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Award-winning author T. Greenwood’s most recent book, RUST & STARDUST, is the gripping, heartwrenching novel of Sally Horner, the 11-year-old kidnapping victim whose abduction in 1948 inspired Vladimir Nabokov's LOLITA. In her holiday blog post, Greenwood fondly remembers the “single most magical book” she received on Christmas when she was seven years old: A VERY YOUNG DANCER by photographer Jill Krementz. Although her passion for dancing was eventually eclipsed by her love of reading and writing, she credits the book for quietly teaching her the power of narrative and photography. It also inspired her oldest daughter, Mikaela, to pursue a career in ballet, a journey that Greenwood has documented for the last 15 years with black and white photos she has taken capturing every step in Mikaela’s development as a ballerina.

Mark Billingham

The day a character becomes predictable is the day a writer should think about moving on --- because the reader certainly will.

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Mark Billingham

December 11, 2018

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of December 10th and December 17th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our End-of-the-Year contest featuring Carol Fitzgerald’s Bookreporter.com Bets On picks from 2018. One Grand Prize winner will be awarded all 45 books, while nine other winners will receive a selection of five of these titles. The deadline for your entries is Monday, January 7th at noon ET.

And for those of you who are doing online holiday shopping, if you use the store links above, Bookreporter.com gets a small affiliate fee on your purchases. We would appreciate your considering this!

December 11, 2018

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your "to me/from me" list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Wednesday, December 12th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of IMAGINE HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL: 100 Reflections to Bring Heaven to Your Life Today by John Burke and Kathy Burke, which is now available. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Elbert Hubbard

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

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Elbert Hubbard
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker and New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels. Her most recent work of fiction, BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold over one million copies. In her holiday blog post, Lisa recalls the Christmas when her two young sons received The Dangerous Book for Boys, a series of books by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden that “were not only the hit of the day. They were the hit of the year.” Although her boys are all grown up now, a few of the projects that were inspired by these books remain in her possession, prompting Lisa to proclaim, “In the right hands, The Dangerous Book for Boys is a reading memory that becomes a family memory. And those are the very best kind of all.”

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