The Woman Who Captured The Assassins’ Castle
When Freya Stark set out for the Middle East in 1927, she brought Dante’s Inferno, a fur coat, a revolver and very little money. She had dreamt of exploring the region ever since an aunt gave her a copy of Arabian Nights for her ninth birthday but it had taken her almost 30 years to get there.
Where to Start with John le Carre: A Beginner’s Guide to the Spy Business
John le Carre at home.(Charlotte Hadden) John le Carre’s death at age 89 marked the passing of one of England’s finest espionage novelists. Le Carre, whose real name was David Cornwell, began writing when he was serving as an MI5 agent in the late 1950s. His richly characterized, intricately plotted thrillers took off after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold became an instant bestseller and he left the espionage business to write full-time.
Escape to Paris with Novels Set in the City of Light
(Pedro Lastra on Unsplash) After sticking close to home for the past couple of years, I’m ready to start traveling again. Luckily, my mom — who is the most active senior I know — has always wanted to visit Paris. After a long lunch that involved champagne and chocolate-covered macaroons, we recently decided to take the plunge. Next spring we’re going to board a plane and spend a week there.
Escape the Heat: Mysteries Set in the North
(Ethan Robertson on Unsplash) It's July, the hottest month of the year. Just how hot it will get in 2022 is up in the air but last year's summer was the warmest ever recorded. Ideally, I recommend taking a trip to somewhere cool, preferably with a large body of water nearby.
Author Interview: The Vet Whose Dream of Becoming a Bestselling Writer Never Faded
USA Today bestselling author Emma Rous's debut novel, The Au Pair, was an international success. The book shot to the top of many “Must Read” lists, including POPSUGAR’s Must-Read Books of 2019, Cosmopolitan’s Books of 2019 to Bring to Your Bookclub, Woman’s Day’s Best Fiction Books of 2019 and Goodreads’ Top Mysteries & Thrillers of 2019.
7 Gripping Irish Mysteries: Women Suspense Writers You Should be Reading
As someone whose Irish ancestors came to America during the potato famine, I’ve always gravitated toward whodunits set in the Emerald Isle. I've recently been streaming Gillian Anderson in The Fall, which is currently free on Peacock. It's a three-season crime drama series based on the BTK Killer that's set in Northern Ireland. I started the show mainly because of nostalgia for Dana Scully in The X-Files but kept going because its depiction of DCI Stella Gibson's cat-and-mouse game with serial killer Paul Spector is intensely dark and complex.
5 Creepy Tales Set in Vermont: Ghosts, Monsters and Murderers for Your TBR Pile
I’ve always been a gothic junkie but many of my favorite books in this genre are set overseas, in crumbling castles or eerie country estates. I’m a sucker for Old World macabre, especially when it comes to historical fiction. Still, there’s nothing like coming across a gothic novel set in New England. We’ve got plenty of our own ghosts, monsters and dark secrets.
Author Profiles Are Important For Creating An Author Brand
Tips For Authors - Where To Post An Author Profile- BookBuzz. Having an author profile online is an important part of any marketing campaign for every book. Readers want to see the author (or an author logo). This helps them to get to know the person behind the book they are reading.
The Time Traveler's Wife Made Me Fall Back in Love With Fiction and Reading
“When I was young I didn’t understand, but now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird.” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Opinion: The World’s 21 Most Influential Books
I have elected to place my usual NewsBreak articles about pop culture, psychology and consumerism to the side and explore something new. I have read every book listed here, and have utilized no defined methodology in selecting my choices other than my own grasp of history.
Author Nancy Paris Dances Her Way Into 'The Adventures of Lilly Nilly'
Lilly Nilly at the barre.Courtesy of Nancy Paris. Author Nancy Paris not only can tell a tale through words, but she also has the talent to do so through movement. So she's combining the best of both worlds and telling the tale of six-year-old Lilly Nilly, a "spunky and precocious" dance student who is trying to figure it all out — ballet and the real world. As a professional dancer and educator, Paris is using her performing arts experience to give a voice to Lilly Nilly that's empowering and humorous all at once — and it's not just for kids, the adults will love her sharp wit. Pardon My French – It’s the Language of Ballet utilizes gorgeous illustrations and a fresh kid perspective for anyone who loves the language of dance.
February is Black History Month
It's day one of Black History Month and I’m already wondering what company or celebrity is going to win the panderpalooza prize. In spite of that negative thought, let's start this month with positive vibes. Let's finally find a real way to bridge the chasms of division and have a conversation with your people about other people. It starts with you.
Finding the Right Market Segment: An Author’s Journey
Everyone has a story to tell, but sometimes after that story is written down and published, authors still have issues finding readers. This common conundrum can usually be due to catering to the wrong market segment.
An Author's Rule of Thumb
Writing is a journey of growth. No one starts out as a bestselling author, and many times, there is a road of failure before you get to where you want to be. However, I have found four things that have helped me on the way, and I feel that doing these things has greatly improved my writing.
The Ins and Outs of Finding a Book Cover
Every writer wants a book cover that is not only going to show a preview of their story but draw attention from an audience. However, it seems almost impossible to get something like this without paying a ton of money. However, over time and after reviewing several websites that sell these types of products, I have realized that it may be easier to educate yourself and make your own.
Pinning Demographics in the Writer's Market
When you are writing a novel or novella, it is important to know who your readers are. That is why several websites that sell books have charts regarding the ages, genders, locations, and interests of readers. So, if you don’t have any of these tools available to you, how do you start? How do you know if you are targeting the right market. Simple. You do the research.
Paid Review Sites: Are They Worth It?
When you first release a book, it may seem like you have dozens of readers, but as time goes on, this trend may slow, and you may end up having dozens of reads without any reviews.
The Library is More Than Just a Thing
Promoting a book can be difficult, especially if you don’t want to spend a whole bunch of money, so it is understandable why some authors decide to give out promotional copies. Not only do these copies help reach new readers, but they can also help an author get reviews, if they are promoted in the right place.
Communities often come together to help support local businesses, and writers are local businesses, so I wanted to let you know about some of the many writers in the Cobb County area.