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Books

Thursday
Jul172014

Free Short Story, "Bridal Sour!"

It's here at last! Download my free short story, "Bridal Sour," at Noisetrade here. It's available as a PDF, so you can read it on your computer or send it to virtually any ereading device or app! Rattle the tip jar while you're there if you enjoyed it, and don't forget to share with friends.

When all the recently engaged women in town start turning into zombies, one girl things she knows the source of the problem -- and its unlikely solution. Download "Bridal Sour" for free, from Bulfinch author Hannah Sternberg.


Monday
Jul142014

Read an Excerpt from Bulfinch!

Hi gang! It's been a pretty tumultuous week, which threw me off my short story posting schedule. When I asked you guys on Facebook if you'd like to see an excerpt from Bulfinch instead, while I got my act together, the love and support was very encouraging. So here it is. Enjoy the first chapter of Bulfinch.

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Tuesday
Jun102014

Announcing Bulfinch, My New Book!

 

I'm utterly tickled to share the news that I'll be releasing my second novel, Bulfinch, this August! Bulfinch is a whimsical fantasy tale for young adult readers and grownups who enjoy a good tale. If you can't wait to order your copy, sign up for my special pre-order offer and I'll send you a signed, personalized copy with some fun goodies in the package as soon as the book is available!

When a knight and a monk spring from the pages of Rosie’s book, the only people more astonished than the reclusive PhD student are her time-traveling visitors.

Cooped up in a house-turned-museum since the long-ago disappearance of her parents, Rosie is now forced out into the world as her guests wreak havoc on her Baltimore neighborhood.

As Rosie tries to figure out how to return the errant duo to their home in history, she begins to uncover why her parents vanished without a trace seven years ago. But her eccentric Uncle Alvin threatens to stand in her way, before she can discover the truth about Bulfinch and her own childhood.

By turns funny and tender, adventurous and thoughtful, Bulfinch is a whimsical tale about getting lost in a book -- and finding your way out again.

Advance praise for Bulfinch:

“I was astonished at the depth of emotion conveyed in the book. I felt the same way after reading Queens of All the Earth. Sternberg has such a talent for examining and sharing these deep, deep emotions in such a way that readers get swept up in them as well. The word that came to mind when I read this book was delicious. I felt like I was devouring it and that it was just delicious.” - Allie Duzett, author of The Body Electric

“I’m a sucker for books about knights and monks, and in this delightful tale, a suitably belligerent knight and dreamy monk help a very modern girl solve her very mysterious problems in a very medieval way. Highly recommended.” - H.W. Crocker III, author of The Old Limey

“Meticulously researched, through nifty writing and the art of fantasy, Sternberg brings a couple of characters from the Middle Ages to the present and to life. A terrific read.” - Gary Alexander, author of the Buster Hightower mystery series

 

How to Get It

Want to order your copy early so you don't forget? Use the button below to place your pre-order, and you'll receive a signed, personalized copy with some very special goodies!

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Bulfinch will be available on August 15 on Amazon (including Canada, UK, and Europe) in paperback and Kindle formats. Don't have a Kindle? Never fear, Bulfinch will be available on a variety of other major ebook formats a month after release.

Want to pick up your copy of Bulfinch in a store? Request an order through your favorite local bookstore! Bulfinch is published by Istoria Books and distributed by Ingram.

Tuesday
Jun182013

Hannah's Quick and Dirty Guide to Book Publishing

Since I hear from a lot of friends, acquaintances, and friends-of-acquaintances asking about how to get their book(s) published, I thought I'd boil down the three methods here. This post is meant as a starting point, both for making your own decision about which method to pursue, and for starting your own, more in depth research. Also note these suggestions are most useful when seeking to publish a work of fiction, though they're still mostly true when publishing nonfiction as well.

One note applies to all three methods though: If you want to publish a book, your first step is to finish writing it. It sounds obvious, but it's actually very difficult, because writing a book is extremely time-consuming and draining, and it can be hard to finish something like that without any reward along the way. So the temptation is to write a little bit, and then either use that little bit to query agents or publishers "on proposal," or to self-pub it as the first installment of something. The first way leads to a situation where (joy! happiness!) an agent or publisher expresses interest...and asks for the rest of the manuscript, which does not exist yet and you cannot possibly complete, in good quality, in the next week or month. The second way leads to readers who (joy! happiness!) got hooked on your story...but then lost all interest or got angry or swore it off when it took too long for you to post the next bit.

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Monday
Apr012013

Writers eat too.

I needed to make something for dessert because a completely mysterious and unknowable force has been eating my chocolate bunny.

It was windy today and I didn't want to go for a run, so my beautiful and talented assistant roommate Becky suggested creating a workout that I could do while baking. Now I just have to figure out how to describe it in MyFitnessPal. The idea originally sprang up when I told her that this glorious and forgiving calorie counter actually lets you list cooking as an exercise activity (after all, you're burning calories with all that standing, and mixing, and bending and reaching).

Note: this workout is not proven to improve your health, figure, or complexion. In fact, the only thing that it has been proven to do so far is, under certain very specific circumstances, make you fatter.

I adapted it from this kind of embarrassingly dull Bon Appetit recipe for banana bread. First of all, no vanilla or nutmeg?! Seriously, is this Soviet Russia? Secondly, I had some pineapple that needed to be used up, so I replaced one of the bananas with that. Thirdly, while I was working, the rest of my chocolate bunny disappeared. Investigators are still examining the scene.

 

Pineapple Banana Breadercise

 

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 overripe banana

1 cup pureed pineapple

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup oil

 

While gathering ingredients, complete 20 squats.

Preheat oven to 350.

Mash together banana and pineapple. MASH HARD.

Cream together fruit, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil. While doing this, complete 20 calf raises.

In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Do the standing tree yoga pose.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. If you're especially confident and flexible, throw in 20 lateral lunges.

Pour batter into two greased loaf pans and bake for 40 minutes.

This workout will not in any way whatsoever compensate for the amount of sugar you are about to consume.