Author Chat with Katherine Reay

Live on November 5th at 4pm ET!

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries - who provide constant inspiration both for writing & for life. Katherine’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist & winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut & Best Contemporary. She also wrote Dear Mr. Knightley & The Bronte Plot – all contemporary stories with a bit of “classics” flair.

The Brontë Plot

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Pub Date: Nov 3, 2015
General Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction
Published by Lake Union Publishing


Author Chat with Catherine McKenzie

Live on October 21st at 4pm EST!

Catherine McKenzie has earned legions of fans and praise all over the world for her absorbing characters, engrossing storytelling, and unflinching treatment of universal themes of the human condition, such as love, loss, forgiveness and redemption. With SMOKE, McKenzie forces readers to grapple with the messiness of life and ponder unspeakable “what ifs.” Riveting, complex and nuanced, the novel will captivate readers of domestic drama, mystery and suspense, as well as anyone in search of an all-consuming page-turner.

Pub Date: Oct 20, 2015
General Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction
Published by Thomas Nelson


2015 top favorites pubs_us

We’ve rounded up the publishers that our members have added to their favorites the most and this year’s top publishers have each chosen a title to feature, which you can request below!


To add a publisher to your favorites, just visit their publisher page by going to Browse Publishers, and then click the “Add to Favorites” button. Click here for more information about managing your Favorite Publishers list and how you can use it to find titles you’re interested in quickly.


Meet the Eight Most Favourited Publishers in the UK

One of the most interesting new features introduced on NetGalley is the ability to “favourite” publishers –
because you can see all your favourite publishers in one place, it makes it easier to find the books you want.
And this set us to thinking – which publishers are the most popular?
Here we run down NetGalley UK’s most favourited publishers and highlight one of their forthcoming titles.
We hope you see your favourites here!

The Last Days of Summer
Vanessa Ronan
Literature & Fiction

Penguin Books is one of the most iconic of all UK publishers. Their choice is The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan – a tense and suspenseful tale of family living in the aftermath of Jasper Curtis’s crimes…

Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
Teens & YA

With one of the widest, most eclectic list on NetGalley, Pan Macmillan is a firm favourite. Their choice is Beautiful Broken Things – a heart-stoppingly beautiful debut novel from Sara Barnard that is already garnering a huge following.

River of Ink
Paul M. M. Cooper
Literature & Fiction

From Bloomsbury, the home of Harry Potter, comes a brilliant and diverse collection of writers and styles. Their choice is Paul MM Cooper’s River of Ink, a story of love and revolution from a fierce new literary talent.

The Poison Artist
Jonathan Moore
Mystery & Thriller

Some of the world’s most enduring crime writers and an incredible stable of fiction means Orion is loved by NetGalley members. Their choice is The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore – a frightening and wholly inventive crime thriller.

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
Sunil Yapa
Politics, Literature/Fiction (Adult)

Little, Brown encompasses a huge range of quality writing, from award-winners to household names. Their choice is the fabulous Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa, sure to be one of 2016’s most talked-about titles.

Meet Me In Manhattan
Claudia Carroll

HarperCollins imprint Avon is famed for its dynamic and diverse approach to commercial fiction. Their choice is Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll – a novel as intoxicating as the city in which it is set.

Home Is Burning
Dan Marshall
Biographies & Memoirs

Hodder & Stoughton publishes award-winning, best-selling books, from world-class fiction to professional and personal learning and development. Their choice is the hilarious, boisterous and brilliantly foul-mouthed memoir, Home is Burning by Dan Marshall.

Dead Secret
Ava McCarthy
Mystery & Thriller

HarperCollins‘ fiction list is full of some of the world’s biggest and best bestsellers. Their choice is the gripping psychological suspense novel, tDead Secret by Ava McCarthy.


10-8-2015 12-51-35 PM Books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’ve rounded up relevant books currently available on NetGalley for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
These titles take different approaches to the topic, from educating those who are genetically predisposed, advice for those who have been diagnosed and their family and friends who seek guidance & coping techniques, recipes for the journey, and a look at cancer from a survivor in the form of a graphic novel.


*Make sure to check out the After You Hear It’s Cancer Media Kit for extra content, after you’re approved!


Library Reads

LibraryReads List

November 2015

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in November that librarians across the country love. You can request the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley!

Additional LibraryReads titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
ISBN: 9781940456362

A Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay
ISBN: 9780425260746

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham and Yuko Shimizu
ISBN: 9780374290252


Indie Next List

November edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the November Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!


Additional Indie Next titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
ISBN: 9780062351425

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home by Ellen Stimson
ISBN: 9781581573282

Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
ISBN: 9780062325891

After Alice: A Novel by Gregory Maguire
ISBN: 9780060548957

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
ISBN: 9781619025738

American Copper: A Novel by Shann Ray
ISBN: 9781609531218


Reader Spotlight

Blog name: Book Briefs
Blog URL: http://bookbriefs.net
Your name: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Let’s begin with your blogger origin story - how long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

I started blogging in February of 2011, so we are almost at 5 years now… believe it or not!

When I was in my first year of law school, I was constantly reading law cases and “briefing” them. Breaking down what happened, the ruling or outcome of the case, and then also any important law takeaways that the case provided. And I just kept thinking that if I was reading all these law textbooks, I might as well read some fun books to balance out. I have always been a big reader, so young adult books were my way to unwind from classes. It was also right around my first year that I discovered book hauls on YouTube and Goodreads, which led me to finding the book blogging community. I took the idea of case briefing to briefing the books that I read, and Book Briefs took off from there.

What genres and subgenres does your blog focus on? Are there any trends within these that you’re excited to see, or would like to see disappear?

I read all subgenres of young adult and new adult fiction. I will also throw some adult contemporary romances and urban fantasy into the mix as well. But my favorite subgenres to read are young adult and new adult fantasy, mythology, paranormal and contemporary romance.

I am really excited to see new adult branch out into the urban fantasy and paranormal subgenres, and I also always love a good re-imagining (re-telling) story. I think those can get really creative. I would really like to see authors stop with the cruel/absentee parent crutch for their characters. I think it can work if done well, but more and more I am seeing it as an instant justification for a dysfunctional character.

How has being a NetGalley member and having access to digital galleys impacted your blogging?

NetGalley is great because as a blogger, it allows me to keep track of all upcoming releases in one place. I love being able to search by author, title or publisher. It has helped me stay on top of my favorite series, as well as discover many new favorites.

And I know this might sound crazy, but as much as I love physical books… ebooks rock! My Kindle comes with me everywhere! You just can’t beat having access to 100s of books with you at all times.

What are your favorite covers on NetGalley right now?

Ooh covers… I can talk covers all day! I am so loving:
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And I will leave it at that, but if you ever want to talk covers, you know where to find me…

Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?

The Summer Marked by Rebekah Purdy (read Michelle’s review here!)

What advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?

Go a little out of your book comfort zone. Use NetGalley, Goodreads and other bloggers to explore a new subgenre or new author that you might not have previously heard of. I have found some of my very favorite indie and small pub authors this way (and favorite kinds of books).

And have a blogging/reading/social media schedule. There is no one size fits all. Just find something that works for you and your life. If you are having trouble with this, you can check out my Blogging on A Time Crunch post series.

Lightning Round!

Your favorite snack to eat while reading:

Chips or Chocolate

Your favorite publishers:

Entangled (Lovestruck, Crush, Embrace) Swoon Reads, HarperCollins, Atria, Macmillan.

Your blog, in 2 sentences:

Book Briefs brings you conversational and honest young adult and new adult reviews, giveaways and bookish news. Featuring the hottest new releases, as well as introducing you to your new favorite “hidden gem” indies.

The 1 book you wish was never-ending:

Ahhh! Such a hard question! This changes from time to time. But at the moment it is Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

I think I would have to choose Meg Cabot to share a stiffer drink with. 😉 She was one of my favorite authors growing up and I was re-reading her Mediator series for about the 10th time when I decided to start my young adult blog. She is just hilarious! (Dr. Seuss and JK Rowling would be pretty cool too!)

Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Michelle!
Please make sure to check out Book Briefs and New Adult titles available on NetGalley! 

Would you like to nominate your blog, or a blog you admire, to be featured in our Blogger Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret


Top Ten UK Books… coming in November 2015

The last Books of the Month to feature titles solely from 2015 is upon us – it’s amazing how quickly time flies, especially when the books are as good as they have been this year. This month sees a fiction-heavy selection, with old and new names jockeying for position.

At the head of the pack is The Clasp, a debut novel by Sloane Crosley, the author of the much-loved I Was Told There’d be Cake. It’s a brilliant read, and one that more than delivers on the promise of her non-fiction. Elsewhere, there’s the return of one of Britain’s most mercurial talents, Rupert Thomson as well as Numero Zero, a new historical mystery from Umberto Eco. Sticking with the historical, Geraldine Brooks takes us back to the Biblical David in another spellbinding novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner.


The Clasp
Sloane Crosley
UK Edition
US Edition

When three university friends – Nathaniel, Kezia and Victor – are reunited at a wealthy friend’s wedding, they soon fall into their old ways: Victor loves Kezia, Kezia loves Nathaniel, Nathaniel loves Nathaniel. It’s the same-old, same-old until a legendary necklace unwittingly sets off a bizarre and often hilarious chain of events that will shake up the trio like never before. Sparkling with wit and energy, this debut novel from the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake is a diamond.

Numero Zero
Umberto Eco
Harvill Secker
UK Edition
US Edition

Thirty-five years after he became one of the sensations of European Literature with his genre-bending The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco returns, proving that his blend of strong plotting erudition and playful wit are unmatched anywhere. Numero Zero follows a hack writer, Colonna, who suddenly stumbles on the story of his life – and the Mafia, fascists and other groups are determined to stop him.

The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks
Little, Brown
UK Edition
US Edition
AU Edition

The People of the Book was a properly luxurious affair – boldly plotted, deftly written and masterly in its blend of intelligence and pace. The Secret Chord is much the same, but traces the long and incredible life of the Biblical David. Resonant, deeply felt and expertly handled, this is peerless historical fiction and one that deserves as wide a readership as The People of the Book.

Katherine Carlyle
Rupert Thomson
UK Edition

Rupert Thomson is one of British fiction’s most distinctive, yet re-inventive voices – a writer of considerable power and poise no matter to what he turns his eye. In his new novel, Katherine Carlyle is a woman just like anyone else, though the nature of her birth is considered unique. At the age of nineteen, she disappears – and the secrets and pain of the past come rushing to the fore. Essential.

The Iron Warrior
Julie Kagawa
Mira Ink
UK Edition

The Iron Fey series has been one of the most loved and celebrated YA sequences of recent years – and this long-awaited final installment lives up to its predecessors’ brilliance. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

Smoke and Mirrors
Elly Griffiths
UK Edition

Taking a break from her Ruth Galloway series, Elly Griffiths transports us back to the 1950s with this new Stephens and Mephisto mystery. Brilliantly capturing the faded derelict glamour of Brighton, this creepy tale of a pair of children murdered is a must-read for fans of off-beat crime.

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Head of Zeus
UK Edition

Ken Liu is one the world’s most garlanded SF writers, with his short stories having won every major SF prize – but this is his debut novel, and one that begins a monumental new epic fantasy series. Emperor Mapidéré united the kingdoms of Dara, but now he lies dying. What will become of the union? Even the gods themselves are restless . . .

Carrying Albert Home
Homer Hickam
UK Edition

Homer Hickam is best known for his internationally bestselling memoir Rocket Boys, and there are similarities between this novel and that memoir. Again, this is a warm, funny, partly tragic tale of friendship and family. This one, however, involves a long journey – and an alligator!

As Good As Dead
Elizabeth Evans
Bloomsbury Circus
UK Edition

For some of us, it’s probably our worst nightmare: an old friend you once let down standing at your door. This is the premise of Elizabeth Evans’ perceptive, witty and slyly astute novel of betrayal and its aftermath. Psychological drama and suspense at its best.

The Hidden Legacy
G J Minett
Twenty7 Books
UK Edition

A plot that hinges on the reading of a will, does feel rather old-fashioned, yet The Hidden Legacy is far from old-hat. This is a clever, constantly evolving thriller that links a violent crime from the 1960s to the present day. A writer to watch.