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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2018/02/09 Permalink
    Tags: 11/22/63, abraham lincoln vampire hunter, all american girl, american queen, american wife, , , , , , , dolley, eighteen acres, ellen feldman, eugene burdock, executive orders, failsafe, frost/nixon, , harvey wheeler, , it can’t happen here, jailbird, , jenn marie thorne, joe klein, katy evans, , leader of the free world, , lucy, , , mount vernon love story, mrs. President, nicole wallace, peter morgan, , primary colors, , seth grahams-smith, sierra simone, sinclair lewis, stephen carter, , , the impeachment of abraham lincoln, , the plot against america, , the wrong side of right, , wide awake   

    25 Fictional Presidents 

    President’s Day is around the corner, so we compiled a list of 25 fictional presidents for you to read about! If watching the news bums you out, but political intrigue does not, these books are for you.

    Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
    This haunting novel centers around the true story of Lincoln’s son, who died during his Presidency. While President Lincoln visits the gravesite of his son, the ghosts who have clung to life narrate a deeply moving, complex thread of tales.

    11/22/63, by Stephen King
    This political sci-fi is about a man who travels back in time with one goal—to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While the President does not “officially” appear in the story, the entire plot centers around Jake Epping managing to stop Lee Harvey Oswald…but will his actions have the opposite impact on American history than he hopes?

    American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
    Loosely based on Laura Bush, this novel stars Alice, a small-town girl who grows up to marry a future President. Follow Alice in her courtship by a dazzling Republican man she finds herself unable to stay away from…but once they enter the White House, she realizes she disagrees with in ways they may be unable to reconcile.

    Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut
    Watergate gets even more insidious in this story, told from the perspective of a fictional co-conspirator in the Nixon Administration cover-up. Wry and humorous, but also dark and revealing of the jagged edges of human nature, Vonnegut’s anti-hero shares the story from his perspective years later, after serving his time for the crime.

    Dolley, by Rita Mae Brown
    Dolley Madison was the fourth first lady in American history, and this novel explores her fictional diary. Being the wife of one of America’s founders was both glamorous, full of fashion and parties…and horrendous, as her husband ushers the country into war.

    Primary Colors, by Joe Klein
    Originally published anonymously, this novel takes readers behind the political curtain of presidential campaigns. Based on Bill Clinton’s rise to the presidency, told from the perspective of a lower-level aide, every moment is rife with drama on the verge of scandal.

    Eighteen Acres, by Nicolle Wallace
    Nicole Wallace is a former Communications Director of the White House (and current political pundit) and wrote a novel imagining the first woman president as she weathers a re-election campaign, an infidelity scandal, and an international blunder.

    American Queen, by Sierra Simone
    Now for a very different kind of novel, this erotic romance imagines a completely fictional scenario in which a girl finds herself in love with two men: they just happen to be the President of the United States…and the Vice President of the United States. Confused? Once you meet Greer, Embry and Maxen in this reimagining of Camelot, you’ll be in love.

    The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
    This book isn’t even available yet, but it’s totally pre-order worthy…because it’s the first novel written by a former President! Bill Clinton teamed up with James Patterson to write a political thriller about what happens when a President vanishes without a trace.

    Failsafe, by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler
    Published in 1962, when tensions between Russia and the US were at an all-time high, this speculative novel imagines a scenario in which American bombers take control of the nuclear weapons and decide to put an end to the conflict once and for all…and the President must act before Russia engages them in all-out war.

    The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
    Stephen King returns to the list with this bestselling speculative novel about a man who wakes up from a coma with the mysterious ability to see people’s futures. But this becomes a problem when he has a vision of a man running for President…and it’s disastrous. Does he intervene to prevent it from coming true?

    Executive Orders, by Tom Clancy
    The worst has occurred: the President, the cabinet, and most of congress is dead. That leaves the VP, Jack Ryan, in charge. President Ryan must govern without a government all the while trying to figure out who is responsible. Riveting and with twists that will leave you breathless, fans of Designated Survivor will love this novel.

    The Inner Circle, by Brad Meltzer
    An adventure of presidential proportions begins when an archivist and his one-time crush find a mysterious dictionary that belonged to the first president, George Washington. They must race against the clock to decipher the meaning of the dictionary, and, once a man ends up dead, hope they don’t end up suffering the same fate.

    The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen L. Carter
    This fascinating novel imagines a world where Lincoln did not die, and instead lived to face the consequences of the Civil War…namely, an impeachment trial for a breach of executive powers. When one of Lincoln’s lawyers is murdered, a young black woman working for his defense team must unravel the mystery.

    Mount Vernon Love Story, by Mary Higgins Clark
    Mystery master Mary Higgins Clark wrote an historical novel about George Washington! Did you know that many people believe Washington, despite being married to Martha, was in love with someone else? Higgins Clark is not one of them; she writes the love story between America’s FIRST first-couple as one of mutual respect, admiration, and affection.

    Lucy, by Ellen Feldman
    In contrast, this novel is about a president who was in love with someone who wasn’t his wife. Before he was President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt loved Lucy Mercer…Eleanor’s social secretary. Through polio, a world war, and two presidential terms, despite his promises to Eleanor, Franklin and Lucy remain connected. Heartbreaking, romantic, and beautiful.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith
    Presidents go paranormal in this fun novel that reveals the true story behind our 16th President. Abraham Lincoln was a vampire hunter, hell-bent on vengeance against the creatures responsible for his mother’s death.

    Mr. President, by Katy Evans
    Matt and Charlotte have known one another since they were kids. He was the son of a President, and vowed never to follow in his father’s footsteps…except now he has, bringing Charlotte along for the ride. The problem? Charlotte loves him, but knows she can never love a President. This erotic romance novel sizzles with political steam.

    The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
    An Alternative history where FDR loses the 1940 election to isolationist Charles Lindbergh…who strikes a deal with Hitler to stay out of his way. But tensions rise, along with anti-Semintism, and the consequences are seen through the eyes of one boy.

    It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis
    This book was written during the Great Depression, but the subject matter is still relevant today. Featuring another character who unseats Franklin Delano Roosevelt from the Presidency, this novel details the dangers of populist rhetoric with a President who halts progress on all fronts and holds his enemies captive.

    Frost/Nixon, by Peter Morgan
    This play dramatizes the epic showdown between journalist David Frost and President Nixon, in which the former tries to get the latter to confess to his crimes. (You can watch the movie, too!)

    Crooked, by Austin Grossman
    Grossman’s reinvention of Tricky Dick as the inheritor of a presidency imbued with magical powers—a man consistently distrusted and marginalized by the people who could have prepared him for the battles to come—is thoroughly enjoyable. Most importantly, it offers up an idea of a president who has more than a veto up his or her sleeves. Certainly a little black magic would be very welcome in today’s unsettled world.

    All American Girl, by Meg Cabot
    One of my favorite YA novels featuring regular-girl Sam Madison, who saves the president from an assassination attempt. Sam is in love with her older sister’s boyfriend, but as she spends more time with the President’s son—the only person who seems to understand the downsides to her newfound fame—she starts to question both her choice, and whether she could love the kid who lives in the White House.

    The Wrong Side of Right, by Jenn Marie Thorne
    Kate has never known her father, but when her mother dies, he reveals himself: a powerful politician vying for the White House. Suddenly, Kate is embroiled in the world of politics, a new family, and a dangerous first-love…all the while grieving for her mom, and the life she once loved.

    Wide Awake, by David Levithan
    This speculative novel stars the first gay, Jewish President…whose election is promptly declared invalid by a governor of a crucial state. Jimmy and Duncan, a teen couple, decide to lend their support by joining the protests to support him.

    What novels featuring fictionalized presidents do you love?

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  • Melissa Albert 8:00 pm on 2016/10/27 Permalink
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    The Liberating Power of Taking the Plunge: An Interview with Katy Evans 

    To celebrate our awesome community of NOOK authors, as well as the recent launch of the NOOK Press print platform, we’re talking each month with authors whose books are making a splash with NOOK readers.

    Katy Evans is the bestselling author of the Real series, set in the raw and sexy world of underground fighting; the Manwhore series, about an elusive and intriguing entrepreneur and the woman who figures out what makes him tick; and, now, the White House series, kicking off with new release Mr. President. We talked to Evans about her influences, her latest book, and her path to self-published success.

    Tell us a bit about your writing background.
    I’ve wanted to be a writer all my life and I began writing my first book when I was 15. It was terrible! But as I kept writing through the years, my writing developed. I began entering contests, taking writing classes, honing my skills, and then things got real with the release of my indie debut, Real!

    What made you decide to go the self-publishing route?
    I really enjoy the freedom of self-publishing and having the opportunity to step outside of the box. I also love the fast turnaround. Whereas it’s taken at least six months to get my traditionally published books ready for publication, my self-published titles usually take two. This shorter time period really helps keep things flowing creatively and enables me to move onto the next project the exact moment it begins calling to me.

    Did you work with other professionals—editors, cover designers, etc.—on your path to publication?
    Absolutely. I’ve worked with several highly talented cover designers, as well as editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, and formatters. I truly appreciate having such a talented team of individuals helping me make each release—from the cover to the finished product—really shine.

    How did it feel to hit publish on that first book?
    Amazing. Liberating. And also very, very frightening. Sort of like climbing up to the tip of a VERY tall mountain, a tall mountain you’ve NEVER been on before, wrapping a flimsy little rope around your waist, and jumping!

    Can you describe how it felt when you saw your first self-published book finding a readership?
    Humbling. All the doubts, the time spent home instead of out with friends because I’d rather find out what my characters were up to, the many drafts, the sleepless nights wondering if anyone out there would love this book as much as I did…it was all worth it when I realized the answer was yes. Not only one, but many people, could and did!

    What does it mean to you to have achieved success and connected with an audience outside of the usual publishing avenues?
    I’m very grateful to have connected with such a vast and amazing group of readers that enjoy the same things I do—like super sexy, protective alpha men and very passionate, deep connections. I was once told that when you put yourself out there, you should just be yourself and trust that your tribe will find you. I think they have; or maybe I found them. We found each other.

    How do you determine when your books are ready for publication?
    Usually once I type The End, give it a few reads, get feedback from my agent and beta readers, and fix any inconsistencies, I realize the characters are no longer talking to me. That’s when I know they’re happy with their HEA and I find the peace I need to start listening to new characters.

    How do you handle publicity around your work?
    In the beginning, not very well. I would feel either super excited (they liked it, yay!), or very hurt (they HATED it, I’m the worst!). Now I simply know it’s impossible to please every reader, and I LOVE what I write too much to change what I write to appease anyone else.

    How do you interact with your readers?
    I love interacting with my readers through my Real series Facebook group as well as through my Facebook author page, Twitter, and Goodreads. Instagram, too!

    How has being a self-published author changed your life?
    Thanks to being self-published I’m now able to write what I like and release my books on my own schedule, plus I love the close connection I’m able to enjoy as an indie author with my readers.

    Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.
    My latest release is called Mr. President and it’s one of my favorite books. Inspired by the ever sexy JFK Jr, and my own longing to have a sexy presidential book….I decided to sit down and write it.

    Tell us a bit about the books and authors that have inspired you.
    I have so many favorites. The authors I always mention are the very first romance authors I read. Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, and Johanna Lindsey. I love these women for every word they’ve penned, and every story they’ve shared, and for shining the light on what it was that I really wanted to do with my life.

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  • BN Editors 4:30 pm on 2016/04/27 Permalink
    Tags: katy evans, ladies man, manwhore series, real series, , swoon   

    Author Katy Evans Shares 4 Romance Writing Tropes That Never Go Out of Style 

    The author of the hugely popular and addictive REAL and Manwhore series, Katy Evans knows romance! Her newest novel, Ladies Man, continues the Manwhore series with the story of Tahoe and Gina, who fear that taking things to the next level will ruin a valued friendship—but the simmering tension between them is becoming difficult to ignore. Evans was kind enough to share some of her favorite romance writing tropes with us.

    One thing you can always count on in the romance industry, is that it’s always changing. Existing genres evolve and new genres develop. While older romances caused quite a scandal with a sizzling kiss, modern romances have boldly cracked open the bedroom doors—scandalous kisses are only the beginning of the heat and passion that heroes and heroines now share.

    One thing is for certain, though, there are particular writing tropes that romance readers continue to seek out. Here are four of the most beloved:

    This is an all-time favorite trope that has been around since romances were first published. Billionaires claim a significant piece of the market, even when the spotlight is temporarily lured away from these richer-than-Midas kings. The pendulum always seems to come back to these boys, as was the case with the worldwide bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. These men are powerful and rule the world, often from the boardroom, sometimes as princes or heirs, and they exude confidence from every pore. What is there not to love about a billionaire? This versatile romance trope not only allows ample room for the hero to strut his stuff, but the story can be set in historical or modern times, and can include other popular tropes such as friends-to-lovers, or secret pregnancies. A personal favorite of mine, I explore the intriguing and powerful world of billionaires in Ladies Man, my most recent release.

    Is there anything more attractive than a man in his most primal form, unpolished, raw, and seething with testosterone? Romances with fighter heroes have been around for a while, but creating a specific category around them has been a fairly recent development. From Lori Foster’s SBC Fighters series to J.B. Salsbury’s Fighting series to my own Real series, fighters pack a punch that leave romance readers breathless. You can always count on a fighter hero to get your heart pounding and your blood boiling, by the time the book is over.

    Motorcycle Clubs
    Part of the attraction of romances is the thrilling escape they provide into other worlds. In the case of MC romances, the worlds are very dangerous. We love putting ourselves in the heroine’s shoes and being thrust into heart-pounding circumstances, with a blunt-talking, dangerous alpha hero on a bike to tempt even the most untemptable. The MC trope is a newer trope, one that shot to the attention of romance readers with Joanna Wylde’s Reaper’s Property and Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable, offering such unique stories like Kim Jones’s Sinners Creed and Beth Flynn’s Nine Minutes. Although a fairly recent trend in the romance market, Motorcycle Club romances are so edgy, unique, and engaging that I predict they will only continue to grow and evolve, securing a permanent place among readers’ favorite romance tropes.

    From the fabulous Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series to newer Indie releases like Helena Hunting’s Pucked and C.D. Reiss’s HardBall, athletes give us everything we love about heroes who use their physiques to the max—the sweat, the competitiveness, the testosterone—in a multitude of settings, which makes for an absolutely engaging, pulse-pounding read. They are men who know how to get what they want, and never hesitate to go after it. Just like athletes in the real world, these men are often celebrities, chased around town by dozens of groupies who vie for their attention. What could be stronger proof of a man’s devotion to his girl than having his attention (so coveted by others) focused solely on his girl?

    Although certain elements about these stories stay the same, the romance market is certainly not stagnant. It continues to evolve, month by month, year by year, and will continue to do so thanks to both the hard-working established authors who keep delighting and surprising us with their newest releases and daring new writers leaping into the game. Being a member of this unique industry with so many possibilities has been inspiring, and I too challenge myself to push the limits of these established tropes. The freedom of expression and variety in art has never been as vast and exciting as it is today, and I eagerly look forward to seeing what variations on these tropes pop up next!

    Ladies Man is available now.

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