It’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing…the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back. Lev Grossman manages to smash “you don’t have to be a genius” and “keep your day job” into his great essay, "How Not to Write a Novel" (his book, The Magician’s Land, is out this week)

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christinalaurenbooks:

…he wonders for a flash if Lucy is even real.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Audible

christinalaurenbooks:

…he wonders for a flash if Lucy is even real.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Audible

A happy dual-pub-day to Mark Cheverton for INVASION OF THE OVERWORLD and BATTLE FOR THE NETHER

Gameknight999 loved Minecraft, but above all else, he loved to grief—to intentionally ruin the gaming experience for other users.

When one of his father’s inventions teleports him into the game, Gameknight is forced to live out a real-life adventure inside a digital world. What will happen if he’s killed? Will he respawn? Die in real life? Stuck in the game, Gameknight discovers Minecraft’s best-kept secret, something not even the game’s programmers realize: the creatures within the game are alive! He will have to stay one step ahead of the sharp claws of zombies and pointed fangs of spiders, but he’ll also have to learn to make friends and work as a team if he has any chance of surviving the war his arrival has started.

Who it’s for: Young readers 8+, pickaxe aficionados. 

Why I think you’ll love it: In addition to being rollicking adventures perfect for kids who just can’t get enough of all things minecraft, the books demonstrate in an unpreachy way the importance of teamwork, empathy, and seeing through another person’s eyes. I’ll let Mark tell you more in his own words but there’s both fun and real value between these covers. Happy pub day!  

walkingfoxiest:

a post where I explain with images how foxes are the best thing ever, and how if you disagree you are obviously wrong

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Happy pub day to Nancy J. Cavanaugh’s ALWAYS, ABIGAIL! 

Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity—until Abigail doesn’t make the squad. And is assigned a different homeroom. And gets the school’s biggest outcast as her Friendly Letter partner. Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck! Gabby is really nice, but she’s so weird! It’s not like Abigail can stop her classmates from making fun of Gabby…right?

Who it’s for: young readers 8+, reluctant readers (told in lists and letters, Nancy’s books are very visually appealing & super easy to fall into), parents and librarians of young readers, MG fans who dig humor & heart
Why I think you’ll love it: Nancy has a pitch-perfect ear for the trials of middle schoolers and never condescends, recognizing that the emotional punch of not being picked for a team, or seeing your friends move on without you, is all-consuming to the kid experiencing that for the first time. The mixed-media format she uses to tell her story is like watching a duck on a lake—all easy above the water, but deceptively busy beneath. It’s easy to slip right into the story and only in retrospect do you realize what an impressive feat of character and structure she’s pulled off. (This is Nancy’s second middle grade novel, after last year’s award winning This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.)

Happy pub day to Nancy J. Cavanaugh’s ALWAYS, ABIGAIL! 

Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity—until Abigail doesn’t make the squad. And is assigned a different homeroom. And gets the school’s biggest outcast as her Friendly Letter partner. Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck! Gabby is really nice, but she’s so weird! It’s not like Abigail can stop her classmates from making fun of Gabby…right?

Who it’s for: young readers 8+, reluctant readers (told in lists and letters, Nancy’s books are very visually appealing & super easy to fall into), parents and librarians of young readers, MG fans who dig humor & heart

Why I think you’ll love itNancy has a pitch-perfect ear for the trials of middle schoolers and never condescends, recognizing that the emotional punch of not being picked for a team, or seeing your friends move on without you, is all-consuming to the kid experiencing that for the first time. The mixed-media format she uses to tell her story is like watching a duck on a lake—all easy above the water, but deceptively busy beneath. It’s easy to slip right into the story and only in retrospect do you realize what an impressive feat of character and structure she’s pulled off. (This is Nancy’s second middle grade novel, after last year’s award winning This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.)

New Release! Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

The exciting conclusion to the Wicked Widows trilogy

Who should pick it up: Fans of historical romance, historical mystery readers who wish there was more smooching in their mysteries, Regency ladies forcibly married to a nasty Duke looking for tips on getting away from that noise
Why I think you’ll love it: Manda blends the best of romance with the plotting and complications of a mystery, and her heroines are sharply drawn and most of all—smart. In particular, the heroine in this book—whose friends came to her aid to cover up the accidental death of her horrible, abusive husband—is determined to live life on her terms, no small feat for a woman of her time. Manda’s books are page turners of the highest order, and if you haven’t read her before, this book (her sixth) is the closer of her second series, so when you find yourself addicted to her taking care of business (in historically appropriate ways) heroines, you will have plenty of delicious backlist to dive in on (clickable here).

New Release! Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

The exciting conclusion to the Wicked Widows trilogy

Who should pick it up: Fans of historical romance, historical mystery readers who wish there was more smooching in their mysteries, Regency ladies forcibly married to a nasty Duke looking for tips on getting away from that noise

Why I think you’ll love it: Manda blends the best of romance with the plotting and complications of a mystery, and her heroines are sharply drawn and most of all—smart. In particular, the heroine in this book—whose friends came to her aid to cover up the accidental death of her horrible, abusive husband—is determined to live life on her terms, no small feat for a woman of her time. Manda’s books are page turners of the highest order, and if you haven’t read her before, this book (her sixth) is the closer of her second series, so when you find yourself addicted to her taking care of business (in historically appropriate ways) heroines, you will have plenty of delicious backlist to dive in on (clickable here).

veschwab:

The covers for the EVERYDAY ANGEL series. I love that Scholastic has chosen to give the books covers that reflect the diversity inside.

efitzdesign:

Killed cover designs for TEASE by Amanda Maciel, coming from Balzer+Bray/HarperTeen in summer 2014. Design: Erin Fitzsimmons | Art Direction: Alison Donalty

efitzdesign:

Killed cover designs for TEASE by Amanda Maciel, coming from Balzer+Bray/HarperTeen in summer 2014. Design: Erin Fitzsimmons | Art Direction: Alison Donalty