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The April 2017 Indie Next list includes four Macmillan titles!
THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
Two starred reviews! Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of FALLEN LAND. “Drawing comparisons to James Dickey’s DELIVERANCE and Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN, Brown’s impressive second novel is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, Southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes, all bound up in the mythical powers of the Altamaha River.” — Library Journal, starred review
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts with three starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review
MERCIES IN DISGUISE: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them by Gina Kolata
In this work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, New York Times science reporter Kolata follows a family through genetic illness and one courageous daughter who decides her fate shall no longer be decided by a genetic flaw. “Kolata delivers an inspiring chronicle of a remarkable family, medical advances, and redefining destiny.” — Booklist readmoreremove
It’s Friday Free Day! We’re giving away advance readers copies of Nora Roberts’s new book, COME SUNDOWN, to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).*
A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts! “Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow, who runs the family ranch in Montana with a dedicated staff that includes recent hire Callen Skinner, always thought the aunt who ran off before her birth was dead. But when two women are found murdered, then Aunt Alice herself reappears with a fantastical story, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. That’s when she decides to trust Cal, despite police cautions.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Come Sundown) and remember to include your library’s mailing address.
Last year, Marie Marquardt leapt onto the YA scene with her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Her second YA novel, THE RADIUS OF US, explores the American dream again, but this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens who find healing in love.
Marie Marquardt has a message for librarians, but first, we’re offering complimentary advance readers copies of THE RADIUS OF US to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).
To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Radius of Us) and don’t forget to include your library’s mailing address.
Take it away, Marie!
Dear YA Librarian,
I am thrilled to write to you about my new young adult novel, THE RADIUS OF US, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 17, 2017. As a story featuring immigrants and asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the United States, this book addresses timely and important themes, and I hope you’ll be willing to tell your young patrons about it.
I’ve spent two decades working with Latin American immigrant families in the South. I also run a non-profit called El Refugio that serves immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. This work inspired my debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, which was published in 2015. To research THE RADIUS OF US, I traveled to El Salvador and to detention facilities across the U.S., where I met with teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum.
Told in alternating first person points of view, THE RADIUS OF US is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It’s about a boy from El Salvador, who ran from a city torn-through with violence, looking for a safe place to call home. It’s about an American girl who no longer feels safe anywhere, except maybe when she’s with him. And most importantly, THE RADIUS OF US is about two people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love.
I’m especially enthusiastic to share this story with librarians and library patrons, because for thirty-three years, libraries have been my refuge, and librarians have been the ones that welcomed me in. readmoreremove
Love is in the air at Library Journal! Their recent genre spotlight on romance includes these steamy Macmillan reads:
HISTORY OR HER STORY?
Kerrigan Byrne’s THE DUKE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fourth installment in her “Victorian Rebels” series, features a nurse by day/spy by night who gets tangled up with a duke who has lost a hand as a prisoner of war.
Addison Fox’s AT LAST (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Nov.) stars a former NFL hero who walks away from the pros and clashes with a Brooklyn brewery owner.
While the traditional games will continue to thrive, the genre is broadening to include new and ever more exciting sports. Consider Rebecca Yarros’s WILDER (Entangled, Sept.), which features a five-time X Games (extreme sports) champion.
MORE THAN BRAWN
Romantic suspense is also getting tech-savvy with a heroine computer hacker in Sarah Castille’s new “Ruin & Revenge” series, which begins with NICO (St. Martin’s, Dec.).
Even our favorite professionals, librarians, are coming out in force with Dawn Ryder’s suspenseful DEEP INTO TROUBLE (St. Martins, Mar. 2017). This third title in her “Unbroken Heroes” series matches up a library worker with a special agent.
LOVE FROM ANOTHER WORLD
Romance writers have taken on the epic fantasy and sf tales with crossovers that transcend genre boundaries. Jacqueline Carey is no stranger to epic fantasy that also delights romance readers with strongly sensual, erotic plots, such as her “Kushiel’s Legacy Trilogies.” Carey here retells Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a tale of forbidden love, MIRANDA AND CALIBAN (Tor, Feb. 2017).
For sf romance lovers, marriage and divorce give way to seven-year contracts in Erin Lyon’s I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Forge, Jan. 2017).
HIT AND MYTH
Fairy tale and myth retellings are also keeping paranormal romance in view. Monique Patterson, executive editor and editorial director of romance for St. Martin’s Press, thinks that “retellings never waned in romance and have been happening across all the romance subgenres.” The press is releasing Kerrelyn Sparks’s new “Embraced” series, which opens with a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (Mar. 2017).
In debut author Madhuri Pavamani’s new dark and erotic “The Keeper” series, an assassin must kill a target that has nine lives. The series begins with DUTCH (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), quickly followed by JUMA (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Mar. 2017).
A DIVERSE UNIVERSE
All readers deserve books that represent their individuality. For years, many publishers have developed imprints dedicated to multicultural fiction, others to LGBTQ+ works, while still others increasingly offer a broader selection of materials, whether related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, or body type. Diverse titles we’ve seen are predominantly from African American authors (and feature African American characters).
Tracy Brown’s BOSS (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017), a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has been likened to the immensely popular TV shows Empire and Scandal. readmoreremove
This morning Anne presented her favorite new and upcoming romance novels at a New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz.
While she only discussed the titles listed below in detail, there’s a full Edelweiss collection of 350+ red-hot reads spanning contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA! Want more? SMPRomance.com and Heroes & Heartbreakers have all the romance books your heart desires.
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (Eve Dallas/In Death series) | ISBN: 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
BECAUSE I’M WATCHING* by Christina Dodd (Virtue Falls series) | ISBN: 9781250028457 | Out Now
THE DUKE by Kerrigan Byrne (Victorian Rebels series) | ISBN: 9781250118240 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE LEGENDARY LORD by Valerie Bowman (The Playful Brides series) | ISBN: 9781250072597 | Out 11/1/16
I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS by Erin Lyon | ISBN: 9780765386106 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher | ISBN: 9781250077110 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
INTENSE PLEASURE* by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts series) | ISBN: 9781250105417 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE HERO by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas series) | ISBN: 9781250083395 | Out 12/6/16 (LR: 11/20)
FIRESTORM by Donna Grant (Dark Kings series) | ISBN: 9781250109538 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
A FARE TO REMEMBER by Opal Carew | ISBN: 9781250116680 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 12/20)
BOSS by Tracy Brown | ISBN: 9781250043009 | Out 4/4/17 (LR: 2/20)
NICO by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge series) | ISBN: 9781250104038 | Out 12/6/16 (LR: 11/20)
MUST LOVE WIENERS by Casey Griffin (Rescue Dog Romance series) | ISBN: 9781250084675 | Out Now
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | YA | ISBN: 9781250058669 | Out 10/4/16
Download the handout of presented titles (including four pages of backlist essentials) and don’t forget to check out the Edelweiss collection!
Now McLemore is back with WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, a second stunning novel tinged with magic, about a girl with roses that grow from her wrist who happens to be hiding the truth, a boy with past secrets who paints moons and hangs them in trees, and four sisters rumored to be witches, who could ruin them both.
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is on the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature and has THREE starred, rave reviews:
“Love bests every opponent in this surreal exploration of familial bonds and sexual identity. Amid the ordinariness of the small-town setting, McLemore winds arabesques of magical realism. Readers who stick with this novel will be rewarded with a love story that is as endearingly old-fashioned as it is modern and as fantastical as it is real.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“With luminous prose infused with Latino folklore and magical realism, this mixes fairy-tale ingredients with the elegance of a love story, with all of it rooted in a deeply real sense of humanity. Lovely, necessary, and true.” — Booklist, starred review
“McLemore mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion. Luxurious language infused with Spanish phrases, Latin lunar geography, and Pakistani traditions is so rich it lingers on the tongue, and the presence of magic is effortlessly woven into a web of prose that languidly unfolds to reveal the complexities of gender, culture, family, and self. Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast. ” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Happy #BookBday to two new titles perfect for book clubs:
IF I FORGET YOU by by Thomas Christopher Greene
A July 2016 Indie Next pick! Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love. “In his powerful, emotionally moving love story, Greene candidly acknowledges life’s complexities and the many challenges that couples face as they negotiate romantic relationships and family expectations. An inspiring novel about surviving the mistakes of our youth; recommended for romantics and realists alike.” — Library Journal
THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MOTHERS by Meera Syal
An incisive, provocative, witty new novel about love, motherhood, and surrogacy. “With an absorbing modern family saga story line and sympathetic, compelling characters, Syal’s novel trains a personal lens on ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and women’s rights. An excellent book club choice.” — Library Journal
I’m a closeted romantic, but only when it comes to film.
My favorite movies include the THE PROPOSAL (who can resist Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock?), THE WEDDING DATE (based on the book, ASKING FOR TROUBLE), BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, and SOMEONE LIKE YOU (based on the book, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY). I can watch these movies over and over no matter how improbable the situations depicted in them may be.
How was I to know that if these sort of “I can’t believe I’ve been in love with my best friend this whole time” or “I can’t believe that my sworn enemy is my soul mate” scenarios appeared in books that they may prove just as irresistible to me as their film counterparts?
Well, it wasn’t until I read Leisa Rayven’s BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET , WICKED HEART & M. Pierce’s NIGHT OWL and LAST LIGHT (back to back, in one sitting each!) that I was hooked on love and in love with reading about love. I couldn’t get enough of love! I didn’t care who or how they fell in love, I just wanted more…love.
Next up is Sylvia Day’s ONE WITH YOU. But my dear readers, what should I read after that?
PS Check out these adorably clever Valentine’s Day-themed e-cards from our Library Journal pals.
Oh, what a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we celebrate:
THE ANCHORESS by Robyn Cadwallader
A startling and strange debut novel set in 11th century England about a young girl’s desperate choice to isolate herself from the world. “Cadwallader’s vivid period descriptions set a stunning backdrop for this beautiful first novel as Sarah rejects a larger world that will not allow her to live on her own terms and goes about creating a smaller one that will. Sarah’s path will intrigue readers at the crossroads of historical fiction, spirituality, and even feminism as she faces the internal and external pressures on women of the Middle Ages.” — Booklist, starred review
THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamund Pilcher
Pilcher’s beloved, #1 New York Times bestselling family saga—a captivating story of life and love—is now available for the first time ever in trade paperback! “A huge warm saga… A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence.”
— Maeve Binchy, New York Times Book Review