livingonaprairie:

Hello? Yes. I would like baseball now please.

Raccoons are having a moment

livingonaprairie:

Hello? Yes. I would like baseball now please.

Raccoons are having a moment

New release! AT YOUR SERVICE by Jen Malone

Who it’s for: 9-12 year olds, budding entrepreneurs, parents & teachers, NYC dreamers

Why I think they’ll love it: As a kid I was straight up obsessed with Paula Danziger’s REMEMBER ME TO HAROLD SQUARE and I can totally see today’s ten year old loving AT YOUR SERVICE for the same reasons. It’s New York! It’s adventures your parents would probably not let you run loose around the city having yourself! It’s fun and friendship and that craving we all have to have the thing we’re best at noticed and rewarded. Plus hijinks! And who doesn’t like those?

New release! DELIVERANCE by CJ Redwine

In this final installment of C. J. Redwine’s Defiance trilogy, a rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce, Rachel Adams has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while her love, Logan McEntire, is imprisoned and awaiting trial, unable to leave Lankenshire. As uneasy alliances are tested and their enemies plot against them, will the two manage to find a way to rid their world of the tyrannical Commander and destroy the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One once and for all?

Who it’s for: Fantasy fans, YA action-adventure fans, people who like to fear for the fates of characters they love (seriously CJ you are killing us!), anyone who was waiting for the full series to come out before jumping on board (first book DEFIANCE, second book DECEPTION, both available in paperback & e, all three books together here)

Why you’ll like it:  The Courier’s Daughter trilogy is set in a world where  threats come from your fellow man and the ground beneath your feet at equal rate. CJ’s plots play out with heartbreak and humanity that feels absolutely real. I’m not saying we should begin calling her C.J.R.R. Martin, but hers is a world where characters’  choices bear very real consequences, and she trusts her readers to bear the weight of that load with her characters as they grieve and find their own definitions for the what it means to survive. Logan and Rachel have been through hell and back, and one of the joys of the series is watching these two characters screw up, let each other down, and find each other anew. There are no easy answers in her world, but the light to be found there shines all the brighter for it.

Happy pub day, EVERYDAY ANGEL: SECOND CHANCES!

Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold, rising star Victoria Schwab returns with the second book in this whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade series.

There’s more to Aria than meets the eye. She’s a guardian angel. And to earn her wings, she’ll have to help three different girls… .

This time, Aria comes to Caroline Mason. At her all-girls’ prep school, Caroline is being bullied. She eats lunch alone and is picked on by her classmates every day. The ringleader of the mean girls is Lily Pierce. But Lily isn’t an ordinary bully: she used to be Caroline’s best friend.

When Aria arrives, she can see Caroline is suffering. But, to Aria’s surprise, so is Lily. What is the story behind Lily’s cruel actions? And can Aria help guide Caroline out of the darkness … and into better, brighter future?

Who it’s for: Readers 8-12, fans of EVERYDAY ANGEL: NEW BEGINNINGS; Schwab fans; parents, librarians, teachers; anyone who likes their angels more akin to Peter Pan than a greeting card

Why I think you’ll like it: If you know Victoria (V.E.) Schwab’s other work, the cover alone of these might seem shocking. But this is middle grade, Schwab style—brimming with humanity and heart and just note-perfect observations on kid dynamics. It’s easy to forget just how tough it is finding your way at this age—these books make the task seem not quite so dark, with a mysterious, magical compatriot like Aria along for the trip.

(Buy link for EA:SC, link for book 1, preorder book 3)

Happy pub day to Jessica Sims for Wanted: Wild Thing! 

The final book in a romance series set in a “fun, sexy world” (USA TODAY), where paranormals seek love through a dating service called Midnight Liaisons.Ryder is hiding a dark secret from her coworkers at Midnight Liaisons. Every time she’s sexually attracted to a man, her dragon side breaks through. Not exactly man-bait! But she needs to lose her virginity before her twenty-fifth birthday, or she’ll become a dragon forever.Her solution? Big, hunky Hugh, the appointed guardian of her chastity. He’s clearly hot for her, but he has powerful reasons to resist Ryder. Can temptation—and love—possibly find a way?

Who it’s for: Fans of paranormal romance, fans of that holy grail—first person romance!, readers who like funny with their sexy, fans of Jessica’s other romances (she also writes as Jill Myles and Jessica Clare)
Why I think you’ll like it: Really I could just say “paranormal dating agency,” drop the mic and walk away, right? 
In all seriousness, the Midnight Liaisons series is a terrific concept that plays out beautifully in Jess’s talented hands. Jess also brings one of my favorite things  to the paranormal party—humor! And sure, there’s stakes and danger and paranormal creatures aplenty to make this a satisfying read for paranormal fans. Add to that the way Jess always delivers a real-life, grounded emotional life for her fantastical protagonists, and it’s a win. After all, don’t we all deserve love, even the secret dragon shifters among us?
(buy link for W:WT and the rest of the series)

Happy pub day to Jessica Sims for Wanted: Wild Thing

The final book in a romance series set in a “fun, sexy world” (USA TODAY), where paranormals seek love through a dating service called Midnight Liaisons.

Ryder is hiding a dark secret from her coworkers at Midnight Liaisons. Every time she’s sexually attracted to a man, her dragon side breaks through. Not exactly man-bait! But she needs to lose her virginity before her twenty-fifth birthday, or she’ll become a dragon forever.

Her solution? Big, hunky Hugh, the appointed guardian of her chastity. He’s clearly hot for her, but he has powerful reasons to resist Ryder. Can temptation—and love—possibly find a way?

Who it’s for: Fans of paranormal romance, fans of that holy grail—first person romance!, readers who like funny with their sexy, fans of Jessica’s other romances (she also writes as Jill Myles and Jessica Clare)

Why I think you’ll like it: Really I could just say “paranormal dating agency,” drop the mic and walk away, right?

In all seriousness, the Midnight Liaisons series is a terrific concept that plays out beautifully in Jess’s talented hands. Jess also brings one of my favorite things  to the paranormal party—humor! And sure, there’s stakes and danger and paranormal creatures aplenty to make this a satisfying read for paranormal fans. Add to that the way Jess always delivers a real-life, grounded emotional life for her fantastical protagonists, and it’s a win. After all, don’t we all deserve love, even the secret dragon shifters among us?

(buy link for W:WT and the rest of the series)

Happy pub day to Theresa Meyers & THE GEEK BILLIONAIRE MAKEOVER!
Who it’s for: Contemporary romance fans looking for a twist on the alpha billionaire trope, anyone who’s ever thought Comic Con was a great backdrop for falling in love
Why I think you’ll like it: I am a big fan in romance of knowing the trope, working the trope, and then totally spinning it on its ear. Theresa gives us a Pygmalion story with a half-twist, as the geek billionaire in question engineers his own makeover, and ultimately finds himself undone by an unexpected love. Plus Star Wars!

Happy pub day to Theresa Meyers & THE GEEK BILLIONAIRE MAKEOVER!

Who it’s for: Contemporary romance fans looking for a twist on the alpha billionaire trope, anyone who’s ever thought Comic Con was a great backdrop for falling in love

Why I think you’ll like it: I am a big fan in romance of knowing the trope, working the trope, and then totally spinning it on its ear. Theresa gives us a Pygmalion story with a half-twist, as the geek billionaire in question engineers his own makeover, and ultimately finds himself undone by an unexpected love. Plus Star Wars!

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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