New Young Adult Books to Read | November 24

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 Tara J. Stone, Josh Swiller, LA Michaels, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Moses Yuriyvich Mikheyev, Author of Strange Deaths of the Last Romantic

What can you tell us about your new release, Strange Deaths of the Last Romantic?

I started writing Strange Deaths right after I finished my graduate degree in theological studies at Emory University in 2017. Initially, I was planning on getting my PhD in philosophy, but then I slowly changed my mind about that. I decided I’d take a break from school and try my hand at becoming what everyone told me was just a stupid dream: a writer. I figured I could take a few years off, write a few novels, and if things didn’t work out, I could always head back to school and become a philosophy professor. I finished the novel in a little less than a year. I then sent it out to agents, and it got rejected by all of them. Then I got an email from one agent that was interested. I signed a contract with that agency, and they tried to get it published. Allegedly, it came close to publication with Sourcebooks, but after further review, they ended up axing it. After two years, with no publishing deals and only coronavirus in sight, I decided to fund the entire project myself. I hired an editor from Penguin to edit the book and had my sister team up with an expert on the cover. After a year or so of that, the book is finally coming out November 17th, 2020. It was a long journey and I hope readers enjoy the book!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2015 to do graduate work at Emory. It took me a few months to find a job and get settled in. In that time period, I purchased a lot of Russian literature. I spent a month or so going through Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. I decided somewhere along the lines that I could write a book similar to Crime and Punishment. It was just a thought, but I decided when I had the time, I would try to write that book. (Strange Deaths is not that book. That book is yet to come.)

But, even before all of that, I’ve been writing short stories and making movies in my head ever since I was a kid. I always wanted to be a writer, but I never seriously considered it as a career option since its success rate is effectively zero. I guess reading Dostoevsky just strengthened my resolve to seriously consider writing an actual novel.

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

That one is easy.
(1) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
(2) Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
(3) East of Eden by Steinbeck
(4) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(5) Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography by Joakim Garff

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

If it’s writing-related, then I’d love to interview Fitzgerald. I’d love to pick his brains about Gatsby. And maybe I’d ask him why he thought Tender is the Night was his best work (I think it’s pretty awful). Either way, I think he’s the best writer that America ever produced and it’s unfortunate he wasn’t recognized in his own lifetime.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

“Favorite” and “writing” in one sentence? That’s a loaded question. I hate writing. It’s awful. Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. It’s excruciating pain. I’d much rather be crucified upside down than finish another novel. Being a writer is a curse. You know you have to write, and you know you can’t stop—and you know everything you write is garbage. Like William Goldman, I only write because “the rage” is still there. One day I’ll wake up and the rage will be gone. Then I’ll probably shoot myself.

What is a typical day like for you?

I used to have a routine with writing. The goal was always 2,000 words a day. After four completed novels, I’m starting to take breaks. I’ve started and stopped something like 4 or 5 novels in the last year or so. It’s awful—writing is. I have this one novel that I’ve been working on that was supposed to be epic. I got a hundred pages in and quit writing because it started boring me to death. Most novels are like that: they bore the author and then the audience. The good news is: when I get bored, I just stop writing. There’s no use in publishing utter garbage. I only finish novels I somewhat believe in. I guess Strange Deaths made the cut.

What scene from Strange Deaths of the Last Romantic was your favorite to write?

Writing the entire book was pain. It was written out of pain and in pain. I mean, I could say it was written for, by, with, et cetera pain in mind. I don’t think I enjoyed writing a single scene. I mean, I’m no sadomasochist, so pain brings me no joy. And all real writing is just verbal pain. But if I’m asked, “Which scene was least painful to write?” then I’d have to go with the prologue. The prologue was easy. I felt no pain writing that one.

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

In my twenties, when everything was just cotton candy and pink sunsets, I lived by the idea that hard work paid off. Today, I live by the idea that life is just work—and every once in a while, those who get lucky, get paid. I guess I’m no longer an idealist. This book, like a million other books, will likely sell ten copies—if I’m lucky. The “if” is really a big one. I feel that if every day of my life. I just write because I have to. I live for the same reason: I have to.

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Interview with Rosalind Tate, Author of Stranded

What can you tell us about your new release, Stranded?

Stranded was inspired by a question that popped into my head a few years ago when I was watching Downton Abbey on TV. How would a modern girl cope – or not – if she found herself in a grand house a century ago?

I love time travel stories, but I wrestle with the paradoxes and consequences of time travel. A quantum computer couldn’t track all the effects that someone just traveling would bring about, never mind interacting with people in the past and future. The main character in Stranded, Sophie, thinks she’s traveled in time, but she’s actually landed in a similar parallel universe where time passes slower – so that world is a century behind ours.

Here in 2020, the scientific community is so convinced parallel universes exist, they’re searching for evidence of them in the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Going with parallel universes made the story real for me.

The portal between universes is at the heart of the story. The portal isn’t magic. It works within the laws of physics. So, if Sophie can unpick its secrets, she’ll be able to get home.

Stranded also has romance and a love triangle, and Sophie, Hugo and Freddy’s friendship will continue and develop in subsequent books in the series. Readers have asked me whether I’m on ‘Team Hugo’ or ‘Team Freddy,’ but my lips are sealed!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mother inspired me. She wrote historical novels that were published in the 1980s. As a teenager, I never thought much of it, but now I appreciate how hard she must have worked and appreciate the high quality of her books. It’s a commonplace tragedy nowadays, but she has advanced dementia, so I can’t tell her how proud I am. Her novels are out of print and I intend to republish them, so she’ll live on in those stories.

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

For me, very special books take you out of reality, keep you gripped, make you think and — the ultimate test — when you get to the end, you can’t bear it and have to read from the beginning again. I’m afraid my choices aren’t very original!

These need no explanation…

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien,

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

A bit more up to date…

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Deborah’s knowledge of history (she’s a history professor) and modern DNA techniques, and the way she weaves that through her story of vampires and witches, means you’re hooked until the very last page.

Fortune’s Fool by Angela Boord. This novel knocked my socks off. It won the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off competition (SPFBO) last year, and I stopped reading the eBook on the second page and bought the paperback. Her wonderful writing needed to be savored slowly and that merited a physical book!

My final choice is not a book, but can I cheat? The TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, written by Joss Whedon, has to be up there. The best dialogue, how you can succeed with the help of your friends, and how hard it is to be a leader. I’m not sure it’s even about vampires…

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

The scientist, Jane Goodall.

Jane conducted a six-decade study of wild chimpanzees in Africa, debunked the assumption that humans are uniquely different from other animals by proving (among other things) that animals construct and use tools. And because of her tireless campaigning, there are now no laboratories in the US that experiment on chimpanzees.

Jane is my hero and her work influenced how I’ve portrayed Sophie’s dog, Charlotte, who also falls through the portal in Stranded. Charlotte has her own personality (as anyone who has a dog will know!) and she’s just a regular dog. But (no spoilers) she’s not in the book by accident.

The question I’d ask Jane is: why and how did you not give up, when for years eminent professors and scientists ridiculed you and your work?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When complete scenes and dialogue come into my brain from the ether (usually when I’m in the shower) and I have to write it all down or it’s lost. It feels as though it’s come from somewhere/someone else and that I’m ‘cheating,’ as I haven’t consciously created them!

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up at 4 am while my family are asleep. When my head is in 1925, any well-meant interruption (‘How’s the book going?’) can stop my chain of thought for the day! I write in a shed in the garden until 11 am (at the moment, I’m writing Escape, the next book after Stranded), then I have coffee with my long-suffering husband, and in the afternoon I do marketing, publishing admin and answer reader’s emails. I’m not superwoman, so I’m in bed by 8 pm most nights. I take it easy at weekends and spend time with my family. That’s not typical at the moment. We’re in lockdown here in England and because two of my grown-up children are miles away, we can only Zoom.

What scene from Stranded was your favorite to write?

The Summer Ball at Shorten Manor. Sophie is wearing a fabulous dress, posh white gloves to above the elbow and looking as pretty and delicate as Cinderella. But when a lecherous guest tries to seduce her, she puts him on the floor with one punch. Yay!

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

‘Carpe diem’ or ‘Seize the day.’ We’re only here once (probably), so enjoy it. I don’t always succeed in living by that motto though. Life too often gets in the way…

Rosalind Tate is the author of the new book Stranded.

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New Young Adult Books to Read | November 17

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 Chloe Gong, David Yoon, Andrea Portes, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Young Adult Books to Read | November 10

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 Kiersten White, Laura Taylor Namey, Lou Diamond Phillips, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Young Adult Books to Read | November 3

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 Mari Mancusi, Kass Morgan, Sara Wolf, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Young Adult Books to Read | October 27

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 Kerri Maniscalco, Sara B. Larson, Lindsay K. Brandy, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | October 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! October had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Danielle Steel, Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction

Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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New Young Adult Books to Read | October 20

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 Jennifer Donnelly, Emma Doherty, Ashley Poston, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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The $0.99 Fall eBook Sale

Over 60 Books. $0.99 each.

Score amazing deals on these fantastic titles and support female authors this Fall.

The Fall eBook Sale is Brought To You by She Writes Press and SparkPress. This sale ends on Monday, October 26th, 2020.


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Non-Fiction

 

Memoir

 

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