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ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho

Despite the attention-grabbing title, Adultery, the new novel by the award-winning author of The Alchemist, is not really about cheating. It’s more about that space we reach in the middle of our lives when we start to doubt everything – the midlife crisis. On the surface, Linda has less reasons for experiencing this crisis than most. She’s in her thirties, attractive, rich, and she lives in beautiful Geneva, Switzerland. She has a loving husband, children, and a good job as a political journalist. All things considered, it’s not easy to empathize with her unhappiness. But as we all know, depression isn’t rational. And Linda is depressed. She explains, “I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change [...]

Talking with Karin Tanabe, THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE

The Price of Inheritance is one of my favorite novels so far this summer. Filled with passion, intrigue, art, old money — it’s the best kind of novel. Before we get into conversation with author Karin Tanabe, here’s the story: After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport, Rhode Island. One day at a small county auction, she discovers a piece of Middle Eastern pottery, which she purchases for twenty dollars on a hunch. Curiosity sends her on [...]

Talking with Daisy Goodwin: THE FORTUNE HUNTER

We’re thrilled to welcome Daisy Goodwin. If you’re not familiar with her historicals filled with rebellious heiresses and the complicated men who tempt them, now is the time to get acquainted. Last year, her debut novel  An American Heiress was the only cure for my Downton Abbey withdrawal. Now, with The Fortune Hunter, she created a hero I hated to love – but loved nonetheless. JB: The Fortune Hunter was inspired by the real-life 19th century Empress of Austria, Elizabeth. But the heroine of the novel is a different woman. Did it surprise you that Charlotte took center stage, or was that how you envisioned the book from the beginning?  DG: Good question.  I started the book thinking that Sisi would be [...]

How I Found My Perfect Hero

I love a suited-up billionaire as much as the next gal. But for my first New Adult novel, RUIN ME, I was inspired by the idea of a different type of hero. And he’s based on some real life men (and women)  who are doing thrilling things every night in the streets of cities around the world: street artists. About a year ago, I watched a documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop about a mysterious British artist named Banksy. He became famous by painting the sides of buildings under the cover of night, producing beautiful art that was meant to provoke and inspire. He ultimately went on to create sculpture installations, and sneaking his artwork onto the walls of [...]