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Romance Round-up!

We may officially be heading into the cold weather season, but for your #weekendreads, let’s heat things up with a romance round-up!

THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Kerrigan Byrne 
Library Journal Best Book of the Year

“A hero so lost he fears he’ll never be found and a heroine who won’t give up on him reclaim their love in a bold, lyrical tale that brings the darker side of the Victorian Age into sharp relief; another winner in a stellar series.”Library Journal, starred review

“From the novel’s incisively etched characters, including an über-alpha hero with secrets to spare, to the bone-melting sensuality that characterizes the hero and heroine’s romantic relationship, everything about this deliciously dark and dangerous historical romance is done to perfection.”Booklist, starred review

DRAGONFIRE by Donna Grant 
What goes better together than dragons and heat? Passion burns hot in the latest Dark Kings novel about a dragon king and a gypsy with a mysterious power bound by desire. readmoreremove

Welcome to Macmillan Library Marketing, Amanda!

Hello librarians!

I’m baaaack! After spending the past year in special sales, I am so excited to jump back into the amazing world of library marketing. I just couldn’t resist joining Talia and Emily’s epic team and finally sharing my love of books and libraries with you all once again. I’m happy to help with any title questions, galley requests, or general fan-girling over your latest great book find.

I can’t wait to see you at our buzzes or conferences, and if you find a book you love, I would love to chat about it! For anyone I haven’t met yet, I’m a big fan of all things genre, so I’d love to geek out with anyone who feels the same. But like any book lover, I’ll read anything that comes with a good recommendation.

Please feel free to reach out to me at amanda.rountree@macmillan.com, on the phone at 646-307-5169, or through our twitter @MacmillanLib. Let’s talk books!

–Amanda

Author Spotlight: Paula Brackston (10/16/18)

Magic x small-town intrigue x time-travel x romance = DELICIOUS

THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS
by Paula Brackston

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston brings her trademark blend of magic and romance to her Found Things series, written in the tradition of OUTLANDER. Xanthe Westlake has always been able to sense the stories that some antiques hold, but it isn’t until she’s finding stock for her and her mother’s new shop in the small English town of Marlborough that she finds one that allows her to travel back through the centuries to its time. Beginning with THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS, Xanthe learns more about herself and her abilities as she discovers more antiques she connects with and rights the wrongs in their pasts.

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#BookBday (9/25/18 Edition)

New week, new books! Happy #BookBday to:

THE THREE ESCAPES OF HANNAH ARENDT: A Tyranny of Truth by Ken Krimstein
Two starred reviews! “As Krimstein deftly weaves Arendt’s life and thought, he captures the excitement of the philosophical enterprise in both word (“THINKING HAS BECOME EROTIC. ELECTRIC, ECSTATIC”) and image: fine, wiry black lines with the occasional brush of green effectively echo Arendt’s energized thinking and the tensions of a life lived in constant escape, one step ahead of the Nazis. Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers.” — Library Journal, starred review

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves and Hurricanes Are Converging on America by Jeff Nesbit
“Journalist and former National Science Foundation executive Nesbit acknowledges that he tells ‘big, scary stories.’ His brand of stories scares more than standard tales of global warming and climate change because they are specific and immediate and foreshadow our own fate. Mostly free of technical jargon and confusing scientific explanations, Nesbit’s book should be widely read.” — Booklist, starred review

THE CHRISTMAS WISHING TREE by Emily March
A delightful Christmas novel in the New York Times bestselling Eternity Springs series from Emily March. “Lovely… Devin and Jenna’s rich and nuanced love story will satisfy series fans and new readers.” — Publishers Weekly

VENGEFUL by V.E. Schwab
Also available in audio
V. E. Schwab ends the Villains duology with a super-powered battle of genius, cruelty, and the lengths one will go for vengeance. “Schwab’s strong writing, addictive action scenes, and fully developed complexities of plot and character combine to deliver a satisfying story.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: THE NIGHT TIGER

Today’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness pick, perfect for fans of Isabel Allende and Min Jin Lee, is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo: THE NIGHT TIGER.

In this utterly transporting story set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, an apprentice dressmaker named Ji Lin moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. Across town, 11-year-old houseboy Ren races to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: find the man’s severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

As the days tick by, a series of unexplained deaths wreak havoc on the town, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren are pulled together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, as their increasingly dangerous paths lead them from lush plantations, to hospital storage rooms, to a ghostly dreamscape.

THE NIGHT TIGER is many things: a fine example of historical fiction, a work of magical realism, a ghost story, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age tale. Each of these is impressive, but most impressive is Choo’s ability to weave them all together in a way that feels authentic, and to use that intricate process to tell a story of colonialism and self-determination, love and death, family and tradition.” — Shelf Awareness

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Booklist’s “Happily-Ever-After Guaranteed” Romance Webinar

♫♪♫♫♪ You and Booklist, sitting in a tree… R.E.A.D.I.N.G.
First comes Talia Sherer, then come all the swoony Macmillan titles,
Then come the happy library patrons lining the aisles! ♫♪♫♫♪

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Happily-Ever-After Guaranteed” romance webinar with Talia “the Tigress” Sherer today, but if not, you can download the slides and the title list spreadsheet.

Watch the archived webinar here.

While you’re at it, request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss.

Make sure to vote early and often for LibraryReads!

Don’t forget that you can download this presentation and many others to use at your library’s next book buzz event!

#BookBday (9/18/18 Edition)

Hey hey, it’s your #BookBday!

BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday
“After his academic job search, his journalistic career, and his marriage proposal go down in flames, an angry young man moves into his mother’s basement and starts a radical movement that pits millennials against baby boomers. Stylishly written, cleverly observed, and boldly imagined.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE BUS ON THURSDAY by Shirley Barrett
Also available in audio
Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. “Eleanor’s voice is bold, frank, and savagely funny. Her observations about the intersections of cancer culture and the rom-com ideology of a certain kind of 21st-century feminism are so keen as to draw blood.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith
Also available in audio
In 1988, Spenser Collins—an African American premed student and athlete from Chicago—is “punched” to join the Delphic Club, one of Harvard’s most prestigious social groups. But when Spenser and his friend uncover a hidden inner circle within the club known as the “Ancient Nine” and realize it’s related to a disappearance in the 1920s, they realize their own lives are in danger. “Those seeking an inside look at an Ivy League secret society will get their money’s worth.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Sign Up Now: “Happily-Ever-After Guaranteed” Booklist Webinar

♫♪♫♫♪ You and Booklist, sitting in a tree… R.E.A.D.I.N.G.
First comes Talia Sherer, then come all the swoony Macmillan titles,
Then come the happy library patrons lining the aisles! ♫♪♫♫♪

Listen to Talia share her favorite romances at Booklist‘s “Happily-Ever-After Guaranteed” webinar on Tuesday, September 18 at 1pm Central.

Click here to Save-the-Date / RSVP. See you there!

Books for Teens 2019: Ooh la la!

Bonjour! Bienvenue à Paris!

We have so many fantastic YA titles coming out in 2019 (including several set in the most magical city in France—can you find ALL 3 of ’em?) and we just can’t wait to share them with you! Among the books below, you will find enchanting Parisian tales of lost love, epic treasure hunts, and masquerades, as well as many other stories that take place all over the world, from Nashville to Australia to unknown galaxies and beyond. Check out all of our Winter and Spring 2019 books for teens below.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@MacmillanLib) for all book-related news, follow us on Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) for pretty pictures of books, and read Emily’s candid “Day’s YA” reviews of upcoming and backlist YA titles.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of 2019 teen titles here.

Now on to the books!

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IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais
9781250299161
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

For fans of ELEANOR & PARK and EMERGENCY CONTACT comes a sweeping romance about the love that got away. Eugene and  Tatiana could have fallen in love, if things had gone differently. If they had tried to really know each other, if it  had just been them, and not the others. But that was years ago and time has found them far apart, leading separate lives. Until they meet again in Paris. What really happened back then? Could they ever be together again, after everything?

“Originally written in French, this novel in verse inspired by Pushkin’s serialized verse novel and Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin explores first love’s ability to linger . . . Anyone who has pined over a relationship will recognize Beauvais’s heartbreaking story.” —Publishers Weekly

WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri
9781250149589
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to.

“Janneke’s epic journey to overcome past horrors and seize her rightful place in the world is packed with equally gripping action and emotion. Readers will flock to this compelling debut.” —Booklist, starred review

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THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

9781250144546
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris.

“Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering. However, the elements that perhaps shine the most are the history, riddles, mysteries, and science, woven together in a world brimming with power and magic.” —Booklist, starred review

“An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Chokshi has ­created an inclusive and authentic cast with obvious chemistry and affection for one another and infuses the tale with witty banter and twists . . . A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 And Up
Also available in audio

Love. Magic. Revolution. It’s CARAVAL in the world of Marie Antoinette! ENCHANTÉE is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

“Distinctive characters, vivid 18th-century images of Paris and Versailles, lively French-infused dialogue, an appealing heroine, and an upbeat ending propel this lengthy romantic fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An immersive, glittering debut that intriguingly blends history and fantasy.”
Booklist

“Camille’s desire to be a voice of change for the oppressed will resonate.”
Publishers Weekly

“Set against the burgeoning throes of revolution, this immersive drama makes brilliant use of its conceit . . . Fans of substantial historical romance as well as fantasy will be thoroughly enchanted.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

THE DYSASTERS by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250141040
Available February 26, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Foster Stewart and Tate Taylor are special—between the two of them, they can talk to plants, control the clouds, and see perfectly in the darkest night. But when a deadly tornado strikes and awakens their true abilities—the power to control the element air—they must stop the evil Dr. Stewart (who genetically manipulated them at birth and also happens to be Foster’s father) before he destroys their lives and the world.

“This sci-fi romance offers a diverse cast and an action-packed plot.” —School Library Journal

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
9781250312761
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl. But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn . . .

“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers will cheer for Marlowe’s bildungsroman—simultaneously unique and universal.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With a witty yet awkward main character at the helm, this story will quickly hook readers and keep them laughing, crying, and rooting Marlowe on, even as she continually makes questionable decisions.” —Booklist

IN ANOTHER LIFE by C.C. Hunter
9781250312273
Available March 26, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Chloe was three years old when she was adopted. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Texas. When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago. As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

“Hunter deftly delivers a complicated back-and-forth point of view between Chloe and Cash, building suspense along with a steamy sense of attraction between the two teens.” —Kirkus Reviews

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YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is a heartbreaker and troublemaker and his label has threatened to drop him if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour and fix his image. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

“[The] romance is well-plotted and sweetly drawn: Readers (particularly those listening to the recent A Star Is Born soundtrack on repeat) will delight in the story’s rhythm and musical backdrop . . . a good ol’ fashioned love story.”
Kirkus Reviews

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WICKED SAINTS by Emily Duncan
9781250195685
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

In this stunning Joan of Arc inspired debut, Nadya—a peasant girl who can speak to the gods—must find a way to work with a deadly adversary to turn the tide of the war and assassinate the mad king. When their scheme leads them straight to the royal family, Nadya must decide whether to trust the High Prince—her country’s enemy—or the boy with powers that may ignite something worse than the war they’re trying to end.

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Thriller Thursday: Case Closed Podcast

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two bestselling authors with returning series favorites. Plus, a new true crime podcast!

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
Also available in audio
In the next book in the best-selling Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series, the all-female law firm is hit with a sex discrimination suit. “Series fans and newcomers alike will revel in the partners’ fierce loyalty, served up with an endearingly humorous slice of South Philly family life. A sure bet for legal-thriller fans.” — Booklist

ABANDONED by Allison Brennan
Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she’s never attempted is the mystery from her own past: why her mother abandoned her. “…an enjoyable mix of family story, romance, and thriller. Readers who enjoy strong female leads will finish this one wanting more from award-winner Brennan.” — Booklist

If you’re hooked on The Girls podcast, we’ve got another one to recommend: Case Closed, a new true crime podcast perfect for fans of Serial, Dirty John, Criminal, and other favorites.

Produced by Macmillan Podcasts & Criminal Element, and hosted by renowned true crime book editor Charlie Spicer—a 30-year veteran of St. Martin’s Press who has published more than 100 books—each season of Case Closed will track one murder from crime to trial to conviction. readmoreremove

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