January 2017 New Releases

 

A new year marks new opportunities! Make 2017 count with these books.


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Romance Writers Deserve Cookies Too

I just started and finished reading my first novel for this year. Don’t judge me! I get it…EIGHT DAYS IN. I’m so behind…Usually to ease back into my arduous Goodreads annual goal, I prefer to stay away from heavy, thought-provoking topics and keep things light. Just my luck…what I assumed was meant to be a quick book about “best friend, puppy love, silly high-school dramatic bullshit” turned into “girl gets bone cancer, leg amputation, can’t live with or without you love”. So after sobbing uncontrollably through what seemed like five chapters, I pulled myself together and powered through.

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Has anyone else ever underestimated the power of a romance novel? From different conversations I’ve had over the years with “professional readers” such as myself, I think more than not  we tend to snub the romance genre. We too quickly label it “dramatic bullshit”.

There is a misconception that romance is easy to write…because authors like Nora Roberts spit out a gazillion books a year. And haven’t we all experienced love at some point? So that means we could all write about it, huh?  And isn’t the formula for a romance novel the same almost every time? Two People+Sexual Tension+Insta Love+Sex Scenes (tastefully sprinkled throughout)/ Miscommunication + A Huge Falling Out+ Triangle= HEA or Not

But I am here to remind those that snub (even myself) that these novels are capable of something powerful. They speak to our inner most selves. They creep into our souls and claw at our hearts. While reading romance I have felt love, sadness, desire, regret, nostalgia, longing…

My point to all this is that all writing is art. Art is meant to make us feel something..anything. Authors carefully paint with words…and honestly, some of it is pure, cringe-worthy shit…but all of it is magic.

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Happy Birthday, Terry Brooks

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If you do not hear music in your words, you have put too much thought into your writing and not enough heart.

Notable Works:

The Sword of Shannara (1977)

The Black Unicorn (1987)

The Sorcerer’s Daughter (2016)

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New Year, New Problems

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Happy Birthday Dr Seuss

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Notable Works:

The Cat in the Hat (1957)

Green Eggs and Ham (1960)

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

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Nobody’s Baby but Mine (Chicago Stars #3): Review

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Genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won’t be easy. Jane’s super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she’s determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very special to father her child. Someone who’s more comfortable working out his muscles than exercising his brain.

Cal Bonner, the Chicago Stars’ legendary quarterback, seems like the perfect choice. But his champion good looks and down-home ways are deceiving. Dr. Jane is about to learn a little too late that this good ol’ boy is a lot smarter than he lets on—and he’s not about to be used and abandoned by a brainy, baby-mad schemer. (Goodreads) Continue reading

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Trouble: Review

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In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.  (Goodreads) Continue reading

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