Author Gillian Harvey’s Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media [GUEST POST]

Author Gillian Harvey and her son Robbie overload on sugar.
Gill and her son Robbie overload on sugar. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

We love the premise of the novel, Everything is Fine, which is about a woman who has it all… at least on her Instagram feed. But in real life, things aren’t always what they appear. But how does a writer—who depends on social media platforms to get the word out about her work—truly feel about this aspect of online culture? Find out in today’s candid guest post from author Gillian Harvey. Enjoy! —J&H

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Mario Escobar’s ‘Children of the Stars’ Reminds Us That We Are Never Truly Alone [REVIEW]

Paris, France in 1942

Two boys must flee toward freedom when the Nazis occupy Paris in Mario Escobar’s Children of the Stars. (Photo courtesy ww2gallery, Flickr)

A growing threat sweeps across Europe. A loving couple searches for safety. Two brothers flee for their lives. In World War II Paris, meet two boys who will do whatever it takes to reunite with their beloved parents in Mario Escobar’s inspired new novel, Children of the Stars. Read more of this post

Discover Why ‘Notre-Dame’ Became the Heart of Paris [REVIEW]

Ken Follett in front of Notre-Dame de Paris

Ken Follett in front of Notre-Dame de Paris. (Photo by The Follett Office Ltd.)

Notre-Dame de Paris is perhaps the most iconic cathedral in the world. For centuries, it has been at the epicenter of history—for believers and nonbelievers alike. So when it caught flame on April 15, 2019, images of this burning monument dealt a devastating blow to people around the globe. Now author Ken Follett, perhaps best known for his mega-bestseller The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about the construction of a fictitious cathedral, delivers Notre-Dame, a concise but captivating volume about the meaning and history of this beloved architectural gem and why it still captures our imaginations after all these years. Read more of this post

‘The Lost Vintage’ Takes Readers On A Sensory Journey to the Past [REVIEW]

French vineyard

A trip to France teaches a young sommelier about much more than wine in Ann Mah’s The Lost Vintage. (Photo by Mark Fusco, Flickr)

Young love, delicious wine, family history, and the French countryside. It’s all here in Ann Mah’s sumptuous new novel, The Lost Vintage. Behind this book’s gorgeous cover you’ll meet a woman who journeys from San Francisco to France with the goal of building upon her knowledge of fine wine. What she learns instead are lessons even more powerful and life changing, ones which will enhance much more than her educated palate.
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It Only Takes ‘Two Steps Forward’ To Begin A Journey of Self Discovery [REVIEW]

Camino de Santiago

Still reeling from unexpected changes in their lives, two people find their way on a pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago in Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s Two Steps Forward. (Photo by Marcin Bajer, Flickr)

Perfect strangers are about to take the journey of a lifetime for very different reasons. But one thing is guaranteed, by the time they reach their destination, both of them will be changed in ways that they never saw coming. Lose yourself in the pages of Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s transformative tale of love, loss, laughter and redemption, Two Steps Forward. Read more of this post