Missing Sookie Stackhouse? Charlaine Harris is back with a new rural Gothic trilogy set in Midnight, Texas (population: 84).
It’s a funny thing about novel research. Sometimes we novelists don’t use it the way we think we would. This is especially the case for me because I tend to do my research after I’ve completed a first draft.
Seems nuts, right? But there’s a perverse logic to my process, really there is. My novels take place in Ireland, so I’d prefer to arrive with specific research questions rather than guesstimating what I’ll need.
We’re happy to introduce you to the contemporary romance debut Smokin’ & Spinnin’ from Andrea B. Miller. Set against NASCAR, one of our nation’s most loved sports, we had no idea that stock car racing could be so fun and sexy!
We love a good mystery. And this week’s new releases allow us to bring out our inner detectives for some amateur sleuthing.
Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell
With its mansions, yachts and high society galas, Newport, Rhode Island is the playground to the very rich.
Nina Ansary, Ph.D. is the author of the upcoming book The Jewels of Allah, chronicling the history of the women’s movement in Iran. She shares her current reads:
One of my favorite pastimes after a grueling day, which is usually in full swing by 6am, involves curling up with an inspirational book on the history of feminism among different nations. I find myself drawn to stories that expose the words and wisdom of historically disempowered women. I’ve recently completed my doctoral thesis on the feminist movement in post-revolutionary Iran – and for those of you wondering if there is in fact such a thing, the answer is YES. I am only saying this because when I first started my research, I was quite skeptical and erroneously assumed that this might actually be a dead end road due to a lack of material. However, much to my surprise, I discovered that despite the patriarchy of the Islamic Republic, Iran is in the midst of a full-blown and thriving feminist movement – definitely a first in the country’s history. I have been so inspired by this journey that I decided to adapt my thesis into a full-length book. Titled The Jewels of Allah, it tells the true story of the powerful female voices in Iran’s past and present.