Start Reading The Hunt Right Now!

Start Reading The Hunt Right Now!

YA Librarian Stephanie Wilkes brought up a great question during yesterday's EarlyWord Young Adult GalleyChat (see chat details here). She asked, "Anyone read THE HUNT by Fukuda yet?" Jana Warnell tweeted back, "Got THE HUNT from netgalley. Looks so Good!" Well, we figure it's time to start making some noise about this post-apocalyptic YA thriller.

Here's the story: Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

Ready to start reading? You're in luck! The first 80 pages are offered as a free download on the series' microsite, where you'll also find a sweepstakes with a chance to win signed hardcovers and other exciting prizes.

Also, there is an excellent Maximum Shelf entirely dedicated to THE HUNT. My favorite part is the interview between Andrew and Alyson Noël! They interviewed one another about THE HUNT and Alyson's forthcoming book, FATED, the first in her new Soul Seekers series. See their interview here

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Starred Reviews for Don’t Ever Get Old

Starred Reviews for Don’t Ever Get Old

We love debuts. You love debuts. Authors definitely love their debuts. And when reviewers love a debut we get downright giddy.

When DON'T EVER GET OLD, Daniel Friedman's debut Mystery, earned itself two starred reviews right out of the gate we had to pull out the emergency party horns (our buddies in the Academic Marketing Department were not impressed).

Here's the story in a nutshell:

When Buck Schatz, senior citizen and retired Memphis cop, learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, Buck decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But a lot of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a very motley (and murderous) crew.

And here are the reviews:

"In prose as straightforward and tough as old Buck, the plot reveals its secrets with perfect timing. It’s a shock when the killer’s identity is revealed. But, then, we think eventually, who else could it be?" -Booklist (starred review)

"Friedman’s excellent debut introduces a highly unusual hero, 87-year-old, politically incorrect Buck Schatz, a former member of the Memphis PD, who’s become a living legend. Schatz’s memory is less and less reliable, and his physical decline is making his world 'a gradually shrinking circle.' [...] Friedman makes his limited lead plausible, and bolsters the story line with wickedly funny dialogue." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

UPDATE: DON'T EVER GET OLD now has four(!) starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, AND Kirkus Reviews!

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Back and Recovering from PLA!

Back and Recovering from PLA!

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Whew, what a week! Between the PLA author panels, the Nancy Pearl Book Buzz, Federal Donuts and cupcakes, we're still in recovery mode.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the our booth!. We hope you walked away with a book or two (or three!) that will double your pulse, triple your reading speed, and keep you up hours after bedtime. 

If you didn't make it to the book buzz or need a refresher, Talia's slides are posted here.

We hope to see you all again later this year at TLA, ALA Annual, or BEA! 

Sincerely,
Your favorite book angels (Talia, Peter, & Ali)!

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Monday Fun Day! (3/12/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (3/12/2012 Edition)

phillyWe're off to PLA on Tuesday, so this will be our last post until next Monday. If you're also going to be in Philly this week, please stop by our booth (#1540) and join us for our many wonderful author signings and events! We want to see you! See our full PLA schedule under Conference Info.

And take a peek at Talia's slides for the Book Buzz presentations with Nancy Pearl (link).

jc giveWhile we're away, take a minute to enter the Jackie Collins "Pink" Collection Giveaway for a chance to win some excellent signed Jackie Collins books and audio books!

Three of our excellent titles were longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan, TIDES OF WAR by Stella Tillyard, and THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman! See the full longlist here.

Take another look at the letter we posted last week from author and librarian Eleanor Kuhns to librarians (link). Also, our buddies at Minotaur Books are running an A SIMPLE MURDER Advance Readers' Edition Sweepstakes right now! Enter here for a chance to win a galley. 

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The Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

The Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

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UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Deborah Baker-Receniello of the Oakville Timberland Library!

Enter our Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

We know, we know; there isn't an official "pink collection" for Ms. Collins, but we've pulled together a sweet little prize pack that's full of scandal, topped off with decadence, and all wrapped up in pink! 

One lucky librarian will win a copy of MARRIED LOVERS (audio), POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL (audio), and GODDESS OF VENGEANCE (trade paperback)!  This is a great way to kick start your personal or professional library's Jackie Collins collection.

The best part? Jackie signed them all!!

Librarians, enter to win this prize pack by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (Subject: Pink) by Friday, March 23rd. UPDATE: this contest is now closed.

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

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Starred Reviews for No Time Like the Present

Starred Reviews for No Time Like the Present

In NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story, Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid.

We've already seen some celebratory reviews:

"Nobel laureate Gordimer continues her uniquely intimate study of the evolution of freedom in her homeland [...] The subject of this towering novel, the long aftermath of a liberation movement, is exceedingly timely in the wake of the Arab spring." —Booklist (starred review)

"Gordimer writes movingly and piercingly about the struggles after the Struggle." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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ALA Annual’s Mystery Day @ the Pop Top Stage!

ALA Annual’s Mystery Day @ the Pop Top Stage!

We're in full-on PLA mode here at Macmillan Castle, but we're pumping the breaks for a minute to bring you news of this year's fantastic line up for Mystery Day at the Pop Top Stage at ALA Annual! 

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Here's an early glance at the schedule:

Mystery Day: Saturday, June 23rd

11:00am - 12:00pm

Laugh, or I'll Kill You: A conversation between Chuck Greaves* and Deb Coonts

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Mystery Chicks and Private Dicks: A conversation between Jeri Westerson and Kelli Stanley

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location, Location, Location: How a Mystery's Setting Impacts the Story - featuring Brian Freeman, Caroline Todd, Charlie Newton, Chuck Greaves, Kelli Stanley, and Mike Lawson

Moderated by: Kelli Stanley

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Attention to Detail: How Research Adds to the Mystery OR How to do Research and Avoid Arrest OR What is #ResearchFail? Featuring Brian Freeman, Caroline Todd, Charlie Newton, and Mike Lawson

Moderated by: Jason Pinter

See the full Mystery Day schedule here. And make sure you add these events to your calendar for ALA Annual!

*Check Greaves wrote a great blog post about his love for librarians. Check it out here.

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The Word on White Lines II: Sunny

The Word on White Lines II: Sunny

Reviewer Rollie Welch of Library Journal's "The Word on Street Lit" column recently took a look at the latest White Lines book from Essence bestselling author Tracy Brown, WHITE LINES II: SUNNY.

Welch said, 

 

Sunny Cruz has it all—at least on the surface. Just shy of 40, this Manhattan girl still can bring it on the modeling runway, and business ventures allow a lavish lifestyle. But she mourns Dorian, the love of her life who died ten years ago. A movie offer brings her to L.A. where she meets Malcolm, a sexy lawyer who brings in a six-figure salary. So what’s the problem? Nothing that alcohol and Percocet can’t fix. That is until Sunny stumbles onto her old love—cocaine. Now living two lives, Sunny struggles to keep her dark side a secret. She finds that Malcolm is all wine, cheese, and jazz, while she knows she’s Hennessy, chicken wings, and hip-hop. Opposites attract but only to a point.

VERDICT Brown’s (WHITE LINES; AFTERMATH) latest is more of an intricate romance than a street novel; relationships grow complicated as jealousy builds. Still many of the characters, although they live in luxury, have a street background that comes out under pressure. When Sunny lets loose her inner Brooklyn side, look out! Brown has a big following. Buy multiples.

Read Welch's full article, "The Word on Street Lit: From Strip Clubs to Law Offices." 

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A Letter to You from Eleanor Kuhns

A Letter to You from Eleanor Kuhns

Today we're sharing with you an introduction letter from the 2011 Minotaur/Mystery Writer of America Best First Novel-winning author and librarian, Eleanor Kuhns. Instead of us telling you about her life as a librarian/author and the details of her thrilling new historical mystery, A SIMPLE MURDER, we figured we should leave that up to the experther! Without further ado...

Dear Librarians,

Winning the 2011 Minotaur/Mystery Writer of America Best First Novel contest is the culmination of my lifetime dream of becoming a published writer. I wrote my first story when I was ten and by then I was already an avid reader. I wanted then, and still strive, to recreate with my fiction that shock of discovery, that almost life-changing experience of reading a good story. I have never lost that passion for compelling the same response in a reader that I felt as a child. 

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The Lover’s Dictionary Contest Winners!

The Lover’s Dictionary Contest Winners!

Wow, wow, wow! We had such an amazing time reading through all of the great entries for our Valentine's Day creative contest inspired by THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY!

Here are a few of the definitions that made us laugh, sigh, and swoon:

Be's entry:

off-guard, adj.

Just when our life together eases into the humdrum and the mundane, you catch me off-guard and remind me of your capacity for generosity, kindness and joy. Wow!

P.S. Thanks for putting the cats out at 3 AM so I could sleep.

Maggie's entry:

darling, adj.

When you send a sweet text in the middle of the day.

darlinger, adj.comparitive

When you fill the gas tank in my car.

darlingest, adj. superlative

When we order a slice of chocolate cake "to share" and after it arrives, you say "Honestly, honey, I am so full, I couldn't eat a bite. Do you think you could finish it off so it doesn't go to waste?"

Robin B's entry:

Mismatch, n.

He likes Coke; I like Pepsi. He likes mayonnaise; I like Miracle Whip. He likes bleu cheese dressing; I like honey mustard. He likes TV; I like reading. He likes spicy; I like no spice. After 39 years of marriage, it doesn't matter.

Go read the rest of the entries in the comments section here! All of the winners have been notified via e-mail.

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