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Like These Authors? Try Talia Hibbert…and See Her This Saturday!

The Rom-Com Renaissance in book publishing is still going strong, and readers who are in the mood for meet-cutes, fake relationships, hating-to-dating, and all the accompanying feels have more meant-to-be possibilities than ever before! If you recognize your soul mate in any of the popular authors below, be sure you join us for a live virtual conversation on Saturday, July 17 to hear from Talia Hibbert in an MPPL-exclusive Meet the Author program.

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Modern Love series

Cynical dating app creator Rhiannon Hunter must decide whether or not to give former pro-football player Samson Lima, who wooed her during one magical night and then disappeared, a second chance despite the fact that his in league with a business rival.

What do the stories have in common?
contemporary issues, passionate sensuality, complex and resilient heroine

 

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A 30-year-old math whiz with Asperger’s tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department.

What do the stories have in common?
ability-diverse heroine, steamy encounters, compulsively readable

 

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The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch: she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

What do the stories have in common?
enemies-to-lovers theme, culturally diverse couple, both comic and spicy

 

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Headliners by Lucy Parker
London Celebrities series

For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together–but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.

What do the stories have in common?
hating-to-dating theme, banter-filled dialogue, both sweet and saucy

 

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Grin & Beard It by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers series

When a new role takes Hollywood comic actress Sienna to the Great Smoky Mountains but she finds herself continually lost, she’s rescued by handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger Jethro. Can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her heart?

What do the stories have in common?
opposites attract theme, culturally diverse couple, folksiness but with heat

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Stranded together in an elevator during a power outage, Drew and Alexa agree to pose as a couple at an ex’s wedding and discover afterwards that they are unable to forget each other.

What do the stories have in common?
snappy dialogue, dynamic characters, interracial romance

Why MPPL Staff Love Talia Hibbert

Zoom Program: Meet the author Talia Hibbert, Saturday, July 17 at 11 a.m.

What is it about Talia Hibbert’s books that has won the hearts of our readers’ advisors? Peek over the shoulders of MPPL staff to learn six reasons why they are infatuated, and join us for a live virtual conversation on Saturday, July 17 to hear from the author herself. Can’t wait? Try a reading date with Get a Life, Chloe Brown, the first of the Brown Sisters trilogy, as ebook or e-audio on Hoopla.

Real and Relatable Characters

“I enjoy how real both her male and female characters are. They have many facets to them and they are normal people with things like tough pasts, mental health issues, and/or disabilities, and I find that so refreshing and relatable.”

What We Already Love but More

“I love that the sisters make reappearances throughout the whole trilogy and that there is overall a general kindness to these books even in the enemies-to-lovers trope. Speaking of tropes: Hibbert covers a bunch of them (fake dating, enemies to lovers, person teaching other person to LIVE), but because she has such superb character development and banter between characters it feels like fresh takes on the tropes.”

Ultramodern with Ease

“I liked that the writing was effortlessly contemporary. There are references to social media and other bits of modern life that don’t feel clunky like they sometimes do when an author is trying to seem ‘with it.’ It feels like the author could be writing about her own life — that’s how real the characters, places, and social media bits feel.”

 

Accessibility and Tone

“A way in for me was when I was trying to stretch my reading, and I was able to do so easily  thanks to the humor and not-often-talked-about issues. I’d probably recommend to a reader looking for a more contemporary/real-life (right now) romance with a bit of humor. I’d definitely mention the fun back and forth/quirkiness between the characters. So romantical!”

Inclusivity

“The book I read had two Black main characters, a bisexual lead, two non-Christian religions, and a mental health subplot, and still managed to be funny and fun to read.”

Delicious Audio Productions

“I love the snappy dialogue, and the audiobooks’ narrators are fabulous!! Yes, I’m swooning!”

Added note: Steamy Encounters 

Talia is renown for romance with lots of sizzle. Whether you are looking for more stories with equal heat or some that lean into slow-burn simmer instead, we can suggest just the right recipe!

Summer of Author Visits Continues!

the summer of author visits

Even if you missed our fabulous time with Helene Wecker and Kat Howard last month, you can still take part in MPPL’s Author Summer by joining us for conversations with Talia Hibbert, Megan Miranda, and Shari Lapena. All author visits will be presented on Zoom, so you can enjoy from the comfort of your favorite reading chair! To sign up and for more information, visit the library’s event calendar. Links to register for each program may be found below as well.

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VIRTUAL Meet the Author: Talia Hibbert will be held on Sat. July 17th from 11am-12pm. Register here!

Settle in for conversation and fun as Talia Hibbert, author of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown, is interviewed by booktuber, blogger, and avid reader Ashley from The Bookish Realm.

 

act your age, eve brown book coverUSA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Attendees will be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of one of her novels.

 

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VIRTUAL Author Visit: An Evening with Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena will be held Thurs. August 12 from 7-8 pm. Register here!

Join us for an evening with bestselling domestic thriller authors Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena when they discuss their new books with bestselling author Mary Kubica. Kubica’s most recent title is Local Woman Missing.

Megan Miranda’s new book, Such A Quiet Place, is described as the perfect summer beach read, is set in a seemingly idyllic neighborhood. Scratch the surface though, and there is deceit and viciousness festering inside the households of this community. Such A Quiet Place strikes an unnerving chord and will leave you wondering – do you ever really know your neighbors?

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Shari Lapena’s Not A Happy Family has it all: rich people behaving badly, sibling rivalry, twists, turns, red herrings, and, of course, a few murders interspersed. When Fred and Sheila Merton are savagely killed, their adult kids are devastated. Or are they? Lapena’s new book brings to life the world of the rich and powerful with the dysfunctional Merton family. In this family, everyone is keeping secrets. Even the dead.

Presented in partnership with Algonquin Area Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Deerfield Public Library, Glencoe Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Lake Villa District Library, Mount Prospect Public Library, Niles-Maine District Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, Vernon Area Public Library, and Wilmette Public Library.

Are Helene Wecker Books for You?

 

If You Liked These, Try Helene Wecker book collageIf you’ve enjoyed one or more of these titles, Helene Wecker’s imaginative storytelling may be a great match for your reading moods. She blends folklore, adventure, historical fiction, romance, and fantasy with lush worldbuilding and contemporary style. Learn even more by listening firsthand to a virtual conversation Tuesday, June 22, at 7pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to be enchanted!

The Golem and the Jinni series is for you if you liked….

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Why? Irresistible tales of real life infused with magic told in rich, lyrical style

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Why? Expansive, character-driven stories incorporating both mastery of craft and golem lore

Circe by Madeline Miller

Why? Atmospheric historical fantasy drawing from mythology but translated to innovative frame

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Why? Fantastical epics with mystical soul mates that draw readers in to worlds beyond ours

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Why? Supernatural characters navigate adventures while discovering their place in our world

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Why? Equal parts history and mind-bending fantasy presented in complex, rewarding style

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Why? Full immersion in historical setting combined with thoughtful reimagining of Jewish folklore

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Why? Enchanted tales inspired by myth from parts of world other than Western Europe

Please join us for an inspiring book conversation:

Helene Wecker program

Stay tuned for more information on our Summer of Author Visits!

The Summer of Author Visits!

the summer of author visits

This summer is chock-full of virtually visiting authors. We have three different authors joining us and they are, in order of appearance: Helene Wecker, Talia Hibbert, and Megan Miranda. All the author visits will be presented on Zoom. To sign up and for more information, visit the library’s event calendar. Links to register for each program may be found below as well.

 

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VIRTUAL Author Visit: An Evening with Helene Wecker will be held on Tues. June 22nd from 7-8pm. Register here!

We are delighted to join with The Book Stall and Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, and Wilmette Public Libraries to present Helene Wecker, author of the acclaimed novel The Golem and the Jinni, celebrating the long-awaited sequel, The Hidden Palace. Ms. Wecker will be in conversation with award-winning author Kat Howard.

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About the Book: “A blend of romance, Mary Shelley-esque horror, and folklore…. Wecker skillfully combines the storylines of Chava the Golem and Ahmad the Jinni and numerous other players, good and evil, in an enchanting tale that pleases on every page.” –Kirkus Reviews

 

 

Get a Life, Chloe Brown book cover

VIRTUAL Meet the Author: Talia Hibbert will be held on Sat. July 17th from 11am-12pm. Register here!

Settle in for conversation and fun as Talia Hibbert, author of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown, is interviewed by booktuber, blogger, and avid reader Ashley from The Bookish Realm.

 

act your age, eve brown book coverUSA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Attendees will be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of one of her novels.

 

such a quiet place book cover

VIRTUAL Author Visit: An Evening with Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena will be held Thurs. August 12 from 7-8 pm. Register here!

Join us for an evening with bestselling domestic thriller authors Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena when they discuss their new books with bestselling author Mary Kubica. Kubica’s most recent title is Local Woman Missing.

Megan Miranda’s new book, Such A Quiet Place, is described as the perfect summer beach read, is set in a seemingly idyllic neighborhood. Scratch the surface though, and there is deceit and viciousness festering inside the households of this community. Such A Quiet Place strikes an unnerving chord and will leave you wondering – do you ever really know your neighbors?

not a happy family book cover

Shari Lapena’s Not A Happy Family has it all: rich people behaving badly, sibling rivalry, twists, turns, red herrings, and, of course, a few murders interspersed. When Fred and Sheila Merton are savagely killed, their adult kids are devastated. Or are they? Lapena’s new book brings to life the world of the rich and powerful with the dysfunctional Merton family. In this family, everyone is keeping secrets. Even the dead.

Presented in partnership with Algonquin Area Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Deerfield Public Library, Glencoe Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Lake Villa District Library, Mount Prospect Public Library, Niles-Maine District Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, Vernon Area Public Library, and Wilmette Public Library.