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1. Free Downloadables, Scavenger Hunt Fun, and Pre-Order Giveaways! Join the Fun

Persuasion will be out in less than two months. And since the paperback of Compulsion just released, we're combining both those things along with a thank you to lovely readers and doing a pre-order giveaway. But mostly, we're playing a GAME. Because two months out from release and coming up on the revision deadline for book three, I need some fun.
Ready? Here's the fun part. You know by now that Barrie Watson has a gift for finding lost things. And since Eight Beaufort’s gift is knowing what Barrie wants, when Barrie needs to develop her gift and test its limits in Persuasion, Eight symbolically gives her a book of word search puzzles. That makes it fitting that the pre-order incentive for Persuasion is a word search, doesn’t it? : )

There are thirteen code words that relate to Persuasion and the Heirs of Watson Island series.

  • From 8/31 to 9/11, the Compulsion blog tour will reveal the code word or words that will unlock a special page here on the website that day. 
  • The blog tour schedule will be updated daily with direct links to the posts so that you can visit every stop. You can find it here: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/tour/
  • There are three big giveaways that are part of the tour as well–those are separate and on top of the basic pre-order incentive giveaways.
  • As a code word unlocks a page, you can go to that page to download free items. There will be stickers, a DYI origami bookmark, beautiful wallpapers, and more.
  • To unlock a page, replace the word CODEWORD in the following URL with the actual code and type or copy the whole thing into the address bar of your web browser: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/CODEWORD
  • ALL pages will be unlocked by 9/11.
  • All downloads are free, and most are available whether or not you pre-order.
  • A few downloads will only be available with a pre-order receipt or order number.
  • Wherever you need a pre-order receipt, there’s also a special Rafflecopter with additional AMAZING giveaways.
  • With pre-order, a limited number of people will also receive a signed bookplate and beautiful signed Compulsion and Persuasion charm bookmarks with ribbons.

And here are the blog tour prizes!

Prize One–The person who best answers the question(s) on the blog tour will receive:
Prize Two–A random winner from among those who find all the code words in the scavenger hunt will receive:
Prize Three–A random winner will receive:

More Prizes

Remember, there are more prizes scattered throughout the pre-order fun, so find those code words and play along!

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2. The Hornbook Magazine

I read lots of blogs, I tweet, I follow #titletalk every month and I have lots of friends who tell me about new books. But I still LOVE my 6 issues of The Horn Book every year. I have been subscribing to it for years and years. It is one of the very few paper magazines I still get in the mail and it is the ONLY one I actually read every time it arrives. An hour or two with every issue and I get a ton of great reading and a lot of info on new books that I want to check out.

This week, I got the September/October issue of The Horn Book magazine.  Not only did I get to read fabulous pieces by Jack Gantos and Kwame Alexander, I also discovered lots of new books:

--I discovered a new series that looks promising for 3rd graders--Lola Levine, due out in November.

--I learned that a new book in the Ling and Ting series is coming in November!

--I am interested in reading the new Graphic novel by Ben Hatke, Little Robot.

-- I had NO IDEA that on September 1, The Full Moon at the Napping House would be released!  Can't wait to see what they did with this one!

--I was reminded that One Day the End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich is due out soon, a book I have on my TBR list

--And a sequel to Where's Walrus? What could be better. Can't wait to see Where's Walrus? And Penguin? (and from what I can tell, this book already has several starred reviews!)

--I loved My Heart is Laughing so am looking forward to When I am Happiest.

--I loved Ship of Dolls and had no idea that here was a companion book/sequel.  Interested in checking out Dolls of Hope.

--Some of my favorite reads of the year (Waiting, Crenshaw, and Sunny Side Up) got starred reviews from Horn Book this month!! Such great books!

--Two Mice looks like a great fun story told in two-word phrases. I always like the creativity in books like that!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Horn Book and highly recommend it to everyone who loves children's books. One of the best resources out there for sure!  And I'd also subscribe to the blog Read Roger for even more fun. The Horn Book is the best.

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3. Coloring Page Tuesday - Bagpipe Playing Bear

     In honor of our new home, I give you the most traditional of Scottish traditions - a bagpipe being played by a bear. Okay, maybe the bear part isn't quite so traditional. But I sure have been hearing a lot of these lately!
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my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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4. Bag signing

Signing books at artland book store: https://m.facebook.com/artland.bookstore/photos/pcb.10153128035692607/10153128026262607/?type=1&source=48&refid=17

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5. CARDS - studio ink

And I couldn't talk about Studio Ink without mentioning another couple of artists - Samantha Lewis and Mirna Stubbs. The first designs are by Samantha Lewis (of Pencil Pop) who has created a beautiful range of watercolour cards... And arriving at Studio Ink recently is an intricately painted range from artist Mirna Stubbs who we mentioned in the last post.... Read the rest of this post

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6. Genderless character

Hi! So long story short, my main character is basically genderless and I can't figure out how to convey that through POV and pronoun usage. any help would

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7. Draw Tip Tuesday: Art Journal Ideas

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today I am not drawing, i just want to show you a few pages of my sketchbook to give you a few ideas on how to fill your art journal, because sometimes you will have little time and sometimes you will have a little bit more time, so I picked a few pages that I want to show you, to also show you my process, because I don’t always have a lot of time, and if I do, I really enjoy spending every single minute. But If I only have a few minutes, I can still make a drawing that is valuable to me and that does’t feel like it was rushed.

I hope you have fun - and if you want to learn more about art journaling, join my online workshop  Awesome Art Journaling! It starts september 7 and I will guide you through 4 weeks of art journaling to really get you into that creative habit and to get you a lot of ideas to start journaling and to keep journaling and to document your days.
I hope to see you in class! To find out more and to join me click here

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8. Happy Book Birthday to Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman!

Hey PubCrawlers, JJ here on a special Tuesday post. Today our very own Erin Bowman has a new book out! Come, raise a glass, toast our friend, and celebrate!

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah, it’s finally here!


If you guys have been living under a rock, then you might not have heard of Erin’s awesome new YA Western pitched as True Grit meets the legend of the Lost Dutchman. I’ve wanted this book ever since I read the synopsis:

Vengeance Road

Welcome to the Wild West.

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate discovers more about her family’s secrets, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, this novel makes the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

If that doesn’t make you want to read this, then just check out this trailer!

If you’re still not convinced, then look at the heaps of praise piled on to Vengeance Road!

★ An unflinchingly bloody tale of the Wild West…Thoroughly engrossing.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

A vivid portrait of a lawless world…The book demands the same stoicism from its readers as the heroine herself possesses.

School Library Journal

Refreshingly believable. Readers will be entranced by Bowman’s swiftly paced, romantic revenge drama.


Fast-paced [and] entertaining.


A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart–saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!

—Alexandra Bracken, NYT bestselling author of The Darkest Minds trilogy

Vengeance Road is a page-turning, unputdownable story of revenge. Bowman paints a thrilling, vivid picture of 1877 Arizona, and Kate is a heroine to be reckoned with.

—Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Gritty and honest, Vengeance Road captures the heart of the Wild West.

—Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink

A take-no-prisoners heroine with a bloody debt to settle. I’m still breathing in the dust and hot Arizona sun.

—Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter

Relentlessly readable, Vengeance Road is a perfect western. You won’t be able to turn in until you get to the very last page!

—Saundra Mitchell, author of The Springsweet

Flinty and fierce, Kate is a formidable addition to the pantheon of tough young adult heroines. Her story and voice crackles to life.

—A.C. Gaughen, author of the Scarlet trilogy

Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: Vengeance Road is everything you could want in a Western.

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy

Vengeance Road had a bit of everything I love most in storytelling: a kick-butt heroine, life-or-death stakes, action to make my heart pound, and morals that go gray around the edges. This is the kind of book I’ll re-read again and again.

—Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series

PLUS, Vengeance Road is one of PW’s Picks of the Week!

Based on all the excitement over Erin’s cover reveal, I know I’m not the only one dancing to read this. I love a good western. Growing up in California, my family history was shaped by the Wild West, gold mining, and cattle ranching, and the cowboy mystique holds some shiny for me still. I can’t WAIT to share this book with y’all!

To celebrate Erin’s release, I am giving away one hardcover copy of Vengeance Road. Tweet us a message, visit our Facebook page, add to your Goodreads shelves, or leave us a comment letting us know what your favourite Western is! Contest open until September 8, 2015 (sorry, US only!).


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Erin BowmanERIN BOWMAN is a YA writer, letterpress lover, and Harry Potter enthusiast living in New Hampshire. Her Taken trilogy is available from HarperTeen, and her new book Vengeance Road is out now from HMH. You can visit Erin’s blog (updated occasionally) or find her on Twitter (updated obsessively).

ALSO! Two other PubCrawlers (one current, one alumna) also have books/novellas out today! Congrats to Jodi Meadows for the release of The Glowing Knight (an Orphan Queen novella) and Sarah J. Maas for the release of Queen of Shadows!

The Glowing Knight
Queen of Shadows

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9. Boo! Before Breakfast

“Later Leo would not be able to say where the idea came from. He threw the bed sheet over himself and flew at the thief, who was so frightened he dropped all the salad forks. Leo chased the man into a closet, then slammed the door shut
and locked him inside. It was very well done.”

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Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Mac Barnett’s Leo: A Ghost Story (Chronicle, August 2015), illustrated by Christian Robinson. That review is here.

And I’ve got a bit of art from the book here today. The only thing these spreads today are missing is the wonderful character of Jane, but you’ll just have to find a copy yourself so you can meet her. Oh, wait! She’s in the bottom right corner of this image:



I think this is one of the year’s best picture books thus far. Definitely a favorite for me.



“This is Leo. Most people cannot see him.”
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“But you can. Leo is a ghost.”
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“The family called in a scientist, a clergyman, and a psychic to get rid of the ghost.
But they should have saved their money: Leo knew he was unwanted.
He said goodbye to his home and left.”

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“‘I have been a house ghost all my life,’ Leo thought. ‘Maybe I would like being
a roaming ghost for a while.’ So Leo roamed.”

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LEO: A GHOST STORY. Copyright © 2015 by Mac Barnett. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Christian Robinson. Images reproduced by permission of the publisher, Chronicle Books, San Francisco.

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10. Best Books Ever + Instagram

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Guess what?

I love many more books than I have blog posts here, so join me over at Instagram for more books, snaps, and snippets.

And! It’s time for another round of Best Books Ever! It’s always an honor to be invited to Matthew Winner’s Let’s Get Busy podcast with Julie Falatko, and this conversation is a fun one.

Meet me back here on Thursday for a slightly scary and slightly silly book, one that will make you rethink the nooks and crannies of your home.



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11. Graywolf Press profile

       At Vulture Boris Kachka explains How the Tiny Graywolf Press Became a Big Player in Book Publishing in a profile of independent non-profit publisher Graywolf Press.
       As he notes:

Publishing just over 30 books a year, Graywolf has had authors win four NBCC awards, a National Book Award, two Pulitzers, and a Nobel Prize -- all in the last six years. This year, it will exceed $2 million in sales for the first time. No other independent press, never mind a 41-year-old nonprofit, has come so far so fast.
       A nice success story.

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12. Golden Marmot Award: Chuck Wendig's "If you like a book" tweet


 It's been a while since I've awarded the Incredibly Prestigious and Exquisitely Ephemeral Golden Marmot Award, but this week it NEEDS to go to Chuck Wendig for this wonderful tweet:


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13. Best New Kids Stories | September 2015

Our list of the best new kids books for September highlights some amazing books from many different genres: non-fiction, reality fiction, fantasy, and even a beautiful picture book that addresses gender identity. Take a gander and let us know which titles and covers catch your eye ... Read the rest of this post

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14. खाना पीना

खाना पीना

खाने के साथ पीना  तो खुद ब खुद जुड जाता है पर असल में, ये एक दूसरे के बहुत विरोधी हैं. खासकर खाने के बाद तुरंत पानी पीना सबसे ज्यादा नुकसान दायक है …. आज दोपहर कुछ ऐसा ही हुआ …

शीना को धीमा जहर दिया गया ये बात तो बहुत ध्यान से सुन रही है और जो तू धीमा जहर ले रही है उसका क्या … !!! आज लंच करते हुए जब घर आए मेह्मान ने मुझे टोका तो मुझे झटका लगा !!! अरे मैं और जहर !!हाथ से पानी भरा गिलास छूटते छूटते बचा. वो बोले और कल से देख रही हूं खाने के बाद तुरंत बाद बहुत मजे से खूब पानी पी रही है.. तो ?? मैने पूछा !!! आप तो जहर की बात … !! वो बोले भोजनान्ते विषं वारी मतलब खाना खाने के तुरंत बाद पानी पीना जहर पीने के बराबर है. मैने कहा कि हां सुना तो है पर तसल्ली ही पानी पीने के बाद होती है.

उन्होनें बताया कि वो भी ऐसा ही करती थी बिना ठंडे पानी के उन्हें रोटी हज्म नही होती थी. उन्होनें बहुत बातें समझाई कुछ सिर के ऊपर से निकल गई कुछ दिमाग से पर कुल मिला कर यही समझ आया कि खाना खाने से 45 मिनट पहले और खाने के लगभग डेढ धंटा तक पानी नही पीना चाहिए. आगे से डाईनिंग टेबल पर भोजन के समय जहर रखना ओह मेरा मतलब पानी रखना बंद … वैसे आप तो ऐसा नही करते होंगें .. अगर करते हैं तो जरा नही बहुत सोचने की दरकार है…

खाना पीना या खाने के बाद पानी पीना

गूगल सर्च के बाद  कुछ काम की चीजें …

(Vata-pitta and kapha in the body of all illnesses are only getting worse) ~ Desi Nuskhe, Gharelu Nuskhe, dadi maa ke nuskhe in hindi

ये जानना बहुत जरुरी है …हम पानी क्यों ना पीये खाना खाने के बाद क्या कारण है | बात ऐसी है की हमारा जो शरीर है शरीर का पूरा केंद्र है हमारा पेट|ये पूरा शरीर चलता है पेट की ताकत से और पेट चलता है भोजन की ताकत से|जो कुछ भी हम खाते है वो ही हमारे पेट की ताकत है |हमने दाल खाई,हमने सब्जी खाई, हमने रोटी खाई, हमने दही खाया लस्सी पी कुछ भी दूध,दही छाझ लस्सी फल आदि|ये सब कुछ भोजन के रूप मे हमने ग्रहण किया ये सब कुछ हमको उर्जा देता है और पेट उस उर्जा को आगे ट्रांसफर करता है |आप कुछ भी खाते है पेट उसके लिए उर्जा का आधार बनता है |अब हम खाते है तो पेट मे सब कुछ जाता है|पेट मे एक छोटा सा स्थान होता है जिसको हम हिंदी मे कहते है अमाशय|उसी स्थान का संस्कृत नाम है जठर|उसी स्थान को अंग्रेजी मे कहते है epigastrium |ये एक थेली की तरह होता है और यह जठर हमारे शरीर मे सबसे महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि सारा खाना सबसे पहले इसी मे आता है ये |बहुत छोटा सा स्थान हैं इसमें अधिक से अधिक 350GMS खाना आ सकता है |हम कुछ भी खाते सब ये अमाशय मे आ जाता है| अब अमाशय मे क्या होता है खाना जैसे ही पहुँचता है तो यह भगवान की बनाई हुई व्यवस्था है जो शरीर मे है की तुरंत इसमें आग(अग्नि) जल जाती है |आमाशय मे अग्नि प्रदीप्त होती है उसी को कहते हे जठराग्नि|ये जठराग्नि है वो अमाशय मे प्रदीप्त होने वाली आग है |ये आग ऐसी ही होती है जेसे रसोई गेस की आग|आप की रसोई गेस की आग है ना की जेसे आपने स्विच ओन किया आग जल गयी|ऐसे ही पेट मे होता है जेसे ही आपने खाना खाया की जठराग्नि प्रदीप्त हो गयी |यह ऑटोमेटिक है,जेसे ही अपने रोटी का पहला टुकड़ा मुँह मे डाला की इधर जठराग्नि प्रदीप्त हो गई|ये अग्नि तब तक जलती हे जब तक खाना पचता है |आपने खाना खाया और अग्नि जल गयी अब अग्नि खाने को पचाती है |वो ऐसे ही पचाती है जेसे रसोई गेस|आपने रसोई गेस पर बरतन रखकर थोडा दूध डाल दिया और उसमे चावल डाल दिया तो जब तक अग्नि जलेगी तब तक खीर बनेगी|इसी तरह अपने पानी डाल दिया और चावल डाल दिए तो जब तक अग्नि जलेगी चावल पकेगा| अब अपने खाते ही गटागट पानी पी लिया और खूब ठंडा पानी पी लिया|और कई लोग तो बोतल पे बोतल पी जाते है |अब होने वाला एक ही काम है जो आग(जठराग्नि) जल रही थी वो बुझ गयी|आग अगर बुझ गयी तो खाने की पचने की जो क्रिया है वो रुक गयी|अब हमेशा याद रखें खाना पचने पर हमारे पेट मे दो ही क्रिया होती है |एक क्रिया है जिसको हम कहते हे Digation और दूसरी है fermentation|फर्मेंटेशन का मतलब है सडना और डायजेशन का मतलब हे पचना| आयुर्वेद के हिसाब से आग जलेगी तो खाना पचेगा,खाना पचेगा तो उसका रस बनेगा| Via vepsh.com

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ND वैसे तो शरीर में पानी की मात्रा सर्वाधिक रहती है, फिर भी हमें पानी की जरूरत होती है। बिलकुल फिट रहने हेतु पानी पीने के भी कुछ नियम होते हैं। हम कुछ खास नियम यहाँ बताना चाहेंगे-* व्यायाम करने के तुरंत बाद या धूप में घूमकर आने के बाद पानी पीना वर्जित है।* जब आपका पेट बिलकुल खाली हो और आप भोजन करने वाले हों, तब पानी पीने से पाचन शक्ति कमजोर होती है। भोजन के अंत में पेट भर पानी पीना हानिकारक होता है। * पके फल, ककड़ी, खीरा, तरबूज और मेवे खाने के तुरंत बाद पानी नहीं पीते।* सोकर उठने पर तुरंत पानी पीने से कुछ लोगों में जुकाम होने का भय रहता है अतः ऐसे लोग सुबह उठकर पानी न पिएँ ।* चिकनाहट के व खट्टे पदार्थ खाने के बाद, चाय-दूध पीने, छींकने के बाद के तुरंत बाद पानी पीना हानिकारक है। webdunia.com

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तो पढा आपने खाने के बाद पानी पीना कितना गलत है …

खाना पीना वैसे आपका भी कोई अनुभव हो इस बारे में हमें जरुर बताईगा …

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15. Liu Cixin Q & A

       Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem won the 'Best Novel'-category this year at the just-announced Hugo Awards (all the more impressively for being a replacement-finalist that wasn't even in the running originally), and at Caixin Shi Rui has a Q & A with the author.
       Asked about the differences between Chinese and Western science fiction he suggests:

One aspect is that Western sci-fi stories are often embedded with elements of Judeo-Christian thought and tend to focus on belief systems, concerning itself with moral issues such as cloning or artificial intelligence. Chinese sci-fi has emerged from its own cultural background and this accounts for many differences in how the genre has been uniquely interpreted.

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16. Plot

Hi. I tend to get an idea in my head for a scene and can't figure out where to go with it as far as plot goes. What might I be able to do to help inspire

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17. Sale Blitz: THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE by Lauren Layne

Sex, Love & Stiletto’s #4
Lauren Layne

As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

“You’re looking . . . glamorous,” Camille said, as Emma crossed her legs and carefully made sure her short satin dress didn’t ride up.

“Long story,” Emma said. Though her friends had an easy relationship with Camille, Emma was newer to the group—newer to Stiletto—and she wasn’t quite secure enough in her position at the company to run her mouth.

Not that Emma was ever one to run her mouth. She was more the live-and-let-live type.

It was a natural evolution for someone who’d grown up with a twin sister who’d had more than enough personality for the both of them. And speaking of her twin, Emma had no doubt that Daisy’s southern-belle sensibilities would probably be all why, I never! if she could see Emma’s current state of dishevelment.

Emma’s perfectly coiffed sister would have found a way to emerge from a flooded apartment looking every bit as darling as she had at the daffodil parades. All the daffodil parades.

It hadn’t been easy being Daisy Sinclair’s quiet, boring sister. When they were growing up, Daisy had been the quintessential little princess. She always wore dresses, and the dresses would never have lemonade spilled down the front like Emma’s. Daisy knew exactly what to say to boys to make them fall all over themselves, whereas Emma had been horribly shy around the opposite sex.

When Emma had gotten engaged first, she’d been braced for Daisy’s resentment. Not because Daisy was generally resentful, but because everyone—Emma included—had assumed that Daisy would be the first sister down the aisle. But nobody had been happier for Emma and Cassidy than Daisy. Because as if it weren’t enough that Daisy were the charming one, she was also good. Emma would be annoyed if she didn’t love her sister so damn much.

And as it turned out, Daisy had been the first—and only—twin to walk down the aisle after all. Of course, she’d also been the only sister to get divorced. Daisy always joked that the twins had two unshakable things in common: a face and a shit-ton of heartache.

Except Daisy hadn’t actually said the “shit-ton” part. That was Emma’s special profane spin on the situation.

“I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours,” Camille said.


Camille pointed a coral fingernail at Emma’s still-damp hair. “You tell me why you’re rocking the fresh-outta-the-shower look, and I’ll tell you while I’m leaving my darling magazine in the hands of one of the Oxford buffoons.”

Emma pursed her lips. Couldn’t argue about the buffoon part. Although she was pretty sure that, despite her boss’s words, there was plenty of mutual respect between Cassidy and Camille. Still, Camille always saw Oxford as a bit of an enemy. The competition, so to speak.

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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18. CARDS - amber goodvin

P&P is back from the summer holidays and looking forward to lots of fresh new designs and designers for Autumn. We start by jumping straight back in with the colourful work of Hallmark artist Amber Goodvin. Amber specialises in painterly hand lettering and works at an artistic offshoot of Hallmark called Studio Ink. This experimental label describes itself as 'weirdness, whimsy, and whatnot and

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It is the final day for submissions to Print & Pattern Nature and huge thanks to everyone who has already submitted. There have been more than 600 entries so far, over 230 of which came in this bank holiday weekend alone. Unfortunately there was also a bit of an inbox breakdown last week while I was away on holiday as lots of large files caused it to become overfull. Apologies for anyone who

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20. a funny thing happened on the way to school

by Davide Cali illustrated by Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books 2015 Excuses, excuses, but it's the SIZE of the lies that impresses here. When asked why he was late for school a boy goes into a lengthy, imaginative journey into all the obstacles in his path. From a story perspective it's exactly what one teacher once described as "one dang thing after another," and the twist on the last page

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21. Captain No Beard Series, by Award-Winning Author Carole P. Roman | Giveaway

Enter to win a complete autographed set of the Captain No Beard series, by award-winning author Carole P. Roman; plus the PLAYMOBIL Red Serpent Pirate Ship. Giveaway begins September 1, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 30, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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22. A Story That’s Worth the Ride!

Surfer of the Century

By Ellie Crow; illustrations by Richard Waldrep


One of the reasons that I love writing about picture books is the element of discovery. Sure, there are books that I personally love and want young readers and their families to discover and enjoy.

But, every once in a while comes a picture book that I get really excited about and wonder how it eluded me. Sometimes, it’s the narrative; sometimes the art, but always it’s the discovery of a story or a person that leads me to say, “How did I miss this one?”

“Surfer of the Century” is such a book. Ellie Crowe uncovers for young readers the true story of Duke Kahanamoku. And Richard Waldrep’s definitively drawn water-colored paintings bring Duke and his journey, boldly to life.

It is a story of overcoming odds with fierce and quiet tenacity in this young Hawaiian’s struggle to become an Olympic competitor multiple times in swimming. It is an inspirational story, and I know it will be that for any young reader or parent that turns the pages of this uniquely told and illustrated story.

Duke also became one of the great surfers in history that helped put the sport on the map. But more than that, he had the talent, technique, tenacity and timing to put it all together to set and win Olympic world shattering records in swimming.

In 1912, and 1920, he won gold in the 100-meter freestyle. He would have competed in Berlin in 1916, but the Olympic games were cancelled because of the World War.

One of my favorite stories in the book is one that surely teaches what sportsmanlike conduct is all about.

Duke showed up late for his event in the 1912 Olympic Games held in Stockholm, Sweden: the popular 100-meter freestyle. He overslept! All hope gone? Training wasted? Maybe. But who speaks up to the unsympathetic Olympic official in order to allow Duke to compete?  Cecil Healy does. He was the then Australian star swimmer and Duke’s chief competition! Cecil refuses to swim unless Duke is allowed to compete in the true spirit of competition.

Will the official relent? Will Duke be allowed to compete? Will he win? Will Cecil?

And how’s this for something the Beach Boys could have written a song about? In 1917, Duke rode a humongous wave, called a “Bluebird” that rose thirty-two feet far out in the ocean, on Waikiki Beach. Duke rode it for one and three quarter miles!

Did you know that in 2002, a Duke Kahanamoku commemorative stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service?

As summer draws to a close, if you and your young reader are taking one last dip in the ocean before the leaves begin to fall, ride a boogie board or surf along, and perhaps end the day with a read called, “Surfer of the Century.”

Duke’s story is worth the ride!

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23. Captain No Beard Blog Tour 2015

Captain No Beard sets sail on 9 separate voyages of the imagination with his fearless crew aboard his pirate ship The Flying Dragon.

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24. on the street where I lived (Camac)

When I lived here the doors and shutters were red. A single room on the second floor was mine. Later, when I got married, I rented three full rooms on the floor above.

Camac Street. Philadelphia. Where I wrote bad poems, read at night, bought ice cream as an extravagance, waited for the phone to ring, but it hardly ever did. Where the big meal out was the Middle Eastern shop; I've still not tasted hummus like they made at that Middle Eastern shop. I met Precious near Camac, when I walked (in sneakers) Locust late at night. I went back and forth to my job until, at the age of twenty-five, I went into business for myself.

So that this place, which had red doors once, was where I waited to be married, then was. Where I had a job, then created one for myself. Where I stopped writing poetry so that I could write short stories. Where I returned after the surgery that wired my disintegrated jaw shut.

So much happened on Camac Street.

I walked by the other day. I remembered.

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25. Review: We Believe the Children

We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980sby Richard BeckPublicAffairs. 2015. Review copy via NetGalley.

It's About: A look at the child abuse prosecutions of the 1980s.

The Good: We Believe the Children was the cry of the media, prosecutors, and families during the prosecutions and lawsuits of the daycare child abuse allegations of the 1980s.

I was in law school in the late 80s; I remember studying the varying ways that children were being questioned, and how their testimony was being presented in court. I remember thinking, how could children lie about such things? Why would they?

We Believe the Children gives answers to those questions, and not answers that are very comforting or easy. At this point, I think many familiar with these cases and the time know about some of the "why", about doctors and therapists and police and prosecutors and family members who, at best, weren't equipped to investigate such claims and, at worst, made it worse with leading questions, faulty science, and almost abusive questioning tactics of very young children.

Beck discusses those things, but also puts what was happening in the context of the times.Why, for example, was it so easy for people to believe? He points to fear, yes, but also the bigger context of politics -- it was easier for people to believe that the danger of abusers was outside the home (in the daycares, in places which employed those of lower socioeconomic standings), and to link those dangers to changing family structures (the "danger" came from the child being outside the home, in a daycare, so while the parent (ie mom) was not doing what she should).

How does memory work? What does it mean, to repress a memory? What is multiple personalities, is it real, and how does that contribute to what people think about child abuse and what children say?

This book is not an easy read; and the consequences of what happened in 1980s are still ones we live with, and not just in terms of the individuals on all sides of the investigations and prosecutions. Not just the people sent to jail, or the children subject to problematic questioning. It lingers in today's reactions that demand more than allegations; look at happened the last time "we believe" became a tagline. It's also still around in how people view daycare and parenting, as well as how child abuse is viewed, prosecuted, and treated.

It also raises the questions of how people believe what is reported in the here-and-now, without reflection. Truth be told, there are some things in the book that I've read before and agree with, but other points, well, I had a bit more skepticism about. I'd want to look more into, before agreeing a hundred percent.

We Believe the Children also made me think of novels, of fiction that is based on current events and "torn from the headlines" stories. Books that used these stories as parts of plots or motivations.

Other reviews: The New York Times review; The Guardian review.

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