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1. Tennessee Will Not Adopt Bible as Official Book

Tennessee joins Louisiana as a state that will not make The Bible its official book.

Despite approval from the the House State Government committee and the House Calendar and Rules Committee, a bill to make the good book the official book of Tennessee was killed by the State Senate this week. The Tennessean has the scoop:

Bolstered by opposition from Republican leadership, the Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill a day after it was adopted by the House.

“This isn’t the time or place now in the full Senate floor to delve into that. We really need to look into it in committee,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said about two hours before the vote.

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2. Jo Nesbø & Roger Priddy Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Jo NesboWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 12, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #8 in Hardcover Nonfiction) The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower: “These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #10 Hardcover Fiction) Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø: “This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented \"fixer\" for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #12 in Children’s Illustrated) Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by James Dean and Kimberly Dean: “Pete’s glass-half-full outlook on life shines through as he adds his fun take on well-known classics attributed to luminaries from Albert Einstein to Confucius to Abraham Lincoln to Shakespeare and more!” (April 2015)

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3. Mo Williams Stands Up to Support First Book

Bestselling children’s author Mo Williams has written an email to help support the non-profit First Book, a charity that brings books to underserved kids.

In the message, which went out today to First Book supporters, Williams asks recipients to donate money to the charity. “My family and I have been proud supporters of First Book for many years,” reads the email. “Now we’re asking you to join us to get as many books in as many hands as possible by matching your donations, dollar for dollar, up to 50,000 smackers. The importance of books in the home cannot be overstated. A book is more than a gateway to a brighter future — it is a friend right now.”

Follow this link to donate.

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4. Charlie Hebdo Book Defends Religious Satire

A book by Stephane Charbonnier, the former editor of Charlie Hebdo who was killed in the attack on the satirical magazine’s offices, came out this week.

The title, “An Open Letter to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia who Play into Racists’ Hands,” defends the practice of ridiculing religion. The New York Times has the scoop:

In the excerpt, Mr. Charbonnier said the Charlie Hebdo caricatures previously published by the newspaper \"do not target all Muslims.\" In 2012, Mr. Charbonnier aroused anger and criticism when he published caricatures showing Muhammad naked and in sexual poses. The newspaper’s offices were firebombed after it published a spoof issue in 2011 that it said had been guest-edited by Muhammad.

 

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5. Pride & Prejudice Revamped With Illustrations On Kickstarter

Silence in the Library Publishing hopes to raise $20,000 to produce an illustrated edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Artist Janet Lee has signed on to create the interior artwork and illustrator Jean Masetti will design the cover. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “For our initial goal, Janet is producing twelve full-color, full page illustrations of critical scenes from Pride and Prejudice. She’s also producing twenty partial-page black and white illustrations that will flow with the text of the book…As we reach stretch goals, we’ll be adding full-color, full-page illustrations and black and white partial page illustrations to the book, until we’ve reached a total of twenty-four full-page illustrations and thirty partial page illustrations.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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6. Archie Comics & Syfy Team Up For Archie vs. Sharknado

Archie Meets SharknadoArchie Comics and Syfy are partnering together for a crossover project called Archie vs. Sharknado. This special comic book and the third Sharknado movie (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!) will both be released on July 22nd.

Sharknado trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante wrote the story. Famed artist Dan Parent created the artwork.

Here’s more from the press release: “Just when Archie and the gang think they can kick back and enjoy a few months of beaches, naps and sun, they’re faced with a storm of sharknados – heading straight for their hometown of Riverdale. 

Archie and his friends have to battle the incoming pop culture storm as it creeps up the “Feast” coast to Riverdale – and then try to save what’s left of their hometown. Who lives? Who dies? Read the book!”

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7. Library of Congress to Host Exhibit On Printing

library of congress logoThe Library of Congress will host the “First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing” exhibition.

With this project, the curators will explore the early history of printing during American colonial times. An opening date has been scheduled for June 04, 2015. The closing date will take place on January 02, 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “At the centerpiece of the exhibition will be two copies of the Bay Psalm Book, officially titled The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre (1640). One copy will be drawn from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. The second copy, which belongs to Rubenstein, will be on display from June 4 through Saturday, Aug. 8. Americans will see these texts together for the first time.”

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8. Linda Gregerson: ‘The internet chips away at the barriers between solitary writing and solitary reading.’

Poet Linda GregersonHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with award-winning writer Linda Gregerson. (Photo Credit: Nina Subin)

Q: How did you publish your first book?
A: I was actually very lucky. Gwen Head, who was at the time launching a new press in Port Townsend, Washington, solicited the manuscript and offered to publish it. I was working on my PhD at the time and, without this incentive, would have been much slower to complete the book.

Q: Has the Internet changed the way you interact with readers?
A: Certainly. I don’t know how many readers encounter my poems for the first time or primarily online, but surely it’s one of the major ways in which we all discover new work these days. I’m still very wedded to the printed page: I like the discipline and the restriction of it; I like the visual architecture of lines and stanzas bounded by material white space. When I discover new poets online or in journals, and find those that most compel me, I want to follow up by buying and holding in my hands and reading and rereading their books. That said, there’s wonderful immediacy to the internet: readers can contact me, and do, electronically; I can respond. The internet chips away at the barriers between solitary writing and solitary reading.

Q: What type of research process do you undergo when you’re writing poems?
A: For me as for most poets, I think, the process of research can mean a thousand things. I found myself two days ago trying to find out what I could about the geometrical structure of robins’ nests. For a series of lyrics in the voice of Dido several years ago, I reread the Aeneid and researched other, later treatments of the Dido narrative. Sometimes I find myself looking up the background to a troubling story I’ve read in the morning paper. Once I called upon a colleague in neurobiology to explain to me the workings of a Nomarski microscope (that colleague was generous beyond all measure). Another time, for a sequence on slate mining in the north of England, I studied an online compendium of interviews with miners, a series of geomorphological maps, and diagrams explaining the construction of slate roofs. Sometimes I simply stare out the window.

Q: Do you have any tips for people who want to read and perform poetry in front of an audience?
A: By all means go to as many poetry readings and performances as you possibly can. The ones in auditoriums and public libraries, the ones in coffee shops and bars, poetry performed to music, poetry performed in slams. You’ll begin to get a feel for what you like and don’t like, mannerisms you want to avoid, forms of audience engagement that appeal to you. Read to your friends; read at open mics. Some of these modes and venues will feel to you like an enlargement of your work, true to what you do. Others may be a poor fit.

Q: What advice can you share for aspiring poets?
A: Read read read. And exchange your work with other writers who are passionate about poetry.

Q: What’s next for you?
A: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing my New and Selected Poems in September. And I’m writing an epithalamion for two dear friends who are getting married later this month.

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9. Anna Kendrick Inks Deal With Touchstone

Anna KendrickPitch Perfect actress Anna Kendrick has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. Kendrick (pictured, via) plans to write a collection of autobiographical essays.

The not-yet-titled book is slated for publication in Fall 2016. With this project, Kendrick will discuss her childhood in New England and her Hollywood career.

Kendrick gave this statement in the press release: “I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon?”

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10. Gayle Forman & Jay Asher Team Up For a Mental Health Benefit

Gayle & JayAuthors Gayle Forman and Jay Asher, will appear at “We Are Here: A Benefit to Raise Hope and Awareness for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion.” The two young adult novelists have both written books that deal with the subject of suicide.

A Great Good Place for Books, a California-based independent bookstore, and the Montclair Presbyterian Church will team up to host this event. Attendees will enjoy music, discussions, and a signing session. For those who can’t make it in-person, the event will be livestreamed.

The organizers hope to raise $5,000 which will be given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Should that goal be met, Forman pledges to personally match every dollar. Follow this link to learn more details about this event.

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11. Twitter Fiction Festival to Host Live Event in NYC

#TwitterFiction Festival Live!, the official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015, will take place in New York on May 13th.

Authors Myke Cole, Lyndsay FayeGayle Forman, Anna North and Daniel José Older will create #TwitterFiction stories on stage with help from a live audience. Stand-up comedian Nick Turner will host the event and visual artist Michael Arthur will create live illustrations and music to accompany the stories.

The live event will run on the final day of the online #TwitterFiction Festival. The online event is sponsored by AAP, Penguin Random House and Twitter and will take place virtually on May 11-15, 2015. During the event, authors will share their text, photos, and video on Twitter. Each author will be assigned a daily time slot to live-stream their work on the social network.

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12. PEN Literary Awards Shortlist Revealed

The PEN American Center has revealed the shortlists and judges for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards.

The shortlist for the debut fiction category, which carries a $25,000 prize includes: “The UnAmericans” by Molly Antopol (W. W. Norton & Company); “Ruby” by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth); Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press); “The Dog” by Jack Livings (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); and “Love Me Back” by Merritt Tierce (Doubleday). Judges for the category include: Caroline Fraser, Katie Kitamura, Paul La Farge, and Victor LaValle.

Follow this link to see the shortlists in every category.

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13. English Language Mistakes: INFOGRAPHIC

English InfographicLike Weird Al Yankovic, many bibliophiles claim to have “word crime” pet peeves. The team at EssayProofreader.net has created an infographic all about the “Most Common Mistakes in English Language.”

The image features information on common misspellings, typos, and grammar errors. We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think?

The Most Common Mistakes in English Language

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14. Moleskine Creates Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland Notebooks

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is turning 150 and to celebrate, notebook maker Moleskine has created a limited edition notebook collection.

Moleskine worked with The British Library to incorporate original artwork into the notebook series. There are four different covers, which include reproductions of original drawings by John Tenniel, the artist who drew Alice.  And inside the cover of these notebooks, readers will find a page from Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript.

To promote the new series, Moleskine collaborated with Dutch paper cut artist Rogier Wieland to make a short video down the rabbit hole. Check it out after the jump.

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15. Benedict Cumberbatch Reads ‘Richard’ by Carol Ann Duffy

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video with Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch reciting the poem “Richard.” Click here to read The Guardian’s post which features the entire piece.

Cumberpatch, who plays Richard III in The Hollow Crown TV mini-series, delivered this reading at the re-interment of King Richard III. British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy wrote “Richard” specifically for this somber occasion.

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16. Haruki Murakami & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Make TIME’s 100 Influential People List

Authors Haruki Murakami and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have been named on TIME 100, the publication’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Yoko Ono commented on Murakami designation. Here is an excerpt:

He deserves the honor. He is a writer of great imagination and human sympathy, one who has enthralled millions of readers by building fictional worlds that are uniquely his. Murakami-san has a singular vision, as informed by pop culture as it is by deep channels of Japanese tradition. And he’s a Japanese writer—while Murakami-san spends much of his time in the U.S. and has earned acclaim internationally, he and his books are very much a product of Japan.”

Radhika Jones commented on Ngozi Adichie’s addition to the list. Here is an excerpt:

It’s the rare novelist who in the space of a year finds her words sampled by Beyoncé, optioned by Lupita Nyong’o and honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. But the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is just that sort of novelist. A MacArthur \"genius\" grant recipient, Adichie writes of the complex aftermath of Nigeria’s colonial history and her nation’s rise to prominence in an era when immigration to the West no longer means a one-way ticket.

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17. Karin Slaughter Inks Deal With HarperCollins

K. SlaughterCrime fiction writer Karin Slaughter (pictured, via) has landed a deal with HarperCollins. The company will oversee the publication of the English and foreign language editions for four Slaughter books.

Here’s more from the press release: “This marks the first time the publisher has simultaneously acquired both world English and foreign language rights with the intent to publish across all HarperCollins locations worldwide. The deal was negotiated with Victoria Sanders at the Victoria Sanders & Associates agency.”

Pretty Girls, the first Slaughter title that will be released under this new agreement, is slated to come out in September 2015. HarperCollins will publish a version of this book in almost every country it operates in; the exceptions include the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Holland.

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18. Patty Jenkins to Direct the Wonder Woman Film

Wonder WomanFilmmaker Patty Jenkins will serve as the director for the Wonder Woman film adaptation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins “will now become the first female director to handle a big project in Warner’s developing DC universe.” The executives at Warner Bros. had to scramble to replace the original director, Michelle MacLaren, who dropped out due to “creative differences.”

Actress Gal Gadot, who plays the Amazon princess in the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, has signed on to reprise the role for this project. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for 2017. (via Forbes.com)

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19. Revolving Door News at Scribner

ScribnerChanges have been made to the staff at Simon & Schuster. Two publicists at the Scribner imprint have received promotions.

Alexsis Johnson has been promoted to associate publicist. She joined the company as a publicity assistant in 2013.

Kate Lloyd has been named deputy director of publicity. Some of the authors she works with include actress Anjelica Huston, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs author Chuck Klosterman, and Far from the Tree author Andrew Solomon.

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20. Susana Ferreira Wins NYU’s Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

Journalist Susana Ferreira has won New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s inaugural Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.
The Carter Institute established the award last fall in remembrance of the late journalist Matthew Power. The $12,500 award is given “to a young journalist researching an important story that illuminates the human condition.” Ferreira spent four years in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she was a correspondent for Reuters and served as a freelancer for Time, CBC Radio, PRI’s \"The World,\" the Wall Street Journal, France 24, and the Guardian.

“Many inspired proposals were submitted to us, but hers was particularly original and stood out as the sort of thing Matt might have done,” stated Professor Ted Conover of the Carter Journalism Institute, a friend of Power’s who coordinated the judging. “We hope that funding this kind of work will help to keep his spirit alive.”

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21. At Literacy Partners Gala, Bestselling Authors Share Personal Stories

Barbara-Taylor2Liz Smith, the “patron saint of literacy,” was unable to host Tuesday night’s gala at Cipriani in New York for Literacy Partners, the organization she helped found in 1974. Though Smith felt under the weather, her fellow board of directors, as well as honorees Robert Thomson and Barbara Taylor Bradford (pictured, at right), along with writers Tom Brokaw and Ali Wentworth (pictured, below), aptly filled in for her. Resilience emerged as the recurring theme of the evening, much like Smith herself.

Literacy Partners student Matthew Brown represented one of the evening’s highlights. The 75-year-old detailed his lifelong struggle to read, which he overcame with the organization’s help. He then sang his own resounding rendition of the Sinatra hit, “My Way,” to a standing ovation.

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Taylor Bradford received the Lizzie award for her devotion to literacy in the U.S. and the U.K. She spoke about her prolific writing career, starting at a regional newspaper in England. “I had a little bit of toughness, even at age 16,” she said. By age 20 she headed to Fleet Street, and never forgot the lessons of needing to answer the \"who, what, where, when and why’s.\"

Thomson was honored for his philanthropy and commitment to the literacy cause, and joked that he also wants “numeracy partners for fiscally challenged executives.” On a more serious note, he spoke about the challenges that those who can’t read face every day, when words become enemies, leading to social isolation. “No one among us can always find the right words. Cracking the code of language is crucial,” he added.

Thomson also piqued the audience’s curiosity by bringing a book to the stage that he said was Harper Lee’s much anticipated ‘prequel sequel’, though it turned out to be her bestseller, To Kill A Mockingbird. “I’ve read the manuscript, and I think it will resonate,” he told the crowd.

Brokaw and Wentworth read passages from their upcoming books, both due out later this spring. Wentworth’s tale, Happily Ali After, describes humorous scenes from her life based on well-known sayings. She disagrees with the famous Love Story quote about never having to say you’re sorry. “Love has always meant saying I’m sorry repeatedly,” she said. An example: when her family planned a trip to Spain but upon arrival at JFK airport discovered that their girls’ passports had expired.

Brokaw’s forthcoming memoir, A Lucky Life Interrupted, recounts his deeply personal journey battling multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable form of cancer. He spoke about first experiencing symptoms and then being diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic. “I went from the delusion of being ever young. It was a way of life that I couldn’t believe was slipping away from me,” he said. He ended on a more upbeat note now that his cancer is in remission, citing “renewable cycles of life.” The book concludes with these words: \"Life–what’s left–bring it on.”

(Photos courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency)

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22. Author Ben Parr to Send Book to Space

Journalist and author Ben Parr is an expert on how to get noticed, which is why his book publicity push should come as no surprise. Still, it’s pretty creative: he is sending his book into space.

The book,”Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention” will head into orbit as part of a program developed by members of the Columbus Space Program, a Georgia-based high-altitude balloon science platform DREAMS (Doing Research at Extreme Altitudes for Motivated Students). The organization is sending its 24th mission into outer space on Saturday, April 18th and the ship will include a number of student-led experiments, as well as Parr’s book.

Here is more from the press release:

DREAMS and their high-altitude balloon will go into \"near space\" from the surface. Somewhere outside Columbus, Georgia, Ben Parr will be in a rental car, using GPS to track down and retrieve a payload that will descend from space with science-focused students and teachers.

Parr is running a raffle to promote this effort with the hashtag #SpaceBook. Winners will get the chance to win the book after its trip, as well as the opportunity to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin and actor John Travolta at an event at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this July.

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23. Tool: A Stepbrother Romance Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

Tool: A Stepbrother Romance by Sabrina Paige leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of April 15, 2015

1. Tool: A Stepbrother Romance by Sabrina Paige: “Gaige O’Neal is nicknamed “Tool” because of what he’s packing. Rumor is that he’s well equipped. He’s a cocky, entitled, insufferable a**hole who’s as reckless with women as he is with that stupid motorcycle he races.”

2. The Mad Tatter by J.M. Darhower: “Reece Hatfield has just one rule when it comes to falling in love: don’t fucking do it. There’s no room in his life for another person. He can barely keep a handle on things as it is. A shadow of the man he used to be, Reece spends his days tattooing, the artist inside of him longing for the chance to do something different.”

3. Until July: Until Her by Aurora Rose Reynolds: “Wes Silver wasn’t looking for love, but when July Mayson literally knocks him on his ass during their first encounter, his world is turned upside down by the quirky blonde, and every moment with her makes him more determined to protect her.”

4. The Conviction by Robert Dugoni: “As David Sloane continues to piece his life back together in the wake of his wife’s vicious murder, he also struggles to handle his difficult teenage son, Jake. Reeling from the loss of his mother, Jake’s bad behavior escalates and his relationship with Sloane is pushed to the brink. When Sloane’s old friend, Detective Tom Molia, recruits Sloane and Jake to join him and his son on a camping trip, Sloane sees the trip as an opportunity to repair their broken father/son bond.”

5. My Stepbrother the Dom by Arabella Quinn: “For years, I had the worst crush on my stepbrother, Cole Hunter. We used to ride bikes, skateboard and go fishing together – now I couldn’t even be in the same room as him without my pulse racing. One cocky half-grin from Cole would have my face blushing while my panties melted. It was insane – and completely humiliating.”

6. Maude by Donna Mabry: “In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes.”

7. Memory Tips & Tricks by Calistoga Press: “Like any other muscle in your body, your brain requires exercise to stay in shape and perform at its peak. Unfortunately, factors such as age, stress, and poor diet can contribute to permanent memory loss. Memory Tips & Tricks will explain the way memory works, and show you how to effectively combat memory loss.”

8. All I Ever Need is You by Bella Andre: “Seattle architect Adam Sullivan is well known for his brilliant historic building restorations—and for having absolutely no interest in love and marriage. He’s happy for his siblings and cousins who have found true love, but though they’re clearly hellbent on seeing him settled, his family is just going to have to accept that Cupid’s arrow will be skipping this Sullivan.”

9. Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather: “Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker working to keep his family together, finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when a string of disasters shreds the world around them…the Internet and communication networks go down…a deadly viral epidemic rages across the country…then a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world.”

10. Combust: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance by L Wilder: “Sheppard’s devotion to his club was unquestionable. He would do anything for them, including giving his own life to protect his brothers’. He proved that the day he took a bullet for Bishop, the president of the Devil Chaser’s MC. He thought his life was over when he fell into the lake and got dragged under by the fast-paced current.”

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of April 15, 2015

1. Cognitive Activity Design: Designing Creative Activities and Art-Based Projects That Promote Brain Health and Flourishing By Michael C. Patterson

2. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills By George J. Siedel

3. Academic and Business Writing, Workbook 3 By Maggie Sokolik

4. The Gnome Tome By Adrian Bell

5. Private Practice Preparedness – The Health Care Professional’s Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability By Rob Reinhardt, LPCS, M.Ed., NCC & Anne M. “Nancy” Wheeler

6. Damage Control By Jae

7. Depth Astrology: An Astrological Handbook – Volumes 1-4 (Introduction, Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses, Planets in Aspect) By Gargatholil

8. ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part By Jessica Alter

9. Passing Along A Dream – The Story Behind the Center Lovell Inn Essay Contest By Bil Mosca

10. Our Universal Journey By George Kavassilas

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24. Vintage Shorts Celebration to Be Launched in May

Vintage Books LogoVintage Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced plans for a Short Story Month celebration.

For every day throughout May, the team will digitally release a new Vintage Short fiction piece. These eBooks will be priced at $0.99 each.

According to the press release, the 31 stories come from a wide array of authors including Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edgar Allan Poe, and Langston Hughes. The roster also includes five original pieces from writers “Alexander McCall Smith, Carrie Brown, Hari Kunzru, Patricio Pron, and the first-time U.S. publication of an original Maeve Binchy story.” Follow this link to see the full Vintage Shorts calendar.

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25. Scribd Expands Its Audiobook Library

Scribd Logo 2Scribd will add 9,000 audiobook titles to its library. The new offerings come from the Penguin Random House Audio list.

Subscribers will be able to access new titles from Alice Munro, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Anne Rice, and Deepak Chopra. With this new development, the company now boasts a selection of more than 45,000 audiobooks.

Here’s more from the press release: “The deal brings Penguin Random House Audio’s titles to Scribd, including bestsellers such as The Girl on the Train, Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl, Wild, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and A Game of Thrones; award-winning recordings such as Bill Clinton’s My Life narrated by the former president, John Grisham’s Runaway Jury narrated by Michael Beck, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help narrated by Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin, and Cassandra Campbell; and renowned narrators including Christopher Plummer, Diane Keaton, Barbara Walters, Kate Winslet, and more…To celebrate the addition of Penguin Random House Audio, Scribd’s editorial staff has created dozens of new collections to highlight key titles.”

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