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  • Joel Cunningham 10:19 pm on 2017/11/03 Permalink
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    #GiveNOOK Sweepstakes Official Rules 



    The NOOK #GiveNOOK Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by NOOK Digital, LLC (“Sponsor”), 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 18th Floor, New York, NY  10036.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes. A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    START/END DATES: Sweeps begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“EDT”) on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 and ends at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (the “Entry Period”).

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    PRIZE AND ODDS: Three (3) Winners will each receive a new NOOK GlowLight® 3 (ARV: $119.99). No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable.  All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/10/30 Permalink
    Tags: , B&N, baby it's christmas, , , laura kaye, , married by morning, ride wild, , , turn in the road   

    Romance Roundup: Beauty Queens, Single Dads, and Road Trips 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former beauty queen who needs to reclaim her reputation, a motorcycle-riding single dad who gets a helping hand (and so much more!), and a very lucky lady who gets snowed in with a ridiculously sexy cowboy.

    Turn in the Road, by Debbie Macomber
    Three ladies are about to get away from it all—and are hoping to get a second chance at love. Bethanne Hamilton, her teenage daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth, decide to take a cross-country road trip to Florida for Ruth’s 50-year high school reunion. Ruth is curious to see what her high school sweetheart looks like today. (Don’t worry, Ruth, YOU’VE still got it!) As for Bethanne, she’s wondering whether to give her ex-husband another chance. And Annie, well, wants her ex-boyfriend to know that he’s not the only fish in the sea for her. Gotta love a multi-generational love story! Ladies, go follow your bliss! And don’t forget to pack your swimsuits and sunscreen for the beach. This reprint is the ninth book in Macomber’s Blossom Street series. (Available in paperback on October 31.)

    A Tiara Under the Tree, by Carolyn Hector
    Waverly Leverve is a former beauty queen whose career took a major nosedive after a not-so-flattering meme of her went viral online. She gets a lucky break, though, when she runs into Dominic Crowne. He’s a major business mogul with the resources to help our gal get back on track. First step: sponsor Waverly in a Christmas Eve pageant. (We’ll all help with your social media, Waverly, and spread the word of your awesomeness!) Waverly has every intention of keeping things nice and professional, but the sight of Dominic is enough to make the world’s most devoted Sunday school teacher think thoughts that would put her on Santa’s naughty list. As for Dominic, he soon realizes that Waverly is WAY more than just a pretty face. (And don’t you forget it, buddy!) He also wants to prove to her that reformed bad boys can be oh-so-good. This is the fourth book in Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series. (Currently available in paperback, and available on NOOK on November 1.)

    Mistletoe Magic, by Fern Michaels
    Four Christmas stories in one! In “Making Spirits Bright,” Melanie McLaughlin wants to give two orphan kids a Christmas they’ll never forget—and ends up getting the very handsome Bryce Landry involved. In “Mister Christmas,” lawyer Claire O’Brien has to travel to Ireland to meet with a wealthy client. She ends up clashing with said client’s hunky nephew. (Oh, that all clients had such delicious relatives!) In “A Winter Christmas,” Angelica Shepherd decides to escape New York City for the mountains of Colorado, and ends up in the hospital thanks to a careless snowboarder. When she wakes up, though, she finds herself face-to-face with the dreamy guy who saved her—and can assure her that she is NOT dreaming! In “Candy Canes and Cupid,” private investigator Hannah Ray wants to spend the holidays on a sunny Florida beach, but she ends up in Colorado. She soon meets a very special man—and realizes she might still have a hot Christmas. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 31.) 

    Ride Wild, by Laura Kaye
    Sam Evans is just not enjoying the things he used to enjoy. He’s too busy grieving over the death of his wife, and just wants to focus on his two young sons. (Totally understandable, Sam!) Not even hopping on his motorcycle gives him a thrill anymore. Help arrives in the form of Cora Campbell. She’s grateful to Sam’s motorcycle-riding buddies because they got her out of a jam, and now she’s happy to do the nanny thing for him and his kids. She soon develops all of the feelings for him—His kindness! His devotedness to family! The buttocks!—and hopes he will realize that she is a good woman with a high libido for him. When trouble finds Cora again, that is more than enough to shake our guy out of his doldrums and do what it takes to keep her around. (Cora and Sam, we’ll babysit for you while you go on your honeymoon!) This is the third book in Kaye’s Raven Riders series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 31.)

    Baby, It’s Christmas, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint, first published as “Their Little Princess,” has not lost its magic! Dr. Kelly Hall has despaired that she’ll ever find love and have a family of her own. Then single dad Tanner Malone comes to her hospital, frazzled and confused about how to raise his newborn daughter. (Dude, chill out and take a deep breath, for one—and if you smell something strange then you probably need to change a diaper.) Kelly helps him, and she soon becomes quite attached to this family of two. As for Tanner, he realizes very quickly that Kelly is his dream woman in the flesh—and that he’s been waiting for someone like her for a long, long time. This edition includes a bonus story, “Hold Me, Cowboy,” by Maisey Yates. It features a woman who is snowed in with a cowboy during Christmas, a cowboy who proposes that they have wild, crazy, hot sex for 12 days straight. Enough said. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 31.)

    Married by Morning, by Lisa Kleypas
    Catherine Marks is making her living as a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters. This is all fine and dandy—because they really are nice girls—but she doesn’t get along completely with their older brother, Leo Hathaway. Then one quibble between them ends with Leo kissing her, and that sets off all of the right bells and assures her that Leo is not a total ding dong. (Embrace these new feelings and emotions, Catherine!) Leo doesn’t have the luxury of totally giving into his feelings, though. He needs to get married and produce an heir, pronto, if he’s going to save the family home. Catherine suddenly seems like an excellent candidate, but she’s got a deep, dark secret that could ruin everything she’s worked for. Can they dodge her dodgy past and save the, ahem, family jewels? This reprint is part of Kleypas’ Hathaways series. (Available in paperback on October 31.)

    What romances are you digging into this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: a.l.f.a. mates, amy sandas, anna schmidt, B&N, christmas in a cowboy's arms, , , hot pursuit, jennifer beckstand, , kelly long, leigh greenwood, linda broday, lisa jones baker, margaret brownley, , milly taiden, , rosanne bittner, snowdrift and other stories, the amish christmas candle   

    Romance Roundup: Shapeshifters, Horrible (And Sexy) Bosses, and Cowboy Christmas Stories 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who just wants to have a good Christmas and get away from her pushy boss, short holiday story collections, and a scientist who gets help from a sexy shapeshifter to recover her research.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 3.)

    Hot Pursuit, by Julie Ann Walker
    Don’t let that fancy motorcycle shop on Chicago’s South Side fool you—it’s filled with hunky—and deadly—covert operatives who protect their country and their women. (That said, each one is matched up with a strong lady who can handle her own—and her guy!) Enter Christian Watson. He’s a former military officer who can talk the talk and walk the walk. (Oh, yes, Christian, we do like to watch you walk!) He’s got the hots for office manager Emily Scott. As for Emily, well, no one would blame her for wanting a man as tasty as Christian. Can they fight the bad guys together while working on their burning attraction? (And, ya know, also making sure the office is in order and the phone is answered and the supply closet is stocked with leather jackets?) This is the latest installment in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 3.)

    Snowdrift and Other Stories, by Georgette Heyer
    Fans of Georgette Heyer can rejoice! This volume contains 14 short stories by the author, who wrote many a Regency romance à la Jane Austen. (Can’t go wrong with either authoress!) Some of these stories have been out of circulation for quite a while now, so this is the perfect opportunity to read them, and to truly immerse oneself in another world and trade the troubles of today for the troubles of yore. (Which aren’t that different, really, if we think about it.) These stories contain feisty heroines, the most awful of villains, mystery, and, of course, romance galore. So fashion your hair in a style Eleanor and Marianne Dashwood would admire, put on the kind of music Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy would dance to, and get to reading! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    A.L.F.A. Mates, by Milly Taiden
    Two sexy shapeshifting stories in one! In “Elemental Mating,” scientist Melinda Caster needs to figure out who is after her Zika research. (Major shout-out to women scientists everywhere! All of your research deserves all of the funding!) Her lab was broken into, which is SO not cool. She soon gets the help of jaguar-shifter Parish Hamel, who would make any scientific professional want to unbutton her lab coat. Can Parish help Melinda find out who the bad guy is, and ultimately be the Bunsen burner to her beaker? In “Mating Needs,” Amerella Capone is trying to stay out of some majorly shady family business. (She’s a descendant of Al Capone, so talk about a persistent family legacy.) Cougar-shifter Francois Dubois is called upon to protect our gal. They, too, have a history together that just won’t go away, and that flame is burning more hotly than ever. (Amerella, seems like this is a blast from your past you can totally embrace!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms, by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas
    Yes, yes, yes!!! Several short(er) stories that feature Christmas AND cowboys! Did you hear that? Cowboys! This means they will chop wood, care for the horses, AND put up the Christmas tree – and they’ll still have the energy to keep their ladies warm at night wearing nothing but a Stetson! These stories feature guys who were bad and then turned good (but stayed bad in the good ways, if that makes sense), lonely guys who found love, and more. So put on your coziest flannel shirt, a leather item of your choice (the lovely smell will help bring on the vivid visuals), and sit by a fireplace if ya got one, or put on one of those fireplace YouTube videos on in the background. Happy reading! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    The Amish Christmas Candle, by Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstand, and Lisa Jones Baker
    Time for our Amish romance fix! In Long’s “Snow Shine on Ice Mountain,” Naomi Gish ends up working next to Gray Fisher in her family’s candle shop. Naomi soon realizes there is far more to Gray than his fine physique. In Beckstand’s “A Honeybee Christmas,” Bitsy Kiem is ready to have some fun. She gave up the Englisch life to raise her three nieces Amish. Now they’re all married, so Bitsy, you do you! But wait! Widower Yost Weaver is around, and he wants to show Bitsy that she has a lot to stay plain for. In Baker’s “The Christmas Candle,” Lydia isn’t too thrilled about doing good holiday deeds without her sister around. Mennonite John King is willing to help, though, and he and Lydia soon realize they’d like to make this holiday dual effort a more permanent one that includes marriage and a whole passel of babies. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Dave K. 8:00 pm on 2017/09/29 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, , editor's picks,   

    The Best New Vinyl to Spin This October 

    With fall officially here, we’ve got a bunch of autumnal music selections coming to the Vinyl Store in October! Among them are new records from Robert Plant, Margo Price, Beck, and Weezer. And just in time for Halloween, we’ve got a spooky, exclusive picture disc for the official soundtrack to Stephen King’s It. Don’t miss any of these great records, and keep checking Barnes & Noble’s Vinyl Store for more of your favorite music!

    Colors, by Beck
    Beck’s music is so timeless, it’s easy to forget how long he’s been around—Colors is his 13th studio album. Thanks to Beck’s touring schedule, it took four years for him to write it and he and producer Greg Kurstin play most of the instruments. How he sustained that level of energy is anyone’s guess, but this record is the most fun music Beck’s released in years. The central melody of “Wow” is a potent earworm, and “Dear Life” is as bouncy as the hipster lounge funk that made him famous in the first place.

    Carry Fire, by Robert Plant
    Rock legend and ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant adds his 11th solo album, Carry Fire, to his impressive discography. Collaborating once again with the Sensational Space Shifters, Plant (unlike many of his contemporaries) wrote most of what you’ll hear on this album, and what he and his band have created is fascinating. Carry Fire combines Middle Eastern, American, and Celtic music to create a stompy, psychedelic folk sound. The tone changes from song to song, too: opening track “The May Queen” is pretty upbeat, whereas the title track is downright haunting, due in no small part to the judicious use of an electric oud.

    All American Made, by Margo Price
    Country singer Margo Price’s sophomore album, All American Made, follows what many critics called the best album of 2016, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. It’s also an immensely satisfying record for country fans, balancing the old-school sound of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette with the clever lyrics and alt-country swagger of Neko Case. “A Little Pain” is a perfect example of how her sound blends modern and traditional country; the band keeps it simple, the lyrics are playful, and she belts out notes with tuning fork accuracy. “Weakness,” released as an EP earlier this year, does the same thing, and proves that country music can still reach people no matter where they live.

    It Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Film scoring is a difficult and exacting process, and horror film scores have the additional complication of needing to be scary and compelling. Many horror films go for abstract compositions, but for the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s It, Benjamin Wallfisch went full orchestral. In so doing, he’s created one of the most interesting, and moving, film scores we’ve heard in a while. The tender, melancholy piano that drives “Paper Boat,” for example, flows seamlessly into the strings-heavy tension of “Georgie, Meet Pennywise.” The whole score functions that way, and when tense, discordant tracks like “Time to Float” arrive, they have a lot more impact.

    Meaning of Life, by Kelly Clarkson
    Meaning of Life is Clarkson’s eighth album, but her first for Atlantic Records, having finally completed the RCA contract she won on American Idol back in 2002. To mark this occasion, Clarkson decided to veer away from her well-established pop/rock sound and explore soul and R&B music. That turns out to be a wonderful idea, because this album is a fun, fierce breath of fresh air. “Love So Soft” expresses Clarkson’s vocal range in a new way, with a refreshing trap vibe and funky horns, and “Move You” has legitimate slow jam percussion, gospel hand claps, and a massive vocal performance that aims for pure emotion and hit it dead-on.

    Pacific Daydream, by Weezer
    Described by the band as “the Beach Boys gone wrong,” this album even has a song called “Beach Boys,” and captures what can only be described as an avant-garde summer vibe. “Mexican Fender” tells the kind of boy-meets-girl story that’s central to every beach movie, but in a fractured, unconventional way that only Rivers Cuomo could pull off. Meanwhile, “Feels Like Summer” is unrestrained pop that exaggerates beginning-of-summer excitement to the point of madness.

    What tracks are you spinning this month?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 6:00 pm on 2017/09/13 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, craft, how to be a writer, , ,   

    20 Books That Belong on Every Writer’s Bookshelf 

    Like painting, wine, and the human condition, writing is something that can stand up to a lifetime if study. Wherever you are in your journey as a writer, it’s essential to keep your bookshelves well stocked with inspiring mentor texts and reference books that will help you develop your craft. The books on this list will enrich your writing life and deepen your skills, while also lifting your spirits and reminding you why writers devote their hearts and minds to this exceptional art form. Write on, writers! Write on!

    [ean1]The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White
    In general, it makes sense to leave the editing to editors, and instead focus your time and energy on developing your craft. But the most compelling stories are easy to read, and this master class in being clear, succinct, and sensible on the page is essential reading for any writer.

    [ean2]The Plot Whisperer, by Martha Alderson
    For those struggling to give your story a compelling beginning, middle, and end, Alderson guides writers to a deeper understanding of the universal story structure driving everything from fairy tales to multiverse sci-fi operas. You might even learn something about the story of your own life.

    The Art of Character, by David Corbett
    Ask editors what they’re looking for, and they’ll likely say some variation on, “I’ll know it when I see it.” But if pressed, they may admit they’re searching for books with characters readers will fall in love with so hard they’ll want to follow them anywhere. Develop your ability to create memorable, relatable characters with author David Corbett’s practical and inspiring guide.

    [ean4]Wonderbook, by Jeff VanderMeer
    Fantasy and sci-fi writers will love this illustrated guide to world building and storytelling. Filled with maps, advice, essays from writers like Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin, plus online extras, it’s a book you will return to again and again.

    Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
    When you need a dose of been-there-done-that courage, this wise, warm exploration of creativity will guide you. It’s filled with actionable advice, thoughtful metaphors, a deep understanding of the creative process, and, yes, maybe even the little bit of magic that’s needed to spark your own creative spirit.

    [ean6]The Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman
    As humans, our emotional vocabulary may be woefully underdeveloped, but writers can’t afford to blur the lines between anger and annoyance. This reference book parses the nuances between everything from desperation and disappointment to scorn and smugness. Each entry includes body language suggestions and more. Sure to inspire psychological debates—and better drafts!

    Still Writing, by Dani Shapiro
    Part writing memoir, part craft book, all infused with a creative spirit any artist can relate to, this is a modern classic that belongs on every writer’s bookshelf. Divided into Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, it’s really the title that drives the message: against all odds, Shapiro is still writing and encourages you to keep writing too.

    Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
    The master of succinct, precise writing lets loose with essays on the creative process. His love for writing is soaked into every page, and you’re sure to finish this book feeling inspired and reassured that the effort you put into your work is worth it.

    [ean9]The Art of Slow Writing, by Louise DeSalvo
    Ah now, doesn’t the title just make you feel better? Slow writing. What a lovely idea in a world that regularly promises you can write a book in thirty days or crank out a bestseller every year. DeSalvo’s wise and practical book is deeply comforting as she lights the way, away from insanity and toward a creative process that’s mysterious, meaningful, and rewarding.

    [ean10]Story Genius, by Lisa Cron
    With an intriguing refusal to take a side with the pantsers or outliners, Cron recommends a new approach to storytelling that promises exciting plotlines, meaningful themes, and strong early drafts. Her secret? New research into brain science that shows how writers can engage readers at a fundamental, deeply compelling level.

    [ean11]The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron
    Millions of artists, dancers, and, yes, writers, swear by Cameron’s immersive approach to creativity. Whether you’re feeling stuck, want to take your work to the next level, or are looking to experiment with a new technique, this twelve-week program will inspire you to do more than write. It will inspire you to live like a writer.

    [ean12]On Writing, by Stephen King
    More than a how-to guide written by a serial bestselling author, this is a master class in the craft of writing, as well as a celebration of its power. Generous, warm, helpful, and entertaining, this is a book that’s a pleasure to read and a delight to return to.

    [ean13]Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
    Written with humor and wisdom, this is a practical guide to developing your craft. There are exercises for developing your voice (and your ear), establishing a routine, overcoming self-doubt, and more. Find out why this book has been in print for over thirty years.

    [ean14]The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard
    In her trademark poetic prose, Dillard explores what it means to be a writer. Give this to someone who doesn’t understand their late-night bursts of inspiration or someone who is secretly a writer but doesn’t yet know it.

    [ean15]Reading Like a Writer, by Francine Prose
    One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to become a better writer is to read more and analyze the books you love. Prose’s guide to reading will help you make the most of your time, with tips on using your favorite books as inspiration in your own writing.

    [ean16]Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
    Filled with memorable metaphors and reassuring imagery, this is the book that’s on every writing syllabus. It leaves readers feeling braver, smarter, and more dedicated to their craft. And if you’re not yet in a writing class, it will help you be your own best teacher.

    [ean17]Drawing Your Own Path, by John Simon
    Sometimes to grow, writers need to take a break from words. This collection of meditative drawing exercises will help you tap into your intuition and write more mindfully. (If it’s good enough for Ruth Ozeki, it’s good enough for us!)

    [ean18]Letters to a Young Writer, by Colum McCann
    The books on this list are as much about mindset as method, and this collection of lessons on how to be a writer (and an interesting human) is a lovely combination of the two approaches all on its own. A call to empathy, poetry, truth, and light, this is a rallying cry for new and old writers alike.

    [ean19]The Art of X-Ray Reading, by Roy Peter Clark
    Time spent with a masterpiece is never wasted, especially when you’re analyzing it carefully. From The Great Gatsby to The Bluest Eye, Clark invites readers to glean meaning and inspiration from the classics in a way that will inform your writing for years to come.

    [ean20]Scratch, by Manjula Martin
    At some point, after you develop your craft, you’ll probably be eager to start earning money. This book tackles taboos and digs into the nitty-gritty detail of how writers make a living with essays from Cheryl Strayed, Jonathan Franzen, Roxane Gay, and more, making it essential reading for any writer who hopes to be paid for the privilege of making art.

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