Meet the Author is Live! Bookship update, December 2020

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I wanted to close out 2020 with a last update for the year on Bookship. First, thank you for using Bookship. We hope you’re getting value out it. Please get in touch if we can help.

If there’s one thing we did on Bookship this year I’m excited about, it’s the Café. The first version, simple as it is, has let so many of you meet and read books with total strangers. How cool is that?! I’m excited to do more with the Café next year. If you have ideas, send them on!

Two things I’m really excited about for the future: our Meet The Author program, and Video.

The Meet The Author program will connect you with authors willing to join your reading group meetings via Zoom or other virtual means. Meet The Author is live in Bookship version 7.2.2, available now! Browse the books and Authors who will meet with your reading group, start a reading, and we’ll hook you up. Some authors have minimum group sizes they can meet with, so invite all your friends! We’re adding more authors all the time, and we have some big news lined for January. In the meantime try Browse / Meet the Author in the app to get started.

We’re working on instant video chat meetings in Bookship you can start with a single click. Best part: you don’t have to give up your contact info to join a meeting! Might be for Reading groups, might be for random strangers, maybe both. If you’re interested to provide feedback or try early versions, drop me a note.

Last month we introduced some authors in the program. Here are some new authors who’ve joined. There’s some great books and interesting people here! (Are you an author? Let me know if you want to be included. Details here.)

Erica Bauermeister
House Lessons
Erica Bauermeister is the Erica Bauermeister is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels including The Scent Keeper, chosen for Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick for Feb. 2020. Her most recent book is House Lessons, a memoir.
House Lessons
From Erica Bauermeister comes a memoir about the power of home—and the transformative act of restoring one house in particular. In this mesmerizing memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington, and in the process takes readers on a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us.

M. J. Rose
The Last Tiara
M. J. Rose is a New York Times, Wall St. Journal and USAToday bestselling author. She has published more than nineteen novels and 3 books on marketing. The Fox TV show, Past Lives, was based on her novel, The Reincarnationist. She is also the co-author, together with bestselling author Steve Berry, of the Cassiopeia Vitt adventure series.
The Last Tiara
...a provocative and moving story of a young female architect in post-World War II Manhattan, who stumbles upon a hidden treasure and begins a journey to discovering her mother’s life during the fall of the Romanovs. One of Apple's MOST ANTICIPATED books of winter!

Eliot Peper
Eliot Peper is the bestselling author of Veil, Breach, Bandwidth, Cumulus and other great books. He writes some of the most insightful near-future science fiction out there. If you want to know where things are going, read Peper. He also turned me on to The Lost Books of the Odyssey, for which I am very grateful!
"A brilliantly imagined eco-punk future filled with memorable characters locked in a life-or-death contest to control the direction of Earth's climate in the 21st century." -August Cole

Sara Ackerman
Red Sky Over Hawaii
Sara is the USA Today bestselling author of The Lieutenant's Nurse, Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, and Red Sky Over Hawaii. Born and raised in Hawaii (yay!). Her historical novels explore Hawaii around the WWII years. Great fun.
Red Sky Over Hawaii
Inspired by real places and events of WWII, Red Sky Over Hawaii immerses the reader in a time of American history full of suspicion and peril in this lush and poignant tale about the indisputable power of doing the right thing against all odds.

Hannah Mary McKinnon
Sister Dear
Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK and grew up in Switzerland. She joined an IT recruiting company and rose to the position of CEO. She then started writing, beginning with a rom-com and then becoming a bestselling author of books on the dark side of suspense. I can attest she's also frightfully helpful. Her latest book is Sister Dear.
Sister Dear
When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister....

Camron Wright
The Orphan Keeper
Camron Wright is the bestselling author of The Rent Collector, The Orphan Keeper and The Other Side of the Bridge. Born and raised in Utah (where yours truly lived for over a decade!), he has a Master's Degree in PR and worked as a fashion designer before turning to writing, where he's won many awards and spoken to many many book clubs!
The Rent Collector
The Rent Collector is the story of a young mother, Sang Ly, struggling to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty. It’s a tale of discovery and redemption in which she learns that literature, like hope, is found in the most unexpected places. Though the book is a work of fiction, it was inspired by real people living at Stung Meanchey.