Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since our last newsletter, we have some wonderful new authors in our Meet the Author program, and a bunch of app improvements to cover!
Remember this? HQ Trivia? More in a minute…
Have you tried the Bookship Live Video? Go to your Reading, tap the video icon (), and you’re in. Your fellow readers will get an alert; when they tap they’re in too! What about the new Review feature? We’d love any feedback you have on these new features!
There’s a new version of Bookship out, version 8.0.11, get it from your App Store! There’s a number of big performance improvements, bug fixes, and some small improvements:
Tap an image in a comment, you can now pinch/zoom the image (you’re welcome Justine!!)
Post a link to a Youtube video, it expands to a full Youtube player
Post a web link in the Cafe, it will expand to include an image & description if the source site has it. Great for sharing fun book news.
The Bookship web app now supports loading images from your computer for comments, profile pictures and such.
OK: so, HQ Trivia….well, I got bored. And I love trivia. So, I’ve been building a hidden Book Trivia game inside the Bookship Café. If you want to try it out, send me a note. I’ll set you up and we’ll run a game one Friday with everyone who wants in just for fun. No prizes….yet!
We are happy to welcome some amazing new authors to our Meet The Author program. As a reminder, when your book club reads one of these authors, they are ready to meet with your group via video chat!
The Bone Shard Daughter
Andrea Stewart is the daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. Her parents always emphasized science and education, so she spent her childhood immersed in Star Trek and odd-smelling library books. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn’t pan out, she instead turned to writing books…
The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable debut from a major new voice in epic fantasy — a stunning tale of magic, mystery, and revolution in which the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her power and her place on the throne. Sarah J. Maas said The Bone Shard Daughter “grabs you by the heart & the throat from the first pages & doesn’t let go”.
Editor-at-large for Writer’s Digest by day, bestselling author by night, Jessica is the bestselling author of Almost Missed You, Not That I Could Tell, and now A Million Reasons Why.
When two strangers are linked by a mail-in DNA test, it’s an answered prayer—that is, for one half sister. For the other, it will dismantle everything she knows to be true. Jessica’s new book is One of Booktrib’s Best Summer Thrillers and an Amazon #1 New Release in medical fiction!
Hank Phillippi Ryan is an investigative reporter for Channel 7 news in Boston, the co-host of First Chapter Fun (w/ Hannah Mary McKinnon, also a Meet the Author participant), and an award-winning, bestselling author (37 Emmys?! Seriously??).
First to Lie is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Medical Fiction, and an Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel of 2021! A twisty thriller involving Big Pharma, an investigative reporter, and three women, each with the reason and ability to lie….Like O. Henry, you can bet there will be a Twist At The End!
Tasha Alexander writes sumptuous historical fiction….The daughter of two philosophy professors, she studied English Literature and Medieval History at the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, live on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming.
In The Dark Heart of Florence, Alexander’s durable heroine Lady Emily returns to Italy in 1903 in a tale of murder, espionage, and hidden treasure…’Historical background adds depth to a complex, exciting mystery’, says Kirkus.
Angie Kim is the debut author of the international bestseller and Edgar winner Miracle Creek, named a “Best Book of the Year” by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and The Today Show, among others. A Korean immigrant, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, and one of Variety Magazine’s inaugural “10 Storytellers to Watch”, she lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.
“This novel is a stunner, emotionally packed…Part family drama, part trial drama, part culture war drama — digging into sensitive topics like parenthood, immigration, infertility, and alternative therapy — this novel is all secrets, secrets, secrets…Angie Kim gives the reader a supremely masterful unraveling in this tense, psychologically astute, emotionally riveting, suspense-filled literary thriller.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books
Seeing as we are based in Hawaii, we are delighted to welcome an author with Hawaii roots, Tori Eldridge. Born and raised in Honolulu and of Hawaiian, Chinese and Norwegian descent, Tori now makes her home in California, writing the wonderful Lily Wong Ninja series.
She’s not making this up, by the way: Tori holds a 5th degree black belt in To-Shin Do ninjutsu.
In THE NINJA’S BLADE, Lily Wong―a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja―has more trouble than she was bargaining for when controlling grandparents arrive in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at the same time she goes undercover in the dangerous world of youth sex trafficking. As she hunts for a kidnapped prostitution victim, a missing high school girl, and a sociopathic trafficker, the surviving members of a murderous street gang hunt for her.