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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Which Book Have You Pushed the Most in 2013?






Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a book pusher.

Yes, yes, it’s true. And let’s be honest — I’m sure that if you’re reading this, chances are that:

A. You like books
B. You like recommending books to other people

It’s pretty simple, really: There’s a book pusher in all of us.

But what’s not so simple? Trying to decide exactly which book to force on anyone asking for suggested reading material.

I read a hundred books a year if I’m lucky. Most I loved, some I liked, a few, I didn’t even finish.

And if I loved a book, or maybe even liked it, I might suggest it if someone was specifically asking about that book. An example: I don’t think The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) needs any help with publicity, but I read it and enjoyed it and if anyone were asking me about it, I’d tell them as much.

That said, some books, I push. Hard.

I blab about them at my Sisters in Crime meetings. I talk them up on Twitter and Facebook. I keep copies in my car just in case someone at my trail running group takes my pitch and wants to borrow one or all of them after our run.

Yes, I’m that person.

So, when I found out my friend Owen Laukkanen was up for Pop Culture Nerd’s “Stalker Award” for “Novel You Most Often Shoved at Others” I was especially proud.

Because, though I loved the other two books represented (above), I can honestly say I’ve shoved The Professionals down many a book-loving throat.

It’s a fabulous book, as is his second book, Criminal Enterprise. GO READ THEM.

In fact, I’ve mentioned both so many times on Twitter, that Owen has joked he owes me a drink. No, no, he doesn’t, he owes me more words. (Get on that, Owen, if you’re reading this!)

But honestly, Owen’s books aren’t the only ones I’ve been praising this past year. I’ve mentioned a few of these books in this space already (because I’m a pusher), but here are the top five books I’ve suggested in 2013:



What have been your favorite books to push this year?

12 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

I interview authors for our Welcome Wednesday spots, which promotes authors and their books. I read every book we promote on WW. I owe our readership to read the books--then decide if I want to interview an author. All of the books I promote must have admirable qualities that make me love them or show that the author has great potential.

Based on the calendar, I guess I've pushed about 40 books or more every year. If you'd like to see the titles, please go the schedule at the top of our homepage.

You've provided more books for my reading list Sarah--not sure if I should thank you for that or not!

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I have to say that my TBR pile (physical, virtual and wish) is high.

Since my own debut novel came out in March, my "pushing" has been more about that book than others, but whenever I'm in conversation with people, I'll mention goods books I've recently read.

I've been too disappointed by other people's "Oh you just MUST read this book, it's so great" recommendations, that I try instead to talk about what I enjoyed about a book so the other person can decide whether or not is sounds good for them.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

My TBR pile is already tottering, and now I've got to add more to it - Owen Laukkanen you're going on the list!
My favorite "pushes" at work - I think I'll use the job title book pusher rather than librarian - WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE? for a lighter read, AVAILABLE DARK by Elizabeth Hand for a darker read, and THE ANGELS ARE THE REAPERS by Alden Bell for the pitch black read.

Gloria Alden said...

I have such a huge TBR pile, but the books I read first are the ones for my two book clubs, unless I find I really, really don't want to waste the time on them after reading a few chapters, but that is rare.

One recent book is UNBROKEN by Laura Hildebrand. It's the true story of a former marathon runner, Louis Zamparini, who enlisted after WWII and all that happened to him especially his time in a Japanese prison camp. There wasn't one person in our book club who wasn't impressed with this book, and that is rare indeed.

The other one was from my other book club THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L Stedman. I liked it so much that I chose it for my other book club that will be meeting at my house the week after next. The book club that already discussed it, also did not have one member who didn't like it. Lots of discussion ensued with both books. A good sign that the books have depth in plot and characters.

Sarah Henning said...

Annnnnd, I'm adding all these books to my TBR wishlist. Thanks so much for sharing, guys!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thanks for telling us about a a great group of authors, Sarah.

I have been reading a lot of short stories lately, but not many books. A friend handed me Lori Benton's debut novel Burning Sky, about a young woman kidnapped by the Mohawks, who makes her way home after the American Revolution to see if she can return to her former life. It's a unique historical period, and Benton's characters and descriptions are richly detailed and vividly portrayed. I'm having a difficult time putting it down. Please add it to the list of the "pushed."

Linda Rodriguez said...

Sarah, thanks for the lovely shout-out!

I, too, have been pushing Alex Grecian's THE YARD on folks, as well as Hank Phillippi Ryan's THE OTHER WOMAN, Kathleen George's SIMPLE--two of the best examinations of politics, power, and class in this country--Deborah Crombie's THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS, Paul Doiron's MASSACRE POND, and Jenny Milchman's COVER OF SNOW.

I'm also always pushing Julia Spencer-Fleming's ONE WAS A SOLDIER, still the best book I've read about the effects of multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and the private corporate corruption over there on our soldiers--fiction or nonfiction.

Then, there's NOS4ATU by Joe Hill, and anything by Neil Gaiman or C.J. Cherryh, two of the best speculative fiction writers out there--and two of the just, plain best writers out there today.

And I'll stop there before I really get warmed up. :-)

Shari Randall said...

Oh, Linda, Neil Gaiman and Julia Spencer-Fleming - yes and yes!

Kristi said...

Cute! Couldn't think of a better guy to promote!
Although I give Sarah a run for her money in pushing Owen's books.
He's such an inspiration to me in so many ways. He's one of the hardest working writers I know. His daily word count is off the charts. And he's so good that he makes it all seem effortless. Clean, crisp, clear writing that makes you rip through the pages.

Sarah Henning said...

Good job pushing that book, Kristi! So glad you told me about Owen way back when:)

Linda, I always love pushing your books! They're fabulous! And I'm adding every suggestion to my TBR.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for book recommendations, Sarah. My TBR list is long and filled mostly with books about writing at the moment.

I’m still in awe that you read 100 books a year.

Teri said...

I would have to push James Palmer here. He is fairly new also and has 3 books out. Delirious, Stolen, and Helpless. He happens to be the son of Michael Palmer and comes honest by his gift of writing. His books grab you very early and take you on a roller coaster ride. You will be disappointed when you finish the book because you enjoyed it so much.