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Save 70% on this moving portrait of a son’s struggle to escape the iron fist of his volatile military father: The Great Santini by Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides

The Great Santini: A Novel

by Pat Conroy
4.5 stars – 1,291 reviews
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Pat Conroy’s New York Times–bestselling coming-of-age novel about a son’s struggle to escape the domineering expectations of his volatile military father

Marine Col. Bull Meecham commands his home like a soldiers’ barracks. Cold and controlling, but also loving, Bull has complicated relationships with each member of his family—in particular, his eldest son, Ben.

A born athlete who desperately seeks his father’s approval, Ben is determined to break out from the colonel’s shadow. With guidance from teachers at his new school, he strives to find the courage to stand up to his father once and for all.

Inspired by Pat Conroy’s own difficult relationship with his father, The Great Santini is a captivating and unflinching portrayal of modern family, and a moving novel of a son determined to become his own man.

A mind-bending, riveting thriller: The Girl Behind The Red Rope by father-daughter writing team Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

The Girl behind the Red Rope

by Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker
4.6 stars – 829 reviews
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“In this mind-bending thriller, father-daughter writing team Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker triumph in their faultlessly structured and deconstructed world of religious extremism. . . . the book’s suspenseful plot drives the story forward at a racing pace, making this a riveting novel that will long haunt readers.”–Booklist, Starred Review

Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides–but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

An urgent response to the question “What can one person do?” The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir

by Samantha Power
4.7 stars – 1,419 reviews
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An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights advocate, and former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. Named one of the best books of the year:

The New York Times • National Public Radio • TimeThe Economist • The Washington Post • Vanity Fair • Christian Science Monitor • Publishers Weekly • Audible

“Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.”—President Barack Obama

Includes an updated afterword

Tracing her distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official, Samantha Power’s acclaimed memoir is a unique blend of suspenseful storytelling, vivid character portraits, and shrewd political insight. After her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of Senator Barack Obama, he invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. When Obama won the presidency, Power went from being an activist outsider to serving as his human rights adviser and, in 2013, becoming the youngest-ever US Ambassador to the United Nations. Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy, offering a compelling and deeply honest look at navigating the halls of power while trying to put one’s ideals into practice. Along the way, she lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life, shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children, and makes the case for how we each can advance the cause of human dignity. This is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

“This is a wonderful book. […] The interweaving of Power’s personal story, family story, diplomatic history and moral arguments is executed seamlessly and with unblinking honesty.”—THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, The New York Times Book Review 

“Truly engrossing…A pleasure to read.”—RACHEL MADDOW

“A beautiful memoir about the times we’re living in and the questions we must ask ourselves…I honestly couldn’t put it down.” —CHERYL STRAYED, author of Wild

“Power’s compelling memoir provides critically important insights we should all understand as we face some of the most vexing issues of our time.” —BRYAN STEVENSON, author of Just Mercy

When Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother’s murder, she cannot refuse… The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy Book 1)

by N.K. Jemisin
4.4 stars – 1,358 reviews
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After her mother’s mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate — and gods and mortals — are bound inseparably together.

A sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American family—and the ways that race affects our most intimate relationships What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

What’s Mine and Yours

by Naima Coster
4.0 stars – 1,293 reviews
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A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

An instant New York Times bestseller!

“A once-every-few-years reading experience.”—Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

“Coster portrays her characters’ worlds with startling vitality. As the children fall in lust and love, grapple with angst and battle the tides of New South politics, Coster’s writing shines”—New York Times Book Review

From the author of Halsey Street, a sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American family—and the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships.

A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the next twenty years.

On one side of the integration debate is Jade, Gee’s steely, ambitious mother. In the aftermath of a harrowing loss, she is determined to give her son the tools he’ll need to survive in America as a sensitive, anxious, young Black man. On the other side is Noelle’s headstrong mother, Lacey May, a white woman who refuses to see her half-Latina daughters as anything but white. She strives to protect them as she couldn’t protect herself from the influence of their charming but unreliable father, Robbie.

When Gee and Noelle join the school play meant to bridge the divide between new and old students, their paths collide, and their two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives. And their mothers—each determined to see her child inherit a better life—will make choices that will haunt them for decades to come.

As love is built and lost, and the past never too far behind, What’s Mine and Yours is an expansive, vibrant tapestry that moves between the years, from the foothills of North Carolina, to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Paris. It explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together.

Promoting Self-Published Books in Social Media – 7 Ways To Get Started

Promoting Self-Published Books in Social Media – 7 Ways To Get Started

by Taylor Payne

Social media is a growing market for self-published authors to promote their work. As the popularity of social media increases, it has become the ideal place to share your book with readers and find new fans.

There are many ways for you to start promoting your book on social media, including using hashtags, posting pictures, creating contests or giveaways, and joining in conversations about books that have been published recently.

This article will walk you through how to get a book published and how to promote your self-published work online using seven simple steps. This will help you market your book and increase your chances of signing a deal with a book publisher or book publishing companies.

Build a Solid Facebook Community

You don’t have to build a community just for fans or followers of your book but around your book’s general theme or topic. This way, you can continue sharing information, experiences, and tips with people who share the same interests.

The beautiful thing here is that you can create as many communities as you want for various book topics or themes and keep honest and genuine conversations going at the same time.

Build an Author Website

Just because you’re self-published doesn’t mean you can’t have all the bells and whistles that come with being an author.

Having your own website builds your reputation as an author while promoting your brand on social media. Your website can be a vehicle to post updates, book excerpts, video clips, as well as reactions and comments from readers.

Create Your Own Fan Club

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. An author fan club is another community you can create, but instead of subject matter —the focus will be you!

Creating a dedicated community for your fans allows them to interact with you directly and personally. It makes you more accessible to them since they can ask questions, message you now, and even share personal details about themselves with you.

Have An Active Twitter Campaign

Twitter is a powerful tool to attract new followers. It is easy to find followers on Twitter, but the real job is to keep these followers and grow them. Twitter marketing uses online word-of-mouth. An exciting tweet can get retweeted over and over again by other book lovers.

With Twitter, it is easy to mention influencers and other Twitter accounts with large followings. In turn, those mentioned can pick up on the post and retweet or interact with the campaign. This fuels the growth and extends the reach of the tweet.

Use Influencers

Influencers are social media accounts or individuals with large followings. These users are highly sought after, and their tweets effortlessly sway their followers. Influencers can be food bloggers, game vloggers, Facebook vendors, Instagram foodies, or other niche subjects.

For book publishing, you don’t need to limit yourself to book influencers, critics, or bloggers. When an influencer mentions your post, account, or book, you can be sure that many of their followers will read your posts and possibly follow your account.

However, influencers don’t have to be individual people. They can also be businesses that have a large enough following. Allowing your work to be posted on online book store websites lets your work be put in front of the thousands of visitors that visit that website a month.

Always Post Shareable Content

When you post on social media, you want your post to be shared by other people. For your post to be shared, it has to be shareable. It is not enough that your post is interesting to you. Other people should find it appealing enough to share it. You want your followers to think of other people that might be interested in your post.

In addition, it should have elements that catch the attention of the reader. Some ways to make your post shareable include:

  • Images. You can add a photo to your article. Or you can post a meme. An exciting image can catch readers’ attention, and if the article is interesting, the reader will share the post.
  • Video. More appealing than images, videos are shared more often than images.
  • Snippets. A book snippet is a short text from your book. This serves as the hook to the reader and sparks interest in the book.
  • Reviews. Honest reviews are great hooks for book readers, especially if it comes from a trusted book reader or critic. Keep the reviews unbiased.

Besides the pointers above, it’s also helpful to keep a checklist of dos and don’ts for posting on social media that you can look at right before you post something online.

Be Active On Instagram

Instagram is another short-form social media platform that generates plenty of traffic. You can post your images once a day or more frequently. Twitter and Instagram offer immediacy without the reader being bogged down in past posts. Twitter may generate more comments, but Instagram can create as much interest or more because of your post.

The caption can be longer than Twitter’s 140 character limit. It can make use of multiple hashtags or explain the picture in detail. A picture of a book may not be enough, but you can explain further in the comments.

The Takeaway

Self-published authors are often met with less respect than traditionally published authors. This is primarily since self-publishing does not require an agent, editor, or book publisher.

However, self-published books are of the same quality as those from established book publishing companies.

There’s a lot of talent in the independent publishing world. If you’re someone who is self publishing a book, you have just as much potential to be successful as any other author if you know how to promote your work effectively on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

You have to be bold enough to take the first step.

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Two newlywed couples. One honeymoon resort. And a lie that will destroy everything… The Guilty Wife by Alison James

The Guilty Wife: A gripping psychological thriller with a heart-pounding twist

by Alison James
4.2 stars – 41 reviews
Everyday Price: $3.99
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5 massive stars. I absolutely loved this book and read it in one day… gripping from the very beginning.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Two newlywed couples. One honeymoon resort. And a lie that will destroy everything.

Everyone has their secrets. But some have more than others.

Tansy isn’t really in love.
Daniel is trying to escape the biggest mistake of his life.
Nikki’s past is catching up with her.
Arne’s heart is about to be broken.

On the surface, they seem to have it all. But behind the filtered photos and fake smiles is the truth…

And before the honeymoon is over, their happiness will be shattered.

Because one of them is going to die…

This dark, addictive thriller will have you gripped until the final, shocking twist. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Guest List and The Wife Between Us will be hooked by the latest page-turner from US top five bestseller Alison James.