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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.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has reviewed two Sourcebooks Fire titles.

9781492616573Powerless (ISBN 9781492616573; June), Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

“Romance buffs who like star-crossed lovers will find more than one satisfying pairing to swoon over amidst the good guy/bad guy entanglements, and they’ll happily return to see what Kenna does next, both with her hottie and with her newly developing superpowers." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books







9781492609384The Dogs (ISBN 9781492609384; September), Allan Stratton

“This novel derives its horror from Hitchcockian suspense rather than torture and bloodshed, with the steady revelations of the old house’s gruesome mysteries paralleling Cameron’s increasing endangerment. This will be an easy sell to teens on the prowl for a done-in-a-night thriller." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books







Congratulations to Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs, and Allan Stratton!

Friday, October 02, 2015

We are so pleased to share that School Library Journal has reviewed two Jabberwocky and one Fire title in its October issue.

9781492615231Go Home Flash (ISBN 9781492615231; October), Ruth Paul

“This title works great as a read-aloud, as listeners will eagerly chime in on the repeated phrase 'go home, Flash'... A strong pick for preschoolers and beginning readers.” — School Library Journal






9781492620747A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius (ISBN 9781492620747; November), Stacey Matson

“Written entirely in notes, emails, stories, and journal entries, this novel successfully captures the trials and tribulations of junior high school. As readers follow Arthur through the year, they will see him change in ways that aren’t always likable but are usually relatable and that lead to real growth.” — School Library Journal







9781492614418Your Voice Is All I Hear (ISBN 9781492614418; September), Leah Scheier

“Jonah’s paranoia, symptoms of schizophrenia, and thwarted attempts at treatment are raw yet sensitively depicted. Contemporary references to pop culture heighten the novel’s immediacy” — School Library Journal





Congratulations to Ruth Paul, Stacey Matson, and Leah Scheier! You can find the full reviews in the October issue of School Library Journal.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Library Journal has given A Widow's Guide to Healing by Kristin Meekhof and James Windell an excellent review!

9781492620594A Widow's Guide to Healing (ISBN 9781492620594; November), Kristin Meekhof and James Windell

"In this encouraging resource, new widows can find compassionate emotional and practical assistance." — Library Journal


You can find the full review in the September 15 issue of Library Journal. Congratulations to the authors!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Booklist has given two Sourcebooks titles awesome reviews!

9781492617976The Best Laid Wedding Plans (ISBN 9781492617976; November), Lynnette Austin

“The first book in the Magnolia Brides series is all about small towns, community, and sweet and sexy romance.” — Booklist







9781492609636Girl World: How to Ditch the Drama and Find Your Inner Amazing (ISBN 9781492609124; August), Patricia Ottaviano

"Easy to read and written in a conversational style, Ottaviano's advice is all about loving yourself, seeing how incredible those around you really are, and identifying true friendships...it's hard not to cheer her fight to get girls to see what a good friendship looks like and assure them that they do have something to offer. A good choice for teens looking for some inspiration and guidance." — Booklist




You can check out the full reviews in the October issue of Booklist. Congratulations, Lynnette Austin and Patricia Ottaviano!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

VOYA Magazine has given College, Quicker by Kate Stephens an awesome review!

9781492613381College, Quicker: 24 Practical Ways to Save Money and Get Your Degree Faster (ISBN 9781492613381; July), Kate Stephens

"This book will be a great asset to any teen already looking ahead to college or in need of guidance when it comes to making these important choices. Stephens has crafted a book that gives real insight into the confusing and often frustrating process that paying for college can be." Loryn Aman, VOYA


Pick up the October issue of VOYA to read the full review. Congratulations, Kate Stephens!

Monday, September 28, 2015

We're excited to share that Max the Brave by Ed Vere and Dear Opl by Shelley Sackier are featured as exclusives on Booklist Online.

9781492616511Max the Brave (ISBN 9781492616511; September), Ed Vere

“Minimalist illustrations and expressive fonts are set against colorful pages to sharpen the reader’s focus on Max and the other animals… Max should find himself chasing Mouse into storytimes again and again.”  Booklist






9781492608592Dear Opl (ISBN 9781492608592; August), Shelley Sackier

“Sackier does an impressive job of incorporating heavy subjects, such as death, obesity, and bullying, into a well-paced narrative about growing up.”  Booklist







The full reviews are available on www.BooklistOnline.com

Friday, September 25, 2015

VOYA Magazine has reviewed seven Sourcebooks Fire titles for its October 2015 issue!

9781492609384The Dogs (ISBN 9781492609384; September), Allan Stratton

"This thrilling page-turner builds to a dramatic climax which interweaves the personal story Cameron has managed to suppress, as well as the sad, violent story of the McTavish family." Erin Wyatt, VOYA





9781492629832The Suffering (ISBN 9781492629832; September), Rin Chupeco

"[F]or those readers who do like their fiction dark and creepy, this is top-shelf stuff." — Sean Rapacki, VOYA 






9781492618522Awake (ISBN 9781492618522; August), Natasha Preston

"The plotting is fast paced and intriguing, the cult is sufficiently creepy." — Pam Garrison, VOYA 






9781492614418Your Voice Is All I Hear (ISBN 9781492614418; September), Leah Scheier

"Readers are carried on an emotional roller coaster, which is often thrilling and beautiful, yet heart-wrenching too. The writing is well researched, convincing, and poetic.  It sheds light and creates awareness." Ava Ehde, VOYA 





9781492604846Wild Sky (ISBN 9781492604846; October), Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann

"[G]ood teen dialogue, interesting characters, lots of action, and some humor."  — Walter Hogan, VOYA 






9781492623137Smoked (ISBN 9781402284649; September), Mari Mancusi

"[T]he fast-paced, short chapters; romantic plot; and emotional bonding between dragons and guardians make this a good read for fantasy and science fiction fans." Hilary Crew, VOYA






9781492615712My Secret to Tell (ISBN 9781492615712; October), Natalie D. Richards

"[R]eaders who enjoy heavy doses of psychological and romantic tension will not be disappointed." — Bethany Martin, VOYA







Find the full reviews in VOYA's October issue!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

We're happy to share that Publishers Weekly has given A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson a great review!

9781492620747A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius (ISBN 9781492620747; November), Stacey Matson

“[A] humorous coming-of-age novel.” — Publishers Weekly

Check out the full review here.


We're always so thrilled to see our authors getting the love that they deserve! Congratulations Stacey Matson!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We're proud to announce that Library Journal gave The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel a STARRED review!

9781492613565The Moon in the Palace (ISBN 9781492613565; March 2016), Weina Dai Randel

"This story of a woman who made her own destiny and has been often vilified is a must for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past." — Catherine Coyne, Library Journal

Congratulations, Weina Dai Randel!

Monday, September 21, 2015

We're happy to share that Publishers Weekly has given A Talent for Trickery, His Kind of Trouble, and Daniel's True Desire excellent reviews!

9781492620501A Talent for Trickery (ISBN 9781492620501; November), Alissa Johnson

“[T]he leads’ blend of cleverness and stubbornness makes their push-pull dynamic a joy.” — Publishers Weekly







His Kind of Trouble (ISBN 9781492623472; November), Terri L. Austin 9781492623472

“Austin has a real talent for writing steamy sex between plausible characters who trade clever banter in the aftermath…” — Publishers Weekly







9781492621058Daniel's True Desire (ISBN 9781492621058; November), Grace Burrowes

“The protagonists are perfectly matched for each other in a novel complete with touching romance and an undercurrent of suspense.”  — Publishers Weekly







The full reviews are available online here, here, and here. Congratulations to Alissa Johnson, Terri Austin, and Grace Burrowes!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shana Galen's The Rogue You Know has been featured as a Best Romance Novel for September on WashingtonPost.com!

9781402298745The Rogue You Know (ISBN 9781402298745; September), Shana Galen

“Galen is known for her adventurous love stories, and this romp is filled with charming characters (including a dog) and a grin-inducing happily-ever-after conclusion.” — Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post

This feature will also appear in the print editon of The Washington Post, out September 19.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Exciting news! Ten Casablanca titles appear on Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels in the Last 10 Years!

9781402286827An Affair Downstairs (ISBN 9781402286827; Jan. 2015), Sherri Browning

Hell for Leather (ISBN 9781402294488; May 2014), Julie Ann Walker

Hot Point (ISBN 9781402286940; Aug. 2015) and The Night is Mine (ISBN 9781402258107; Feb. 2012) M. L. Buchman 9781402286940

How to Handle a Cowboy (ISBN 9781402283666; Apr. 2014), Joanne Kennedy

The Lady of the Storm (ISBN 9781402236532; Aug. 2011) and The Lord of Illusion (ISBN 9781402236549; Feb. 2012), Kathryne Kennedy

The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter (ISBN 9781402246319; Aug. 2011), Mary Ellen Davis

The Return of Black Douglas (ISBN 9781402250743; Apr. 2011), Elaine Coffman

9781402271786A Wedding in Springtime (ISBN 9781402271786; May 2013), Amanda Forester

Check out the full Booklist article here!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We're pleased to share that Kirkus has given Annie Kelsey's Pippa Morgan's Diary a great review!

9781492623281Pippa Morgan's Diary (ISBN 9781492623281; December), Annie Kelsey

“Readers will get a good glimpse at how kids can untangle themselves from complicated predicaments. Droll line drawings decorate Pippa's journal, making this a good bridge book to longer chapter books. Likable characters in humorous situations make for a promising series opener.” — Kirkus

The full review will appear online on September 16, and in the October 1 print issue.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Max the Brave by Ed Vere continues to receive rave reviews, including a STARRED review from Shelf Awareness for Readers!

9781492616511Max the Brave (ISBN 9781492616511; September), Ed Vere

"Max's guileless personality and single-minded pursuit of his goal make him the perfect stand-in for toddlers, and older children will appreciate Vere's playful wit and wish for Max's return." — Jennifer Brown, Shelf Awareness for Readers

This STARRED  review follows a glowing web exclusive from BookPage:

Max the Brave has it all: a bold, bumbling superhero; laugh-out-loud preschool humor; eye-catching illustrations; and a fun twist at the end. Kids will ask immediately to hear this one again.” — Alice Cary, BookPage

You go, Max, and congratulations to Ed Vere!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

School Library Connection has reviewed and recommended three of our titles!

9781492620815Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked (ISBN 9781492601562; March), Jen Calonita

“A spoof on folktales… would be enjoyed by students preferring fast-paced mysteries.” — Cynthia Schulz, PhD, School Library Connection







9781492609384The Dogs (ISBN 9781492609384; September), Allan Stratton

“The unexpected ending makes this sure to be a favorite with mystery readers.”  — Cynthia L. Foster, School Library Connection








9781492601685Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection (ISBN 9781492601685; April), Charlotte Zolotow and illustrator Tiphanie Beeke

“The gentle illustrations enhance the simple and touching poems with their soft color palette and easy style. This is a pleasant addition to a poetry collection or author study.” — Deborah J. Gerber, School Library Connection





Full reviews will be available in the November 1 issue.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

We're excited to share that Publishers Weekly has given Kim Redford's A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas a STARRED Review!

9781492621478 A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (ISBN 9781492621478; October), Kim Redford

"An over-the-top cowboy joins perfectly with a strong heroine and small-town living in Redford’s debut, which launches the Smokin’ Hot Cowboys contemporary romance series. Trey Duval is a cowboy who ranches, fights fires, and throws himself headfirst into supporting his hometown, Wildcat Bluff, Tex. Troubleshooter Misty Reynolds lands in his lap like a Christmas present from heaven. He and the whole town start calling her their Christmas angel after she arrives just in time to help Trey stop a potentially deadly fire. Fire is Misty’s nemesis, and she hates Christmas almost as much. But she’s certain she can handle both her phobia and her dislike of the holiday season when she accepts an undercover job to discover the cause of mysterious fires in town. The attraction between Trey and Misty is instant, scorching, and flavored with just a hint of sweet innocence. Add in the distilled essence of a perfect small town, and this tale will melt even the iciest heart." — Publishers Weekly

Join us in congratulating Kim Redford!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

We're pleased to announce that three of our Sourcebooks authors will be reviewed in the September issue of Library Journal

9781492609834-sWashington and Hamilton (9781492609834; Sept. 15) by Stephen Knott and Tony Williams

“This readable narrative successfully describes the ways in which the ‘indispensable alliance’ between Washington and Hamilton was a significant factor in America’s founding.”





9781492614074-sRescue Road (9781492614081; Oct. 6) by Peter Zheutlin

“This is a spot-on portrait of the rescue community. Readers who are involved in this work will recognize the characters and emotions as their own. Those who are curious about the realities of animal rescue have an excellent resource in ­Zheutlin’s book.”





9781492609162-sThe Axeman (9781492609162; Sept. 1) by Ray Celestin

"This is a must-read for fans and denizens of the Big Easy, and perhaps for those who enjoy true crime from the past retold as fiction."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

9781492613954-sLibrary Journal has given Igniting the American Revolution, by Derek Beck, a STARRED review that will appear in their September issue! 


"The year 1776 is often celebrated as the beginning of the American Revolution, but there were cornerstone events that preceded the Declaration of Independence. In his debut monograph, historian Beck, a major in the U.S. Air Force, details events from the Boston Tea Party (1773) to the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga (1775) as ones that precipitated the Revolution. The author effectively takes readers to 18th-century Boston and London as events spiraled into a division between the colonies and the Crown. In this unbiased account, Beck sees that both sides had their faults and were reckless toward the opposition. Given the author’s military background, he most effectively writes on the Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775). The only criticism is the large number of appendixes, not all of which appear to be necessary. This books pairs well with Walter Borneman’s American Spring and David Hackett Fisher’s Paul Revere’s Ride. VERDICT Recommended for history lovers, those who want a refresher on the American Revolution, and those who enjoy quality nonfiction."—Jacob Sherman, John Peace Lib., Univ. of Texas at San Antonio



Monday, August 24, 2015

We are thrilled to share the news that Emma Shevah's Dream On, Amber has received its fourth STARRED review! 

9781492622505-sDream On, Amber (ISBN 9781492622505; October), Emma Shevah

“Amber’s authentic voice (including snort-worthy hyperbole and preteen melodrama balanced with tender moments of self-reflection) will resonate with kids, Shevah breathes life into this middle schooler, her lively family members, and her classmates and teachers…By turns playful and poignant, in both style and substance, this coming-of-age novel will hook readers from the first page to the last.”  School Library Journal

 “Shevah tenderly captures the void of growing up without a father yet manages to create a feisty, funny heroine… A gutsy girl in a laugh-out-loud book that navigates tough issues with finesse.”  Kirkus

“[This] novel is a charmer...While its humor and illustrations lend it Wimpy Kid appeal, its emotional depth makes it stand out from the pack. Molto bene!” Booklist 

“Amber’s effervescent and opinionated narration captivates from the start, making it easy to root for her as she strives to conquer the “beast” of her worries and thrive at home and at school.”  Publishers Weekly

This review will appear in the October issue of School Library Journal. Congratulations, Emma Shevah! We couldn't be more proud.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We're excited to share that School Library Journal has reviewed four Sourcebooks Jabberwocky & Fire titles in their September issue!

9781492621164-sCollins, Renee. Until We Meet Again. 336p. ebook available. Sourcebooks Fire. Nov. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781492621164.

“The romance is woozy and breathless, which gives it a classic feel…A hazy, romantic mystery that might appeal to fans of Nicholas Sparks.” 






9781492609636-sOttaviano, Patricia. Girl World: How to Ditch the Drama and Find Your Inner Amazing. 160p. Sourcebooks Fire. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781492609636; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781492609124.

This spunky, encouraging tome will brighten the shelves of the teen self-help section.”






9781402281747-sPierpoint, Eric. The Secret Mission of William Tuck. 320p. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Sept. 2015. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781402281747.

“The fast pace combined with nonstop violence and unflinching descriptions of unsavory aspects of 18th-century medicine and combat will engage readers who may not normally choose historical fiction. Instructive end notes provide an extension to the novel.”





9781492623281-SKelsey, Annie. Pippa Morgan’s Diary. illus. by Kate Larsen. 176p. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Dec. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781492623281.

“Important preteen social issues are addressed, including lying to gain peer acceptance and dealing with divorce. With its approachable style and friendly language, this is sure to please both older fans of Rebecca Elliott’s “Owl Diaries” (Scholastic) and reluctant readers alike.”



Join us in congratulating our authors!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015



It’s time to reveal the lucky winners of the Ross Poldark Blog Tour giveaways. The three winners drawn at random from all the comments left on the blog tour posts are:

Trade paperback copies of Ross Poldark and Demelza:



Grand Prize Package including:

(1) DVD of season one of Poldark

(2) Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Mugs by Johnson Brothers

(1) Twelve-inch Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Plater by Johnson Brothers

(1) London Telephone Box Tin of Ahmad English Breakfast Tea

(1) Jar of Mrs. Bridges Marmalade

(1) Package of Duchy Originals Organic Oaten Biscuits

(2) Packets of Blue Boy Cornflower Seeds by Renee’s Garden Heirloom

(1) Trade Paperback Copy of Ross Poldark & Demelza, by Winston Graham



Congratulations to all of the winners! Please contact us with your full name and address by August 20, 2015 to claim your prize. The giveaway contest is open to US residents and the prizes will be shipped to US addresses.

Many thanks to all of the blog tour hosts for your participation in the Ross Poldark Blog Tour and to all of their readers who left comments. If you are as hooked on the Poldark Saga as we are, we hope you will enjoy the third book in the series Jeremy Poldark, which was just re-released on July 24, 2015.


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