Buzziest Books of the Year | 2019

Buzziest Books of the Year | 2019

2019 has been an incredibly exciting year for new novels and we wanted to celebrate by sharing our top ten list for buzziest books of the year! Whether your a fan of mystery, romance, literary fiction, science fiction, or memoir, we think we’ve got a little something for everyone. Sit back and enjoy our picks for the best books of 2019!


The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides

Release Date: February 5, 2019

This thriller was an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller from debut author Alex Michaelides…Everything was seemingly perfect for Alicia Berenson. She is a famous painter and married to an in-demand fashion photographer. She lives in a grand house in one of Londons most desirable areas. Then one evening she shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks another word. Her refusal to talk turns this domestic tragedy into a mystery that captures public attention and casts Alicia into notoriety.

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City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release Date: June 4, 2019

The year is 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out Vassar College for her poor performance in her freshman year. He parents send her to live with her aunt in Manhattan. Her aunt owns the flamboyant but crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. Here Vivian is introduced to an interesting array of characters. When she makes a mistake that turns into a professional scandal, her world turns upside down.

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The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Release Date: September 10, 2019

The sequel to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale… Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale the Republic of Gilead regime maintains its grip on power. But it may be starting to rot from within. Follow three very different women as their lives converge.

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The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Olive Torres is always the unlucky twin and her life is almost comically jinxed. To contrast this, her sister Ami is a champion. She even managed to finance her wedding by winning a slew of contests. The only thing worse for Olive than her constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man… her nemesis, Ethan Thomas.

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Olive, Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Release Date: October 15, 2019

The new novel from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout… Olive, Again follows the life of beloved Olive Kitteridge. Olive is struggling to understand not only herself but the lives of everyone around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. “Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith.

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The Institute

by Stephen King

Release Date: September 10, 2019

On a quiet suburban street in Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Elis’s parents and he is loaded into a black SUV. In the morning he wakes up at The Institute. He is in a room that looks just like his own but with no windows. Outside his door are other doors, all that have other kids… kids with special talents.

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The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Release Date: September 4, 2019

The new book from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates… Hiram Walker’s mother was sold away when he was very young, he was robbed of all memory of her. But he was gifted a mysterious power. This power saved his life when he almost drowned in a river years later. Hiram’s brush with death spurs a daring scheme… to escape the only home he has ever known.

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Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Release Date: May 14, 2019

The new memoir from Jayson Greene explores the power of love in the face of loss… Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench in Manhattan. Overhead a brick windowsill crumbles and strikes Greta unconscious. Once More We Saw starts with this traumatic moment and the hours leading up to her death. It explores the anguish that Jayson and his wife went through but also dives into a narrative that is more about hope and healing.

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Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Bethie and Jo Kaufmann were born into a world full of promise. They grew up in a perfect 1950’s Detroit house and their roles in the family were clearly defined. Bethe is the pretty and feminine good girl who dreams of a traditional life. While Jo is a tomboy, a bookish rebel that wants to make the world fairer. But things end up looking very different from what they imagined.

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The Guardians

by John Grisham

Release Date: October 15, 2019

A young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead in his office. There were no clues, no witnesses, and no one with a motive. But somehow the police came to suspect one of his clients, a young black man, Quincy Miller. He was sent to prison for life. He has spent twenty-two years maintaining his innocence while in prison but no one listens. In a desperate move, he reaches out to Guardian Ministries, a nonprofit run by Cullen Post, an Episcopal minister and lawyer.

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Our Audiobook Playlist For December | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For December | 2019

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in December. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, literary fiction, science fiction, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak

by Molly O’Keefe

Release Date: December 13, 2019

If you were given one day to relive at the end of your life, what day would you choose? Walter Zawislak doesn’t want any of it. He doesn’t want a trip down memory lane to revisit a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and he hasn’t done much living since. If it’s lights out, he just wants some peace and quiet. But Peter, the mysterious man in charge of Walter’s afterlife isn’t listening.

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Trace of Evil

by Alice Blanchard

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The first book in A Natalie Lockhart series by Alice Blanchard… Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York. It is an isolated town known for its dark past. Natalie has been tasked with finding nine missing transients that have gone missing over the years. As she dives into the case, she wrestles with the town’s troubled history… and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder.

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Trying to Score

by Kendall Ryan

Release Date: November 12, 2019

The third book in the Hot Jocks series by New York Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan… I knew Teddy King way before he was the hockey player that everyone wants a piece of. He was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners. But now the secret is out. One steamy encounter from our college days has surfaced and could cause a major scandal. That’s unless we can work together to stop it.

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Starsight

by Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: November 26, 2019

The sequel to Skyward by New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson… Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot her entire life. She wants to prove she is a hero like her father. When she made it to the sky, she learned some crushing truths about her father. The rumors about his cowardice are true and he deserted his flight during a battle against Krell.

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If You Tell

by Gregg Olsen

Release Date: December 1, 2019

The new true crime story from the New York Times Bestselling Author, Gregg Olsen… The word mom triggers horrific memories for sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek. For years, behind the closed doors of a farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their mother, Shelly, subjected the girls to abuse, torture, and psychic terrors. Throughout everything, the three girls developed a defiant bond that helped them escape the escalating nightmare.

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A Christmas Gathering

by Anne Perry

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Although her friends’ country house is beautiful, it is not the place Lady Vespasia wants to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She would have much preferred a relaxing holiday at home. Especially since Victor, the former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding undercover dealings with the other guests of the estate.

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Must-Read Fantasy Novels | December 2019

Must-Read Fantasy Novels | December 2019

Does your fantasy reading list need some new additions this holiday season? You’re in luck because there have been some amazing new fantasy novels for you to dive into this month! Get the latest releases from bestselling authors Kyle McCurry, David K. Bennett, James Islington, Brian McClellan, C.J. Archer, and Emily R. King. Enjoy your new fantasy books!


The Fleeing Company

by Kyle McCurry

Release Date: December 1, 2019

in a world of dragons, wizards, fairies, and countless other creatures, Adroegen is a lonely drifter. Having lost his family as a child, under the evil lord Vyroun and his servant, the goblin chief. Among his travels, Adroegen discovers a hidden village some years back, there he made friends that were like him and without their true families. One day, as Adroegen visits, he is followed by the goblin chief and his pack. They raze the village and leave none alive except for his friends.

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The Journeyman For Zdrell

by David K. Bennett

Release Date: December 5, 2019

The second book in The Magic of Zdrell series by David K. Bennett… Eril is being pursued by demon wizards. He travels to stay concealed and to learn and master the ancient magic of Zdrell. Will he be able to stay alive long enough to learn how to stop the demons and their wizards? Or will everyone on the planet of Klastra be turned into fodder for demons?

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The Light of All That Falls

by James Islington

Release Date: December 10, 2019

The third and final book in The Licaniu Trilogy by James Islington… The Boundary is once again whole but it may be too late. After the savage battle, Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final blow. Wirr is fighting to maintain the alliance between Andarra’s factions of power in Ilin Illan. While Davian is imprisoned and alone in a strange land, he is pitted against the remaining Venerate and is desperately trying to undo Asha’s sacrifice.

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Blood of Empire

by Brian McClellan

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The third book in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy by Brian McClellan… The Landfall Godstone has been unlocked by the Dynize. Michel Bravis has been tasked with returning to Greenfire Depth to prevent them from using the power. He will do whatever it takes, from creating dissension among the enemy ranks to rallying the Palo population.

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The Temple of Forgotten Secrets

by C.J. Archer

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The fourth book in the After The Rift series by USA Today Bestselling Author C.J. Archer… It is a perilous time for Glancia but Josie is more worried about the events in her village. A horrible fire has put the lives of those she loves at risk and is threatening to shatter the peace. Josie and the captain start to investigate the blaze but powerful enemies are trying to stop them.

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Everafter Song

by Emily R. King

Release Date: December 10, 2019

The third book in The Evermore Chronicles by Emily R. King… Everly Donovan has a price on her head. After fleeing from the queen’s false accusation of murder and sorcery, there is only one way for her to prove her innocence. Everly must catch Killian Markham, the fugitive prince who is guilty for the crimes that she has been condemned.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | December 2019

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! December 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 Greg Iles, James Patterson, Jane Harper, Steve BErry, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, David Weber, Ally Carter, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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New Romance Novels For The Holidays | 2019

New Romance Novels For The Holidays | 2019

Looking for some new love stories to get lost in this holiday season? Whether you like your romance steamy, sweet, suspenseful or funny, we’ve made a list of new reads we think you’ll adore. Check out the latest from bestselling authors Lisa Renee Jones, Lauren Blakely, Helena Halme, P. Dangelico, Kayley Loring, and Colleen Hoover. Enjoy!


Savage Hunger

by Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date: December 17, 2019

The first book in the Savage Trilogy by New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones… His name is Rick Savage but they just call him Savage, and for good reason. He can make you laugh and then rip your heart out. No one knows this more than me, Candace Marks. I loved him and he left me bleeding from the heart. Now he has returned home and I am engaged to another man. A brutal man that I am trapped into marrying.

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Asking For a Friend

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: December 16, 2019

The first book in the Boyfriend Material series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… I knew exactly what she was looking for in a man. She wanted someone who was smart, funny, ambitious, well-read, and can play a wicked game of badminton. So, I posted it for her online. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Then he responded… Would it be wrong to date the guy I screened for my best friend?

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An Island Christmas

by Helena Halme

Release Date: November 28, 2019

The second book in the Love on the Island series by bestselling author Helena Halme… Alicia is getting ready to enjoy her first Christmas back on her beloved Islands with her family. She plans on some traditional dancing around the tree and sipping mulled wine in front of the fire. What she didn’t plan on was the peace to be broken by her estranged husband, Liam. At the same time, her ex-lover Patrick tempts her with an altogether different kind of future. Now Alicia must face an impossible choice to keep her family together.

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Nothing But Wild

by P. Dangelico

Release Date: December 15, 2019

The second book in the bestselling Malibu University Series by P. Dangelico… Dallas Van Zant is a water polo god, a shameless flirt and a beautiful disaster. For some reason, I have been talked into driving him around as part of his plea deal. There’s a small problem with this, he makes me nervous. I’m not good with people, in particular men. Especially popular athletes. I’ve worked hard to keep my disability under control but one minute near him and all that work goes flying out the window.

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Sleeper

by Kayley Loring

Release Date: December 12, 2019

Even on a normal day, I struggle to sleep right. But lately, my days are filled with the best kind of chaos and my stress levels are off the charts. My ex-wife and husband number two are filming in Poland for three months. So, I am turning down movie parts to focus on the most important role of my life… being a single dad. My son won’t stop asking questions and my daughter won’t brush her teeth. To make things worse, our nanny quit. There’s only one person I trust to hire as a temp nanny, my best friend’s sister, Willa.

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Regretting You

by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: December 10, 2019

Morgan Grant and her daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. Morgan doesn’t want her sixteen-year-old daughter to make the same mistakes as her. By getting pregnant and marrying young. Clara doesn’t want to be like her mother anyway, she is way too predictable and doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Morgan’s husband, Chris. But when he is in a tragic incident, the consequences have heartbreaking consequences.

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Interview with Kayley Loring, Author of Sleeper

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

Sleeper is a lighthearted, cute, sexy single dad/nanny romantic comedy about Shane Miller, a divorced movie star who was formerly a teen heartthrob and Willa Todd, his best friend’s quirky younger sister. She becomes his temporary live-in nanny while his ex-wife is out of town and he’s dealing with insomnia. Shane has five-year-old boy and girl twins. The four of them very quickly start to feel like a family and it’s very hard for Shane and Willa to resist each other. They don’t kiss and then they do kiss and swoony hilarity ensues!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Paperbacks of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, Kissing Galileo by Penny Reid on my Kindle, The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James on Audible.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Resist every urge to get bangs, don’t give away those Sweet Dreams romance books, and also you really must stop caring so much about what other people think of you because you’re actually quite awesome.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Sleeping!

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Besides writing, I always seem to be feeding animals—the ones that live in my house because I adopted them and the wildlife that hang out in my backyard. Animals are innocent and always living in the moment. I think it makes me happy to watch them eat the food that I put out for them because they’re so genuinely happy to be eating. There’s no guilt or Instagramming involved, it’s just pure joy and necessity. Whenever I’m getting stressed out about deadlines or whatever, I’ll go out back and see a chickadee pecking away at a sunflower seed or a squirrel devouring a nut and I feel better about everything.

What scene in Sleeper was your favorite to write?

Mackenzie Cartwright and Teddy Hamilton have narrated my last four audiobooks, and they will be narrating Sleeper. They are both brilliant actors and I wrote this with their sexy voices in my head so that made every scene fun to work on. But I think the first chapter was probably my favorite because it’s all Shane Miller and his five-year-old twins and the morning chaos of an insomniac getting his kids to school on time. Figuring out the twins’ personalities and what the dynamic would be with their dad was extra fun and I melted my own ovaries by imagining how Teddy Hamilton would bring that chapter to life because he’s so good at voicing little kids. I expect that when I hear the recording at the end of February I’ll just lapse into a swoon-induced coma.

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Interview with Mark M. Bello, Author of Betrayal in Black

What can you tell us about your new release, Betrayal in Black?

Like all of my novels, Betrayal in Black is a “ripped from the headlines” legal thriller. Here is the synopsis I wrote for Amazon:

Pulled over in America? When you’re white, you might get a ticket. When you’re black you might end up dead.

In a fictional Michigan town, a man is pulled over by the local police. The driver wonders: “What did I do wrong?” The officer asks for I.D.; the driver casually mentions he legally carries a gun. The officer panics—confusion reigns—shots ring out—an innocent man lies bleeding to death and the incident is captured on video.

The shooting becomes the national headline—the dead man is black—the shooter is white. A community is thrown into chaos. Protester on both sides of the racial divide take to the streets.

A widow struggles struggles to make sense of senseless tragedy. She turns to high-profile trial lawyer, Zachary Blake. Together, they dare to fight city hall. Will police lie to protect the status quo?

“Small Great Things” meets “The Hate U Give” in Mark M. Bello’s explosive new social justice legal thriller, Betrayal in Black.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have drawn inspiration from a variety of legal and political thriller authors as well as authors in other genres. Harper Lee, John Grisham, Daniel Silva, Dan Brown, Scott Turow, Scott Pratt, Pat Conroy and others come to mind. However, the inspiration to actually sit down and write came from a very personal experience, a case and some very brave clients I represented in the mid-1980’s. My young client was the victim of clergy abuse and he and his mother took on a powerful institution, the Catholic Church, in a true David v Goliath struggle for justice. We exposed the offending priest’s predilection for pedophilia and the cover-up of his previous illegal and immoral behavior in prior parishes. We achieved a good result for our clients. I promised myself that I would, one day, write a book about the experience and that experience and promise was the genesis of Betrayal of Faith, my first novel.

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

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides, Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, George R R Martin 5 book Games of Thrones Anthology, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Honorable mention for John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill.

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

God—Do you exist and did you really write the Bible?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is that I write face-inspired fiction, and I can dictate the narrative as I see fit, in accordance with my own sense of social justice, limited only by my own imagination.

What is a typical day like for you?

I still must work for a living. I am an attorney, the general counsel for my own company. I am now a senior citizen and I take time off to travel—I write when inspired to do so. A typical day is spent at the office or at home with my wife. I enjoy reading, movies, and live theatre. Hopefully, we get a visit from one of my four children and hopefully, he or she brings one of my eight grandchildren along. Part of my winter is spent in Florida where I like to golf and play tennis or pickle ball. I look forward to full retirement from day-to-day office routine, perhaps to spend more time writing “ripped from the headlines” legal thrillers.

What scene in Betrayal in Black was your favorite to write?

I choose not to ruin a novel for potential readers. My favorite part of any novel. and Betrayal in Black is no exception, is the end, where surprises may happen, trial or settlement results are revealed, and a few hundred pages of hard work come to a dramatic (hopefully) conclusion. I like bringing a novel home. Betrayal in Black comes to an interesting conclusion—read it to the very end.

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

From the Book of Deuteronomy, “Justice, Justice, Shalt Thou Pursue.” The Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series is all about justice for the ‘little guy.’

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Interview with Santiago Xaman, Author of After Olympus

What can you tell us about your new release, After Olympus?

It took fifteen years to write, if you count the six years in the middle — which I spent not writing at all because I couldn’t quite figure how to tell this impossible story. I had written for the theatre for decades before that, so I was surprised to learn that “show, don’t tell” was just as much a cardinal requirement in literary fiction. Whenever I floated the idea of a novel with serious ideas in it (something that cannot be shown without telling) people just patted me on the head and told me to go write non-fiction. In the end I had to break rules — and crash genres — to cobble together a style I could use to tell this tale. I thought the professional critics would surely hate the result, but they don’t. Who knew?

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve never had the slightest ambition to be a ‘great’ author. But I’ve always hoped to find my way to one ‘great book’. Contrary to popular belief, these are not the same thing.

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

Sorry to be so difficult, but I don’t have any such list. A great book at sixteen may not seem quite as impactful at sixty. I can list a few books, but there are at least twenty-five others that would merit the same recognition for different reasons at different times: “Crime and Punishment” (Dostoyevsky), “Disgrace” (Coetzee), “Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity” (Rorty), “One Hundred Years of Solitude (Garcia Marquez), “The Namesake” (Lahiri), “Empire Falls” (Russo), “Cloud Atlas” (Mitchell), “The Metaphysical Club” (Louis Menand), “Middlesex” (Eugenides), “Runaway” (Munro), “Bel Canto” (Patchett)…

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

Plato, if he were still alive. I would ask what he found most meaningful in his own private life.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting an off-beat sentence to sound just right.

What is a typical day like for you?

There is no typical day, really. But the things I do on most days would probably have some connection to problem-solving, particularly puzzles that have never before been solved.

What scene in After Olympus was your favorite to write?

The explicit sex scene in the book. It is quite short. I added it after the story was finished because someone pointed out ‘there is no sex in this book, only violent deaths’. Sex scenes are always the hardest to write, because it is impossible to be original. So, to that extent, it was fun.

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

Go do some impossible things. Then go do some more.

After Olympus

 

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Interview with Kyle McCurry, Author of The Fleeing Company

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

Well to start, it is the first book of a series called The Drifters’ Road. It is intended to be a tale about good and evil, with religious allegory regarding whether or not there is a greater power that watches over us all, and in the long run a theme of people discovering what their road is, or what purpose has been set before them.

The plot itself is of a young traveler named Adroegen, who has to lead his friends, simple folk from the south, away from a pack of goblins, led by their leader, the goblin chief, who is hunting them under the command of an evil lord in the north named Vyroun, and Adroegen’s friends are caught in this hunt. As they run, this company goes on a long adventure and encounters several obstacles. Adroegen tries to keep his friends safe but also greatly wants to kill the goblin chief, who had helped kill all in his kin years ago.

The story takes place in a fantasy or fairy tale sort of world, inspired much by J.R.R. Tolkien and all sorts of different European mythologies and folklore. There dragons, goblins, talking birds and trees, and other creatures that one would see in fairytales, and down the road the story will have other creatures that will be more of my own creation.

With the story I try to capture what I think is the heart and spirit of storytelling, which I have found is summed up with one word: escapism. This one simple word is ultimately why I believe we turn to stories, to see things interesting, fun, and imaginary that would not otherwise be found on our real life. And this is fundamentally the sort of spirit that I try to capture in my stories.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

If there is any single author, I would say Tolkien, who was nothing short of a master storyteller, and arguably the greatest author to ever live. Yet as to what led me to becoming an author, while I have always liked stories, I daresay that there was not quite a day where I simply said that I will begin writing books. Instead, at some point I simply had an idea come to me, one I kept thinking of, and then one thing happened after another, where I soon had a story in my head and I decided to write it, and suddenly now, here I am as an author.

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

That is a good question. I would say that nearly everything that I read is at least a hundred years old, and some of the texts I read are around a thousand years old. Among my favorite books would certainly be The Hobbit from Tolkien, and any other works of Tolkien for that matter. The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson would be another. As to the rest, I would say that I read a lot of short fairytales rather than large books. I have one book at home of all of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytales, and I have taken a good amount of influence from some of his tales, so I might put that as one of my favorite books. The Exeter Book, while not exactly a story book, but rather a compilation of Anglo-Saxon riddles, poems, and other texts, would be another favorite book of mine. And lastly, among many choices, I think I would pick the poem of Beowulf, though that is a difficult choice, as there are all kinds of other texts I could put here.

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

Well, it would certainly depend on who would be willing to speak with me. But if I were able to have a chance to speak with anyone I wanted, I think I would love to talk to Christopher Tolkien.

As to what I might ask, well, where to begin! I think one good question might be if there is any story about him and his father that he could tell, that not many people know about. Then there are all kinds of things to ask about what it is like running the Tolkien Estate for all the years that he has.

Most of all, I would want to express the deep admiration, appreciation, and respect that I and I am sure so many others out there have for the work he has done in both carrying on and protecting the enormous legacy of his father. Christopher’s work in bringing Middle Earth and its history to life might be equally important as that of his father’s.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I think that if I were to plainly say what the delight in writing is, it would be freedom, where one has the freedom to place within their stories whatever their imagination desires. Within the imagination and freedom of the mind, the writer can create a tale of knights, princesses, pirates, mermaids, robots, spaceships, and all kinds of other vast and endless possibilities that might absorb their interest. That I believe is what is ultimately the joy in writing and telling stories.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work a day job in the restaurant business, and I am there early in the morning and through the afternoon. Then I am home before the evening and then I work on my writing.

What scene in The Fleeing Company was your favorite to write?

If I were to choose one chapter, perhaps I might pick Chapter Five, where my characters find themselves at the house of a wizard named Ganglere, after escaping the pack of goblins that were chasing them.

While there, Ganglere gathers several animals of the forest, from bears and bees to thrushes and finches, and speaks to them about where the goblins have gone since the company had arrived. At the same time, my main character, Adroegen, listens to his friends and their interest in what gifts this wizard possesses, and they learn of a great being called Enilundar, who created the entire world and was said to watch over all on it. Adroegen, however, had lost all in his kin years ago, and thus he does not at all believe that any higher power watches over him, and so he grows angry upon hearing words of this being.

I think what I like about this part of the tale is that it has a few different things taking place at once, from a wizard speaking to several different forest animals, to learning a little about the history of that world, and to learning more about the main character and some of his thoughts on higher powers.

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

I daresay that there is not quite a motto that I follow. Well, in terms of how I approach writing, perhaps I would offer that I try to practice patience and creating a story correctly over rushing it and then ending up with flaws. Also, I believe it important to understand and remember what the story is at its core and to not stray from it. I also like to respect works from the past, as many of those works influence the stories that I try to write today.

The Fleeing Company

 

Kyle McCurry is the author of the new book The Fleeing Company.

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Interview with William Bernhardt, Author of Trial by Blood

What can you tell us about your new release, Trial by Blood?

This is the third book in my new Daniel Pike series, which is doing better than I ever dreamed. I think people are ready for a good courtroom mystery/thriller protagonist, and Dan seems to fit the bill. This time he’s dealing with a billion-dollar inheritance, a potential heir’s suspicious reappearance, and more danger than he’s ever encountered before. Can Dan dig up the secrets of the past before he’s buried six feet under?

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I knew I wanted to be writer when I was seven years old. I loved the library–my home away from home. What inspired me was all the wonderful books I read. I thought if I could play a small role in this wonderful world, that would be better than anything.

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

I’m going with the first five that jumped to mind:
Pride and Prejudice
The Great Gatsby
The Martian Chronicles
Cat’s Cradle
One Hundred Years of Solitude

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

I’d bring on Billy Collins, one of my favorite living poets. I assume the dead ones would be off limits.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I don’t have to dress up, go anywhere, or impress a boss. The only people I have to impress are my readers.

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up early, water my plants, make coffee, light a candle, meditate, then write. And I don’t do anything else until the writing (for the day) is done.

What scene in Trial by Blood was your favorite to write?

The Epilogue. I surprised myself. I can’t talk about why–but when you read it, I think you’ll understand.

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

I take mine from Emily Dickinson: If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain…

William Bernhardt is the author of the new book Trial by Blood.

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