Tag Archives: Nora Roberts

Readers Advisory: Episode 94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 93 – Angels Fall


Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

Our February observance of Nora Roberts Month continues, as we read Angels Fall with author and longtime Nora devotee Christine Ricketts. It’s a quirky small-town romance between a traumatized chef and a mystery writer who hates vegetables. What could go wrong? A murder? An elaborate town-wide gaslighting campaign? A lack of fresh #herbs? All this and more, but spoilers…it ends happily ever after.

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains a fictional mass shooting.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Concept of Waffles Newsletter

Stained Page Newsletter

Episode #92 – Whiskey Beach

Episode #28 – Black Hills 

Candy pairing: Christine says hotel chocolates, Kait says trail mix,  Renata says #herbs.

Coming up next: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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Readers Advisory: Episode 93 – Angels Fall

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Angels Fall by Nora Roberts. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 92 – Whiskey Beach

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Kait and Renata decided to treat themselves to the gift of Nora Roberts. They read Whiskey Beach with special Galentine pal (and mother of Renata), Susan. Although Duarte didn’t like this one as much as our last experience with Nora, the cougariffic Black Hills, it was still a welcome respite from the usual garbage we read. Join us for the romantic story of a man who totally didn’t murder his wife falling in love with his quirky crime-solving housekeeper/masseuse/yoga instructor/jewelry designer. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as Nora Roberts enjoys describing home decor!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode #28 – Black Hills 

North Shore vs South Shore

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”’ by Nathan Rabin

Candy pairing: Kait says cinnamon toast, Renata says Gibraltars, Susan says Snickers.

Coming up next: Angels Fall by Nora Roberts.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 92 – Whiskey Beach

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth! Continue reading

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Readers Advisory: Episode 51 – Lone Wolf

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Readers Advisory: Episode 42 – The Perfect Letter

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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The Mistletoe Contest

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Update, 12/21/15:

We’ve drawn our winners via RandomPicker.com! Congratulations to:

@lizwise05 First prize: A copy of The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. This copy is signed by the author and personalized “to Duarte.” We will also send you a candy pairing.
@lisaeckstein Second prize: A used copy of Black Hills by Nora Roberts and a candy pairing.
@narigonia Third prize: A (very) used copy of Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike and a candy pairing.

 

And thanks so much to everyone who entered! We loved reading all your entries. They helped patch the hole in our soul that was eroded by reading The Christmas Sweater. We hope you all have a happy holiday season and receive only enjoyable books as gifts!

 


 

 

Happy holiday season, Best Listeners!

Having read The Mistletoe Promise, we’re so overcome with glad tidings of the season that we wanted to follow in the footsteps of Richard Paul Evans’s character Nicholas and shower everyone with expensive gifts and important cultural experiences. But we don’t have fictional lawyer money here, so instead we’re doing this contest.

We want you to give someone you know the best gift of all: knowledge of our podcast. Just tell someone (or multiple someones, such as all of your Twitter followers!) about Worst Bestsellers. Maybe suggest your favorite episode, or link to your favorite readers advisory page. Maybe just a simple, factual statement: The Worst Bestsellers is a podcast that exists. Whatever you’d like to share about us is fine. Then let us know about it. If you’ve publicly tweeted about us, just include our Twitter handle @worstbestseller in your tweet and we’ll see it and count it as an entry. If you have a locked Twitter account, or if you’ve mentioned us on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or any other social media platform, please take a screencap and email it to us at worstbestsellers at gmail.com with the subject line “Mistletoe Contest.” If you told someone about us in person, please email us your best emoticon representation of what that person’s face looked like when you told them.

Here are some example entries:

Mistletoe Tweet

Mistletoe Facebook

Mistletoe Email

These entries are all invalid because they are all from Renata, but would otherwise be acceptable.

 

Each method of telling people about us will count as one entry in our contest. (So, for example, you could tweet about us, post about us on Facebook, and tell someone in person for 3 total entries, but if you tweeted about us 3 times, that would just be 1 entry).

You can submit entries any time between Monday, December 7, 2015 through Sunday, December 20th, 2015 at midnight (EST).

Then we’ll put all your names in RandomPicker.com and choose three winners! Winners will be notified Monday, December 21st.

Signed Copy of The Mistletoe Promise

We can’t believe Duarte is willing to part with this.

Renata and Richard Paul Evans

That time Renata met Richard Paul Evans.

 

First prize: A copy of The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. This copy is signed by the author and personalized “to Duarte.”* We will also send you a candy pairing.

Second prize: A used copy of Black Hills by Nora Roberts and a candy pairing.

Third prize: A (very) used copy of Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike and a candy pairing.

 

* FAQ on this: Renata met Richard Paul Evans at a librarian conference. No, she did not tell him it was for a podcast, or that Duarte is a cat. It was a very cordial exchange.

** A note on the candy pairings: before sending out the prizes, we will contact the winners to check about allergies and candy preferences, but we’ll try to find something you would like that is thematically appropriate to the book.

 

Fine print: We’ll contact the winners to get their shipping addresses, so you don’t need to include that with your entries–we’ll get ahold of you at either the Twitter handle or email address you contacted us with to enter. If we don’t hear back from you after a reasonable amount of time (say a few weeks-ish), we’ll draw a replacement winner.

We’ll mail things internationally, so you don’t need to live in the US to win. You do need to live in this dimension, so most Christopher Pike characters are ineligible.

These copies were purchased by us as individuals and were not provided by the publishers. THANKS FOR NOTHING, PUBLISHERS.

The only limit on entries is, we guess, the number of social media accounts you have at your disposal? We’ve never done this before so hopefully this all works out! We reserve the right to change the rules if something starts to seem shady.

If you have any questions, email us at worstbestsellers at gmail.com or tweet us @worstbestseller. (Please don’t send us a Facebook message because Facebook messaging for a Page is weird and unreliable.)

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Readers Advisory: Episode 29 – Grey

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Grey by E.L. James. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth! See also: our readers advisory for Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Episode 28 – Black Hills

Black Hills by Nora Roberts

Welcome to Cougartown! Kait, Renata, and their guest Kathryn read Black Hills by Nora Roberts. Nora Roberts has written over 200 books, and this one is about a murder mystery on a big cat sanctuary. It’s a sexy page-turner with something for everyone, including Duarte. We hope you have enjoyed Worst Bestsellers, because we loved this book so much that from this point forward we’re changing focus to become a Nora Roberts Fan Club.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Nora Roberts: The woman who rewrote the rules for romance fiction

Nora Roberts & Inn BoonsBoro

How Harlequin Became the Most Famous Name in Romance

If You Got Mad Over Cecil the Lion, Here are 5 Ways You Can Bring About Change

Candy pairing:  Kait says mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, Kathryn says black panther Endangered Species Chocolate, Renata says Girl Scout cookies.

Coming up next: Grey by E.L. James

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(But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

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