‘Royal Beauty Bright’: Seven Questions with Ryan Byrnes [INTERVIEW]

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Ryan Byrnes wrote his debut novel, Royal Beauty Bright, while he was in high school! (Photo courtesy Ryan Byrnes)

When I finished reading Ryan Byrnes’ new historical novel, Royal Beauty Bright, I was speechless. For such a young writer (he wrote this book in high school), he has penned a story that is by turns heartbreaking, humorous, inspiring, and compelling. As you know, we read a lot of fiction set around World War I, but we seldom encounter characters we enjoy meeting as well as those found here. They make for a brilliant, heartfelt tale that is truly a joy to read. Thus we’re thrilled that he stops by to chat with us about his book, and what comes next. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview! —J&H
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‘Brother,’ Can You Spare Some Empathy? [REVIEW]

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David Chariandy’s Brother throbs with life, in part due to the music that permeates it. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A mother’s sacrifice. One girl’s ambitions. Two brothers’ dreams. And the act of violence that will change each of their lives forever. Discover why David Chariandy’s Brother has become one of the most beloved novels of our time. 

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Meet Colorado Royalty in Rebecca Rosenberg’s ‘Gold Digger’ [REVIEW]

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Baby Doe Tabor, circa 1883 (Photo Public Domain)

A young widow. A married prospector. A betrayed wife. When their paths cross in rugged Colorado during the mining boom, they spark a sensational, scandalous story that rocks the state to its bedrock. Discover the real-life dynasty that would make binge-worthy television in today’s reality-obsessed culture. Read Rebecca Rosenberg’s new novel, Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor. Read more of this post

Cole Slaw [RECIPE]

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Sweet and delicious, cole slaw is an easy way to add something healthy to your favorite comfort food meal. (Photo by Shihmei Barger 舒詩玫, Flickr)

Cole slaw is a Southern staple. It goes great with everything from fried chicken to barbecue, is rich in vitamins C and K, and adds about 25 grams of fiber to your diet per serving. Mostly, however, I dish it up to my guests because it’s a simple way to add something green to the menu and it tastes delicious! Read more of this post

Six Questions for Vanessa Kelly [INTERVIEW]

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Vanessa Kelly visits with Jathan and Heather about her new Regency romance. (Photo courtesy Vanessa Kelly, Facebook)

Vanessa Kelly may have studied British literature in graduate school, but today she spends her time writing bestselling, award-winning historical romances of her own, including the popular Clan Kendrick series which takes place in the heart of the Scottish highlands. What does it take to write stories that Booklist praises as “completely charming?” Find out in our exclusive interview with the author herself. Enjoy!—J&H Read more of this post