Displaying articles for: July 2013

Novella Recommendations

If you’re like me, your summer is busy and filled with all sorts of activities. Whether you’re at home or on vacation, you may not have a large chunk of time to curl up with a good book like you did during the winter. This is why I love reading novellas at this time of the year. The short format fits my crazy, oh-my-gosh-I’ve-been-interrupted-again schedule.

 

One-third to one-half the size of a full-length novel, a novella can often be read in just one sitting. If you’re flying somewhere, you can probably finish the story before your plane lands. If you’re at work and you’re a speedy reader, I’ll bet you can start and finish one during your lunch hour. Here are several self-published romance novellas that I’ve recently enjoyed.

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What the Pros Read: Impassioned Romance Picks from Great Authors

This week, we have the pleasure of hearing from five fan favorites in the field of Romance fiction, as they offer their selections for recommended reading.  Their picks are certain to spark conversation, and maybe even a few new tricks in one's love life.

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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).