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Taylor Stevens, author of The Informationist, on Her Feral, Take-No-Prisoners Heroine

I didn’t set out to create a world-class, kick-ass heroine, it sort of just happened. And it wasn’t until feedback started arriving from test readers that I even clued in to how strong – and perhaps unusual – Vanessa Michael Munroe is, or why it was that she is set to take her place within a small constellation of remarkable female characters. With the reviews have come the comparisons: Jason Bourne, Lara Croft, Lisbeth Salander, and Sidney Bristow.

Meet the Editor Good for Book Clubs

Editor Heather Lazare on Visiting Madame Tussaud’s

When my sister and I arrived at the final room of Madame Tussaud’s Time Square, I saw her: Marie Tussaud. She wears a simple white dress with a subtle blue floral pattern and she’s been sculpted later in life, not the woman in her twenties and early thirties who occupies the pages of Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud. But I knew her instantly. She tilts her head to one side while holding out a hat, as if she’s about to set it upon icy Napoleon who’s standing a few feet away from her. Her expression is proud and peaceful, a woman who has overcome incredible hardship.

Readers Respond Good for Book Clubs

Share Your Video Review and Receive a Copy of Jean Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves

Calling all Jean Auel fans! Last week we launched our video review series – now we want to hear from you! Be among the first to read the highly anticipated The Land of Painted Caves. To receive a free advance copy, record a short video review (three minutes max) of your favorite book in Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children® series. Hold up the book in your review, and tell us what makes it your favorite!

Meet the Editor Good for Book Clubs

Philip Patrick on Editing Sean Manning’s Memoir The Things That Need Doing

I approach editing as a kind of carpentry: first a rough cut, then assembly, and then the finishing with finer and finer grades of sandpaper until the work is well-constructed, feels right to the touch. An editor suggests, asks, cajoles, demands, and pushes a writer as much as he can get away with. Editing a memoir, so deeply personal, can be even trickier. (Hey, about that chapter about your grandfather. I think we should cut it…) I warned Sean early on that I expected him to be sick of me by the time we were done. But he displayed great patience with my demands all the way through. In many regards, I think the book was a continuation of the vigil and companionship with his mom.

Read It First Good for Book Clubs

Lisa Napoli, Author of Radio Shangri-La, on the Kingdom of Bhutan

It’s an amazing privilege to be able to introduce you in various media to this country I’ve come to love; perhaps you’ll be inspired to visit, although I know the cost and time involved with that make it difficult. Armchair travelers are most welcome here; there’s no place like where you are right this minute. Truth be told, what’s most remarkable about being able to visit and learn about another land is that ultimately, in the end, we all want the same things: safe shelter, clean clothing, good things for our family, love.