THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU by Liv Constantine - The Big Thrill “Between the Lines: Liv Constantine”

The Big Thrill | April 30, 2019

“Considering that few readers had heard of Liv Constantine before the stunning success of 2017’s The Last Mrs. Parrish, you’d be forgiven for calling the writing duo an overnight success. But you’d also be in for a gentle correction. Though Mrs. Parrish was their first thriller, sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine have been publishing together (and fighting their way through the query trenches) since their women’s fiction debut, Circle Dance, hit shelves in 2004—a cool 13 years before Mrs. Parrish turned them into book-world celebrities.

So if success came overnight, no one told Lynne and Valerie. They continued to write books, both together and separately, as they honed their craft and learned the business of publishing. Lynne finished a solo effort, The Veritas Deception, and completed another manuscript with Valerie (Black-Eyed Susans) before the sisters began work on the collaboration that would launch them into the stratosphere. They attended conferences such as ThrillerFest, where they met agents and found like-minded writers to cheer them on, collected the requisite rejection letters, and, above all, kept writing until they finally signed with their dream agent, who sold Mrs. Parrish to Harper just six days after submission.”

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THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by Liv Constantine - Refinery29 "Your Next TV Obsession Is A Simple Favor Meets Gone Girl"

Refinery29 | April 16, 2019

“If you loved the twists of A Simple Favor and the cat-and-mouse drama of Gone Girl, then you should be giddy over the latest domestic thriller in development. According to Deadline, Liv Constantine's The Last Mrs. Parrish is being developed as a TV series for Amazon, and should it go to series, fans are in for one hell of a ride.

The Last Mrs. Parrish hit shelves in 2017, and was quickly picked up by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club. The novel follows a young woman determined to infiltrate the world of a high-society wife — all so she can steal her husband and her well-to-do lifestyle. However, things are not exactly as they seem in this posh family — and Mrs. Parrish may not be so hapless a woman.”

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THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by Liv Constantine - Deadline "Drama Series Based On Novel In Works At Amazon With Cathy Schulman & Jeff Gaspin Producing"

Deadline | April 16, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is developing a drama series based on The Last Mrs. Parrish, Liv Constantine’s bestselling debut novel, with Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment and Jeff Gaspin’s Gaspin Media producing. Jessica Mecklenburg (The Twilight Zone, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, Stranger Things) will pen the adaptation and executive produce.”

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The Hollywood Report - "Karin Slaughter Talks Netflix ‘Pieces of Her’ Adaptation, Tackling #MeToo in Writing"

The Hollywood Report | April 13, 2019

“While participating in a panel discussion during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Saturday, the author revealed her excitement for the adaptation of her thriller and why it was important to tackle #MeToo in the story.

After it was announced in February that Netflix ordered to series Pieces of Her, a new eight-episode thriller based on crime author Karin Slaughter's novel of the same name, the author revealed her excitement for the series during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Saturday afternoon.”

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THE LAST WIDOW by Karin Slaughter - Bustle "Karin Slaughter's New Book 'The Last Widow' Is A Summer Thriller You Won't Be Able To Put Down"

Bustle | April 10, 2019

“If you're a Will Trent or Sara Linton fan, you're in luck this summer: Karin Slaughter's beloved hero and heroine are back in her latest thriller, The Last Widow, out on Aug. 20, 2019. You may have to wait until August to get your hands on the book, but Bustle has an exclusive look at the cover and a chapter below, so you can start reading right now.

The story begins on a hot summer night, when a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is kidnapped by unknown assailants in a parking lot. Authorities are desperate to find them, but the doctor appears to have vanished. One month later, on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, a bomb goes off in the Atlanta neighborhood that houses Emory University, two hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC. Will, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Sara, a medical examiner rush to the scene — and straight into a dangerous conspiracy. When Sara is kidnapped, the stakes are raised, and Will must go undercover to save her and prevent the deaths of thousands of people.”

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FAKE LIKE ME by Barbara Bourland - Starred Review from Kirkus

Kirkus | April 9, 2019

“Bourland’s (I’ll Eat When I’m Dead, 2017) painstaking research on the practical and emotional aspects of making art is on vivid display. Readers eager for a glimpse into the New York art scene will be enthralled, but despite the glitz and glamour, it’s frequently a dehumanizing place to be, especially for women. After all, as the gallerist says: ‘Female painters are the bargain of the century.’

A haunting, dizzying meditation on identity and the blurred lines between life and art.”

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New Book Deal for Liv Constantine

Publishers Weekly | April 5, 2019

“Harper’s Emily Griffin dished out seven figures for world rights to the next two books by Liv Constantine, a pseudonym for sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, the duo behind The Last Mrs. Parrish, which was published last year and was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Last Time I Saw You, their second book is due in May.

The first of the new contract, The Wife Stalker, due out in summer 2020, is a psychological suspense story that centers on Joanna, whose ex-husband has married a woman, Piper, whom Joanna suspects is a black widow, as her two previous ex-husbands—and a stepdaughter—died in tragic accidents. Fearing for the safety of her children and her ex-husband, Joanna is determined to win her family back. But Piper is equally determined to keep them for herself and schemes to make Joanna look deranged and dangerous.

In a separate two-book deal, Griffin also bought world rights to two thrillers from Lynne Constantine, writing under the pseudonym L.C. Shaw, that will launch the Jack Logan series, which centers on an investigative journalist. Both deals were negotiated by Bernadette Baker-Baughman at Victoria Sanders & Associates.”

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COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART by Faith Erin Hicks - School Library Journal Starred Review

School Library Journal | March 27, 2019

“When Miriam meets Weldon in the bookstore where she works, it seems like the beginning of a relationship that was meant to happen. They are smart, have similar senses of humor, and are both fans of the TomorrowMen comics. But their grandfathers cocreated the TomorrowMen, and after they split apart, their families spent decades resenting each other. Now Weldon is the heir to a fortune, while Miriam's family is just scraping by. Miriam thinks that a romance between them is impossible, but little by little Weldon starts wearing down her resistance. Over the course of the narrative, she reexamines her feelings about her friends, her family, Weldon, and herself in order to find closure with the past and embrace happiness. Readers will enjoy watching this flawed and conflicted character evolve, and they will be glad that she has a support system around her to help her deal with her grief and anger. This is Hicks's first prose novel, but like her previous graphic novels, it tells a tale that is filled with humor and heart.

VERDICT For fans of realistic fiction, family problems, all-too-human characters, and star-crossed love stories. A must-have.

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks received a starred review from School Library Journal! Follow the link above.

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BETWEEN HARLEM AND HEAVEN by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson, with Veronica Chambers - The 2019 James Beard Award Nominees

James Beard Foundation | March 27, 2019

“At a ceremony at Hugo's by JBF Award winner Hugo Ortega in Houston, we announced the 2019 James Beard Award nominees in our Restaurant and Chef, Media, and Restaurant Design categories. […] The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.”

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Award! This award is for “cookbooks and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2018.” Click the link above to see the full list of nominees!

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KEEPING LUCY by T. Greenwood - Good Housekeeping "The 25 Best New Books for Summer 2019"

Good Housekeeping | March 25, 2019

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Tear through all these beach reads by Labor Day.

Book enthusiasts know summer is high season for juicy fiction and gripping tell-alls. This year, several household names are back with new work — Elizabeth Gilbert, Margaret Atwood, and My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. See these and many more titles readers can't wait to dive into, according to the experts at Goodreads.”

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood was included in this round-up on Good Housekeeping! Follow the link above to read the full article.

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THE NAMELESS CITY: THE DIVIDED EARTH by Faith Erin Hicks - Georgia Straight "Shortlist for the 2019 B.C. Book Prizes revealed"

Georgia Straight | March 20, 2019

“The nominees in the seven categories of this year's B.C. Book Prizes were announced today by event organizers. Winners will be named at a gala slated for May 11 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront downtown.”

The Nameless City: The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks was nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize! Follow the link above to see all of the nominees.

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AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Variety "USA Network to Develop ‘An Anonymous Girl’ Series Adaptation From eOne"

Variety | March 13, 2019

“A series adaptation of the novel ‘An Anonymous Girl’ is in the early development stages at USA Network, Variety has learned exclusively.

eOne acquired the rights to the book prior to its publication in January. Written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the best-selling book follows Jessica Farris, who signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields. She thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking–and what she’s hiding.

Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz will pen and executive produce the adaptation, with Hendricks and Pekkanen also onboard as executive producers. eOne will produce.”

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R.L. Maizes - McSweeney’s “For Today’s Woman: Make the Most of Daylight Saving Time Or Die Trying”

McSweeney’s | March 8, 2019

“It’s almost daylight saving time: How are you planning to use the extended hour of sunshine in the evening? By taking a stroll in the park? Painting a landscape? Or — dare to dream — by sipping a martini on the veranda? Or maybe you’ll spend it waking up to the fact that as women we rarely have time for any of those things. With that said, you might be able to squeeze in a few of the following.”

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CANTORAS by Carolina De Robertis - Library Journal "Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Prepub Alert, Sept. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert"

Library Journal | March 4, 2019

“Social activist and award-winning novelist (the multi-best-booked The Invisible Mountain, plus Perla and The Gods of Tango), Uruguayan American writer de Robertis opens her new work in 1977 Uruguay, where the military flattens all dissent and being homosexual is virtually life-threatening. Here, five cantoras (“female singers”)—Romina, Flaca, Anita “La Venus,” Paz, and Malena—befriend one another and, after finding a remote, uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, travel between this sanctuary and Montevideo as they struggle to live their lives.”

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis was included in Barbara Hoffert’s Fiction Picks for the September 2019 pre-pub alerts! Follow the link above to see the full list.

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