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The Top 4 Bookish Instagram Posts (and How to Make Them Your Own)

Ah, Instagram. A great place to share what you’re up to, what you’re into, and how it’s all going. But how do you capture a decidedly in-person experience like reading on the small, captioned, and hashtagged screen? First, some general Instagram tips:

Posted by Margaret Dunham

August Quirk Perk: The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters only $3.99

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What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. Industry is grinding to a halt. Most people have abandoned their jobs. But not Hank Palace. As our story opens, he’s investigating the latest suicide in a city that’s full of suicides—only this one feels wrong. This one feels like homicide. And Palace is the only one who cares. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die?

The Last Policeman offers a story we’ve never read before: A police procedural set on the brink of an apocalypse. What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?

BEN H. WINTERS is a New York Times best-selling author (Quirk’s Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters) and an Edgar Award nominee (for the HarperCollins YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman). His most recent novel, Bedbugs (Quirk, 2011), was hailed by Vanity Fair as a “diabolical tale of paranoia.” He lives in Indianapolis, IN.

Posted by Christina Schillaci

5 Authors Who Write Mind-Blowing Recurring Characters

For some authors, it's not enough to create a great character. They have to take it to the next level allow their creations to hop the border from book to book. These easter eggs fill us with uncontainable excitement. There’s nothing like discovering a beloved character in a totally unrelated novel. The result is an intricate web we are more-than-thrilled to dissect.

We’ve rounded up a handful of author magicians who love to revive their characters in totally new books. We can’t blame them for not wanting to let them go.

Posted by Christina Schillaci

A Celebration of Vile Villains

A good villain is more than an oxymoron – they can also easily overshadow a bland hero. Is there anyone who actually prefers Thor to Loki? What would Harry have done all year if not for Voldemort’s nefarious plans? Actually study? And if the sea witch hadn’t granted her wish, the Little Mermaid never would have learned a valuable lesson in not changing yourself for the first man who smiles at you. Villains, for all their scheming and plotting, can be a lot of fun. We've collected a smorgasbord of deliciously devilish evildoers who couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it. 

Posted by Alyssa Favreau

Happy 2015: Win a Sneak Peek Into This Year!

Working in publishing, sometimes it can be really easy to lose all concept of time. All around the office, you can spot books that aren't set to come out for another, oh, six months or so. This is a common scene around the HQ:

"Did this come out yet?"

"No Eric, that book isn't out for another year."

"What about this one?"

"That book comes out today… did you have your coffee yet?!" 

And you know what? I'd like to confuse you a little too. 

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook (March 24th), The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy (May 12th), and Nick & Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular (May 5th) aren't due out for a little while, and this is your chance to win a prize pack with all three! I'll even include a sampler of Manhattan Mayhem (April 7th), which includes four stories from the upcoming collection.

Go ahead and enter the Rafflecopter below. I've got THREE prize packs to send out. Good luck! 

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Posted by Eric Smith

Kindle Daily Deal Alert: The Last Policeman Series


While you're still in post-holiday sale mode, have we got a sale for you! Today only, you can score all three of the books in the Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben Winters–that is, The Last Policeman, Countdown City, and World of Trouble are available for today's Kindle e-book deal!

The first book is only $1.99, and the other two books are only $2.99, so hurry up and get yours before the day is over! Follow the links below! 

Posted by Basia Padlo