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Featured Upcoming: The Indian Dance Show by Radhika Sen

The Indian Dance Show Radhika SenReleasing May 3, Radhika Sen’s first children’s book, The Indian Dance Show, will transport you to the vibrant world of Indian dance. The book features more than a dozen dance styles for you to learn and enjoy through step-by-step rhyming recitals.

Sen is a lifelong lover of art. Her childhood in Arizona was filled with dance and music lessons of all kinds. After graduating from the Arathi School of Dance in high school, she continued performing various types of Indian dance as a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In preparation for the book’s release, we’re pleased to share further insight into Sen’s inspiration and the process of writing and publishing her first children’s book. 




1. What was the inspiration behind writing The Indian Dance Show?

When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved Indian dance. I learned a classical style of Indian dance called Bharatanatyam starting from the age of four and have been passionate about dancing ever since. 

Growing up in the U.S., there were never any children’s books about this activity I loved so much. I always wished there was a book for me that was similar to the many delightful books I saw about ballet and tap dance. 

A few years ago, I revisited this thought and I realized that there were still few, if any, children’s books about Indian dance. I thought to myself, Why not create something different that a curious child could enjoy? I really wanted to create a book that showcased the beautiful and diverse world of Indian dance that most children might not otherwise be exposed to. 


The Indian Dance Show Radhika Sen

2. Why do you think it’s important for children to be exposed to other cultures at a young age?

I believe that it’s invaluable for all people, especially children, to enjoy world cultures. By being exposed to different art, music, languages, foods, traditions, and beliefs, young children gain a broader understanding of and appreciation for people who are different from themselves. There is so much beauty in diversity; if I have a chance to share that beauty, then why not?

From my own experience, I feel lucky and thankful to have grown up as an Indian American. I was exposed from day one to both cultures, and I feel that the teachings of both have positively and profoundly impacted how I see the world and find joy in life. 


The Indian Dance Show Radhika Sen

3. Could you tell us a bit about the illustration process? What was it like finding an illustrator and bringing your visions to life?

It was important to me to find an illustrator for The Indian Dance Show that could bring to life the color, excitement, movement, and intricate details associated with each dance style described in the story. I truly could not have found a more incredible illustrator than Ekaterina Illina! I met Ekaterina through Upwork, where I searched through many illustrators’ portfolios. Ekaterina’s stunning illustrations stood out immediately. You can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that she loved Indian dance too!

We worked together very closely over the course of a year on every spread of the book and I gave detailed context to the Indian cultural elements that appear throughout. Ekaterina’s illustrations turned out absolutely gorgeous.



 

The Indian Dance Show

4. What do you hope for people to know about Indian dance? What do you want young readers to take away from your book?

I hope young readers can appreciate how fun and beautiful Indian dance is! I also hope this book will pique people’s interest in learning more about India and South Asia in general. Maybe it will even inspire them to attend a real dance show.

5. What is next for you? Any more books we should be on the lookout for?

I had so much fun creating this book and I would love to work on more in the future.  Cultural stories are especially interesting to me and it would be amazing to write more books that introduce children to our amazing world. 

 

Pre-order your copy of The Indian Dance Show and follow Radhika Sen on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn



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Getting to Know Glenda Winders, Author of Sainted In Error

Glenda Winders
One of our flagship Subplot Publishing titles, Sainted In Error, was featured on our blog recently—but now it is time to get to know the author behind the novel. We interviewed Glenda Winders on writing the book. Our Q and A with her is below.

1. Sainted in Error is very different from your first book about long-kept family secrets, The Nine Assignments. What was the inspiration behind this plot of murder, friendship, and mental illness? What were some of your goals with this book?

Sainted in Error was inspired by close-up experiences with undiagnosed and untreated mentally ill people. Often such people ruin their lives and the lives of the people around them either by refusing to seek help because of the stigma attached to that type of disorder or by finding help with underqualified practitioners. One of my goals was to draw attention to this serious problem, and the other was to tell a compelling story. We hear of so many cases where unstable people commit murder, and that suggested the vehicle of a murder mystery.

Writing it in reverse, with the reader knowing on the first page who the killer is but waiting until the end to reveal the victim, allowed me to track the psychological development of these two women and other characters in the run-up to the event. My hope is that readers will realize that our attitudes toward mental illness are Victorian and also that its treatment should be as unremarkable as that for a physical ailment.

I also believe friendships are undervalued in our busy society, and the book is a bit of a shout-out to the close friends in my life who have been as loyal to me as Maggie is to Cynthia.

2. How do current events play into this theme and what are some of the ways that mental illness is stigmatized in conversation today? Was there any research involved?

Mental illness continues to be stigmatized in our society in so many different ways. In many professions, for example, people can lose their jobs if their employers learn they are being treated psychiatrically, so it becomes something to hide, which restarts the cycle of stigmatization.

The subject comes up wherever people gather and get to know one another – be it in a neighborhood, the workplace, or on a dating site. It comes up a lot in the news because of all of the horrible crimes committed by mentally ill people – mass shooters, people who kill their own families, killers who believe someone is telling them to do it, and the like. Fortunately, more celebrities are speaking out about their bouts with depression, eating disorders, and many other issues so that their fans can see that talented people have the same types of problems they have and that they have taken action to get their lives back to where they want them.

I did a great deal of reading on different mental illnesses because there are so many possible diagnoses and so many overlaps of symptoms. I wanted to make sure that my character was accurate and believable. We know that Cynthia’s mother was bipolar, but we’re not sure if this is her problem or if it is something else. What we do know for sure is that she desperately needs help but refuses to seek it because she is embarrassed.

Sainted In Error3. Sainted In Error spans decades of friendship between two characters. What was your process of developing Maggie and Cynthia as characters over a lifetime? How do you stay organized with your chronology, and do you have any advice for writers working with long periods of time?

I’ve heard it said that in fiction everything is true and nothing is true, and I think for the most part that is the case. Maggie and Cynthia are bits and pieces of people I have known, observed, and read about over the years. Because I do have long friendships, some of which date back to grade school, I know the shapes and dynamics friendships can assume. They are very much like love affairs and marriages – sometimes one person cares more than the other or sometimes one has a hard time celebrating the other’s successes and good fortune or dislikes being in the shadows while the other takes center stage. Healthy relationships find a balance; unfortunately, this isn’t the case with Maggie and Cynthia.

This question makes me laugh because I am the world’s worst at keeping up with chronology. I am more concerned with moving the plot forward and sometimes don’t pay enough attention to important details – such as what year it is and how old the characters are. I’ve had wonderful editors who have saved me in this regard, and from them, I have learned to keep a timeline from the very moment I start writing. I do that by way of a spreadsheet that keeps track of everyone’s ages, also by reading about – or remembering – what was going on in the world at a certain point in the character’s experience.

4. The opening scene starts with Maggie deciding what to wear to the trial. Why did you decide to begin the story this way, and what influenced you to make clothing a symbol throughout the book?

Like Maggie, I once read or heard that women always remember what they were wearing at important moments in their lives, and I know that’s true for me. That line may have come from the play Love, Loss and What I Wore (based on the book by Ilene Beckerman), in which Nora and Delia Ephron explored the same topic. The first thing many of us – men and women — think about before a special occasion is what we’ll wear, and that would certainly be true if one were about to testify at her best friend’s murder trial.

Because I think clothing is important to most women, I kept going on that theme throughout the book – what Cynthia wears the night she and Richard go to the fraternity dance, what Richard’s mother wears to their wedding, what Kim has one the first time Maggie meets her. And, of course, I owed it to the reader to disclose what Maggie finally chooses for the day of the trial. The flip side of that, though, is that clothes are not the measure of who people really are. Maggie is embarrassed about the clothes she wears while Cynthia has an expensive wardrobe, but look at what she is wearing the last time we see her.

Glenda Winders, writing. 5. Which character do you see yourself in the most and why?

I suppose I most resemble Maggie in that most of my career has been spent in journalism. I also have unruly red hair as she has, and as a teenager, I was often the sidekick of the more beautiful girl who got all of the attention. I am also tenacious in relationships and have a hard time letting people go.

6. What’s next for you? Any books on the horizon? What other kinds of plots or storytelling would you like to explore?

I am working now on a novel tentatively titled “Peculiar.” It concerns three women who live on a lake and protect an old secret until the curious new wife of one of their sons wants to learn more about her husband’s background. It is multicultural and explores themes such as the nature of truth and – again – the importance of communicating and not making assumptions. I love stories that involve time travel and have tinkered with that in a novel that is finished but I haven’t yet sought to publish. I have written a lot of short stories and some poems, and I write nonfiction for several magazines and newspapers. While I am constantly striving to get better at my craft, I am pretty happy with things the way they are.
Glenda Winders is an award-winning fiction writer, editor, and journalist, whose work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers nationwide. Her first novel, The Nine Assignments, was published in 2016. She lives with her husband in Columbus, Indiana. Learn more at: www.glendawinders.com

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April 2022 New Releases

This April, we have four incredible nonfiction titles debuting across two of our imprints: Amplify Publishing and Mascot Books. All of them are great reads to inspire you, feed you, and teach you. Plus, we have six wonderful Children’s books from Mascot Kids. We hope they catch your eye and look forward to hearing your reviews!

New Books from Amplify Publishing

Amplify Publishing, our flagship imprint, is dedicated to excellence in business, politics, and big ideas. This month’s new releases include Expansive Impact by Sarah Young, a book that aims to empower  readers to lead in everyday situations, The Golfer’s Wife by Janet Thompson, which details Janet’s personal story of being married to a pro-golfer as well as the stories of seven other wives of golfers, and finally The Business of Timeshares by W.H. Campbell, which illuminates the world of timeshares for the non-real estate readers as well as exposes the problems in the industry. 

Additionally, Steve Cadigan’s book, Workquake, is being released in paperback after its successful debut in hardback in 2021.



The Golfer's Wife
Expansive Impact    


WorkquakeThe Business of Timeshares

New Books from Mascot Books


Mascot Books publishes everything from fiction to nonfiction, and each month features a different mix of genres and titles. This month, we are excited to share our latest cookbook, written by Heather Antonelli. Filled with beautiful photos and delicious recipes, this book is sure to send you into your kitchen and have you planning a dinner party!

The Brooklyn Suppers

New Books from Mascot Kids


Mascot Books started by publishing Children’s books, which are still a large part of our work through our imprint, Mascot Kids! We always have a wide variety of stories to share and this month is no different with bunnies for Easter, lots of sports, and even Rosie going on an adventure in Paris. 

Bunster, An Easter Story
Touchdown Auburn


Chickens Chickens EverywhereSecret Angel Meetings

Bonjour RosieGo Dawgs


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day with Laddy O’Luck

Laddy O'LuckIn honor of St. Patrick’s Day, it is only appropriate that we give our readers a peek inside the story of Laddy O’LuckWritten by Mac Kennedy, Laddy O’Luck a is picture book that imagines the history of Laddy, one of the first leprechauns in all of Ireland. Laddy is in charge of sharing the luck of the leprechauns with the whole world. His story provides a message of hope: if you are down on your luck, Laddy will be there for you. You just have to look for him! 

Below is the start of his whimsical story. 






Laddy O’Luck was one of the first ever leprechauns
in all of Ireland. He was given the job of sharing the
leprechauns’ luck with the rest of the world.
He traveled from land to sea,
leaving luck everywhere he went for people to find.

You see, luck is not something to stumble
upon, no, no . . .
Ol’ Laddy leaves his luck only in places it is meant
to be found.
He knows when each of us will need a hint of luck,
and if we look hard enough, it will be there.”
The Adventures of Humfrey the Hummingbird


If Laddy O’Luck is right up your alley, you can buy the full book in our bookstore. Also, keep an eye out for The Adventures of Humfrey the Hummingbird, a tale about friendship and leprechauns being released on May 3rd!

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Children’s Book Featured Title – Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles

Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of NoodlesWe are excited to feature the soon to be released Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles this month. Written by Mascot alum and Mom’s Choice Award Winner Steven Joseph, Snoodles is a feel-good story for children age 5-10 that tastes and smells so good they will undoubtedly want more.

Joseph’s newest tale invites readers of all ages to enter a world where imagination is king. In this fantastical realm, crankiness reigns and cars run on sauerkraut. But then comes a new invention: the SnoodleMobile, the brainchild of Herbie Snoodleman. Now cars are powered by noodles, and the delicious aroma produced fills everyone with happiness. Only one person does not appreciate the success of Mr. Snoodleman’s invention: Sour Croodleman, the brains behind the once-popular KrautMobile. When Croodleman decides to seek revenge on his business rival, the unexpected happens. After all, when cars run on noodles, anything is possible!

Children’s author Steven Joseph is a first-generation American, veteran attorney, marathon runner, prolific speaker, father, and modern humorist. He is a true New Yorker and the son of a Holocaust survivor, which directly shapes his written work and social advocacy. Steven is also the author of the Mom’s Choice Award-winning The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris and A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method. His work leans on the concepts of crankiness and survival—which were ever-present in his childhood—and the practice of acknowledgment, which he has learned through his zen practice

You don’t want to miss this one. Stephen’s latest work is delightful, warm, and full of important lessons. 


Preorder your copy today!

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Subplot Publishing Feature—Sainted in Error

Subplot (noun): a side story that runs parallel to the main plot.


How did the relationship with Sainted in Error begin?

In September of 2020, I received the submission for Sainted in Error. As mentioned in a previous blog post, Subplot was still in development at that point in time, but I was already looking for strong fiction titles. Typically, with fiction submissions, I read the first few chapters to start. Immediately, Sainted in Error’s opening had me hooked. I wanted to know about the dynamic between Maggie and Cynthia that brought them to this trial and the descriptive sentences painted a vivid picture as I read. Within just ten pages, I knew this was a title we had to publish. Once Subplot became a more concrete imprint, I thought about the fiction titles I brought in recently, and it was no question that Sainted in Error was a perfect addition.   

What is this book about?

In Sainted in Error, Maggie and Cynthia meet as college freshmen and are seemingly destined to be best friends for life. As the years pass, however, Maggie’s marriage and career lift her to success and wealth while Cynthia’s jealousy and untreated mental illness cause their relationship to disintegrate. As the stories of the two women’s lives unfold, Cynthia’s paranoia and anger sour every relationship she has and turn even the people who have loved her most against her, ultimately bubbling over into an event that Maggie never sees coming.

Not a murder mystery in the usual sense, and spanning time and space, Sainted in Error delves into the tenacity of friendship and the damage that the stigma still attached to mental illness can do.


What makes Sainted in Error the right fit for Subplot?

“Fascinating plots, alluring characters, powerful authors—that’s Subplot.” Our tagline says it all and the alluring characters aspect is really what struck me for Sainted in Error. The story is intertwined in the relationship between Maggie and Cynthia where each woman is powerfully created. 


Glenda Winders’ craft is spectacular when creating characters. Readers want to feel like they know these women, they want to befriend them, root for them, hate them, feel for them. Having characters where they feel real to the readers is what makes a story truly stand out. Winders’ twists and turns in the book leave the reader on their toes as they try to comprehend Cynthia’s motives and ultimately what leads up to the trial. This title is great for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.       


If you love mystery, thriller, and strong female leads, Sainted in Error has all the ingredients for your next favorite read. Order your copy at the Subplot bookstore today!

If Subplot sounds like the right fit for your fiction manuscript, send us a synopsis and the first three chapters at jess@mascotbooks.com.  

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March Children’s Book Releases

This March, we’re excited to highlight our new children’s books separately from our adult titles.  From stories about a colorful collection of much-loved socks, to the pandemic through the eyes of a teacher, to spotlighting women in STEM and real estate agents, our March list of titles has a book for every reader.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful selection of children’s books and you can find them all in our bookstore

 

Trixie Bixby and Her 66 Pairs of Socks

Trixie Bixby and Her 66 Pairs of Socks
By Angela Delf

Trixie is an energetic girl who loves her fun and colorful sock collection! But is 66 pairs of socks too many? Follow along as Trixie discovers a new way to use her socks to help others. A story for all ages, this book about the intentionality behind minimalism will be enjoyed by your whole family.






Teacher, Tell Me What You See

Teacher Tell Me What You See
By Kristin Spenser

This is a unique school year! Students gather online, which has taken the place of in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow along as each student describes their “virtual classroom,” shares new experiences with the class, and shows us how they adapted to their “new normal.” A fun story about resilience, this book encourages everyone to look around and answer the question—what do you see?




Draw Paint Tell

Draw Paint Tell
By Caren Sacks

In the pages of this interactive book, you can see a child’s artwork as he grows from a toddler to a young boy. His art styles change as he ages, too! From scribbled lines and shapes to the people and places around him, Reed loves to tell stories about his art pieces to everyone he can find! Children can join along and interact with the book as they are encouraged to talk about and make their art. With real artworks from actual children scattered throughout the book, Draw Paint Tell is likely to prompt many fun hours of creation and long-term benefits for all children. 



Introducing Kam the Extraordinaire

Introducing Kam the Extraordinaire
By Holli North

Take a trip inside the mind of a special little boy on a quest to find his true identity. After tons of questions, and with the help of his loving Nana, you will be surprised when you learn what he discovers. Climb on in and let’s start our extraordinary adventure!





Baby’s First Real Estate Book

Baby's First Real Estate Book
By Andrew Dorazio

Baby’s First Real Estate Book is an exciting ABC guide to real estate terms for children who may want to be a realtor one day! Share the ABCs of important real estate terms and definitions with your kids and prepare them for the crazy ride that real estate brings! Fortune favors the courageous!




You and Me in the Trees

You and Me In The Trees
By Amoris Walker

For both the young and the young at heart, You and Me in the Trees is a delightful storybook that reminds us to protect Mother Earth and all her wonderful creatures. 





Nittany Lion Celebrates the 4th of July

Nittany Lion Celebrates the 4th of July
By Denise Kaminsky

Nittany Lion tailgates with friends before celebrating with 4th of July fireworks.






Elephant Tales

Elephant Tales
By Shanthi Radhakrishnan

Our Planet Earth is home to all the creatures that walk and fly, swim and crawl, and stand still. Each one is unique, indispensable, and beautiful. Elephant Tales provides young readers with the valuable lesson that Planet Earth can sustain everyone’s need, but not anyone’s greed.





A Family for Riley

A Family for Riley
By Tammy Knudtson

Every puppy dreams of finding their very own family—one they can love and be loved by. Riley and his brothers spend their days eating, playing, and sleeping on the farm where they were born. Riley is happy, but when his brother’s begin to leave the farm to go live in their forever homes with new families, Riley worries he will not find a family of his own.

Families come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes, but they all share one special ingredient: LOVE.
A Family for Riley is a story about enduring love and new beginnings.


Barbara the Bunny and the International Lovie Network

Barbara the BunnyBy Jennifer Lavelle

Barbara the Bunny is a Lovie, not just a toy.

She doesn’t need Lovie friends, because she has her special Boy.


But Boy leaves Barbara behind when he goes away,


and only other Lovies can help save the day.


Barbara calls on the International Lovie Network, the ILN.


Keep reading to discover how her journey will end!

Laddy O’Luck

Laddy O'Luck
By Mac Kennedy

Laddy O’Luck was among the first leprechauns in all of Ireland, and was assigned to share the luck of the leprechauns with the rest of the world. Laddy’s story provides a message of hope: if you are down on your luck, you can always count on Laddy to be there. You just have to look for him. 





Women in STEM: Against All Odds

Women in STEM
By Annika Nikhar

Women in STEM: Against All Odds features profiles of brilliant women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from around the world. Spanning from the early 1800s to the twenty-first century, all of the women in this book overcame many obstacles to become trailblazers in their fields. Two centuries ago, most women couldn’t get a comprehensive education, let alone enter the science fields. Today they hold some of the world’s most prestigious prizes, including the Fields Medal, the Nobel Prize, and more. They have come a long way! This book highlights some of the world’s underrepresented female scientists and their lasting impacts. From pure mathematics to phytochemistry to meteorology, learn about the various STEM fields and hurdles that these women faced in gaining their success.

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Shirin Alavi Goodarzi on her new book, The Art of Fearless Living: A Glimpse into My Heart

The Art of Fearless LivingShirin Alavi Goodarzi’s book The Art of Fearless Living: A Glimpse into My Heart debuted this week and became one of the top 100 books in lifestyle photography. In honor of the book’s release, Shirin sat down and talked with us about fearless women, inspiration, and how photographs fit into her new book. 

1. What motivated you to write a book that empowers strong, complex, and fearless women? 

This book was inspired by my upbringing. What I went through as a child, growing up during the Iranian revolution and living through two different wars gave me a completely different perspective and a sense of deep gratitude. In addition to my childhood, I was also influenced to write this book by the experiences I faced as a young female immigrant getting settled in the US and pursuing the American dream. 

2. This spiritual memoir and inspirational self-help book encompasses many beautiful quotes and words of wisdom. What is your favorite quote from your book and why? How did you decide what quotes to include in your book?

They all are my favorite. They all speak to my heart. I am constantly writing about the things that can unleash the potential of women. 

3. What is the secret to living a fearless life? Is it a continuing journey or something that can be accomplished in an end goal?

I always say one must have an open mind and a positive outlook on life, and at the same time, to trust the process. It’s definitely a continuous journey. You will certainly get to a point of being at peace with who you are and what you have accomplished, but the journey is never-ending, which in itself is a beautiful thing.  
The Art of Fearless Living

4. Why did you choose to include photography in your book? How do these visual enhance your book’s message?

Photography is my way of capturing moments that I sometimes fail to put into words.  It’s one way of my daily gratitude while practicing compassion. I feel like I can express myself and my love through the photos I take. It gives me a sense of peace, freedom and being in the present—always finding so much beauty in the little moments. There is an unspoken sense of interconnection we all hold under the same sky, and I think pictures put everything on pause and allow us to appreciate our surroundings.  

5. What do you hope women will take away from your book? How do you hope this can change their perspective on their life and the world around them? 

I want this book to inspire them to also be role models. To have hope despite what life throws at them. To change their lens in which they view the world or situations. To have a sense of self-acknowledgement. To turn their challenges into opportunities and inspire others. To remind them that even on the bad days, there is always magic to be found even if it’s only for a moment. And that at the end of it all, it ALWAYS works out! It really does! It always does!  

Thank you Shirin for all of your insight into living fearlessly and a peak into your new book. You can purchase your own copy of Shirin’s new book now. 

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March Adult Book Releases

This March, we are highlighting our adult book new releases separately from our children’s book releases. Our March adult books range from fearless women to human kindness, and from reducing stress to dating in NYC. 

Enjoy all of our new adult titles this month! 


The Art of Fearless Living: A Glimpse into My Heart

The Art of Fearless Living  
By Shirin Alavi Goodarzi
Seasoned women are complex and full of flavor. We are strong but can be vulnerable. We are unique and worthy of celebration. Despite the boxes the world may try to squeeze us in, I know there is so much more to enrich our lives, because I have lived it. This is my call to you—to all women: be fearless.






 

Pulling Each Other Along: 31 Inspirational Stories of Human Kindness 

Pulling Each Other Along
By Todd Civin & Doug Cornfield
Pulling Each Other Along contains 30+ inspirational stories of human compassion intended to provide practical advice and inspiration for acts of kindness. The significance of helping people while helping ourselves is monumental as we grow in kindness and bring people together regardless of gender, race, abilities or disabilities, wealth status, or political affiliations. You’ll hear inspirational stories from people like Dave Clark, the only professional baseball player who went from crutches to pitching; Rocky Bleier, who, after being wounded during his service in the US Army, became a starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers; Laura Chagnon, who became paralyzed and legally blind after an assault on her twenty-sixth birthday but is now a motivational speaker; and many others. This book will inspire, challenge, and enlighten you with stories that highlight some of the good in this world—showing you, step-by-step, how we can all pull each other along.


Un-Hinged: What I learned from Saying, “It’s You, It’s Not Me” in the NYC Dating Scene

Un-Hinged
By Mariann Yip
In Un-Hinged: What I Learned from Saying, “It’s You, It’s Not Me” in the NYC Dating Scene, Mariann Yip recounts her dating experiences from over a span of two years in New York City.

Written with the familiarity of Mariann telling her close girlfriends about her dates for the first time, each chapter presents a different suitor and dives into the lessons she learned. In the stories of each of the twelve men she discusses, she reveals the ups and downs of online dating, the realities of dating in a city like New York, and the personal development she experienced in her late twenties.

When it comes to dating, love will come and go. It’s important to remember that finding love is a journey and takes patience and time. Your unique dating experience is valid, and the way your relationship ends does not define your worth or what you deserve. And, most importantly, you should never settle, because oftentimes, honey, it’s them—it’s not you.


A Spoonful of Gratitude: Tips to Reduce Stress and Enjoy Life to the Fullest

A Spoonful of GratitudeBy Najma Khorrami
In this inspired collection of sixty-eight articles published over five years, public-health expert Najma Khorrami reveals why gratitude is the foundation of personal growth. Writing with emotion and experience, Khorrami offers readers the tools they need to thrive and enjoy their lives to the fullest. Whether you’re already an expert in gratitude or a novice looking to acquire a new skill, A Spoonful of Gratitude provides a wealth of research-based evidence and straightforward advice to help reduce stress, build confidence, and improve your mental and physical health. Containing more than just a spoonful of insight into life’s most valuable lessons, this book will strengthen you from the core outward.

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Getting to Know Anne C. Scardino, Author of A Tangled Affair

Anne Scardino
Newly released Subplot title, A Tangled Affair, will have a feature post in the next few posts! In the meantime, we interviewed Anne C. Scardino on writing the book and have a Q and A with her below.

1. What is the inspiration behind A Tangled Affair?
My love of mysteries began in childhood, reading Nancy Drew books. As an adult, that passion continued with thrillers by John Grisham and Danielle Steel. This was the main inspiration behind A Tangled Affair. I was also captured by character development—reading and learning about characters: why they did what they did, how things turned out after tragedy hit and, most importantly, what was learned and solved by the end of the book.

2. This story takes place in both Philadelphia and Turks and Caicos. Why did you choose these two places?
I decided to place my novel in two locations that I know and love—Philadelphia, where I grew up and presently live, and Turks and Caicos, which I discovered twenty years ago. In Turks and Caicos, I fell in love with the people and the incredible blue water. It doesn’t get any better than a walk on the beach in Providenciales. 

3. How did your background in art and design influence this novel?
A Tangled Affair
I have always loved beautiful places and spaces and have been fortunate to travel to such places, my favorites being France and Italy; and I have developed and designed beach homes, which demands attention to detail. My description of scenes has definitely been enhanced by travel and design.

4. How would you describe your authorial style?
My authorial style was influenced by my favorite book, The Great Gatsby—just 180 pages of great storytelling with flawed characters, like all of us.

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Anne Scardino is a building and design consultant-turned-novelist. She has always had a passion for writing, whether it be social commentary or design and travel. But it is her twenty-three years of volunteering at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House that has fed her soul. Anne holds a degree in journalism from Temple University and has taken coursework at Moore College of Art and Design and The New School. An avid fan of music and travel, Anne resides in Philadelphia. Her favorite place is Turks and Caicos.

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