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12 February, 2019

LILITH’S CHILDREN (Wild Women #2), Rachel Pudelek

The battle raging between the Wild Women of Seattle and the Hunters has sparked a war. But will either side survive the new threat that lurks in the shadows?

Hunters are doubling down their efforts, putting Faline’s coterie on the run. But war waits for no woman, especially not a fugitive…

Faline’s plans for a surprise attack on an east coast Hunter complex hit a snag when succubi leader Marie calls in a favor and Faline has no choice but to answer.

What Faline uncovers is a hidden Portland underground and an elaborate scheme dripping with Marie’s cunning manipulation. Only, Marie isn’t the puppet-master and neither are the Hunters.

Something darker lurks under the city of Portland—and his appetite is unlikely to be satiated by words alone.

That hunger is growing…

But Marcus and his renegade friends would rather see it slit with their daggers than quenched.

Between old enemies and potential new, danger lives in every shadow, threatening not only Faline’s coterie this time, but everything she knows about her world.

And when their biggest allies in the war against the Hunters are captured, the Wild Women are left scrambling for support in the unlikeliest of places.

“Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek is not to be missed!” – New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins ★★★★★


12 February, 2019

HIGH TOGETHER: Cannabis for Couples, John Selby Th.D.

A guide for how to use cannabis safely as couples to promote intimacy and connection. Selby is a psychologist and couples counselor whose books have sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. (Inner Traditions, Spring 2020, World Rights)


31 January, 2019

PURPOSE AND A PAYCHECK, Chris Farrell

Purpose and a Paycheck tells the compelling story of how a growing movement of older entrepreneurs and part-time workers are creating a stronger and more vibrant economy.

Whether you’re a corporate executive, business owner, policymaker, or moving into the later season of your career, the stakes for America’s aging population are high. People 65 and older will account for 20 percent of the population in 2030, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many prognosticators blame the aging population for the stagnating economy, citing that as more and more people retire, they will stop working as relatively fewer working people have to support growing numbers of dependent elderly. Purpose and a Paycheck (Harper Leadership, Feb 2019) debunks this line of thought by showing how a growing movement of elderly entrepreneurs and part time workers are creating conditions for a stronger and more vibrant economy.

Growing numbers of Americans are no longer retiring in the traditional sense. The numbers are striking and largely unappreciated. The labor force participation rate of men 60 years and over has risen nearly one-third from a low of 26 percent in 1996 to 35 percent in 2014. The comparable rate for women is from 15 percent to 25 percent. Even more impressive, 25.5 percent of new business ventures in 2016 were started by the 55-to-64-year-old age group, up from 14.8 percent in 1996. People in their 50s and 60s are launching new businesses at nearly twice the rate of people in their 20s.

America’s aging society and workforce is redefining work for all generations and is among the most significant long-term forces shaping the U.S. economy and society, alongside globalization, automation and climate change. Instead of an economic dead weight, America’s aging population holds the promise of getting back the economy mojo. Reframing aging will result in faster rates of economic growth and higher living standards for all of us in addition to a more fulfilling and financially secure second half of life for our aging population.

Chris Farrell is considered a leading expert on the trend toward working longer in the second half of life. He writes a biweekly column for Next Avenue, an online PBS magazine for the 50+ demographic, and hosts a Minnesota Public Radio program, Conversations on the Creative Economy, which is now entering its fifth season. He speaks across the country on the topic of unretirement.  Follow him on Twitter: @cfarrellecon


31 January, 2019

Book Blogging with Tumblr

This article appeared on Penguin Random House’s Author site, which contains many very helpful articles about every aspect of the publishing process and is available to all PRH authors who sign up for the Author portal.

Book Blogging with Tumblr

BY NEDA DALLAL|JANUARY, 2019

The blogging site, Tumblr is one of the more dynamic and versatile social media platforms out there. In this article, you’ll learn some tips on using Tumblr to promote your books in creative and interesting ways.

The Basics

Tumblr has millions of users, with people on the site posting more than 20 million times per day. Needless to say, it is very popular! And as an author, you have the ability to create and customize a blog where you can post about your book(s); your followers can then like and “reblog” your posts to spread the word. In addition to being a vehicle for posting your own content, Tumblr is also a great curation site, allowing you to follow people with similar interests and reblog their content as well.

Posting on Tumblr

When you log into Tumblr, you’ll see the set of icons below on your dashboard. You will use one of these for anything you choose to post, depending on the format of the content.

The most common option is the text post, which can be used for a variety of purposes. As an author, you can use a text post to share excerpts from your book directly, in a form that can be liked and reposted. You can add links to text posts as well, which is useful if you want to link out to the book’s sales page.

You can share photos (lifestyle-related or quote cards that may relate to your book) using the photo post option. You can also link the photos to wherever you’d like (website/Goodreads page/etc.) Use a quote post to tease fans with quotes from your current work in progress, or include favorite quotes from your backlist titles.

The link post can be used to share links to articles your book is mentioned in, to book giveaways, or to book sales pages. Use the chat option to create fun posts of imagined dialogue between your characters, which can even be an exercise in bringing your fictional characters to life.

You can use audio posts to share snippets of your audiobook, if available, and the video button to share BookTube reviews or videos you have created for YouTube or Facebook.

You should use relevant hashtags when you post or reblog your own content, so other Tumblr users with similar interests can find your blog.  And it never hurts to keep track of hashtags pertaining to your book and interact with your readers by reblogging posts with those hashtags whenever possible.

Book Blog Inspiration

For inspiration, take a look at Penguin Random House’s Tumblr, where we curate plenty of book-related content, promote frontlist and backlist titles, and engage with readers who use the site. You might also draw inspiration from author blogs like those of Neil GaimanMarie Lu, and Sabaa Tahir. Follow your favorite indie bookstore’s Tumblr as well for great photos and event promotion.

There are lots of book-themed blogs to follow and book-themed posts to reblog, which you can find by perusing literary hashtags on the website (#shelfie always yields aesthetically pleasing results). Some of the best humor blogs on Tumblr are also related to books and writing, including English Major Humor and Better Book Titles.

There are plenty of great places on the internet to promote your books and to share book content, but Tumblr stands out as one of the most unique, imaginative, and fan-friendly. If you want to bring your books and love of literature to the blogging community, Tumblr might be the place for you.

Neda Dallal is Associate, Publishing Development and Author Platforms for Penguin Random House.


21 January, 2019

GOLDEN STATE, Ben H. Winters

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben H. Winters comes a mind-bending novel set in a world governed by absolute truth, where lies are as dangerous as murder. (Mulholland/Little Brown, January 2019; Random House UK)

 
In a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else, Laszlo Ratesic is a nineteen-year veteran of the Speculative Service. He lives in the Golden State, a nation standing where California once did, a place where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life and governance impossible.
In the Golden State, knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime–and stopping those crimes is Laz’s job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths, to “speculate” on what might have happened.
But the Golden State is less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the truth requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance and recording. And when those in control of the facts twist them for nefarious means, the Speculators are the only ones with the power to fight back.
Reviews:

Winters has a knack for creating appealing detective fictions that skew reality in thought-provoking ways, producing a hybrid of the familiar and the uncanny. His Last Policeman Trilogy (2012-2014) took place in New Hampshire in the months preceding Earth’s collision with an asteroid. “Underground Airlines,” published in 2016, posited a United States in which the Civil War never took place and where slavery is still legal in four states. At their best, these novels approach the mind-expanding counterfactuals and dystopias created by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell and Michael Chabon. As you read them, you feel your perception of the world slipping and warping.”  —Washington Post

About the Author


18 January, 2019

THE HAPPY STEPCOUPLE, Rachelle Katz, Ed.D.

A comprehensive guide for strengthening the couple relationship in blended families as couples try also to negotiate the challenges of blended families, this will be the first book to apply attachment theory to the stepcouple relationship.  The author previously wrote The Happy Stepmother.  (Rowman & Littlefield, February 2020, World exclusive of translation rights in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan)

 


13 December, 2018

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Buy Books for the Ones You Love

Today, for the cook in your life, we recommend Holly Herrick’s THE NEW CHARLESTON CHEF’S TABLE: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South (Globe Pequot). Holly is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who resides in Charleston. In this beautiful cookbook, illustrated with color photographs throughout, she takes us into the best eateries in this mecca of food, and shares some of their best-loved recipes. One Amazon reader, Song Weaver, gives it 5 stars, saying: “I love this book. Everything is well done: writing, photos, recipes–all awesome.”


12 December, 2018

Ben H. Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy–with all new covers!

Our dear friends at Quirk Publishers are repackaging Ben H. Winters’ award-winning THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy in time for the release of his new novel, GOLDEN STATE (Mulholland/Little Brown), releasing January 22. Love, love, love these new, very commercial covers. Most of all, I appreciate the willingness of a publisher to keep re-inventing; alas, this is not always the case. Thanks especially to Brett Cohen and Jhanteigh Kupihea.


11 December, 2018

ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, Gleb Raygorodetsky, Ph.D.

Now available in paperback!

  • Nautilus Grand Prize winner
  • Library Journal best nonfiction book of the year selection
  • Library Journal starred review
  • 100 Must-read books of 2018, Do Lectures – Medium.com

An enlightening global journey reveals the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands―and how it can form the foundation for climate change resilience around the world.

“Required reading for the times we live in. Insightful and interesting.”
Jeff Vandermeer, NYT bestselling author of the Souther Reach trilogy

One cannot turn on the news today without a report on an extreme weather event or the latest update on Antarctica. But while our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these changes for decades. For them, climate change is not an abstract concept or policy issue, but the reality of daily life.

After two decades of working with indigenous communities, Gleb Raygorodetsky shows how these communities are actually islands of biological and cultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization.  They are an “archipelago of hope” as we enter the Anthropocene, for here lies humankind’s best chance to remember our roots and how to take care of the Earth. These communities are implementing creative solutions to meet these modern challenges. Solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.

We meet the Skolt Sami of Finland, the Nenets and Altai of Russia, the Sapara of Ecuador, the Karen of Myanmar, and the Tla-o-qui-aht of Canada. Intimate portraits of these men and women, youth and elders, emerge against the backdrop of their traditional practices on land and water. Though there are brutal realties?pollution, corruption, forced assimilation―Raygorodetsky’s prose resonates with the positive, the adaptive, the spiritual―and hope.

24 pages of color photographs


10 December, 2018

THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT: An Introduction to the Contemplative Life, translated by Philip Freeman

Pepperdine University Fletcher Jones Chair and professor of humanities Philip Freeman’s translation from the Latin of the timeless faith classic, a simple but profound guide for living with prayer and purpose., for the contemporary spiritual seeker.   (St. Martin’s Essentials, Fall 2020, World).