Books to Check Out

Haven’t given this to you in awhile. Here is the self published bestsellers list for the week of August 26th.


Raising Ryann – Alyssa Rae Taylor
Ruin – Rachel Van Dyken
Stripped – Jasinda Wilder
Dust – Hugh Howey
Freefall – Tess Oliver


Freefall – Tess Oliver
Ruin – Rachel Van Dyken
Stay With Me – Samantha Chase
Faithful – Kelly Elliott
Into the Deep – Samantha Young


Heller’s Decision – JD Nixon
Rock Chick Revolution – Kristen Ashley
Chasing Paradise – Pamela Ann
Natural Consequences – Elliott Kay
Fate of the Kinunir – Robert E. Vardeman

Go ahead and add these to your lists if you haven’t already.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia


2013 Man Booker Longlist

Five Star billionaire – Tash Aw

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulaways

The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

Harvest – Jim Crace

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman – Eve Harris

The Kills – Richard House

The LowLand – Jhumpa Lahiri

Unexploded – Alison MacLeod

TransAtlantic – Colum McCann

Almost English – Charlotte Mendelson

A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan

The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Simon & Schuster

July mysteries/thrillers
Light of the World – James Lee Burke

Hidden order – Brad Thor

The Last Word – Lisa Lutz

Fistful of Collars – Spencer Quinn

New Adult Fiction
White Trash Beautiful – Teresa Mummert

Twisted Perfection – Abbi Glines

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Bestsellers and winners


Pulse – Gail McHugh
The Billionaire’s Obsession – J.S. Scott
Surrender Your Love – J.C. Reed
Shine Not Burn – elle Casey
Conquer Your Love – J.C. Reed

Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans – Joanne DeMaio
The Highlander’s Reward – Eliza Knight
Surrender Your Love – J.C. Reed
Conquer Your Love – J.C. Reed
My Perfect Wedding – Sibel Hodge

Fulfillment – K.M. Golland
Come Alive – Karina Halle
Axel – Harper Sloan
Jocomo – Timothy Cohorst
Black Heart – R. L. Mathewson

2013 Thriller Awards Winners

Thrillermaster Award: Anne Rice

Silver Bullet Award: Steve Berry

Hardcover Novel: Spilled Blood – Brian Freeman

Paperback Original: Lake Country – Sean Doolittle

First Novel: The 500 – Matthew Quirk

eBook Original Novel: Blind Faith – C. J. Lyons

YA Novel: False Memory – Dan Krokos

Short Story: Lost Things – John Rector

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Picks for your reading week

Amazon has made a list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, perfect timing for the summer and just in case you haven’t done any reading here are a few suggestions from a few editors.

The Son

Frozen in Time

The Interestings

And the Mountains Echoed

Eleanor and Park


After Visiting Friends

Tenth of December: Stories

The Golem and the Jinni



The Guns at Last Night

The Woman Upstairs

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls

Smoke and Pickles

Lean In

The Shining Girls

Between Man and Beast

Sense and Sensibility

Steam Train, Dream Train

The Sasquatch Escape

Navigating Early

The 5th Wave

Wanna know what the top self published Kids’ Books for June were?

A Charge of Valor by Morgan Rice

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson

The Monster That Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo

A Charge of Valor by Morgan Rice

Maggie and the Perfect Puppy by Courtney Ruffalo

Dolphins: Playmates of the Sea by Caitlind Alexander

Jocomo by Timothy Cohorst

Paddy Stories by Dawn Haddon

The Magic Carriage by M.P. Grace

Happy reading, Peace and Luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Brooke’s Best Books for Summer Reading List


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How does one make it on the summer reading list for Brooke Jackman Foundation a.k.a. BJF? Impress them of course! Four members of BJF have come up with their top books you should read this summer and here they are.

Gay Su Pinnell

  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
  • The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
  • I Must Have BOBO by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal
  • Under Ground by Denise Fleming

Twila Liggett

  • Lemonade for Sale by Stuart Murphy
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
  • Seashore Surprises by Rose Wyler
  • Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Tin Forest by Helen Ward

Erin Jackman

  • Jocombo by Timothy Cohorst
  • Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

Stephanie Calmenson

  • The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole
  • Harry By The Sea by Gene Zion
  • 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Joliuet Katie Davis
  • The Museum by Susan Verde
  • Rocket Writesa Story by Tad Hills
  • This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • Aces Wild by Erica Perl
  • Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Social Media voted….

  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Peace and luv!






Literary Monday Mash-Up

Need an agent? These agents are looking for new clients!

  • Berta Treitl (Grosvenor Literary Agency): nonfiction (science&tech, current events, law&politics, biography, business & marketing, art design, cooking, health & lifestyle) fiction (historical & high quality mysteries)
  • Amy Tannenbaum (Jane Rotrosen Agency): new adult, romance, high quality commercial women’s fiction
  • Linda Epstein (Jennifer De Chiara Literary): literary fiction, upscale commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, fantasy & memoirs. will NOT accept bodice rippers, or anything with dead, maimed or kidnapped children, thrillers, horrors, romance or traditional sci-fi
  • Roz Foster (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency): literary, commercial, women’s fiction, literary sci-fi and literary YA, nonfiction (current events, designs, business, cultural anthropology/social science, politics, psychology & memoir. NOT interested in sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance & children’s middle grade picture books
  • Sarah E. Younger (Nancy Yost): romance/women’s fiction (contemporary, historical, western, sports, regency, inspirational, urban fantasy, paranormal & YA)
  • Bridget Smith (Dunham Literary Inc): middle grade & YA fiction (fantasy & sci-fi, historical fiction, romance & contemporary)

These agents will accept picture books:

  • Rachel Hecht of Foundry Literary + Media
  • Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis
  • Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary
  • Kathleen Zakhar of Harold Ober Associates

Get a Free book at B&N

Sorry adults, this is only for the kids. This summer kids can win a free book from their special Reading Journal if they read 8 books. Parents can download the Summer Reading Journal off of the site and have your kids start to fill it out after each book. The program which is well in effect ends Sept 3rd. Teachers and parents are included too, B&N has a workbook filled with reading ideas.

Quirk Books

Quirk Books is looking for the next romance author so they are hosting a ‘Looking for Love’ Fiction Contest. First place winner will receive $10,000 (read it twice) and get published by Quirk Books! Anything is pretty much accepted well anything but vampire stories. The deadline is Oct. 1st, 2013. Download the entry form at

Peace and luv!