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The Buzz @ Sourcebooks captures just some of the great features and news about our authors generated by our relentless, energetic marketing and publicity teams.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're pleased to share the excellent review that Booklist has given Alissa Johnson’s A Gift for Guile (ISBN 9781492620532; July 2016):

“The second installment in Johnson’s beguiling Thief Taker series (A Talent for Trickery, 2015) is another superbly written historical romance that will win over readers with its engaging characters and a skillfully constructed plot that deftly mingles equal measures of danger and desire.”

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're so excited to share that Horn Book Magazine has reviewed Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah (ISBN 9781492631385; July 2016) for their July/August 2016 issue:

"With themes of transracial adoption, racism, identity, friendship, and sibling rivalry (not to mention a hyperactively decorated page design), there's a lot going on here, but Shevah's novel raises interesting questions without attempting to neatly answer them all....[Dara's] emotional growth is believable and appealing, and her super-chatty narration is never not funny."

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're thrilled to share that Kirkus has given A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet a STARRED review!

“Debut author Bouchet tells a swashbuckling tale through Cat's irreverent, diffident, yet still somehow buoyant first-person point of view; this is an exquisite high-fantasy romance with masterful worldbuilding based on Greek mythology. An exciting fantasy/romance debut: action-packed, emotionally charged, and skillfully plotted.” 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

gcn.gifWe're thrilled to share two more author blurbs for Kasey Lane’s BEAUTIFUL CRAZY (Casa/November 2016):

“A scorching-hot love story, Kasey Lane gives readers a rockin’ romance that sings!” —Marie Harte, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Body Shop Bad Boys series

Vibrant and sexy! The chemistry between Kevan and Mason is explosive and I was cheering for their happy ever after from page one.” —Stefanie London, USA Today bestselling author of the Dangerously Sexy series

 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The first trade review for The Storybook Knight (9781492638148; Sept.) by Helen and Thomas Docherty is in.

“In an homage to reading that also recalls The Story of Ferdinand, the power of words is extolled in rhyme… A sweet tale about the power of story, just right for nascent fans of Redwall.” – Kirkus

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're happy to share the positive review that Publishers Weekly has given Rose Bride by Elizabeth Moss (ISNB 9781492613886; July 2016):

“The themes of duty and honor are the surprising backbone to Vergil and Margerie’s slow-burn love story, with plenty of scandal and temptation to press the resolve of both… The erotic scenes are scorching hot, as series readers will have come to expect.”

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

 

Reviews of Pancakes in Paris (9781492632122; Sept.) by Craig Carlson and Fashion is Freedom (9781492635185; Sept.) by Tala Raassi will be featured in the June 15 edition of Kirkus.

“The author demonstrates that no idea is too crazy if one has the determination to pursue it to its fruition. A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Unexpectedly wry and winning memoir… A rare book equally likely to appeal to fans of Project Runway and students of contemporary Middle Eastern cultural history.”

 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're happy to share the review that Kirkus Reviews has given You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini (ISBN 9781492604921; August 2016):

"Can Eddie escape his past and find a future with Finley? Can Finley make the right decision about her career? Using the same alternating-narration format as in predecessor Halfway Perfect (2015), Cross and Perini hit all the buttons for the chick-lit crowd." (Romance. 14-18)

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Always My Girl (July, 9781492616283) by Samantha Chase has received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!

Vivid descriptions, endearing yet flawed characters, and a steady pace add vibrancy to the well-developed plot.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're so excited to share an advance author blurb for Left at the Altar, book one in Margaret Brownley’s A Match Made in Texas series (pubs November, 2016):

“A great story by a wonderful author.”

Debbie Macomber, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Sourcebooks is pleased to share that Publishers Weekly has given Amanda Forester’s If the Earl Only Knew a great review!

“Forester (The Highlander’s Bride), a champ at crafting feisty and independent Regency-era women, has outdone herself...” – Publishers Weekly

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're pleased to share that Publishers Weekly has reviewed The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay (ISBN 9781492632757; August 2016):

“Umfraville Hall, an exclusive boarding school on the windswept Welsh island of Skola, is an ideal setting for a mystery that takes a few cues from Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None… McKay (Undead) pokes a bit of fun at teen angst, using Cate’s wry voice to tell this twisty whodunit.”

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're pleased to share that Publishers Weekly has given Amanda Forester’s If the Earl Only Knew a great review!

“Forester (The Highlander’s Bride), a champ at crafting feisty and independent Regency-era women, has outdone herself...” – Publishers Weekly

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nujamp moved up a slot from last week, coming in at #7 on the New York Times Young Adult hardcover bestseller list!

Congrats to all!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We are SO pleased to share that Ed Vere's MAX THE BRAVE and Jen Calonita's FLUNKED have both made it to 2016 ILA-CBC Children’s Choices List!

Congratulations to all, we couldn't be more excited to celebrate these wonderful books!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We have another great Booklist review to share, this time for Paige Tyler’s To Love a Wolf:

“As Tyler’s series progresses, she once again explores new territory—in this installment in particular, the issue of PTSD comes to the foreground—as her strengths shine on: compelling subplots, well-balanced action and romance, rewarding female friendships, steamy sex scenes, and irresistible love. This continues to be a great series for paranormal-romance fans.” - Booklist

This is the first trade review we have received for this title and it was included in Booklist’s May 1st issue.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

So pleased to share another blurb for THE DARKNESS KNOWS by Cheryl Honigford (August 2016)!

You’ll thoroughly enjoy this delightful debut mystery that takes you into the highly competitive world of radio in the 1930s, where people will literally kill for a good part! Cheryl Honigford recreates this time period with a delicious attention to detail and populates it with characters you will love… or love to hate!

—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The July 2016 issue of RT Book Reviews features reviews for 6 Casablanca, 2 Fire, and 1 Landmark titles, including a TOP PICK! for Terry Spear’s Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing. Reviews are below:

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

If the Earl Only Knew by Amanda Forester | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492605492

Review: Once again, Forester earns top marks for her spunky heroines and their men who need to be taught a thing or two (usually at the expense of their pride, and by said spunky heroines). Forester’s gift for humor and creating memorable characters who have survived wrenching tragedy sparkle like gems in this newest romp through the ton’s drawing rooms.

Summary: Though no fault of her own, Lady Katherine Ashton has quite the past, all of which she will take to her grave, unless, of course, life conspires against her and throws her into the arms—and family—of the Earl of Wynbrook. Years before, a shared tragedy bound their families together, and now, just when she’s freed herself and her twin from their heartbreaking history, a new threat appears. The earl has never had such a grand adventure since Lady Kate’s return, and she has unceremoniously ruined him for any other woman. Now all he has to do is convince her that they should wed. First, though, there is his sister’s wedding, the small matter of the ruffians who keep abducting Kate and her twin, and discovering where his always-mysterious solicitor has gone.

 

 

A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492620532

Review: Johnson draws readers into an intriguing mystery romance as disparate characters join forces to combat the demons of their pasts. The quick pace, sexual tension, touch of poignancy and the well-drawn backdrop seamlessly merge, allowing her characters and their conflict to take center stage.

Summary: Sir Samuel Brass, once Scotland Yard’s most famous operative and private detective, has long been plagued by the cunning thief Esther Walker-Bales. After leaving London, Esther returns on a quest to right many wrongs, and Samuel is drawn back into her world. Esther is determined to amend her past mistakes, no matter what, and though she feels Samuel can be domineering and interfering, she has to accept his help when she finds herself in trouble. It is only Samuel who makes Esther feel a longing for a different life. Their working together forces them to make compromises, and their mutual attraction blazes into a passionate affair. Though each wishes to remain independent, they are stronger together, and build a bond of love and trust that cannot be broken.

 

 

MAINSTREAM FICTION

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492638858

Review: There is a lightness and energy to Mansell’s writing that makes her work a consistent pleasure and a perfect escape. Her characters are charming; their struggles, emotions and relationships feel wonderfully genuine, and there is an implicit promise that, no matter what, all those characters who deserve happiness win it in spades. This particular story is a beautiful mix of heartbreak, humor, and redemption that is sure to delight fans and engage a wealth of new readers.

Summary: Lily’s 25th birthday begins with her opening the last letter from her beloved mother, who passed away when she was 8, and learning the name of her mother’s one true love, a man whom Lily becomes determined to meet. Later that day, she discovers that Eddie Tessler, a worldwide—and disgraced—film star, is hiding out at her best friend’s house. Lily can’t deny that she and Eddie share a surprising chemistry, but her childhood friend, Dan, seems increasingly unreceptive to her new relationship. The scene is set for a year that Lily—and her friends—will never forget.

 

 

TEEN FICTION

Twisted by Hannah Jayne | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492631798

Review: Jayne’s chilling suspense novel will keep readers up all night as they try to decipher what information and characters they can trust. Snippets from the past appear throughout the narrative, giving readers glimpses of Bex’s childhood without detracting from present-day events. This is one of those books that readers will race to finish in one day.

Summary: Beth Ann Reimer is starting over. She has a new identity—Bex Andrews—new foster parents and a new hometown in Kill Devil Hills, where no one will know her as “the serial killer’s daughter.” Bex’s real father was accused of being The Wife Collector, a murderer who preyed on beautiful young women, but disappeared before he could be tried. Just when Bex thinks she’s finally free from living under the shadow of her father’s crimes, a young girl is murdered in Kill Devil Hills. Has Bex’s father found her? Now the police want her help, but Bex begins to question if her father really is guilty, or if he was framed.

 

 

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492630081

Review: I can’t quite put my finger on what is so enthralling about Kenneally’s newest novel, but it totally sucked me in. I loved that Kenneally didn’t go with an easy, traditional happy-go-lucky ending. I also enjoyed the flawed nature of the characters, which made them feel more relatable. This is a great summer read and my favorite novel by Kenneally so far!

Summary: Taylor’s always pushed herself to excel: in school, on the soccer field and in every other part of her life. For better or worse, that’s what’s expected of a senator’s daughter. When one well-intentioned bad decision derails her future, Taylor finds herself directionless for the first time. Stuck between two terrible outcomes, she tried to make the best choice, but she never imaged the severity of the consequences. Now her family is furious at her for destroying their image right before her father is up for re-election. The only person who seems to understand what she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend—the guy she’s nursed a crush on for years. Unfortunately, he’s also the guy who blew her off on her 16th birthday. Afraid she’ll never get into her dream college or be forgiven by her family, Taylor is desperate to find a way forward. But what do you do when your best isn’t good enough?

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492608936

Review: The second installment of the Deep Six series drops readers on a tropical island where both treasure and danger lurk. Fans of Walker’s action-packed adventures and expert alpha men are sure to be satisfied, as former SEAL Bran Pallidino hunts down a group of ruthless kidnappers to rescue a woman he refuses to admit he’s fallen for. New to the series? You’ll be happy to know you can dive right in, even if you haven’t read book one. From the Caribbean setting to the fast-paced suspense, this book is a certified beach read!

Summary: For the last few months, Bran Pallidino’s days have been spent exploring the sea for sunken treasure and exchanging flirtatious emails with socialite Maddy Powers. However, when Maddy shows up to the island where Bran and his crew are settled, Bran shuts down, refusing to take their relationship beyond cyberspace. But when Maddy is kidnapped, Bran must revert back to SEAL-mode to rescue her while also coming to grips with his feelings.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Always My Girl by Samantha Chase | 4 Stars | ISBN: 9781492616283

Review: The Shaughnessys’ return is welcome, as always. The latest brother to fall is Quinn, and he brings good questions with him: Can you fall in love with your best childhood friend, and when did she grow up to look that smokin’ hot? The beauty of this family is the honesty that they dole out to each other. This is another winner in a series that is true to life.

Summary: Since they met at the age of 6, Quinn and Anna have been best buds. Their bond has survived all of the speed bumps of growing up. But Anna’s been keeping a secret: She is madly in love with Quinn. He is, of course, oblivious. He pursued his love for speed by becoming a racecar driver. Now that his career is over, he’s opened up a local repair shop. He’s also dating the hottest women he can find. Anna is finally ready to move on and find love. At the festivities for his brother’s wedding, Quinn finally notices that Anna isn’t a little girl any more.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

 

Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear | 4 ½ Stars, TOP PICK! | ISBN: 9781492621898

Review: A billionaire who’s bewitched by a she-wolf senses danger up ahead, and he’s afraid that he’d be losing more than just his heart. This newest werewolf series is packed with adventure, humor, passion, a touch of flirtation and danger. It’s no wonder Spear continues to surprise her fans with the sexy alpha Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing—it’s magnificently entertaining.

Summary: Sometimes opposites attract, but other times, it brings chaos and deception. Jade Ashton is a strong she-wolf and a loving mother who would do anything to protect her cub. So when she was blackmailed by her ruthless brother, Jade had no choice but to go up against powerful billionaire Rafe Danali. As a shifter and a member of the most prominent wolf family, Rafe knows his life is pretty close to perfect. But upon meeting the beautiful and mysterious Jade, he senses there is more mystery that beauty to his lady wolf. And as Rafe slowly unravels the suspicion and threats surrounding Jade, he will also discover a secret that could change their lives—and possibly the world—forever.

 

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

Rose Bride by Elizabeth Moss | 3 Stars | ISBN: 9781492613886

Review: Moss tells a tale of a young woman whose actions have scandalized her in a period where this is definitely frowned upon. While the writing is strong, the story tends to drag on in a few spots. Readers may find this distracting. The characters in the story are well defined and likable, and the passion between them burns off the page. A great steamy read!

Summary: Margerie Croft is an impure woman. She lost her virginity before her wedding night. Deciding that she is not going to marry a man whom she is not in love with, she flees King Henry VIII’s court. She will not spend her life being passed around, as this would be her only other option if she decided to stay. Having heard the rumors about Margerie, Virgil Elton notices something about her. Asking for her help, he soon realizes that she is as smart as she is beautiful. Now it is up to him to convince her that she is more than what others think of her.

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We're thrilled to share the first blurb for A DEADLY AFFECTION by Cuyler Overholt (September 2016):

Rich with historical detail, Overholt brings turn-of-the-century New York to vibrant and gritty life. Readers will become immersed in the plight of her psychiatrist heroine and eagerly follow her through the twists and turns of the human mind.” 

– Anna Lee Huber, national bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

 

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We're so pleased to share that School Library Journal has reviewed Twisted by Hannah Jayne (ISBN 9781492631798; July) for their June 2016 print issue:

“A fast-paced, exciting thriller full of twists and turns that will keep teens guessing until the very end.”

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

Sourcebooks is pleased to announce that Stephanie Bearce’s Top Secret Files: World War II has won the 2016 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award in the Mid-South regional division!

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the seventy SCBWI regions around the world. The Mid-South region includes Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Mississippi.

The Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers. SCBWI is one of the largest writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide.

Congrats to all!

 

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