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Following a health scare, earnest new memoir recounts one woman’s five-year search for her birth relatives

“Weaving together humor and pathos, McGue’s tale of redemption offers hope to anyone seeking to know and be known as they truly are.” — Jonathan Callard, writer and teacher at the University of Pittsburgh Michigan City, IN – Julie Ryan McGue is adopted. And she is also a twin. But because their adoption was closed, […]

Single mom leads PI efforts in captivating mystery series

Action-packed sequel to the Lefty award-nominated debut keeps readers guessing VANCOUVER, Washington, USA – In Mary Keliikoa’s Kelly Pruett Mystery series, a grieving single mother inherits her late father’s PI business, and begins tackling mysteries on her own, leading her into dangerous territory. PI Kelly Pruett has a lot on her plate – working with […]

Acclaimed author returns with YA novel that celebrates the bonds of sisterhood, addresses climate change

Philadelphia, PA – Acclaimed author Joan He (Descendant of the Crane) is releasing her first new YA novel since her highly successful debut: a beguiling blend of intrigue, mystery, and “cli-fi” (climate science fiction), The Ones We’re Meant to Find (Roaring Brook/Macmillan, May 4, 2021). He will donate $1 to the Ocean Conservancy for every […]

Magic mixes with medicine for middle grade readers and fantasy fans alike in this timely new novel

Can a curse become a gift? SEATTLE – Longtime physician and successful mystery author Susan McCormick is back with a new novel sure to enchant readers of all ages. “The Antidote” (May 5, 2021, The Wild Rose Press) is her first foray into middle grade fantasy, though readers will be left hoping it won’t be […]

National Book Award-winning writer Rachel Field gets long-overdue recognition in first-ever biography of her life

Genre-blending biography-memoir reveals two women, connected across time Cranberry Isles, MAINE—A compelling blend of biography and memoir, “The Field House” (She Writes Press, May 4, 2021) recounts the remarkable life of writer Rachel Field from the perspective of a woman who lived in Field’s old, neglected island home in Maine, sparking a unique sisterhood across […]

Memoir-in-essays explores chronic illness through the creative lens of a former professional ballet dancer

“Lyrical and fascinating” –Buzzfeed News Morgantown, West Virginia– Renée Nicholson’s professional training in ballet had both moments of magnificence and moments of torment, from fittings of elaborate platter tutus to strange language barriers and unrealistic expectations of the body. In “Fierce and Delicate” (WVU Press, May 1, 2021) she looks back on the often confused […]

Three Tips for Authors to Make the Most Out of “BookTok”

TikTok, or “BookTok”, as readers on the app call it, has had a massive effect on the reading community, to the point where even Barnes and Noble locations have BookTok stands in their stores for books that are trending on the app. BookTok has endless videos about all things books. You can find videos about […]

Get a book recommendation from one of bookstagram’s best librarians

Librarians are true heroes, if you ask me. Their skill set is incredible, they are filled with patience, and they can ALWAYS find a book that will suit your fancy. I’ve been using my library’s drive through window for a year now, and recently one of the librarians noticed the books I had on hold […]