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The Buzz @ Sourcebooks

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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.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We're happy to share that Publishers Weekly has given Alissa Johnson's A Gift for Guile a STARRED review!

9781492620532-PRA Gift for Guile, Alissa Johnson (ISBN 9781492620532; July 2016)

"In a witty, quirky, and altogether fun sequel to A Talent for Trickery, Johnson continues to explore the entanglement of the children of William Walker.... [Johnson] balances light romance, clever sleuthing, slowly building intimacy, and heart-racing suspense. This series is pure pleasure." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review!


You can read the full review online here. Congratulations, Alissa Johnson!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Josh Friedland's Eatymology has received a STARRED review from Library Journal!

9781492626244Eatymology, Josh Friedland (ISBN 9781492626244; Nov. 2015)

"This entertaining and enlightening dictionary is chock-full of words that capture the vibrant world of modern gastronomy; sure to be a hit with foodies." Melissa Stoeger, Library Journal


Congratulations, Josh! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Library Journal has given The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel a fantastic, STARRED review!

9781492613596-PRThe Empress of Bright Moon, Weina Dai Randel (ISBN 9781492613596; April 2016)

"A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman's unprecedented rise to power and a fresh take on the often vilified Empress Wu." —Library Journal, STARRED review!


Read the full review in Library Journal, and check out their Debut Author Spotlight Q&A on Weina Dai Randel! 


Friday, February 12, 2016

Will's True Wish by Grace Burrowes hit #142 on the USA Today bestseller list!

To celebrate, we had a little party in the Sourcebooks office:

Burrowes listWills True Wish

Will's True Wish, third in Grace's True Gentlemen series, was released on February 2. It is also the third book of the trilogy to make it onto a bestseller list. Congratulations, Grace Burrowes! We are so proud.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Booklist has given Jeff Strand's upcoming release The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever a great review!

9781492628149The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever, Jeff Strand (ISBN 9781492628149; March 2016)

"Readers will come away not only with stomachs aching from laughter but with the stars in their own eyes a little brighter for following Justin's rocky progress." John Peters, Booklist


You can read the full review online here or in the February 15th issue of Booklist. Congratulations, Jeff!

Monday, February 01, 2016

We're thrilled to share the STARRED review that The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has given Cori McCarthy's You Were Here!

9781492617044You Were Here, Cori McCarthy (ISBN 9781492617044; March 2016)

"The mix of forms as well as the insights each character gleans through their urban explorations render this book both readable and teachable on multiple levels." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED review!



You find the full review in the February issue of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Congratulations to Cori McCarthy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We're so pleased to share the wonderful review that The Buffalo News gave Kathryn Tanquary's The Night Parade!

9781492623243-PRThe Night Parade, Kathryn Tanquary (ISBN 9781492623243; January 2016)

"[A] marvelous original debut novel, inspired by Japanese mythology and spookily reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's terrifying 'Coraline'.... There is plenty of humor amid the poignant moments and terrifying ones as Saki gets a chance to prove her worth." —Jean Westmoore, The Buffalo News



You can read the full review here. Congratulations, Kathryn Tanquary!

Monday, November 16, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Grace Burrowes’ August release, Tremaine’s True Love, has been named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Books of 2015!

Tremaine’s True Love, the first in Burrowes’ new True Gentleman series, not only received a starred Kirkus Review, but was additionally given high praise from Publishers Weekly, RT Book Reviews, and Library Journal.

“Burrowes’s first True Gentlemen Regency is as thoughtful as it is romantic...The protagonists are brilliantly drawn, with plenty of romantic drama and witty repartee.” – Publishers Weekly

“[A] fast-paced love story with nuances of humor and poignancy, astute dialogue, passion and sensuality. A definite keeper that leaves the reader anticipating the next book in the series.”

RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!

“[A] passionate story that features an assortment of beautifully developed characters, an eloquently realized rural community, and a wealth of spirited banter and wry humor.” – Library Journal

The full list of romance titles to receive this honor can be found here!

Congrats Grace!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

This week RT Book Reviews announced its 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominees and eight of our Sourcebooks Casablanca titles made the list!

Our nominated titles are:

Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner – Best Historical Romance of the Year

In Search of Scandal by Susanne Lord – Best First Historical Romance

Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen – Best Historical Love and Laughter

Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives – Best Historical Love and Laughter

One Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee – Best Historical Love and Laughter

Brave the Heat by Sara Humphreys – Best Contemporary Romance

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys – Best Paranormal Romance

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster – Best Steampunk Romance

Winners for each category will be announced in April 2016. Congratulations to all of our nominated authors!

For a full list of the nominees, click here.

Monday, November 02, 2015

We're thrilled the share the great review that The New York Times gave Ed Vere's Max the Brave!

9781492616511Max the Brave, Ed Vere (ISBN 9781492616511; September 2015)

"[A] snazzy book that will appeal to design-savvy parents..." — New York Times


You can check out the full review here. Congratulations, Ed Vere!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

RT Book Reviews has selected Daniel's True Desire by Grace Burrowes as a November Top Pick!

9781492621058Daniel's True Desire, Grace Burrowes (ISBN 9781492621058; November 2015)

"Gifted storyteller Burrowes grabs the readers' emotions in this deeply moving and sexually charged romance. With an unconventional hero and heroine, a few familiar characters, touches of humor and a few tears, this truly is a beautifully crafted love story." — RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars


Congratulations, Grace Burrowes!

Friday, October 30, 2015

We're excited to share that Ali Novak's My Life with the Walter Boys has been selected for the 2015 YALSA Teens' Top Ten List!

9781402297861My Life with the Walter Boys (ISBN 9781402297861; March 2014), Ali Novak

The Teens' Top Ten is a teen choice list sponsored by YALSA, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Throughout 2014, they received copies of every young adult title from every publisher, and were asked to nominate the ones that they liked best. The 24 books with the most nominations were posted from National Library Week through Teen Read Week, and readers ages 12 to 18 voted for their absolute favorites. 


Congratulations, Ali Novak! This is a great achievement.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Publishers Weekly has given four Casablanca titles fantastic reviews! 

9781492618843Viking Warrior Rising (ISBN 9781492618843; November 2015), Asa Maria Bradley

"[T]he immortal Viking premise is perfect for paranormal romance readers who are looking for something different." — Publishers Weekly









9781492616764Rock Me Two Times (ISBN 9781492616764; November 2015), Dawn Ryder

"In Ryder's edgy, smoking-hot first Rock Band erotic romance novel, decadence, pleasure, and shocking transformative passion provoke an unlikely couple to grapple with their hearts.... [T]he couple and the band members keep readers charmed and anticipatory until the satisfying end." — Publishers Weekly








9781492619222Target Engaged (ISBN 9781492619222; December 2015), M.L. Buchman

"Buchman skillfully balances the romantic and military aspects of his story, populating it with memorable characters and pulse-pounding action." — Publishers Weekly









9781492612872How to Seduce a Scot (ISBN 9781492612872; December 2015), Christy English

"English's first Broadswords and Ballrooms Regency unites a Highlander and a proper English miss in a very improper romance.... The allure of Catherine and Alex's romance propels the novel forward as his promise to protect her opens up the possibility of their future together." — Publishers Weekly



Congratulations to Asa Maria Bradley, Dawn Ryder, M.L. Buchman, and Christy English! We just love to see our authors recognized for the great work that they do!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We're pleased to share that Kirkus Reviews has given two very different books of ours wonderful reviews!

9781492623441The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (ISBN 9781492623441; January 2016), Katarina Bivald

"Between the book references and the idyllic setting, readers won't want to leave Broken Wheel, either." — Kirkus Reviews








9781492622468This is Where It Ends (ISBN 9781492622468; January 2016), Marieke Nijkamp

"[A] compelling story of terror, betrayal, and heroism. This brutal, emotionally charged novel will grip readers and leave them brokenhearted." — Kirkus Reviews



Congratulations to Katarina Bivald and Marieke Nijkamp!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We're happy to announce that Booklist has given great reviews to four Sourcebooks Casablanca titles, including a STARRED review!

9781492619222Target Engaged (ISBN 9781492619222; December 2015), M.L. Buchman

"Buchman cannot write a bad book, and this, possibly his best yet, is another great example of what military romance should be." — Booklist, STARRED Review!









9781492623502In Search of Scandal (ISBN (9781492623502; December 2015), Susanne Lord

"[A] delightful debut.... Passionate characters and personal adventures come alive in Lord's post-Regency series opener." — Booklist








9781492615835I'll Be There (ISBN 9781492615835; December 2015), Samantha Chase

"The latest in Chase's appealing Montgomery Brothers series shows the painful processes of mental and physical recovery, a vivid backdrop against the romance." — Booklist








9781492620501A Talent for Trickery (ISBN 9781492620501; November 2015), Alissa Johnson

"Johnson (Nearly a Lady, 2011) begins her new Victorian-set Thief Takers series with a bang with a richly nuanced cast of characters whom Dickens himself might envy, and an expertly crafted mystery sweetened with just the right amount of passion." — Booklist



Don't miss the full reviews, available in the November 1 issue of Booklist! Congratulations to our authors!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Emma Shevah's Dream On, Amber continues to make waves. It has now been reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and Shelf Awareness, as well as included in a Booklist feature article. This all comes in addition to earning four STARRED reviews!

9781492622505Dream On, Amber (ISBN 9781492622505; October 2015), Emma Shevah

"Funny, poignant.... In pages that Helen Crawford-White has ornamented with preteen-style drawings (our heroine is a talented artist), Amber recounts her cockamamie scheme to hearten Bella, how it all goes awry, and how it yet deepens her small family's bonds of love in this wise and accessible read for 9- to 12-year-olds." — The Wall Street Journal

Read the full review online here.



"An entertaining, largely unsentimental look at a girl who, as best she can, makes peace with both the family members she has around and the ones who sadly aren't...Amber Miyamoto and her younger sister navigate his absence with a little hope and a lot of panache." — Karin Snelson, Shelf Awareness

The full review is available here.



Dream On, Amber was also included in the "Top 10 First Novels for Youth in 2015," the Booklist feature article! Check out the full article here.


You go, Amber! And congratulations to Emma Shevah!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Booklist has given great reviews to two Sourcebooks Jabberwocky titles!

9781492620747A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius (ISBN 9781492620747; November 2015), Stacey Matson

"Through essays, e-mails, letters, journal entries, drawings, teachers' notes, and assignment descriptions, Matson takes readers through Arthur's seventh-grade year. They see him develop, change, and mature, and they will grow along with him. Fans of Tommy Greenwald's Charlie Joe Jackson series will be drawn to Arthur." — Booklist







9781492623281Pippa Morgan's Diary (ISBN 9781492623281; December 2015), Annie Kelsey

"A charming story about the lengths you can go to win someone over, this is a great addition to the perennially popular illustrated-journal trend in middle-grade fiction. Although the character-created sketches can draw Wimpy Kid comparisons, the tone more closely matches Marissa Moss' Amelia's Notebook (1995).... Pippa Morgan's Diary is the perfect quick read for any student with starry-eyed aspirations and a big imagination." — Booklist



You can check out the full reviews in the November issue of Booklist. Congratulations to Stacey Matson and Annie Kelsey!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

We're thrilled to share that the New York Times Book Review has given Ray Celestin's The Axeman a glowing review!

9781492609162The Axeman (ISBN 9781492609162; September 2015), Ray Celestin

"Ray Celestin skillfully depicts the desperate revels of that idiosyncratic city and its bizarre legends in his first novel, THE AXEMAN." — Marilyn Stasio, New York Times


You can find the full review here, in a crime novels roundup by Marilyn Stasio.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Congratulations, Grace Burrowes! Daniel's True Desire has received a STARRED review in Library Journal!

9781492621058Daniel's True Desire (ISBN 9781492621058; November 2015), Grace Burrowes

"Beautifully wrought characters, both good and stunningly wicked, interact with a knotty plot that will keep readers enmeshed. The tidy resolution and elegant compromise nicely set the stage for the next in the series. Touching and intense." — Library Journal


You can find the full review in the October 15 issue of Library Journal.

Friday, October 23, 2015

We're excited to share that Booklist has reviewed four Sourcebooks titles in its October issue, plus one as an online exclusive!

9781492614074Rescue Road (ISBN 9781492614074; October 2015), Peter Zheutlin

"Filled with interviews with vets, volunteers, and Mahle as the men ferry the dogs cross-country, this heartwarming book also details the many organizations that assist dogs. Pet lovers and potential dog owners will find much to enjoy in this educational, touching tale." — Booklist







9781492623441The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (ISBN 9781492623441; January 2016), Katarina Bivald

"Touching and lively, Bivald's genuine homage to the power of books vibrates with fondness for small-town life and fascination with its indelible connections." — Booklist 







9781492615354All the Winters After (ISBN 9781492615354; January 2016), Seré Prince Halverson

"With sweet, heartfelt characters and a richly described setting, Halverson blends mystery and suspense into a love story of many layers, not the least of which is a declaration of love to the Alaskan wilderness and its people." — Booklist 







9781492621058Daniel's True Desire (ISBN 9781492621058; November 2015), Grace Burrowes

"Burrowes continues her trademark portrayal of frank and loving families in her latest memorable romance." — Booklist 


Check out the full reviews in the October 15 issue of Booklist!






And, in an online exclusive:

9781402281747The Secret Mission of William Tuck (ISBN 9781402281747; September 2015), Eric Pierpoint

"The gruesomeness of war comes across vividly in this hard-hitting tale." — Booklist 





Join us in congratulating our authors! 

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!

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