street, the Cookie Monster eats the cookies set out for Santa Claus. It has sold more than 6,000 print copies.

“We’re excited about developing other ways for people to interact with great characters,” Raccah said, noting that the company continues to pursue licensing opportunities with other companies. Just recently it signed a licensing deal with Peanuts, which Raccah promises will be a major addition.

Sourcebooks’ e-commerce sites have been so successful that the company is revamping its two sites to better accommodate customers. “We grew so much last year, we actually have to change our infrastructure,” Raccah said. “A thousand people using your cart is different from 10,000, and 10,000 is different from 100,000.” While declining to identify the company, Raccah noted that one partner informed Sourcebooks that PMITS was its top retail outlet, accounting for 40% of its sales.

Children’s books, a highly competitive market that Sourcebooks entered in 2006 with the launch of its Jabberwocky imprint, is also driving sales, with Jabberwocky books for children and the six-year-old Fire imprint for YA readers representing 30% of the company’s revenue in 2014. Juvenile/YA was up 23% overall in 2014 over 2013, and the category is up 71% to date in 2015, Raccah said. One children’s author and illustrator, Marianne Richmond, who joined Sourcebooks five years ago, has sold two million books. This fall, Sourcebooks is releasing Richmond’s first holiday book: You Are My Merry.

On the YA side, a partnership with Wattpad on two YA novels has also done well. One of the two, Natasha Preston’s The Cellar, has sold more than 90,000 copies since its publication in 2014, with 42,000 copies of that figure selling in the past six months.

For more of this article, visit: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/66509-at-sourcebooks-diversification-drives-gains.html

Monday, May 18, 2015


VOYA Magazine has reviewed five Sourcebooks Fire titles for its upcoming issue. It is worth nothing that The Six by Mark Alpert received a 5Q 5P review which is the best possible review that VOYA Magazine gives and designates it as a VOYA Best Book.

9781492615293-sAlpert, Mark. The Six. Sourcebooks, 2015. 368p. $16.99. 978-1-4926-1529-3.

"Alpert’s innovative science fiction novel explores questions such as what makes people “human,” when life ends, and what people owe each other.  Alpert pays Crichton-esque attention to the power of technology in human existence, but he does not demonize the A.I. Sigma, which perceives betrayal because its scientist creator, Tom Armstrong, considers his son Adam’s life more important than Sigma’s existence. Sigma seeks to learn from humanity while in the process of destroying it. Adam develops friendships even after his consciousness exists only as circuitry within metal. Philosophical issues about the nature of existence arise in the course of vividly described action that will keep the attention of readers who enjoy science fiction or dystopias. Do not just read The Six; make your friends read it too."

9781492616542-sJayne, Hannah. The Escape. Sourcebooks, 2015. 256p. $9.99 Trade pb. 978-1-4926-1654-2.

"This well-paced thriller’s contemporary setting and quirky characters make for a quick and entertaining read. The author’s knowledge concerning traumatic memory loss and schizophrenia helps create an authentic and compelling story. The story’s ending is anticlimactic, however, with the main character’s father explaining what happened and how the resolution is in everyone’s best interest. Students who enjoyed R. L. Stine’s scary stories in elementary school and are fans of Caroline B. Cooney’s thrillers should find this book appealing."

9781402291500-sStone, Juliana. Some Kind of Normal. Sourcebooks, 2015. 320p. $16.99. 978-1-4022-9150-0.

"The relationship between Trevor and Ever grows slowly, and although there are moments of real romantic heat, the action is minimal and the pace tepid. There is little sense of place (the novel takes place in Twin Oaks, Louisiana) but the denouement following Pastor Jenkins’s coming out has real emotional grit. Humor in the exchanges between Ever and her best friend, Hailey, lightens an otherwise lengthy build-up to a love that is foregone from the start. Still, the moment Trevor takes to the stage and sings to Ever is one that romance readers will appreciate."

9781492619031-sDoktorski, Jennifer Salvato. The Summer After You + Me. Sourcebooks, 2015. 304p. $9.99 Trade pb. 978-1-4926-1903-1.

"This book is much more than a beach-read or summer romance; Doktorski has created a multi-dimensional character in Lucy, and placed her in a fully developed novel. Some readers may only notice that Lucy is torn between her romance with Collin and her life-long friendship with Collin, but more mature readers will see she is grounded in her family and in plans for her future. Each chapter opens with a factual quote from her junior thesis, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?: The Dating and Mating Habits of North American Sea Life.” Plus, she is an active volunteer for Reclaim Our Waters, harvesting and caring for clams until they mature and can be placed back in the water. Lucy is focused on her future—it is just her present that she is having trouble managing."

9781402284823-s Kenneally, Miranda. Jesse’s Girl. Sourcebooks, 2015. 304p. $16.99. 978-1-4022-8482-3.

"Known for her female-empowering sports books, Kenneally branches out with this book while keeping all the elements readers have come to love about her books: friendship, family life, romance, strong female characters, and a glimpse at past characters. Maya dreams big, and while tentative at first, she stands strong and goes after her moment. While at first Jesse’s behavior is inexcusable, as the novel unfolds, it is clear that fame has cost him dearly. Both at a crossroads, they ultimately help each other discover the next step. Jesse’s Girl is the perfect summer novel hitting all the right notes."


Thursday, May 07, 2015

9781492612568-s"It's been hard for Stella to concentrate on her life since her sister Cara was diagnosed with leukemia. Cara is gaga for the Heartbreakers, a hot four-boy band, but Stella thinks they are all fluff and no talent. Nonetheless, to surprise Cara for her birthday, Stella and their brother Drew (they're triplets) decide to drive overnight to attend the band's autograph signing. Upon arriving, bleary-eyed Stella hits a Starbucks, where a cute and sweetly flirty, blue-eyed boy strikes up a conversation. When Stella struggles to find money to pay, he plunks down $20 and leaves. Stella and Drew wait hours in line for Cara's autographs, but the band packs up right before they reach them—but not before Stella realizes that lead singer Oliver Perry is the boy from the coffee shop. One hotheaded encounter later, a relationship is born. Stella becomes conflicted about her feelings for Oliver; how can she justify thinking about him while her sister suffers? Novak creates a titillating tension between her leads; one moment, they're simpatico, the next, they're one cog tooth off. The predictable but pleasant romance offers touching moments as well as band high jinks featuring Jell-O and Silly String. Fans of boy bands will be on this like tattoos on Harry Styles' chest."

Monday, May 04, 2015


9781492608905-sHell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker has received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly! This novel launches the bestselling author’s new Deep Six series.

“Walker blends the tender romance of a reassuring touch with lusty sex scenes, and her dialogue is spot-on. Readers will be panting for the next in the series.” Read the full review.


Monday, May 04, 2015


9781492602477-sMary Wine’s A Sword for His Lady has received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!

“Wine’s signature flirtatious banter fans the flames between the combative Isabel and Ramon, heightening their passion for each other. Kidnapping, poisoning, and a wicked courtesan all play parts in this spirited historical, helmed by a delightfully capable heroine” Read the full review.


Friday, May 01, 2015


9781402281747-sKirkus has given The Secret Mission of William Tuck by Eric Pierpoint a STARRED review!

“The familiar events and historical figures surrounding the birth of the United States are made personal in this riveting story of one boy's unparalleled courage…Richly detailed and exhilarating.”


Monday, April 27, 2015


9781492621027-sKirkus has just given Grace Burrowes upcoming historical romance TREMAINE’S TRUE LOVE a STARRED REVIEW!


"A gently bred spinster scandalizes her family by providing medical care to the poor people in the local village, and even falling in love with a handsome businessman can't dissuade her from her mission. Lady Nita Haddonfield learned basic midwifery and first aid from her late mother but has taken her medical knowledge to the next level with years of experience and rigorous study. She spends her evenings reading medical tracts in Latin and German and subscribes to forward-thinking techniques like washing surgical tools between patients. But Nita's siblings, especially her older brother, the Earl of Bellefonte, worry about Nita exposing herself—and them—to contagion or wearing herself out laboring to help others. Then Tremaine St. Michael, a Scottish and French businessman who doesn't use his title of comte, visits the family in order to buy a herd of rare sheep from the earl. He's captivated by Nita's intelligence and selflessness. But he too thinks she's foolish to risk her own health caring for the poor. He hopes marriage to him will occupy her so she won't be tempted to hare off in the middle of the night delivering babies. But he underestimates Nita's dedication and must find a way to accept her desire to protect her native village and its inhabitants from the incompetent local physician. The second installment of Burrowes' (The Duke's Disaster, 2015, etc.) new True Gentlemen series is a tightly woven story that deals with many of the world's timeless moral issues—poverty, domestic violence, professional recognition for women, and animal rights. The characters are complicated and compelling and experience enough personal growth during the course of the novel to keep the reader enthralled. Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed."



Tuesday, April 14, 2015


9781492607861-sShelf Awareness featured a STARRED review of Annabel Smith’s WHISKEY & CHARLIE. 

Whiskey & Charlie tickles readers' funny bones with the rebellious childhood antics of Whiskey and the innocent ignorance of Charlie. Smith then steals their hearts with the raw, intimate pain Charlie endures as he awakens from his emotional unconsciousness. Keep the tissues close for Whiskey & Charlie; beautifully written and delivered with a compassionate genuineness, this is a book that touches the soul.”

WHISKEY& CHARLIE also tops the lists at #1 on BookRiot’s 60+ of Your Favorite Books About Siblings.


Monday, April 13, 2015


9781402278006-sThe Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler has been reviewed by Girls’ Life.com’s Book Club.

The reviewer called it “A book about finding happiness, honesty and being true to yourself, The Truth About Us promises to be a must-read for any YA romance fan.”

Read the full review.


Friday, April 10, 2015


9781402280917-sCockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith is #9 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for April!

After debuting on this list at #7 in September, Cockpit Confidential has remained on the monthly list with the exception of January (#13 in March, #12 in February, #12 in December, #7 in November, #12 in October, #7 in September).

Patrick Smith also published an op-ed in today’s New York Times – “Why Pilots Still Matter


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