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THE DREAM DAUGHTER is an October 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

TERRIFIC NEWS! Diane Chamberlain’s THE DREAM DAUGHTER is #4 on the October 2018 LibraryReads list!

THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in LibraryReads author Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect.

“Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser.” — Publishers Weekly

“Chamberlain stretches her sense of familial relationships and toe-curling suspense in new directions, weaving in elements of trust, history, and time as she explores the things we do for love. With a little tension and a lot of heart, THE DREAM DAUGHTER will delight Chamberlain’s fans and hook new readers.” — Booklist

“The story is well-paced and the ending satisfyingly sweet….” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Rock Music + Time Travel + Romance = Every Anxious Wave

Friends, we’re absolutely obsessed with Mo Daviau’s debut novel, EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE. The concept had us hooked, then we found out the author is a former librarian. AND she wrote a sweet letter to y’all:

Hello Librarian!

I used to be a librarian and archivist (I’m University of Texas School of Information Class of ’02). Perhaps it was my professional duty of preserving items from the past for use in the future that created the deep sense of nostalgia that I carried into writing EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE, in which a kind-hearted bartender sells time travel trips to famous rock shows and falls in love with the astrophysics grad student he hires to fish his buddy out of the way-too-distant past. There isn’t even a button on the control panel to program the wormhole to go to the future. They’re all about looking backwards. I was, too, at one point in my life. In fact, it was my actual job.

As my librarianship career was firmly in the camp of nostalgia and preservation, I never really got a taste of the work of librarians in service to the future—public services and reference and acquisitions—the librarian superheroes who work closely enough with the reading public that you get to tell them all about the great new books that are coming down the pike. But you get to! And that’s pretty dang cool.

I hope you enjoy my novel, either now, or in the future, or maybe in the past? As librarians are the closest thing we have to time travel salespeople, I believe you could pull it off.

With much gratitude,
Mo Daviau

Did we mention that the e-galley is available on Edelweiss? You can download it, read it, and nominate it for LibraryReads!

Happy #BookBday (4/28/15 Edition)

Today we celebrate #BookBdays for a pair of debuts novels and an essay collection about first jobs:

THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolen Womack
We’re obsessed with Womack’s riveting debut novel about time travel, adventure, and romance. We’ve already told you that it’s perfect for “Da Vinci Code and Outlander fans” (Booklist). It’s also a May 2015 Indie Next pick and has a killer book trailer.

HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
Breen’s “poignant”* debut novel about an Irish woman who goes to Boston in search of the birth mother of her beloved adopted daughter, Rose, recalls the wit and emotion of Maeve Binchy at her best. “Breen’s characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that’s enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.”
— *Publishers Weekly, starred review

FIRST JOBS: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks, edited by Merritt Watts and Hanya Yanagihara
(Picador True Tales series)

Watts and Yanagihara offer 50 short first-person narratives about first jobs edited from interviews with both famous and ordinary people.


Friends, we’re a bit obsessed with Gwendolen Womack’s THE MEMORY PAINTER. This riveting debut novel is a taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history that stems from this idea: What if neuroscientists accidentally unlocked the secret to reincarnation with a drug?

It’s an Indie Next pick for May 2015 and Gwendolen Womack did a feature interview in Library Journal about the book (they loved it—see the starred review below)!
Plus, this fabulous book trailer conveys the cinematic reading experience:


“It’s best not to try to analyze the ambitious plot of this thriller, which combines romance, fantasy, and adventure; just hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Well-drawn historical flashbacks, engaging characters, and a twisty ending make this thrilling blend of neuroscience, romance, and ancient worlds good bets for Da Vinci Code and Outlander fans.” — Booklist

“Womack makes a romantic case for the existence of destiny…and does a beautiful job… Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you’ve landed.” — Kirkus Reviews


Teen Talk Tuesday (10/20/14 Edition)

Holy cow! St. Martin’s Griffin has a TON of new teen fiction JUST FOR YOU! Check out the goodies, then join us and @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat, hashtag #ewyagc.

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins with contributions from Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black & others
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, with FOUR STARRED, RAVE REVIEWS, including this one from Kirkus Reviews: “It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.”

REDEEMED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #12)
In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, evil vampyre Neferet has recovered her strength, while Zoey Redbird isn’t sure that she has what it takes to bring down Neferet, who now calls herself a god. “Lives are lost, loyalties (and romances) tested, and loose ends neatly tied up in this twelfth and final installment in the series. Fans will happily slurp this down, and with a film adaptation of the series in the works, they’ll have more to look forward to.”

REVEALED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #11) will be available in Trade Paperback in January 2014

Macmillan Library Presents: Tips from Grammar Girl #2

grammar girl cartoonGrammar goddess Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) has agreed to teach us the proper way to talk to librarians about the books and genres we love. We'll be posting her monthly tips here on the blog. Take it away, Grammar Girl!

Ali, a sci-fi nerd from planet 645 asked, "I have trouble with verb tense in our present timeline, but when I time travel, I get especially confused. Can you help?"

Ah, the complexities of time travel. If you think the hazards of disrupting the space-time continuum are daunting, consider the grammar. Time travel requires some of the trickier tenses:

Simple Future

Tomorrow, I am going to be born. [going to + verb]

Future Progressive

The robots will already be waiting to kill me. [will be + present participle]

Past Perfect Progressive

Ali had been lying unconscious for three days before she was able to locate herself and surreptitiously attach the  beacon that would send her home. [had been + present participle]

Past Perfect

She had made this trip before, so she knew how it would work out. [had + past participle]

I hope that helps, Ali, and stay safe in the future. It can be a dangerous place.

Thank you, Grammar Girl! Unfortunately in my time traveling experience there's no such thing as a simple future or a perfect past, but one can always hope! 

See Grammar Girl's previous column in which she taught Talia how to talk about her favorite gory mysteries! Look for 101 TROUBLESOME WORDS YOU'LL MASTER IN NO TIME available now from St. Martin's Griffin. Visit her at

Also, we're giving away one full set of her latest Quick and Dirty Tips books (this set includes four signed(!) books and one unsigned audiobook). 


UPDATE: This contest is now closed.
The winner is Ramona L. Grimsley of the Berkeley County Library System!

Enter to win these signed books by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to (subject: Grammar Girl) by Monday, July 23rd.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.


Of Love, Zombies, and Time Travel

It's Valentine's Day. Maybe that makes you swoon. Maybe it makes you gag. Maybe you took the day off work to sit by the mailbox. Well, forget "real life"! Today is the perfect day for a little escapist fiction. I advocate that tonight, just for a little while, you crawl in between the covers of a splendid and strange romance. I sure will be. 

I spent the morning browsing Macmillan's shelves for a romantic adventure unlike anything I've known. I narrowed my options down to two books that feature extraordinary love stories that I just don't think I'll ever experience:

Option 1, THE MISTS OF TIME by Susan Squires. 

I couldn't resist this lone title listed under the category Romance > Time Travel. That's right. Tonight I may just be going back in time to the days of King Arthur for a chance encounter with the blush/flush/giggle-worthy knight, Gawain. 

Option 2, HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE edited by Lori Perkins.

This collection of undead romance stories seduced me with its indiscriminate and trans-mortality courtships: zombies crush on humans, humans fall for zombies, and zombies yearn for one another. Obsessive desire! Undying love! Sleepless torments! This is passion at its best. readmoreremove