Archive for December, 2011

Jane Austen and Her Romantic Fiction in English Literature

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife”- Jane Austen in her Pride and Prejudice.

Reading this quote anyone can guess who the author is I am talking about as this has been one of the most talked about quotations in English literature. This is the first line of Pride and Prejudice, the single line that encompasses the theme of the entire novel. And who can be more efficient in bringing out all the pages of a huge novel into one single line than the most successful 19th century Romantic fiction author- Jane Austen? Jane Austen, the English novelist, the most widely read romantic fiction author in English Literature is placed among the greatest authors in the world of literature. The list of her major works consist of- Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. (more…)

Author Interview: Charlie Price (The Interrogation of Gabriel James)

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Charlie Price, the Edgar Award winner for best Young Adult Mystery, 2011, shares his delightful moments of award winning and writing with his readers through his interview with He discusses his award- winning book The Interrogation of Gabriel James in detail in his interview, captivating the hearts of his readers.


At first our heartiest congratulations to you on the occasion of your winning the Edgar award for your book The Interrogation of Gabriel James as the best Young Adult Mystery of 2011. So how your life has changed after achieving such a huge acknowledgement in the literary world?

Well, every time I think of it I grin and levitate! I could not be more honored and delighted. The Edgar has made it possible to attend more events and meet more readers and writers. It’s given me more opportunities to discuss issues like addiction, abuse, and domestic violence with a wider range of audiences. That’s terrific because when I decided to write in the Young Adult field, I hoped I would eventually have chances to speak with teens from a different perspective than a teacher, administrator, or therapist. It is easier to talk about a particular character’s problems and whether or not his/her coping strategies are effective, than to talk openly about problems we might have in our own lives, our own families.

Give us a brief plot description of your award-winning book.

Gabe, a junior cross country runner, learns that a girl classmate likes him but when he tries to pursue her, she shuts him out. Frustrated, he follows her home and discovers a situation that seriously disturbs him. He wants to make things better but he’s afraid his attempt to help might wind up ruining her life.  At the end, his involvement leads to two murders and he is called before the law to tell what he knows and account for his actions. (more…)

Popular Christmas Books: Best Christmas Gifts for Young and Old

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

Christmas is a time for celebrations. Christmas is a time for gifts. Christmas is that time in a year when we get closer to our near and dear ones. And we always try to find out which can be the best gift for our special persons in life that will bring everlasting smiles on their faces. Apart from all other conventional gifts books have always secured a special place in our lives. All of us love to be gifted with some best books that we really appreciate forever. Books can be gifted whenever you wish, whoever you wish, young or old, age doesn’t matter.

But there are so hundreds of books available to gift our friends and family that sometimes it gets tough to choose the best one among them. Here is a list of most popular Christmas books that can be some best choices for you to gift on this Christmas. (more…)

Book Review: Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

It was a time for mourning. It was a time for change. It was a phase of man hunting. It was a time full of conspiracies. It was a time of trials and executions. And all of these were the eventual aftermath of the most harrowing day in American history. It was the Good Friday in the year 1865, when Abraham Lincoln, the American President was shot dead at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. And one gunshot changed the fate of America forever. The mega bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard has brought back the black days and their impact on American history in their latest bestseller Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever.

America was just dreaming of a new dawn in her history when the prolonged Civil War was drawing to an end, and Lincoln was at the threshold of integrating the divided nation. But a host of conspirators were not so happy with America getting united, with Lincoln’s dreams getting fulfilled and they set out to perish the patriotic celebrations on the heart of the nation. The stage personality John Wilkes Booth along with his co- conspirators Lewis Powell, David Herold and George Atzerodt got assigned themselves to kill Lincoln (more…)

Author Interview: W. Bruce Cameron (Emory’s Gift)

Monday, December 12th, 2011

W. Bruce Cameron, the internationally renowned author of bestselling books like A Dog’s Purpose, has released his latest book Emory’s Gift a few months ago. Bruce gives us an interview on his plot development, characters, themes and his love for animals as expressed in his latest release.


Give us a brief plot description of your latest novel Emory’s Gift?

Emory’s Gift is the story of a 13 year-old boy (Charlie) who must get his emotionally remote father to help him save a wild grizzly bear in the woods from the people who would do it harm.  But this is no ordinary bear:  Charlie soon becomes convinced that the bear can communicate with him, and that the bear has brought a message with profound consequences for all who hear it.

How did you develop the character Charlie Hall?

I did the best kind of research:  I lived it.  I WAS a 13-year-old boy, and many of the things that happen to Charlie happened to me, such as the crush on the life-saving instructor; the scene in the movie theater where he is humiliated in front of his friends and then his instructor rescues him; dancing with the wrong girl at a school dance; getting in a fight with a friend simply because it felt like everyone needed to fight to prove their manhood. (more…)

Linda Lael Miller: The Bestselling Historical Romance Author

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Linda Lael Miller, the American bestselling author of more than seventy historical romance novels, talks about her motivations, characters, her current release and her forthcoming books in her interview with us.


How did you get motivated to write historical romance novels?  Tell us something about your journey so far in the world of literature.

Like most writers, I began as a reader—a voracious one.  While I loved all sorts of books, I was especially fond of big, sprawling sagas, like those written by Taylor Caldwell and Irving Wallace.  I carried stacks of them home from the library.  I became enamored with the broad brushstrokes and spectacle of historical novels, and if there was a powerful romance included, so much the better.

Reading, I believe, is a form of time travel, and writing is a time machine, with the pilot setting the course.

Why are most of your romances set in the western U.S.?  Is there any special reason?

Indeed, there are several special reasons.  First of all, the west is my home—I grew up among ranchers, farmers, cowboys and cowgirls, and salt-of-the-earth small town folks. (more…)

Remembering John Milton and His Greatest Works

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

John Milton, one of the greatest English authors and one of the most influential political thinkers, is best known in the world of literature for his epic poem “Paradise Lost”. Being a civil servant under Oliver Cromwell he used to write in the times of huge religious and political outbreaks, and his own religious and political philosophies have always been reflected in his writings. Milton’s writings had great impact on the Romantic Movement in English Literature, and that is why his fellow poet William Wordsworth used to refer him as one of the pioneers of English Revolution.

Milton’s most famous published poetries consist of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained and his tragic drama Samson Agonistes, all these works vibrating with the tune of Post- Restoration situation. Milton’s political philosophies have sometimes been self- contradictory, as he has sometimes been dedicated to republicanism and sometimes became the pioneer of liberalism. Milton’s poems integrate Christian theology with the classical mode expressing his strong belief in Christian salvation through Jesus Christ. His religious beliefs went through a period of transformation towards Protestantism, as he has expressed himself in Aeropagitica- “the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties”. (more…)

Jesmyn Ward on Salvage the Bones

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Jesmyn Ward, the 2011 National Book Award winner for Fiction, provides us with an excellently useful interview on her award- winning book “Salvage the Bones”. Her responses to our questions throw some valuable light on the backdrop of her story, her characters, her forthcoming book and many things more.


At first heartiest congratulations from to you for your winning the National Book Award for Fiction 2011. How would you like to describe your feelings on that award- winning evening?

Thank you! Winning the National Book Award is a great honor. That list of former and current finalists and winners is an illustrious one, and I’m simply happy to be included in their presence.

Tell us something about your writing journey and your inspirations behind your writing.

I loved reading as a child, but I never thought I had the talent necessary to write. Even though I thought so negatively, I still harbored a desire to write. When I grew older and was more aware of inequality and the beauty and savagery of the lives of the people in my community, I wrote more. But I didn’t commit to writing seriously until my brother died (he was hit by a drunk driver), and then the reality of death made me foolish and brave enough to not care what others thought and to at least try to be a writer. (more…)

Life in The Fast Lane

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Author: Simon Wood

Did Not Finish is a book that is very close to my heart as it’s a mystery centering on the world of motorsport. Twenty years ago, I raced open-wheel cars motorsport in the UK.

In the book, a death threat is circulating around the pits. Derek Deacon says he’ll kill his championship rival, Alex Fanning, unless Alex throws the championship deciding race. Rookie driver, Adrian ‘Aidy’ Westlake, doesn’t put too much stock in the threat. He figures Derek is just playing mind games. That changes when Alex dies on the track after banging wheels with Derek. A cover-up ensues. The police wrap up their investigation without following up on the death threat, TV coverage omits the crash and the racing community seems happy to ignore what they heard. Aidy is the exception. He feels obligated to expose the truth and finds himself dragged into a much larger conspiracy.

A real incident is the basis for Did Not Finish. I was competing in a regional championship (more…)

Author Interview: Heather Gudenkauf on These Things Hidden

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Heather Gudenkauf, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, talks about her life, her writing journey and all about her second bestselling novel These Things Hidden in her interview with us.


How much life has changed for you after the acknowledgements of “The Weight of Silence” as NY Times and USA Today bestsellers?

Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden have done so well. I really enjoy getting letters and emails from readers with whom the books have struck a chord and I’m proud that I accomplished something that I worked really hard for. However, the fact that I’ve written these novels and continue to work on other projects hasn’t changed who I am and what’s important to me. I’m still the same girl whose favorite things to do are to spend time with her family and read.

Tell us something about your literary journey so far.

By far the best thing about my journey so far has been the people I’ve met along the way. From my agent, to my editors and all the folks at Mira, to fellow booklovers – I can’t say enough about the wonderful individuals who have come into my life as a result of my writing. (more…)

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