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Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402291913-sForged by Desire by Bec McMaster has received a STARRED review from Booklist. “McMaster has created another riveting mix of imaginative world building, danger-fueled plotting, and sensual romance that is guaranteed to hook readers.”

This follows a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly and an excellent review from RT Book Reviews.

“McMaster outdoes herself with this strong installment. The heady romance and dark suspense keep the pages turning, and a cliffhanger finale sets the stage for book five.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

 “McMaster’s London Steampunk series continually grows more complex and more fascinating, and this intense, instantly absorbing fourth novel enriches her world, bringing the series to a turning point that will have fans clamoring for more.”RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402278815-sLibrary Journal has given What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes a STARRED review! They are saying that it’s, “one of the best holiday reads of the season.”

This follows excellent reviews from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly:

“a high-quality romance and a keeper for series fans.” Publishers Weekly

 “[Burrowes] infuses both her leading and supporting characters with warmth and appeal…” Booklist

Friday, May 22, 2015

rtSourcebooks Casablanca has 8 titles nominated in the 2014 RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

This is one of the biggest awards in romance and our authors are nominated alongside some of the top authors in the category!

That full list of our nominated titles can be found below and the full list of nominations can be found online here.

THE SUMMER QUEEN by Elizabeth Chadwick...Best Historical Fiction Nominee

LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen ... Best Historical Romance of the Year Nominee

THE RAKE'S HANDBOOK by Sally Orr... Best First Historical Romance of 2014 Nominee

THE TRAITOR by Grace Burrowes ... Sebastian St. Clair Historical K.I.S.S. Hero of 2014 Nominee

WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY by Marie Harte ... Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 Nominee

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT by M. L. Buchman ... Best Romantic Suspense Novel of 2014 Nominee

HER LONE WOLF by Paige Tyler... Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense Novel of 2014 Nominee

VAMPIRE TROUBLE by Sara Humphreys ... Best Paranormal Worldbuilding Nominee

HIS EVERY NEED by Terri L. Austin ... Best Erotic Romance of 2014 Nominee


Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492601937-sJust in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready was given a STARRED Publishers Weekly review!

“Cready’s highly satisfying creation is filled with humor, witty dialogue, double entendres, and clever schemes, and a wonderful cast of imaginative characters keeps this twisty story lively to the end.” Read the full review.

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402286827-sBooklist has given An Affair Downstairs by Sherri Browning a STARRED Review!

“…[A]n easy and fun read…Fans of Browning’s winning series will be glad to see Lady Eve and Captain Marcus again as well as aura-reading Aunt Agatha. Recommend to readers of Mary Balogh and Jane Feather.

This review follows great reviews from both Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews:

“Browning skillfully plays her characters off one another in a slow, charming manner, developing the relationship in a gentle fashion that doesn’t disguise the simmering fire.”Publishers Weekly

“The soap-opera style, nicely drawn characters and colorful backdrop allow readers to be drawn into a tender love story with a leisurely pace and uncomplicated plot.”RT Book Reviews, 3 Stars

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492601906-sPublishers Weekly has given Married to a Perfect Stranger by Jane Ashford a STARRED Review!

“[T]he perfect blend of interesting, emotionally complex, and open-hearted protagonists … [A] story of personal growth and excited rediscovery, both characters must overcome scorn and opposition from their family and colleagues in order to come into themselves, appreciate each other, and turn a naïvely arranged marriage into a passionate partnership.” Read the full review.

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492601418-sSchool Library Journal has given Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy a STARRED Review! “Strong characterizations, action, adventure, and emotion combine to produce a sci-fi novel that is more than just the sum of its parts.”

This follows fantastic reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus:

“Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing.”Kirkus Reviews

“McCarthy deploys breath-stopping depictions of high-stakes piloting with enviable ease, and the in-your-face personal confrontations are nearly as taut.”Publishers Weekly

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492601906-sWe're pleased to announce that two of our Sourcebooks Casablanca titles, Married to a Perfect Stranger by Jane Ashford (March 2015) and A Sword for His Lady by Mary Wine (July 2015), have been included on Publisher Weekly’s Top 10 List for Spring 2015 Romance & Erotica titles!

This is follows a STARRED Publishers Weekly review for Married to a Perfect Stranger as well as a 4 Star review from RT book Reviews.


Friday, May 22, 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 22, 2015

9781402292972-sSomebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous by J.B. Cheaney has received a GREAT review from VOYA Magazine. The reviewer likens Cheaney’s middle grade novel to that of E.L. Konigsburg’s The View from Saturday (a Newbery Medal winner) and Wendy Mass’s The Candymakers.

“Cheaney’s narrative style is dynamic and lively. She clearly has high expectations of her audience, creating a middle-grade reader with both substance and complexity that is also truly fun.”

This follows other great reviews from Kirkus and SLJ:

  •          “Cheaney effectively combines multiple layers of mystery with an uplifting message about resilience.” – Kirkus
  •          “Cheaney uses language that is simple enough to appeal to all readers... A great and fast read about finding yourself and making friends, that will be enjoyed by even reluctant readers.” – School Library Journal

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402291883-sPublishers Weekly has given a STARRED review to Kara Braden’s next title, The Deepest Night.

“Where The Longest Night stood out by demonstrating that consent is sexy, this smashing sequel shows that respectful communication is downright scorching… Though each character is haunted by sorrows and traumas, they both grow, change, and adapt as whole people, and the story is better for not being limited to surface personality traits. This sweet contemporary will appeal to romance fans who like their heroes powerful and smitten and their heroines capable and genuine.” Read the full review.

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492602811-sBooklist has given Linda Broday’s Texas Mail Order Bride a STARRED review! The reviewer called it an “entertaining war of the sexes.” 

“Readers will enjoy the witty banter, the colorful descriptions, the mystery of the villain’s identity, and, most of all, the obstinate hero and heroine… Broday will appeal to fans of such authors as Georgina Gentry, Leigh Greenwood, and Jodi Thomas.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402296321-sJohn Schlimm, the author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour, appeared as a guest bartender on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Monday night!

Click here to watch a video of Andy Cohen introducing John & his book: http://youtu.be/w91BaXsluTM

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492602446-sPerdita by Hilary Scharper has received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!

The reviewer said, “Canadian author Scharper (Dream Dresses) shines in this surprising and engaging gothic novel… Impeccably researched and beautifully told, this is a tale that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.” Read the full review.

Friday, May 22, 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.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492608684-sThe Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco was reviewed in The Boston Globe. Chelsey Philpot praised Rin’s rich use of imagery and character development:

“The most fascinating scenes contain darkly mesmerizing characters, such as a little girl named Sandra who can see ghosts, a psychopath called the Smiling Man, and the miko of the Chinsei shrine. Chupeco gives her best and most rhythmic passages to them and Okiku, who draws readers into the narrative with the depth of her broken soul and the majesty of her hard-won strength.” Read the full review.

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402294037-sAuthor of The Princess Problem and children’s media culture expert Rebecca Hains, PhD, shared her insight with Meredith Vieira and a panel of parents whose daughters have all been touched by the princess problem in different ways.

The Princess Problem: Part One

The Princess Problem: Part Two


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● “Hains’s dissection of princess marketing reveals inherent gender stereotypes, centered on romance, beauty, passivity (at least until Frozen), and ethnic homogeneity...Hains adds to the discussion with these practical parenting tips.” –Publishers Weekly

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781402295324-srThe Washington Post’s KidsPost section has featured Kids Who Are Changing the World by Anne Jankeliowitch with photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Read the article.

Friday, May 22, 2015

9781492601562-sWe would like to share the latest trade reviews for Flunked: Fairy Tale Reform School by Jen Calonita:

 “This enjoyable series launch creatively incorporates familiar fairy-tale characters and hallmarks—princesses, talking mirrors, spells, and magical beings, from fairies to ogres—along with an engaging and spirited protagonist, abundant plot turns, and witty touches… there’s much to amuse and entertain fans of classic tales with a twist.” –Booklist

 “Calonita blithely samples from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and folklore in this lighthearted first book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series.... Recognizable fairy-tale characters abound…and questions of whether goodness or badness run to the core of a person leave readers with plenty to consider.” –Publishers Weekly

This praise adds to the great media that has already been confirmed:

Discovery Girls -Review to be printed in April-May issue.

Newsday -KidsDay reporter interview with Jen Calonita and book review to run in March.

Fuse 8/Betsy Bird- Librarian Preview


●Tues. March 3—Rushmore School in Carle Place, NY (book presale through B&N Carle Place)

●Sat. March 7 — Launch event B&N Carle Place, NY

●Wed. March 11 — Children’s Book World school events + retail event

●Thurs. March 12 — Children’s Book World school events

●Fri. March 13 — Caldwell University Literacy Conference

●Mon. March 16—School visit in Brooklyn (350 6th graders, book presale through Forest Hills B&N)

●Fri. March 20—Old Mill Road School (book presale through B&N Carle Place)

●Mon. March 23—Holliman Elementary School in Warwick (book presale through B&N Warwick)

●Mon. March 23—B&N Warwick, RI retail event

●Fri. March 27—2015 NYLA YSS Spring Conference

● Tues. March 31—Chatterton Elementary in Merrick, NY (4th – 6th graders, book presale through B&N Carle Place)

Friday, May 22, 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.

Friday, May 22, 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.”

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