Archive for June, 2012

Little Brown and Company-Publishing Since 1837

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

World could not have been so enlightened as today had there been not many great publishers! The contribution of publishers in spreading knowledge and educating world is indescribable.  It’s because of the publishers that the precious work of Authors and Researchers could see light of the day and become accessible to readers in form of books, journals, magazines, etc.

Acknowledging the contribution of Publishers to this civilized world, we are starting a new section- ” Know the Publisher”. We would be covering large number of publishers, big and small, in this section. Today we are starting with one of the oldest existing publishers –Little Brown and Company.


Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house founded in 1837 by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. For almost two centuries has published fiction and nonfiction by many of America’s finest writers in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio formats.

Did you know????

Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were the first authors of the new firm published, followed soon by Daniel Webster and John Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

In 2006, Little, Brown became part of the Hachette Book Group, which was created when Hachette Livre, the world’s second-largest publishing company, acquired the Time Warner Book Group.


One single publishing company may have multiple imprints; the different imprints are used by the publisher to market works to different demographic consumer segments. In some cases, the diversity results from the takeover of smaller publishers (or parts of their business) by a larger company.

Popular Imprints of Little Brow and Company are:

Reagan Arthur Books is an imprint with a simple, single focus: great writing in the service of great stories.

Mulholland Books: With a focus on online community building, internet marketing and authentic connections between authors, readers and publisher, Mulholland Books will be at the center of a web of suspense and thriller.

Back Bay Books: In 1993, Little, Brown created a new trade paperback imprint, Back Bay Books, to focus on long-term publication of the company’s best fiction and nonfiction.

Associated Authors

Bestselling novelists on Little, Brown hardcover and Back Bay paperback lists include J. D. Salinger, James Patterson, Herman Wouk, Alice Sebold, Anita Shreve, Walter Mosley, Janet Fitch, John le Carre, Jimmy Buffett, Pete Hamill, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Connelly.

Some Popular Books by Little Brown and Company of this Decade

Jim the Boy authored by Tony Earley, published in the year 2000

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life  by The Dalai Lama, published in the year 2001

Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, published in the year 2002

The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad, published in the year 2003

Forever by Pete Hamill, published in the year 2004

The Historianby Elizabeth Kostova, published in the year 2005

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson, published in the year 2006

The Terror by Dan Simmons, published in the year 2007

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, published in the year 2008

The Host  by Stephenie Meyer, published in the year 2009

The Evolution of God by Robert Wright, published in the year 2010

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, published in the year 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey, published in the year 2011

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, published in the year 2011

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5 Books as Gifting Idea for Father’s Day

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Father’s Day is a perfect day to express your love, respect, care and honor for your father and father figures. It’s time to show our love and concern by wishing, greeting, treating, gifting and acclaiming the eternal bonding

With Father’s Day, 2012 around the corner, many of us must be planning to gift our Dad something as special as he is. Here we are, helping you by suggesting some books. As it’s always said a good book has no ending and is thoughtful, inexpensive and easy to wrap. A perfect gift to express emotions, heartiest feelings and love for Fathers!

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

StrongFather “Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development. Well known author MEG MEEKER has spent the past twenty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. In this book the author tells how she has concluded that a father is not only an important force in his daughter’s life but also he shapes her life. How to communicate with your daughter and how for a girl to grow up into a self-assured, well-adjusted, and happy woman, a strong, nurturing father is a must.


The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

The Art of HappinessFather’s actively take part in shaping our lives! Numerous books have attempted to achieve happiness. Here is the addition to the list. The writer of this book Dalai Lama is a unique mix of a spiritual teacher and a political leader. He is now recognized as one of the world’s leading religious figures. His pragmatic, logical, and yet also spiritual approach to everything has tried to make our lives better, peaceful and helped us to understand about the concept of happiness and how we attain it.



Sh*t My Dad Says

ShitmydadsaysSh*t My Dad Says delivers the funniest lines and is fun gift book that is bound to crack up anyone who flips through it.  It can make for a nice Father’s Day present. Justin’s first book, Sh*t My Dad is a collection of essays about growing up with his unapologetic and honest father. It’s a good, heartfelt story with family values and moral components intertwined. Make this worthwhile addition to bookshelves and enjoy reading short funny tales of Justin’s interaction with his father.



52 Things Kids Need from a Dad

52Things Let father’s know useful tips and things to keep in mind. Find a great wisdom and caring from this book that one probably would not find in a psychology or help book. The author Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. Through this book he has tried to focus on many practical fathering tips .There are many good reminders in this book, mostly about maximizing the very short time fathers have with their children, before they are off on their own.


To Kill A Mocking Bird

ToKillaMockingBirdOn this father day gift your father one of the best-loved classics of all time. Harper Lee a well known author and an immediate bestseller won great critical acclaim for “The mocking bird”. A wonderful piece of literature with great characters, plot and prose. Having a father like Atticus means that lessons will be learned in a different way, not through books, but through actions!



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A List of the Popular Historical Romance Novels

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today, we have compiled for our readers a list of the top 5 bestselling Historical Romance Novels of the time. Set against the backdrops of different centuries and countries spanning from ancient times to the Regency era, all these books have in common a moving love story aligned with heart-warming plots, drama and the true events of the contemporary days. Take a look:

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell  – First published in 1936, this book is a historical romance novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning love story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is a classic love story of the vivacious and witty Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of the five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage, and the superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world. Initially, Elizabeth hastily dismissed his proposal, but, as soon as he realizes that he is deeply in love with Elizabeth, he starts improving his stubborn manners and made her to change mind. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen  – This is another great classic work by Jane Austen that everyone who has or aspire to have a romantic love story in his/her life should read. It is a timeless tale of romantic manners and mores in which two vastly different sisters (the Dashwood sisters) experience love and loss under the rigid view of British society.  We can say this novel is an excellent introduction to Austen’s works because of its relative simplicity and the use of typical themes and social situations.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This  romantic novel set in Scotland in 1743, telling the story of Claire Randall, a former combat nurse in the year of 1945, when she returns from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Actually, this is a story in which time travels back to the era of Our Lord, 1743, in Scotland, taking Claire back in time by forces. There she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McculloughPowered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, this is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story’s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican…but whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.

This list would have become endless, if we had to enlist all the popular Historical Romance Novels. Therefore, we have limited ourselves to just top five bestselling titles. But, But, you can find other popular title(s) of this genre on our mega online bookstores, and

Q&A: Mary Higgins Clark on The Lost Years

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

One of the most celebrated American authors, Mary Higgins Clark is the doyen of modern suspense genre. In the span of 30 years of her writing, this woman of letters has penned more than 40 novels till date, each of which has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries. Many of her novels have been adapted into feature films including her debut suspense novel Where Are the Children?, and others like A Stranger Is Watching and You Belong To Me.

Also, she is the co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of three suspense novels Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping and The Christmas Thief.

Since it would be enthralling for the readers of suspense genre to hear from this veteran suspense author, we have managed to catch up with Mary Higgins Clark on her recent suspense novel “The Lost Years“.  Check out what our questions and her respective answers were:

Your readers are eager to learn about “The Lost Years“. Can you tell us what’s the Book all about?

 A biblical scholar, Jonathan Lyons, is murdered shortly after his discovery of what may be a most valuable parchment in the history of mankind.  He believes he had found a letter from the Christ to Joseph of Arimathea thanking him for the kindness Joseph had always extended to Him.  Jonathan’s daughter, Mariah, has not seen the parchment but learns it may have been shown to four other biblical scholars.  Her mother, Kathleen, a victim of Alzheimers, is arrested for her father’s murder.  Kathleen had been enraged because she had learned that Jonathan was involved with another woman.  Mariah takes upon herself the task to learn if her father’s death has anything to do with the missing parchment and to vindicate her mother.

Tell us about the origins of the book.

My editor of 38 years, Michael Korda, and I have lunch after a manuscript has been turned in and discuss the next one.  It was Michael’s suggestion that a biblical background, specifically a letter written by Christ, would be both original and compelling.

 Give us a brief of the characteristics of the top three leading characters in the book.

Mariah is a 28 year old woman – an investment banker and an only child.  She is devoted to both her parents but angry at her father because of his affair and the pain it is causing her mother.  Her search for the truth of her father’s death is compiled with the guilt she feels of having relentlessly made sarcastic references about his mistress.

Kathleen, a beautiful, charming woman is a victim of swiftly moving Alzheimers.  Arrested and handcuffed, angry at her husband’s unfaithfulness, she is now bewildered and unaware of what is happening as she is charged with murder.

Four biblical experts must be classed together as leading characters because otherwise too much of the plot would be revealed.

The Lost Years is said to be your most astonishing novel to date. What do you think makes it so?

I believe that I have handled what is a sacred object in a reverent and theologically possible manner.  The concept of using a parchment written by Christ against the background of a murder frightened me.  I was afraid it might be considered at least irreverent if not sacrilegious and that is not the case.

Now, tell us something about your writing passion. When and how did you enter into the world of writing?

I was born into the world of writing from the time I was 6 years old when I could put sentences together.  It is my only talent.  I can’t sing and have no sense of rhythm.  If I put a flower in the ground, it will die.  I am compelled to write.

You are recognized as the America’s Queen of Suspense. What do you think is the hardest part of writing a suspense novel?

The beginning:  The plot.  Is it compelling emotionally?  Is it believable?  Who are the characters and what is their background?  Will readers want to turn the next page to see what’s happening?

Who were and are your major influences from suspense genre?

Nancy Drew – I devoured the series; Josephine Tey, Dorothy L. Sayers of Lord Peter Winsey Mysteries; Nigel Marsh.      

All wonderfully plotted, emotionally satisfying and beautifully written.

You have given so much over the course of your career. What are your goals for the future? Do you have another story on the boiling pot?

I will always be a writer.  It is a necessity in my life.

Yes, I have another story on the ‘boiling pot’.  I’m asking myself the same questions I refer to when I responded to the hardest part of writing a suspense novel.

What would you like to say to writers who are reading this interview?

If you haven’t been published yet, don’t give up.  Consider self-publishing.  The Writer magazine regularly refers to the ‘how to’ of it.  Remember those of us who are successful have a basic talent for telling a story, the desire to keep going and the third most important ingredient – the need to write.  If you have a need to write you will shake off rejections and begin again, and you will find your way.

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World Environment Day, 2012: Promoting Green Economy

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Green Economy: Does it include you?” This is the theme of World Environment Day, 2012 that urges us to be a part of the Green Economy, which UN Environment Program defines as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. However, Green Economy is a term that is little too enigmatic for many of us. Therefore, today, on June 5, the World Environment Day, we have brought forward a list of some randomly picked Books on Green Economy, which let us understand the term in better way as well as make clearer why it is necessary for all of us to get involved in the same and how can we do it.

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems – As the “ecological crisis nears the boiling point,” human rights activist and environmental leader Van  Jones delivers through this book a viable plan for solving the two biggest issues facing the US today – the economy and the environment. He lays out a visionary, meticulous and practical explanation of these two major challenges.

Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the New World of Business – In this book, Joel Makower, one of the world’s foremost green business experts, provides a clear roadmap for this challenging terrain. He offers insights and inspiration gleaned from his 20 years’ experience helping Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike formulate strategies that align environmental and business goals. Providing a comprehensive and realistic look at both the opportunities and challenges, this volume shows how leadership companies are finding their way in the green economy, while their competitors struggle.

Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots – This thought-provoking book on Green Economy shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their neighborhoods, and strengthen their local economies. Their unlikely victories over polluters, unresponsive bureaucracies, and unexamined routines bring into limelight the opportunities and challenges that the local green economy movements confront.

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage - Following the evolution of business attitudes toward environmental concerns, Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston offer a series of fascinating plays by corporations including Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita (Banana), the bad guys who made good, and the good guys-watchdogs and industry associations, who mostly work behind the scenes. This book shades light on a vast number of topics huddle beneath the umbrella of threats to the earth. For the responsible business leader, this volume provides plenty of food for thought.

75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference – This book offers the readers a number of sources to get involved in Green Economy, providing various environment-friendly business plans. Gets the reader through fast-paced trends propelling the green economy and shows them where to find the opportunities, this Glenn Croston‘s book has practically written about half the business plan for you.

This list is just scratching the surface. There are available a myriad of Books on Green Economy presented by veteran environmentalists. Therefore, if you have any other specific book in your mind, you can browse through and,  and may share and comment the same to us.

Best Vampire Novels Other Than the Twilight Series

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

When we talk about the best Vampire Book/Novel, most of the book aficionado get into the Stephenie Meyers’s Twilight Series. But, there are available a lot more Vampire Novels written by some well-received authors, other than the Twilight Saga. Some of them are truly scary yet delectable that will make the readers believe in the so called existence of blood-thirsty vampires. So, here in this blog-post, we have enlisted the same with the help of our editorial team. If you hook on reading truly horrific Vampire Novel, this is the list for you. We invite our readers to share any other Vampire Novel(S) that they feel will fit into this list.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – A dreary castle, blood-thirsty vampires, open graves at midnight, and other gothic touches fill this chilling tale about a young Englishman’s confrontation with the evil Count Dracula. A horror romance as deathless as any vampire, this blood-curdling tale is able to hold readers spellbound with its many heart-stopping scenes.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth, but he is not alone. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. By day, he is a hunter, stalking the infected monstrosities through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice –  Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying existence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice’s best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life and one of her coworkers checks out. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea as it brings all the predicaments around her.


Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice - Another heart-stopping Vampire Book from Anne Rice, this is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. He recounts becoming a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, this stunning book by Stephen King is both a homage to Bram Stoker’s classic “Dracula” and an allegory of our post-Vietnam society. It cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of ‘Salem’s Lot, a small-town in America.

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin –  This is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous river man’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river. A must-read book for all those who love curling up with some truly horrific work on vampires.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite -  In Missing Mile, North Carolina, in search of supple young flesh and thirsting for blood, three beautiful vampires – Molochai, Twig, and Zillah –  get interacted with Nothing and Ann and lead them on a mad, illicit road trip south to New Orleans. This book is highly recommended by some of the best horror writers in the business.

Top 5 Horror Novels by Stephen King

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Stephen King is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. Till date, he has authored more than fifty books, all of them are worldwide bestsellers, and most of them have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books.

Enlisted here Stephen King’s most popular Horror Novels that are perfectly able to create the scariest ambiance around you, and offer the greatest entertainment — given that you are not fearful, and enjoy getting through horror stuff.

IT - A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

The Shining – Danny is only five years old, but he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of an old hotel, his visions grow out of control. Cut off by blizzards, the hotel seems to develop an evil force, and who are the mysterious guests in the supposedly empty hotel?

The Stand – This is the way the world ends – with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides—or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail—and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

Pet Sematary – “Sometimes dead is better….” When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

‘Salem’s Lot – ‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to ‘Salem’s Lot hoping to cast out his own devils… and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

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