Interview with Christopher Coleman, Author of The Crippling

What can you tell us about your new release, The Crippling?

The Crippling is the fifth book in the Gretel series, which is loosely based on the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel. I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving away spoilers but I will say that The Crippling is creepier and darker than the previous books in the series and introduces two new villains which are more terrifying than their predecessors.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My grandfather used to tell my brother and me creepy stories when we were little, and he was also an avid reader of novels, so I’d say he was the person who got me into a love of books as a kid. And then I discovered Stephen King when I was probably ten or eleven, and my world changed.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I guess I’d have to classify the top five somehow, especially if we included nonfiction, and it would take me a week to really sort it out, but I’ll give five novels that would be near the top:

1. The Grapes of Wrath

2. The Road

3. Never Let Me Go

4. Underworld

5. It

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

It would be Cormac McCarthy. He’s 85 and hasn’t released a novel since The Road in 2006. I’ve heard he’s coming out with a new book for like ten years now, so my question would be, ‘What’s taking so long??’ I just don’t want him to pass before giving us one more treasure.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing is a struggle for me because, though I enjoy the solitude and independence of the process, I’m easily distracted, so it requires a lot of will power for me to stay in the chair. I don’t like that part. But I love the times when the creativity comes and the words flow effortlessly. It doesn’t happen all the time—most of the time it’s work—but when it does, it’s awesome.

What is a typical day like for you?

As I said, if I have an excuse, I’ll avoid the chair, so I need to have my day mapped out by the half-hour. I usually start early, write in increments of about 90 minutes depending on deadlines, other obligations, etc., and then take a break. My goal is to get at least four hours of writing in each day.

What scene in The Crippling was your favorite to write?

I have a character named Anika who is the co-heroine of the novel, and she’s pretty badass. She has a couple of fight scenes that result in her ending people pretty violently. I liked writing those. LOL!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

When it comes to writing, it’s this: What makes a good book is not what it’s about, it’s how it’s about what it’s about.

I try to keep that point in mind with every scene I write.

Christopher Coleman is the author of the new book The Crippling.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | July 23

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Jane Hinchey, Christopher Coleman, David Baldacci, Laura Lippman, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Interview with Jane Hinchey, Author of Witch Way to Beauty and the Beach

What can you tell us about your new release, Witch Way to Beauty and the Beach?

Witch Way to Beauty and the Beach is the fourth installment in the Witch Way series that features an amateur sleuth, Harper, who is also a witch, her Gran who makes questionable fashion choices (amongst other things) and her orange tabby familiar, Archie. In this book, one of the entrants in the local magic talent competition mysteriously turns up dead. Harper and her sidekicks have their work cut out for them discovering who the killer is before they strike again.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It wasn’t any one person or thing. From the ages of about two to eight, we lived in rural/remote outback South Australia and didn’t have a television (gasp, I know, how primitive!) so I grew up having to entertain myself, having to use my imagination. Subsequently both my brother and I are avid readers. Side-note: for anyone who wants to write, being a reader is a must. And that desire to tell my own story has always been there, in the back of my mind, but it really didn’t see the light of day until four years ago when I was made redundant and I was wondering what to do with myself…I decided to write a book!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Urgh, too hard! Next question, lol. My favorite genres to read are cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. I’m often reading two books at once — much like my writing I tend to bounce between a couple of projects at a time. For cozies, I’ve really been enjoying the High Heels Mysteries by Gemma Halliday and the Moonstone Bay series by Amanda M. Lee.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Assuming it could be anyone past or present I’d definitely start with Agatha Christie! I’d want to know what her failures were, what mistakes she made in her career and writing. I think she would be absolutely fascinating to sit down and have a cuppa with.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Making stuff up. Creating my own world. My own characters. It’s exciting breathing life into my creations and then just seeing where they take me. Quite often I’ll have a plan in mind and then I’ll start writing and something else totally unexpected appears on the page. I love it when that happens!

What is a typical day like for you?

My days typical start with coffee and cats. One of my cats, Morgan, loves to hang out with me in my office, it’s her favorite place, so she’ll nag me to get up just so she can come in here and take a four-hour nap.

Then it’s checking emails and social media while I drink my coffee, check in on my reader group, more coffee, then it’s sleeves up and fingers on the keyboard to get my daily words in. I aim for around 3,000 words a day. Some days are more, some are less. Then it’s more admin, the business side like budgets and accounts and all that fun stuff.

That’s my standard day – in the evenings I’m usually on my laptop in front of the TV doing research or a bit of marketing and I wind down before bedtime either reading or watching something on Netflix.

What scene in Witch Way to Beauty and the Beach was your favorite to write?

There’s an opening scene where Gran is working with the kids on their magical talent quest entry and they’re all suspended in the air and gran farts, which propels her unexpectedly across the room. I admit to getting a fit of giggles while writing that! Pretty much any scene with Gran is fun to write.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Start now, with what you have.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

I remind myself of this often. Every book starts with a blank page, doesn’t matter who you are, we all start the same. It doesn’t matter what tools you use to put words on the page. You don’t need fancy software; you can write a book using pen and paper! It’s all about starting with what you have and upgrading later. This doesn’t just apply to writing, it applies to everything in life. Start now, with what you have.

Jane Hinchey is the author of the new book Witch Way to Beauty and the Beach.

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New Romance Books to Read | July 23

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Samantha Chase, Jennifer Probst, Katy Evans, K.L. Grayson, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | July 23

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Joseph E. Henning, Jaclyn Moriarty, J. Ryan Stradal, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | July 23

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Michael Anderle, Terry Mixon, Jeffrey A. Carver, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from DK Holmberg, Anthony Ryan, C.S.E. Conney, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


Fantasy


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New Young Adult Books to Read | July 23

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Alexander Yates, Ashley Poston, Danielle Stinson, Geoffrey Saign, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | July 23

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Richard, Zoglin, John Glatt, Kasey S. Pipes, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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HER WILD RIDE (Red Dragons MC Series Book #1) by HEATHER VAN FLEET

‘The moment I sat across him in that booth last night, I had him pegged. Tormented and broody, secrets running amok in his head, angry at the world, but willing to give it a shot regardless. In a way, Niyol and I were kind of alike. I, too, wanted a new shot at life. A shot where I could just be me, forgoing my past and my pains for a chance at reinventing myself. Who I was as a woman, most of all. No longer would I be someone’s second in life.’

Her Wild Ride by Heather Van Fleet is our first book by this Author and we fell in love with her writing and her characters. This story really is a story of two halves. The first half is a slow burn romance between two people from very different walks of life. They are placed in a situation of close proximity, over a lengthy road trip, where the author does a stellar job of establishing a growing connection by fleshing out her characters. Their past, present and their need for new beginnings.

This wasn’t a typical MC romance, well, not like one we’ve read before. Rather than jumping straight into the MC life, Her Wild Ride is all about the characters, with the MC world set as a background until the latter part of the story. We loved this story-telling and truly connected with both Niyol and Summer, individually and as a couple. We wholeheartedly believed in their ‘opposites attract’ romance, so when the MC world caught up with them we felt all the angst and emotion.

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New Romantic Comedy Novels | Summer 2019

New Romantic Comedy Novels | Summer 2019

Looking for some fun in the sun this summer? Look no further than these sizzling new romantic comedy novels from some bestselling authors. Get your hands on the latest from Lauren Blakely, Lauren Layne, Jana Aston, Sophie Ranald, Emma Hart, and Lila Monroe. Enjoy your new books!


Dating Mr. Right

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: July 13, 2019

A collection of four romantic comedy books by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… Dating Mr. Right features tales of online dating meets secret identity romance, a friends-to-lovers plus best friend’s brother story, a pair of jaded lovers bitten by insta-love, and an office romance with an age difference. The books include: Lucky Suit, Once Upon A Red-Hot Kiss, Too Good To Be True, and Strong Suit.

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The Prenup

by Lauren Layne

Release Date: July 9, 2019

Growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Charlotte Spencer didn’t want the sit-still-look-pretty future her parents dictated for her. That’s where Colin Walsh came in. He was her brother’s quiet and brooding best friend. With him came a chance to pursue her dreams. After a courthouse wedding, she can use her inheritance to start a business and Irish-born Colin gets his Green Card.

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Plan B

by Jana Aston

Release Date: July 2, 2019

I knew Kyle Kingston would be a mistake. A satisfying mistake, but still a mistake all the same. At the time I didn’t even know his name or who he was, but I knew it would be a bad idea. Well, now I am pregnant and it turns out my baby daddy is the heir to a retail empire and impossible to get a hold of.

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It’s Not You It’s Him

by Sophie Renald

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Tansy got dumped two heartbreaking weeks ago. Renzo used to make her weak at the knees and dizzy with excitement, but when he found out about her secret, he ended it on the spot. She has spent every night since scrolling through old photos, drunk texted him 26 times, and lost count of all the Kleenex she has cried through. But now she has a plan to get Renzo back.

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The Accidental Girlfriend

by Emma Hart

Release Date: June 25, 2019

I have a tip for you: Don’t post an online ad offering yourself as a fake date because someone might just take you up on it. That is how I ended up being the fake girlfriend of Mason Jackson. He didn’t even want this to happen. His sister was the one responsible for me being his date for his ten-year high school reunion. And she is the one that told his parents our relationship was real. Now we have no choice. We have to act like we are head-over-heels in love with each other.

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Cupids Anonymous

by Lila Monroe

Release Date: July 16, 2019

I am a professional Cyrano. If you need a love note, apology letter, or raunch sext, I can handle it. But when my most frequent client, Dylan Griffin, comes to me with an unconventional job, I found out that three little words can make one big complication. He doesn’t want help seducing another swimsuit model. He needs help with his one true love from high school.

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