November 2011

Fun With Words – Anagrams

This one came from a fellow Scrabble lover. You might have seen it circulating – but enjoy anyway:

PRESBYTERIAN: BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER: MOON STARER

DESPERATION: A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES: THEY SEE

GEORGE BUSH: HE BUGS GORE

THE MORSE CODE: HERE COME DOTS

DORMITORY: DIRTY ROOM

SLOT MACHINES: CASH LOST IN ME

ANIMOSITY: IS NO AMITY

ELECTION RESULTS: LIES – LET’S RECOUNT

SNOOZE ALARMS: ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S

A DECIMAL POINT: I’M  A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES: THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO: TWELVE PLUS ONE

MOTHER-IN-LAW: WOMAN HITLER

Introducing… Molly Hacker!

I wanted to take this special opportunity to let you know of a great book that we’re distributing on behalf of another publisher. Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! launches on December 1 and we’re pleased to be able to act as the distributor for this great book.

Molly Hacker is Too Picky! Released Dec 1, 2011

At thirty-two, newspaper reporter Molly Hacker vows to never attend another wedding until she has had her own. And that’s a problem because Molly’s younger sister, Hannah, is going to be married in one year. Armed with snark, wit, and fabulous good looks, “Picky Molly” embarks on a quest to find Mr. Right in her hometown.

Things get complicated fast. In no time at all, Molly has four “men of interest” and the memories of a lost love to send her overanalytic, befuddled mind into serious overdrive. Determined not to let her “helpful” girlfriends help her right out of another relationship, Molly tries to keep mum on the state of her love life. Her BFF male coworker, Randy, becomes her closest confidant as he stumbles over romantic issues with his new Mr. Right, Kyle. Meanwhile, Molly’s BFF gal pals aren’t too happy about being left out of the loop.

Tweaking Molly’s last nerve is the town’s most visible socialite, Naomi Hall-Benchley, who, for self-serving reasons, is hell-bent on setting up “Picky Molly Hacker” and she doesn’t care who she has to manipulate or hurt to do it. Just how far will she go?

“Molly Hacker Is Too Picky!” takes the reader on a yearlong romp through Molly’s mind and a joyride through her life. Her dating life, town secrets, a group of quirky, crazy characters, and Naomi’s machinations collide head-on at a holiday gala that will change the social landscape of Swansea forever. As the New Year rolls in, Molly gets earth-shattering news. Can she go on? Will life ever return to abnormal again?

Lisette Brodey is also the author of Crooked Moon and Squalor, New Mexico

Lisette Brodey was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After 10 years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center. Back to Philadelphia for many years, she worked as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to Los Angeles.

Find her books wherever other great books are sold.

Cover Design Trends – Young Women in Pretty Dresses

As a publisher, I am ALWAYS looking at book covers. I go into bricks and mortar bookstores to look specifically at book designs and browse the online stores to do the same. I try to find out what the trends are, what sells and what doesn’t.

A genre of book that is very popular is Young Adult paranormal – your basic Twilight type of stories. Vampires, witches, death, supernatural powers, dystopian societies – all those. They’re generally great books with interesting characters and a chance for readers to escape. I am drawn to their covers because for the overwhelming majority, the covers are of one young woman in a terribly beautiful dress – the kind little girls dream about. More and more, we’re seeing these women, not in positions of strength, but as victims of some sort; splayed out on the ground, drowning in water, etc. It’s disturbing, but we’re drawn to it.

I ran across a great blog post that discusses the social commentary much better than I ever could, so I’m posting a link here. If you’re interested in book trends, especially in Young Adult, go check out Rachel Stark’s post at her blog.