New Wave by Jennifer Ann Shore

Imagine living in a world of extreme poverty and famine while those in power thrive just like the Capital of The Hunger Games. Society is divided into sectors laid out across islands with each territory having a socialist purpose. Yet, no one is happy, people are being tortured and dying, and many resort to illegal activities to survive. Mol is no different, caught in a world she loves but equally despises. Her entire life is about to change as she attempts to hawk her dead mother’s necklace for money to buy food. Captured, she becomes a key player in a revolution while falling for the man who helped create the world that imprisons her. Sound like Bel Canto? New Wave by Jennifer Ann Shore is a brand new YA feminist fiction and dystopian novel about distrusting romance that questions if love can change all. Or is love a trick of…

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My MacArthur By Cindy Fazzi

Are you looking for a historical fiction novel that is full of sexual tension, secrets, and all that is forbidden? Drinking during Prohibition, powerful older men sneaking around with feisty younger biracial women, and steamy love making scenes? My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi is a brand new historical fiction romance that introduces readers to Douglas MacArthur’s coveted lover, Isabel Rosario Cooper. Although not much is known about the real Isabel, Fazzi breathes vitality and fire into her persona. Fazzi places Isabel at the heart of the stage that she so dearly craves instead of her usual stand in position. Power, distrust, passionate love, and utter devastation will keep readers sailing through pages until Isabel can no longer share her tragic story. Book Review of My MacArthur By Cindy Fazzi One fateful night, in the 1930’s, Douglas MacArthur passes a beautiful young Filipino singer and dancer a note. Behind the scenes,…

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Inspirational Books For Writers

Are you looking for inspirational books for writers?  The Uncorked Librarian asked eight indie authors to share the books that most influenced their writing.  Find these authors’ top book recommendations ranging from intuitive nonfiction and foreboding futuristic classics to storytelling fantasy and world building science fiction.  Learn how these inspiring and motivating books shaped self-published novels, and discover a favorite new indie title along the way. 8 Inspirational Books For Writers And The 8 Indie Books They Influenced 1. Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds Submission by Odin Oxthorn The story follows the exploits of Tanner Mirabel, a security operative on the search for a former employer. His path leads him to Chasm city, which has suffered the aftermath of the Melding Plague, a disease that attacks victims with cybernetic augmentations. After an exhausting chase, Tanner learns a little too much about a former past that leaves him shaken and questioning…

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Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Are you looking for gifts for book lovers that aren’t books? These are some of The Uncorked Librarian’s favorite bookish gifts paired with iconic authors and titles from childhood to adulthood. Find butterbeer tea, Shakespearean enamel pins, and funny bookish Fifty Shades spoofs. Yet, this is not just another BLAH bookish gift list either.  Learn about TUL’s writing heroes and daily sources for inspiration.  Read more about infamous authors and books that leave imprints on your soul like footprints on the beach or wine stains on your lips. Ten Themed Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books Dear Momma Claus, Daddy Tooth Fairy, Grandma Easter Bunny, Uncle Birthday Wish Fulfiller, Best Friend Anytime Of The Year You Wish To Shower Me With Gifts Giver: This year, The Uncorked Librarian and her friends would like the following gifts for book lovers that aren’t books. Although, these bookish gifts paired with the actual book…

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Empress Of All Seasons: Book Review

Imagine growing up in a village of strong women. In a world much like my alma mater, Smith College, women rule this mountainous city.  Mothers cast baby boys down the river and young girls seduce men only to marry them and runaway with their possessions. Ok, maybe the similarities stop at all women’s dwelling, but you get the idea. Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is a new YA feminist fantasy novel featuring much needed diversity in teen fiction. Pairing Japanese folklore with dystopian adventure, follow along with Animal Wife Mari as she fights to become Empress of all Seasons. Love, betrayal, prejudice, war–Empress Of All Seasons has it all. Book Review: Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean In the village of Tsuma, Mari and the Animal Wives live isolated and free from men. Beautiful and deadly, these women are powerful mythological creatures known as yōkai. Each woman can transform into…

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Book Review: The Witch of Willow Hall

Content Warning: Note that this content warning will also alert you to a few major spoilers.  The Witch of Willow Hall begins with a disturbing animal death and includes a vivid miscarriage, attempted suicide, incest, and child deaths. Get ready to enter a world of social scandal where any misstep will force you to move your family out into the country. Of course, this isn’t a small family secret or an issue that can just disappear. Plus, it is 1821—a time where women still have fewer rights and act submissive in their respected households. Cyrus wants to marry you for money? Sure, why not? Add in a tentative romance, vengeful and depressed ghosts, unexplained powers, and an eerie cast of women ranging from pure and sweet to vengeful and crude.   Meet The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, a brand new adult gothic fiction title that ties in romance with…

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