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Quarterly Romance Reading Recommendations from Author Jennifer Ryan

It's a new season, and that means brand new reading recommendations from author Jennifer Ryan (Montana Heat series)

Something Old

My obsession with historical romance continues with one of my favorite authors. 

WHEN A DUKE LOVES A WOMAN by Loraine Heath  

Get lost in – because I sure did - this perfectly crafted, superbly told page-turner where passion overrides a Duke’s duty and an independent commoner’s practicality and love is the only thing that can intertwine their two very different worlds into a lifetime of happiness neither of them thought possible. This books transports you to the Whitechapel slums where hardship and struggle are a way of life and one woman rises above her circumstances to become a tavern owner. An unlikely and uncommon life for a woman back then, but even the temptation of the London ton and an affair with a Duke can make this independent woman give up what she’s worked so hard to achieve – and lucky for her, the Duke agrees.

 

Something New

A new to me author… 

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with HelenKay Dimon several times over the last few years. We both write for Avon and attend author events together. She’s fun, witty, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. But in all the time I’ve known her, I never read one of her books. For shame, I know. But then we were both nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award for Romantic Suspense. HelenKay won! And I was so proud of my publishing sister. We celebrated her well-deserved win that night with wine. How do I know it was well-deserved? Because of course I picked up one of her books to check out the competition. ;) I fell so hard for her characters and her writing. I immediately bought all the books in her Bad Boys Undercover and Games People Play series. I do not do that often, but I had to read ALL of her books.

I suggest you start with THE FIXER. Smart. Sexy. Intriguing. A cold case that makes this a great page-turner. Wren is the perfect secretive loner with an awkward side Emery and I fell hard for. You will, too. And then you’ll want the whole Games People Play series, too!

 

Something Borrowed

My good friend and fellow western romance author A. J. Pine - author of the Crossroads Ranch series and her most recent release, TOUGH LUCK COWBOY – couldn’t wait to tell you all about her latest cowboy crush…

“The cowboy who stole my heart was Eli Garrett from PART-TIME COWBOY by Maisey Yates. He's a rancher and Copper Ridge's deputy sheriff. Nothing like a man who can pull off a uniform and a cowboy hat all while making Sadie Miller--and readers--swoon!”

Something Blue

I absolutely love the cover for Sophie Jordan’s THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE. That dress. Gorgeous. The almost kiss. Sexy. And the title. What? I had to know more about this story. A selfish – and a bit lost – Duke finds compassion and obligation lead him to reevaluate his life and the choices he’s made. He thinks he’s helping Alyse – saving her – but she saves him from an insubstantial life and fills his lonely world with love. You’ll root for Marcus and Alyse along their journey and cheer when they admit all they want is each other and succumb to a love they both wanted but neither saw coming.

 

Be sure to check out Jennifer's latest release is MONTANA HEAT: TEMPTED BY LOVE. It’s the last book in the series – but stands alone. DEA agent Jay Bennett falls for this best friend’s little sister, who knows his dangerous life and wants nothing to do with it, except neither of them can fight the temptation to be together.

I hope you enjoy all of these recommendations.

Happy reading!

-Jennifer

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Tempted by Love: A Montana Heat Novel Cover Image
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Published: Avon - August 21st, 2018

Tough Luck Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #3) Cover Image
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Published: Forever - August 28th, 2018

When a Duke Loves a Woman: A Sins for All Seasons Novel Cover Image
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Published: Avon - August 21st, 2018

The Fixer: Games People Play Cover Image
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Part Time Cowboy (Copper Ridge #1) Cover Image
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If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemun-Broka

Claire L reviewed If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka. Pre-order your copy today! Out  4/23/19

Popular girl Cameron Bright has a reputation for not being the nicest person in school. Cameron has never worried too much about her reputation—that is until her crush Andrew agrees with everyone else about Cameron’s personality. In an effort to get back in Andrew’s good graces, Cameron decides to make an ‘Amends’ list of all the people she needs to make amends with. It starts with Paige—the girl who ruined her chances with Andrew. At first her efforts are purely for Andrew, but Paige sees right through that. So, Cameron finds herself hanging out with Paige and her friends, and Paige’s brother Brendan. As time goes on, Cameron realizes that maybe she isn’t just completing the list for Andrew anymore.

First of all, I love that both of Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s books relate back to Shakespeare and his works because I'm always a fan of book references within books. And, the reference to The Taming of the Shrew allowed for a neat parallel in the story. Going along with that connection, I really liked Cameron's character development because I think it shares a good message about being yourself and the importance of doing just that. In the beginning Cameron was a strong character by always being honest and saying what she thought, but in the end she was stronger in a different, real way. All together If I’m Being Honest has a lot of positive elements that I really appreciated seeing represented in a story.

 

-Claire L

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty―and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

 

Basically, this book is everything I've ever wanted in a sci-fi book and more. I don't know about you but I'm a fan of fantasy and sci-fi books that adapt cultures that aren't my own into the world that they've created and that's exactly what Somaiya Daud does in this magnificent book. 

It did take me a bit of time to get into the story, but once I did I couldn't stop. The beginning two or three chapters were a little dull, not necessarily in a bad way, but they weren't riveting, instead, they were filled with exposition. That exposition-filling (or whatever that's called) made it hard for me to keep track of things since I got a bit of an information overload. By the fourth chapter, though, I got into the rhythm of the book and the story really flowed. 

Other than the few roadblocks in the beginning, the rest of the book was paced incredibly well and the storyline matched with character arks with a precision I'm not used to in stories, especially not from debut novelists. 

Perhaps the biggest triumph of the book is the fact that the story manages to be both plot and character driven- the characters drive the plot and the plot drives the characters in a way that leaves you feeling like you're very much in the middle of the action. 

I wish I'd gotten a bit of a better explanation of different cultural aspects because by the time I'd gotten a hold of them, the scenes involving them had more or less resolved themselves. That being said the world building is fantastic and, as someone who just adores well built worlds, I fell head over heels for this world. Like I would actually marry it. 

 

All in all, I give this book 5/5 stars.

 

-Alexina L

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Q&A with Grady Hendrix

Country Bookshelf's horror officianado Harry took a moment to chat with author Grady Hendrix about his newest title We Sold Our Souls

Harry: You're obviously a relative expert on Horror fiction. What is it about the genre that drew you to it? 

Grady: I’m not an expert on anything, but that’s nice of you to say. I never read much horror as a kid because the covers scared me too much, but as I got older I found myself going back to horror again and again because it’s the one genre that deals with death, and death is what gives our lives meaning. So to me, it’s kind of the only genre that matters.

 

H: My Best Friend's Exorcism had songs as chapter titles and We Sold Our Souls is all about metal. Do you have a background in music? Do you play an instrument? Do you have a favorite genre?

G: I am about as musical as a brick, but music saved my life in high school. Being able to listen to music while driving to school was what got me through my day, and that feeling has lasted my entire life. I have huge emotional reactions to some songs and I’m an ugly crier, so I’m sure there are people on the subway who look at this red-faced crybaby wearing earbuds and rapidly move away. I’ve never played an instrument, or at least not in a way that wasn’t considered a crime in some states, but I did take a few months of guitar lessons while writing We Sold Our Souls because my main character played guitar and I needed to know what that felt like.

 

H: Is there a type of horror story that you prefer over others? Do you prefer something psychological or supernatural? 

G: I’ll take horror in all shapes and sizes. While writing Paperbacks from Hell, my history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties, I read hundreds of horror paperbacks I never would have otherwise touched and I found so many books I loved that I’ve learned not to have standards. Life’s more fun when you have no taste.

 

H: What's your process for making something scary? Is there any personal experience involved?

G: Writing is all about personal experience. We Sold Our Souls was a deeply personal book full of things that really happened to me — living on the road for a while, finding a dead body in a cemetery, arriving at Las Vegas late at night, eating in parking lots, feeling trapped in a bad contract, being broke, working miserable jobs. But writing also has the reverse effect: focusing on a book so hard for so long (it takes me about 6 months to write a novel) and the book begins to warp your life. You find things you write about happening in reality. You see parallels between the book and what’s going on around you. Emotionally, We Sold Our Souls is a really bleak book and I sunk into a bad depression while writing it. Getting my main character, Kris Pulaski, through all that horror and despair was how I got myself through it, too.

 

H: What's your favorite horror story? Book, movie, anything.

G: I’m going to change the question a little: one of my favorite books of all time, and one not enough people talk about, is Charles Portis’s True Grit. I re-read it every couple of years and as far as I’m concerned it’s the Great American Novel. Sure, Huckleberry Finn was the Great American Novel of the 19th century, but True Grit is the Great American Novel of the 20th century. It’s a hard-edged Western, narrated by a fourteen-year-old girl, and it’s all about how we needed tough people to build our country, but once they’ve done their job and made the world safe for rules, and banks, and law and order, we don’t need them anymore and they kind of embarrass us a little bit. It’s also very, very funny.

Harry praised We Sold Our Souls - on sale Tuesday, 9/18 - saying: "Harry praised the book, saying "At first I was like this isn't as good as My Best Friend's Exorcism, and then I got into and I was like 'This book rocks!' Grady Hendrix is a genius and I will never doubt him again!" Harry chatted with Grady about the book on our blog, check out this highlight." Pre-order your copy today and let's get metal!

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Great new releases for Fall

Fall is a busy time of year in publishing with many great titles releasing from mid-August through November and the beginning of the Holiday Season. We've compiled a list of titles in a variety of genres and catagories just for our community. Pre-ordering through our website is super easy and we'll hold the books for you at the store to save on shipping! Your next great rainy day read may be here to accompany the coming Hygge season, so break out your favorite mug and blanket and pour a cup of tea and cozy up to these great reads!

Literary Fiction

Killing Commendatore - Haruki Murakami 10/9
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver - there will be a special indie bookstore edition of this book so be sure to pre-order! 10/16
Melmoth by Sara Perry 10/16
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 9/18
Trinity by Louisa Hall 10/16
Transcription by Kate Atkinson 9/25
Ordinary People by Diane Evans 9/11
The Silence of Girls by Pat Barker 9/4
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman 9/25
Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
French Exit by Patrick DeWitt
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adejei-Brenyah 10/23
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 9/18


Mystery/Thriller

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly 10/30
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 9/18
The Witch Elm by Tana  French 10/9
The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem 11/6

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner 9/25
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson 10/30
Bloody Rose by Nick Eames
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland 10/23
Temper by Nicky Drayden
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri 11/13
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells 10/2
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Children's Picture Books

King Alice by Matt Cordell 9/25
The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson
Volcano Dreams by Janet Fox 9/25
Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena 10/9
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales 9/4
Giraffe Problems by Jory Jons 9/25

Juvenile Fiction (ages 8-10)

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older 9/11
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo 10/2
Harbor Me by Jaqueline Woodson
The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm 9/4
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty 10/2
Mascot by Antony John 9/11
The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson 9/25
The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee

Young Adult Fiction (ages 12+)

Bridge of Clay by Mark Zusak 10/9
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera 10/9
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth 10/23
Rule by Ellen Goodlett 9/11
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 10/16
A Blade So Black by LL. McKinney 9/25
A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos 9/25
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kirsten White 9/25
The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee 10/2

Poetry
So Far So Good  by Ursula K LeGuin 10/2
My Own Devices by Dessa 9/18

Graphic Novels
Rat Queens Vol. 5 by Kurtis Weibe
Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Amulet Vol. 8 by Kazui Kibuishi 9/25
Monstress Vol. 3 by Marjorie Liu 9/11
Saga Vol. 9 by Brian K Vaughn 10/9
Abbott by Saladin Ahmed 10/30
Home After Dark by David Small 9/11

Memoir
Becoming by Michelle Obama 11/13
In Pieces by Sally Field 9/18
My Own Devices by Dessa 9/18

Science/Nature
Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson 9/11
The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams 9/11
In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren Oakes 11/27
Brief Answers to Big Questions by Stephen Hawking 10/16
The Science of Science Fiction by Mark Brake 10/2
Reader, Come Home by Maryanne Wolf

History
How Do We Look? by Mary Beard 9/4
When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney 10/30
How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman 10/9
The Man from the Train by Bill Jones 9/19

Current Affairs
On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay McKesson 9/4
21 lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Harari 9/4
Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow 9/18

More Exciting Titles
Daemon Voices by Phillip Pullman 9/18
Let's Go by Jeff Tweedy 11/13
Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi 10/16
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott 10/16
Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell 9/4

 

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Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
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Transcription: A Novel Cover Image
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Ordinary People: A Novel Cover Image
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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
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Friday Black Cover Image
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We Sold Our Souls: A Novel Cover Image
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Dark Sacred Night (A Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel) Cover Image
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A Conspiracy of Truths Cover Image
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Temper: A Novel Cover Image
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Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha) Cover Image
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Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) Cover Image
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Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone Cover Image
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Carmela Full of Wishes Cover Image
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Bridge of Clay Cover Image
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Rule Cover Image
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
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A Blade So Black (The Nightmare-Verse #1) Cover Image
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Mirage: A Novel (Mirage Series #1) Cover Image
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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) Cover Image
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So Far So Good Cover Image
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Rat Queens Volume 5: The Colossal Magic Nothing Cover Image
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Sheets Cover Image
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Home After Dark: A Novel Cover Image
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Becoming Cover Image
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First Kiss by Kasie West

Maggie S Review Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West! Pre-order your copy today! Due out February 2019

Kasie West has done it again with her new novel Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss. She has created an intriguing and heartwarming world staring Lacey Barnes, an aspiring actress who has finally landed her first real job alongside the famous Grant James in Dancing Graves. And although this is her lifelong dream it is muddled by the addition of a tutor who fit's the exact definition of a choir boy. But as time goes on Donavon Lake, the detested "choir boy," slowly starts to grow on Lacey as he comforts her through the hardships of an overprotective father, someone trying to sabotage her, and her chemistry funk with her co-stars. And while this may seem like your everyday love story, you will soon learn that that is far from the truth when you take into account the zombie makeup and script additions throughout this artful story.

-Maggie S

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Published: HarperTeen - February 5th, 2019

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Claire L has reviewed A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Shirin—a high schooler who practices Islam and wears a hijab—has moved schools once again. Her parents both had difficult lives growing up in Iran, so they have worked hard in America to give Shirin and her brother Navid a better childhood than they had. Shirin never had problems with other people until 9/11. But, Shirin learned to ignore everyone in order to protect herself. And, she plans on doing the same at this new school. To keep her school life interesting and more positive, Navid decides to start a breakdancing crew—a dream Shirin has shared with her brother forever.


I absolutely loved A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I am so impressed with Tahereh Mafi's writing because I would go from laughing out loud to crying in the matter of a few sentences. There was great dialogue; both charming, thoughtful, and difficult to read. But, the book felt balanced. Just when you would be getting really emotional over a hateful action that occurred, it would switch to something lighter (like a breakdancing moment). This book is powerful. It deals with prejudice and stereotypes towards religion and some of the impacts they can have on people. I have read books that made me sad, but this book really made me think and feel something. I felt empowered reading this book because Shirin is such a strong character (even though she had her worries). Because I enjoy Tahereh Mafi’s writing style, I suspected I would love this book. While A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a different genre from her Shatter Me series, it still features a strong female lead and Tahereh’s signature writing voice. I can definitely say that A Very Large Expanse of Sea is one of my new favorite books.

 

- Claire L

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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Zoe J review Firstlife by Gena Showalter.

Most YA heroes and heroines in adventure stories need only focus on keeping their one and only life. But in Tenley Lockwood’s world, everyone is guaranteed two chances. Before their first death, inhabitants of Earth, or “The Land of the Harvest,” must choose between two realms to spend their everlives. As a person can’t even decide on a future college or career, I can appreciate the amount of pressure such a decision would entail. This stress follows Ten throughout her story. And, if she dies without choosing a realm, she will end up in the terrifying “Many Ends.”

For Firstlife, Gena Showalter created a great concept that could have had better execution. At the beginning, we find Ten stuck in an asylum where families can send their children as punishment. While the goal of escape is clear here, the story’s purpose becomes more muddled as the novel progresses. Showalter also misses the opportunity to really develop her world; readers barely get any history of the realms. Furthermore, important plot points seem to be brought up and never elaborated on, and some events seem unrealistic even for a fantasy novel.

As a character, I found Tenley to have a definite personality. She did, however, have a somewhat-annoying obsession with numbers; for example, she uses the word “zero” instead of swearing. For a love interest, we get the cliche “dark and brooding” Killian. His enemy Archer, who might also be in love with Ten, seems kinder and a bit more realistic. And throughout the story, these characters often suffer from awkward dialogue. Still, the plot remains the biggest issue with the novel.

Firstlife does have potential, and maybe some of its problems are resolved in the rest of the series. But personally, I would recommend searching for something else.

 

-Zoe J

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Published: Harlequin Teen - January 3rd, 2017

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The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo

Maurene Goo incorporates humor, love, and sadness into her books and does it in a way that makes you fall in love with her characters and story. She does this again with Clara in The Way You Make Me Feel. I was even more excited when I found out the book revolved around a food truck, because that seemed like such a cool concept. And, it was.

Clara, who has never been interested in working on her father's food truck (the KoBra), is subject to working on it for the whole summer when she gets into some trouble at school. To make matters worse, she has to work with someone she can't stand, and her original summer plans are changed. But, as the summer goes on Clara's feelings towards the truck and her co-worker begin to change, and she even develops a crush towards a boy she met at one of the KoBra's stops.

Just like Maurene's last book, I found myself having so much fun reading it (I laughed out loud countless times). But, I like that the book is realistic and has some tougher moments, too. I also like how Clara changes and starts to realize things about herself and her family that she didn't really know before. This is definitely a great summer read.

 

- Claire L

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 8th, 2018

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Q & A with Christine Carbo

We're so excited to welcome Montana author Christine Carbo to the store to share her newest mystery thriller- A Sharp Solitude. We love a good Montana mystery and Wendy, our Mystery Maven says: "My favorite part of Christine Carbo’s mysteries are that they are set in Glacier National Park, with all its beauty and wildness! While not a 'series,' they have interlocking characters, so a minor character in one book may become the main character in the next book. I like that because it means readers don’t have to read the books exactly in order, but they all go together." In anticipation of Christine's new book, Wendy had a few questions for Christine.

W: You seem to know a lot about many places in Glacier National Park-how much time do you get to
spend there?


Christine: Since I became published about four years ago, my life has gotten extremely busy and has included much
more air travel, which means I have less time for hiking and getting into Glacier in general. I still try to go
several times a year though, and I try to go once or twice during each off-season. I love the park in the fall, but
summer is my favorite, even with how insanely busy it gets.

 

W:  Is it harder to write from a male character’s perspective, and how do you do research for that?
 

C: In my latest book, I have two main characters: one female, one male. The female plays a bigger role in the
story, but I don’t find it too difficult to write from the male perspective. I grew up with two older brothers, so I
tagged along quite a bit, and that allowed me to see the world through a male’s viewpoint some of the time. I
think that ended up helping me quite a bit. However, mostly, what I try to do is write about a human with a
particular set of problems and then go about how that particular human being (male or female) would go about
solving those problems. Sometimes a male will go about things differently than a female precisely because of
their gender, but I find that emotions are emotions, and we all have them. There are, of course, nuances in how
those emotions get expressed or dealt with, and I try to be true to how I think a character would operate given
their circumstances. In general though, I try not to get too hung up on gender.

 

W: What is your process for starting a new book, and how long does it take to write a book?
 

C: Oh gosh, I’m not sure I have a good grasp on that process. It seems to change with each book, and is usually a
messy, disorganized process. Often, some nugget of an idea from something I’ve heard, read or thought about
in my past will stay with me or keep coming back to me, which makes me realize I have an idea that interests
me enough to dive deeper into it and develop it into a story. Then, when I finally come up with some form of a
suspenseful situation or premise (not necessarily a plot yet), I’ll begin to mull it over and take random notes. At
some point, I know I just need to start writing, even if I don’t have it all figured out. I often write without an
outline, and poke my way forward in the dark. Eventually I get there, but sometimes I wish I was more
organized from the get-go. Creativity can be a messy process for some writers, and I happen to be one of
those whether I want to be or not.

 

W:. Do you know the whole story ahead of time or does it develop as you write?
 

C: Oops, I think I just answered this above. I definitely don’t have the whole story figured out ahead of time, not
even close. Sometimes I know the perpetrator and work toward that ending, but with two of my books, I didn’t,
so I wrote several options into the story to give myself choices as I got closer to the end. Like I said, it can be a
little messy, but for me, that’s the beauty and magic of the process. Somehow, the muse seems to kick in and it
all begins to come together as if I really had a master plan all along. It can be very frustrating, but when it all
begins to come together, it’s immensely satisfying.

 

Christine Carbo will be sharing her newest book A Sharp Solitude at the store on Wednesday July 18th at 6pm. Be sure to stop by for this and more!

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The Weight of Night: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #3) Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

Mortal Fall: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #2) Cover Image
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The Wild Inside: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #1) Cover Image
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