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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


Thursday, April 09, 2015


9781492615293-sBooklist has given Mark Alpert’s The Six a STARRED review!

“The Six are introduced as terminally-ill teens, but there’s plenty of high-speed action in which they engage. Their physical disabilities and limitations through disease are forgotten as the teens’ hearts, minds, and personalities shine through, even though their bodies are now steel data containers… questions of principle, power, and possibility keep this look at our modern, hardwired existence fresh and fascinating.”


Tuesday, April 07, 2015


9781492605300-sGrace Burrowes’ new historical romance THE DUKE’S DISASTER – the title has just received a STARRED review from Library Journal!

The reviewer said, “Issues of trust and understanding are front and center in this exquisitely crafted, intensely memorable romance that is another winner for the exceptional Burrowes.”

Additional praise for THE DUKE’S DISASTER includes a four star review from RT Book Reviews magazine:

Burrowes skillfully explores the importance of trust in a relationship, as well as love and passion, bringing a depth of emotion to her romance that resonates with readers. Though some may find the pacing slower than Burrowes’ usual style, it is well worth the wait to reach the wonderful ending.”

And the title also received an ‘A’ grade from Dear Author:

“While I don’t think there’s much new ground to be covered in the land of Regency romances, you took what had been done before and made just enough adjustments to make it feel new and exciting. Readers who are fans of the glitz and pageantry of the social whirl may not find themselves as enamored of your stile as I am, but those who enjoy the subtle psychological intricacies of romance will no doubt fall in love.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015


9781492613350-sU Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (and Beyond!) by Christie Garton has received a STARRED review from Library Journal!

The reviewer said, “This work is an ideal gift for a female high school student planning to attend university in the near future and will remain an important reference tool as the semesters and years unfold… Recommended for collections that focus on college readiness and for individuals interested in preparing for college.”


Tuesday, March 31, 2015


9781402291500-sBooklist has given Juliana Stone’s Some Kind of Normal a STARRED review!

“This story of strength, courage, and discovery by two teens grappling with uncertainty over how to surmount larger-than-life obstacles is heartfelt, revealing, and self-defining…Stone writes with a focused, compassionate hand, offering the perfect book for readers looking for complex and mature themes mixed into a solidly crafted story about stepping into adulthood.”

Some Kind of Normal is the companion novel to Boys Like You which is a 2015 RITA finalist in the Young Adult Romance category.


Monday, March 16, 2015


9781492615804-sBooklist has given Meant for You by Samantha Chase a wonderful review.

The reviewer says, “Chase (Return to You, 2015) catches readers up on the lives of previous characters while giving them a taste of the Pacific Northwest.”

This follows positive reviews from Publisher’s Weekly: “This quick and captivating read will please series fans, especially those with overprotective older siblings.” And RT Book Reviews: “Chase’s fifth Montgomery Brothers romance is a charming tale about proving yourself and finding your place”.


Thursday, March 12, 2015


9781402282485-sCongrats to Liz Trenow, who is now a New York Times AND USA Today bestselling author!

The Forgotten Seamstress (May 2014) landed at #18 on this week’s New York Times E-Book Bestsellers list and #49 on the USA Today bestsellers list.

Rounding out the great news, Jill Mansell’s boxed set is #99 on this week’s USA Today bestsellers list.


Monday, March 09, 2015


9781492608998-sPublishers Weekly gave a STARRED review to the upcoming military romance anthology WAY OF THE WARRIOR featuring several of Sourcebooks’ authors including Suzanne Brockmann and Julie Ann Walker. A great first review for a tremendous project that will raise money for wounded veterans.

"With not a dud in the bunch, these stories will keep readers turning the pages as fast as they can—the collection also raises money for the Wounded Warriors Foundation. This is a must-read for every military romance fan." Read the full review.


Friday, February 13, 2015


The Romantic Novelists Association awards shortlist9781492602088-s was announced this week, and Jill Mansell’s The Unpredictable Consequences of Love (UK title) is nominated for best contemporary romantic novel.

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Julie Cohen, Where Love Lies, Bantam Press
Jenny Colgan, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop, Sphere (Little, Brown)
Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me,  Hodder & Stoughton
Ciara Geraghty, Now That I’ve Found You, Hodder & Stoughton
Jill Mansell, The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, Headline Review
Katy Regan, The Story of You, Harper Fiction

Barbara Taylor Bradford will present the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards for 2015 on March 16 in London.




Thursday, February 05, 2015

9781402278846-sEach title in Grace Burrowes’ The Sweetest Kisses contemporary romance trilogy has received a terrific review from Library Journal. In fact, it was just announced that book #3, Kiss Me Hello, was given a STARRED REVEW!

“Exciting, ­attractive main characters, clever banter, and lively action keep the story on track, while the frustrating machinations of a by-the-book social worker add a mean-spirited touch…With insight, humor, and heart, Burrowes wraps up her first contemporary trilogy as she melts the long-standing reserve and secret insecurities of the eldest Knightley brother and the fierce wariness of a determined foster mom.” Read the full review.

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