Steve Brusatte – The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Everyone loves dinosaurs and Steve Brusatte takes us on an adventure in his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs – A New History of a Lost World. Steve Brusatte is a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork! Dr. Brusatte …

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Denise Kiernan – The Last Castle

I love what Karen Abbott (NYT bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy) says about this book: “The Last Castle is a soaring and gorgeous American story that gripped me from the very first page. With a historian’s keen insight and a poet’s gift for language, Denise Kiernan depicts life at Biltmore with such skill, I felt like I was there through it …

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C. Hope Clark – Newberry Sin

Move over Leroy Jethro Gibbs, there’s a new whiz investigator on the farm. Who would have thought that the US Department of Agriculture even has investigators? But, like all government agencies, they do — and it makes for some interesting crimes with a different twist.  This was a fun interview. I was so happy to discover that Hope has a …

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Michelle Cox – A Promise Given

I love historical mysteries — I love to be taken back into time and learn something about an era that puts history into perspective. And no one does it better than Michelle Cox. Her  latest novel A Promise Given offers an intriguing glimpse into 1930s. With wit and charm she weaves in authentic period details and brings us the  a love story that …

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Seth Casteel – Nat Geo Kids: It’s a Puppy’s Life

Have you ever wanted to know what goes on in the life of one of nature’s most beloved animals–the puppy? Follow along in this sweet picture book featuring the unique photography of award-winning photographer Seth Casteel, whose Underwater Dogs became a book and Internet sensation.Follow several irresistible puppies as they play, go for walks, eat, sleep, and romp about adorably. Readers will …

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Deborah Batterman – Just Like February

I really enjoyed talking to Deborah Batterman about her new novel, Just Like February. It is a very touching coming-of-age story. Rachel Cohen looks back at her life as she relates the story of her close relationship with her beloved Uncle Jake. A mysterious man who travels to exotic places, he fills her life with interesting stories and gifts. She loves him with …

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Kristin Kaye – Tree Dreams

Kristin Kaye’s Tree Dreams is an eco-literary, coming of age novel relevant for teenagers and adults alike, for this rite of passage asks the same of us all—whatever our age or life stage, we each must discover our one true voice, and learn how to offer it to the world. “Kristin Kaye’s coming of age novel artfully places her young heroine in …

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Pam Laux Moll – Peppermint Mocha Murder

Pamela Laux Moll has created the perfect spot for book lovers — and I am America’s No. 1 Book Lover — so curl up with a nice cup of coffee at take yourself to Molly Brewster’s new café bookshop: Addicted to the Beans. It is the perfect spot for strong coffee, flaky pastries, and a dead body practically on her doorstep.  …

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Leslie Carroll – American Princess

Leslie Carroll was one of the first guests on Joy on Paper. As every listener knows I love history — and Leslie’s historical novels are among the best. Her Marie Antoinette Trilogy is on the shelf behind my desk and I enjoy picking it up occasionally and re-reading passages. I was so thrilled to discover that she was asked to …

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K J Howe – Skyjack Grabs You

Wow! KJ Howe’s new book, Skyjack, will grab you so quickly that you might feel kidnapped. You won’t be able to put the book down…you won’t be able to move. No one can negotiate to get you to put it down and make dinner or do the dishes. You just mumble, “Order a pizza! I’m being held hostage by this …

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