Brooklyn: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor and Your Schleppers [GUEST POST]

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Thelma Adams, author of Bittersweet Brooklyn, fondly remembers a lifetime growing up on the other side of the bridge. (Photo by Marco, Flickr)

There are few places I think of more fondly than Brooklyn. Having lived just off the Promenade during the early 1990s, I can still feel the crisp air on my skin as I walked up Cranberry toward High Street to get a slice. The neighborhood shimmered with red and gold foliage even as the leaves danced to the throbbing music of city traffic as it echoed around the brownstones and toward the Hudson. I loved everything about that period in my life. Yet as beloved as my time was there, my residence was short, even if my memories are still vivid twenty-five years later. Writer Thelma Adams, however, spent a lifetime there and today she stops by to tell us why she always returns to Brooklyn, literally and in her writing, and what makes it such a special place. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

‘I Invited Her In’ Is Diabolically Clever [REVIEW]

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When Abigail Curtiz reached out from the distant past, I made a mistake. I invited her in. (Photo by John Fraissinet, Flickr)

Seventeen years ago, they were inseparable. But then an unexpected pregnancy sent their lives in two different directions. One found domestic bliss at home while the other reveled in a life of glitz and glamour abroad, until the ultimate betrayal reunites the two women once more. All too quickly, they each find that life has a way of changing people… and not for the better. Brace yourself for a new foray into psychological terror and discover why some friendships should never be rekindled in Adele Parks’ I Invited Her In.
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Brad Thor’s New Scot Harvath Thriller Release Date Announced

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Brad Thor’s 19th Scot Harvath thriller is coming! Pre-order your copy today. (Photo courtesy Brad Thor)

Like so many of you, we simply can’t wait until the latest installment of Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath series is released. After all, there’s a reason Brad was hailed as the “God of thriller writers” by talk radio icon Phil Paleologos (WBSM-AM). His books are simply that good! And after the tremendous success of his most recent thriller, Spymaster, we are chomping at the bit to see what happens to Scot next. Read more of this post

Governess’s Courage Prevails Over the Civil War in Tamera Alexander’s ‘With This Pledge’ [REVIEW]

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Inside the walls of Carnton Plantation, a governess does what she can to face down slavery. (Photo by Rob Shenk, Flickr)

As if being a Southern woman with views of her own weren’t difficult enough, a young governess is forced to take a stand when the Civil War comes knocking at her employer’s doorstep. But will her strength and determination be enough to carry her through the most difficult time of her life? Find out in Tamera Alexander’s breathtaking new historical novel, With this Pledge.  Read more of this post

‘The Hollow Middle’ Captures An Educator in the Midst of an Existential Crisis [REVIEW]

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An educator ponders his existence in John Popielaski’s debut novel, The Hollow Middle. (Photo by doublecompile, Flickr)

An educator in the midst of a midlife crisis suddenly receives an unexpected windfall of cash and the opportunity to make some major changes in his life. But as he ponders his existence to date, will he find his way toward self actualization or will he get mired down in the ambiguity of what could have been? Find out in John Popielaski’s The Hollow MiddleRead more of this post