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Enter for a Chance to Win a Box o’ Audiobooks

Read It Forward partnered with our friends at Random House Audiobooks to bring you five of the hottest audiobooks of 2013!

Members of our community entered for a chance to win a Box o’ Audiobooks, including Sue Grafton’s W Is for Wasted, Janet Evanovich’s The Heist, Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things, Lee Child’s Never Go Back and Dan Brown’s Inferno.

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RIFers! Tell Us About Your TBR Pile

We know you have books stacked on your desk or saved on your eReader. Tell us about what you’re reading now and what you’re reading next!

What’s in your TBR pile? Are all the books in your pile the same kind of books? Do you keep several books going at once? Or do you like to finish what you’re reading before moving on to something new? Do you move books up and down your TBR pile in some kind of order? Or do you grab the one on top and start reading?

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Sneak Peek of Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

What was it now, six days? Almost a week without even a nod, her head always pedaling in place. She radiated exhaustion: a dying star. Soon what—a black hole?

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.

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“My Brother Was Ready for the Peace of Heaven” Says Ally Breedlove

One of the most powerful scenes When Will the Heaven Begin? describes Ally Breedlove’s conversation with her brother Ben about a week before he passed away.

RIF: You were sitting on the dock of the lake near your home. What was special about that moment with Ben? How did that talk change you?

Ally Breedlove: To have my brother look me in the eyes and tell me that he no longer feared his own death, and that he longed for and was ready for the peace of heaven was a greater gift than I ever could have asked for.

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Roland Merullo on Writing from a Female Point of View

Inevitably I get a question like this: how is it that, as a male author you’ve been able to write, in a believable way, from a female point of view?

“I really believe we are more alike than different,” says Roland Merullo, author of Vatican Waltz.

“It’s absolutely true that women and men have certain fundamental differences. But I try to work the territory that is ‘below’ those differences. Deeper. Each in our own way, we all love and want to be loved. We all have relationships, and those relationships always include both happy and difficult moments. We all experience fear and hope and worry and disappointment and exhilaration, and that’s the place I like to work.”

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Book to Film: Frozen

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is the only fairy tale that gave me nightmares when I was a kid. And it still does.

“Gerda and Kay, the girl and boy at the center of the original tale, bear the weight of a grown up allegory about sacrifice and redemption,” explains Julia Serebrinsky, “and the painful transition from the innocence of childhood into the confusion of adulthood.

Leave it to Disney to surgically reconfigure Andersen’s allegory and mold it into a flawlessly stitched script that transforms the eerie into the adorable, and the unsettling into heartfelt.”

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Is the Zombie Fad Over? Live Video Chat with Scott Sigler

Scott Sigler wrote his first monster story in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. A creator of novels, short stories and screenplays, Scott’s work revolves around modern science’s dichotomy of simultaneously producing good and evil.

Check out our chat with bestselling author Scott Sigler and editor Matt Staggs. Both have been zombie fans since they were 10 years old.

They talked about why zombies are so popular and what’s next in the world of paranormal fiction. Check it out!

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The Art of Living Superstitiously (Happy Friday the 13th!)

It’s not just Friday the 13th. Any day can bring back luck, unless you avoid the obvious traps.

“Where I come from, the worst luck comes when you return for something you have forgotten,” says Julia Serebrinsky. “Doing so means that your travel guardian angels have taken leave and you are on your own. The only way around the looming catastrophe is a ritual of counter-measure, which admittedly looks a little goofy to observers—it involves looking in the mirror, spitting at yourself three times, and then making a funny face, which makes even the most attractive people look a little like apes.”