What is Historical Fiction?

In a sense, this is an oxymoron. How can anything historical be fiction? It contradicts each other. Ah, but it is not history that is fiction. It is fiction with an historical basis. Setting The historical aspect of a fiction novel comes in many forms. It can be in the setting alone. Putting a story… Read more »

1421 – A Book Review

Who discovered the Americas?  Most would say Christopher Columbus.  Others who have been paying closer attention to history after high school would say the Vikings.  What would you say if all the answers to this question were changed to China? In the book <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061564893?ie=UTF8&tag=hubspace-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0061564893″>1421: The Year China Discovered America (P.S.)</a><img src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=hubspace-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0061564893″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″… Read more »

The Purpose of Quotation Marks

There are a lot of things that are involved in writing. You have to pay attention to plot, characters, wordage, proper word usage and understandable dialogue. You also have to pay attention to where certain ‘marks’ should be placed. Yes, punctuation is very important and can be the reason your book isn’t taking off. Even… Read more »

Mental and Internal Reactions to Fear

When a person feels fear, there are definite physical reactions as this emotion rips through his or her body.  What happens internally and mentally in this person?  What if this fear has been building in intensity inside for a long time?  What if it the person has held this fear in and not allowed it… Read more »

Help Other Readers Find Books

Read a book recently, in the last year, sometime in your life? Help us create a database of them where readers can match similar books. Our goal is to create a database where a reader can come and try to find other books they might not have heard about that are similar to ones they… Read more »

The Truth at the OK Corral

One of the most famous conflicts in American history and possibly the world is the fight at the OK Corral.  It became the symbol of good vs. evil.  It became a hotbed of intrigue and spin.  What really happened there?  Who fired the first shot?  Who were the true victims? Before jumping into the fight… Read more »

Lynn Cullen Interview – Sofonisba Anguissola, Juana the Mad, and Historical Fiction

What was it about Sofonisba Anguissola and Juana the Mad that caught this author’s attention?  What did she do to learn more about these two fascinating women?  How old was this author when she began to write?  How supportive is her family of her writing?  What advice does she have for aspiring authors? Sofonisba Anguissola… Read more »

Opposite Day and Other Unusual Holidays

Will you become easily confused on Opposite Day?  How will you show how thankful you are for bubble wrap on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day?  On Chocolate Cake Day, will you splurge and eat an entire chocolate cake yourself?  If you don’t own a kazoo, will you buy one on National Kazoo Day?  How many puzzles… Read more »

Top 10 Book Reviews in TNB’s First Year

During The News in Books’ first year, we have had quite a few book reviews. They cover horror books, children’s books, unique twists on old classics. Of the ones published in the first year of TNB sharing the love of reading, these are the top 10 book reviews:   #10 – Desper Hollow – A… Read more »

When Women had to Pretend to be Men to Write

    It’s hard to believe in this day and age, but yes, in the olden days women were not cherished or revered as we are today. In fact, we were considered second class citizens to men and men firmly believed that all we ever thought about was cooking, cleaning, children, bunnies and kittens! Well,… Read more »

  • What is Historical Fiction?

    In a sense, this is an oxymoron. How can anything historical be fiction? It contradicts each other. Ah, but it is not history that is fiction. It is fiction with an historical basis. Setting The historical aspect of a fiction novel comes in many forms. It can be in the setting alone. Putting a story… Read more »

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    Posted on January 30, 2015 by
  • 1421 – A Book Review

    Who discovered the Americas?  Most would say Christopher Columbus.  Others who have been paying closer attention to history after high school would say the Vikings.  What would you say if all the answers to this question were changed to China? In the book <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061564893?ie=UTF8&tag=hubspace-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0061564893″>1421: The Year China Discovered America (P.S.)</a><img src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=hubspace-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0061564893″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″… Read more »

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    Posted on January 29, 2015 by
  • The Purpose of Quotation Marks

    There are a lot of things that are involved in writing. You have to pay attention to plot, characters, wordage, proper word usage and understandable dialogue. You also have to pay attention to where certain ‘marks’ should be placed. Yes, punctuation is very important and can be the reason your book isn’t taking off. Even… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 28, 2015 by
  • Mental and Internal Reactions to Fear

    When a person feels fear, there are definite physical reactions as this emotion rips through his or her body.  What happens internally and mentally in this person?  What if this fear has been building in intensity inside for a long time?  What if it the person has held this fear in and not allowed it… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 27, 2015 by
  • Help Other Readers Find Books

    Read a book recently, in the last year, sometime in your life? Help us create a database of them where readers can match similar books. Our goal is to create a database where a reader can come and try to find other books they might not have heard about that are similar to ones they… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 27, 2015 by
  • The Truth at the OK Corral

    One of the most famous conflicts in American history and possibly the world is the fight at the OK Corral.  It became the symbol of good vs. evil.  It became a hotbed of intrigue and spin.  What really happened there?  Who fired the first shot?  Who were the true victims? Before jumping into the fight… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 26, 2015 by
  • Lynn Cullen Interview – Sofonisba Anguissola, Juana the Mad, and Historical Fiction

    What was it about Sofonisba Anguissola and Juana the Mad that caught this author’s attention?  What did she do to learn more about these two fascinating women?  How old was this author when she began to write?  How supportive is her family of her writing?  What advice does she have for aspiring authors? Sofonisba Anguissola… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 25, 2015 by
  • Opposite Day and Other Unusual Holidays

    Will you become easily confused on Opposite Day?  How will you show how thankful you are for bubble wrap on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day?  On Chocolate Cake Day, will you splurge and eat an entire chocolate cake yourself?  If you don’t own a kazoo, will you buy one on National Kazoo Day?  How many puzzles… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 25, 2015 by
  • Top 10 Book Reviews in TNB’s First Year

    During The News in Books’ first year, we have had quite a few book reviews. They cover horror books, children’s books, unique twists on old classics. Of the ones published in the first year of TNB sharing the love of reading, these are the top 10 book reviews:   #10 – Desper Hollow – A… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on January 25, 2015 by
  • When Women had to Pretend to be Men to Write

        It’s hard to believe in this day and age, but yes, in the olden days women were not cherished or revered as we are today. In fact, we were considered second class citizens to men and men firmly believed that all we ever thought about was cooking, cleaning, children, bunnies and kittens! Well,… Read more »

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    Posted on January 24, 2015 by