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New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of the first Ayn Rand novel to appear in more than fifty years.  Entitled Ideal, the book will be released simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback on July 7, 2015. Ideal is the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged.  The new book will be a unique volume that includes both the recently rediscovered original novel and Ideal’s final incarnation as a play.  Both versions were written in 1934, when Rand was in her late twenties. “As the longtime publisher of Ayn Rand’s works, New American Library is excited to continue its successful collaboration with the Rand estate.  The arrival of a never-before-seen Ayn Rand novel will thrill dedicated readers and is a true publishing event,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh. Rand first wrote Ideal as a novel, but was dissatisfied with the manuscript and shelved it.  She then rewrote Ideal as a stage play.  Upon Rand’s death in 1982, philosopher Dr. Leonard Peikoff, the heir to Rand’s estate and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), read the novel for the first time and added it to the Ayn Rand Archives. In 2012, Richard Ralston, publishing manager at ARI, rediscovered the manuscript while ARI was digitizing the Rand archives and wanted the novel considered for publication.  Ralston discussed the idea with Dr. Peikoff who agreed that the original version of Ideal should be released along with the play (which had previously been published in 2005’s Three Plays).  With both versions of Ideal included in the new book, readers will be able to compare Rand’s two approaches to the material and consider why she put aside the novel in favor of the dramatization. “I’ve heard wishful comments over many years from readers wondering if there were other novels in Ayn Rand’s papers.  Since there actually was such a novel, I decided it should be reviewed carefully,” said Ralston.  “This new edition of Ideal demonstrates Rand’s understanding of a crucial difference between writing for readers vs. for listeners at a performance.” Ideal follows the beautiful and celebrated screen actress Kay Gonda—a character inspired by real-life movie star Greta Garbo—as she pleads for help from six of her most devoted fans: an upstanding family man, a farmer, an artist, an evangelist, a wealthy playboy, and a lost soul.  Gonda tells each that she is wanted by the police for murder and needs to hide.  By the end of the night she has tested the integrity of six people who claim that she is their ideal. Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in Russia and published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936, after moving to the United States.  Her novel Anthem followed in 1938.  Rand achieved her greatest success with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957).  Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, is still widely discussed today and more than 25 million copies of her novels have been Read more…
From Southern California Castaway to Hollywood Heartbreaker, Tuna the Chiweenie has won the adoration of Millions. Now, this charming and unconventional pooch has his own book, Tuna Melts My Heart:  The Underdog with the Overbite, the true story of “the most inspiring dog on the internet” (Buzzfeed) written in the same warm and witty voice that captured the hearts of 1 million fans, based on the massively popular Instagram account @TunaMeltsMyHeart! Tuna’s cartoonish looks—with an exaggerated overbite, a recessed jawline, and a wrinkly neck—are truly one of a kind. And yet his quirky appearance is no match for his unique perspective on life, overcoming his proclivity for staying in bed all day to keep his eye on the (bacon-flavored) prize. Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, Tuna shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing bow ties, playing with toys, and melting hearts.
On July 28, 2015, New American Library will publish in hardcover the first book in a new contemporary series from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward. Launching with a novel of the same name, The Bourbon Kings series will introduce readers to the Bradfords, a wealthy, aristocratic family in Kentucky who made their money from bourbon. The books have already been optioned for television by Endemol Studios, the entertainment and production company behind the international hit TV series Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Hell On Wheels, The Fall and Peaky Blinders, among others. Set in the heart of bourbon and horse country, The Bourbon Kings marks a departure for Ward who hasn’t written extensively about Kentucky, though she lives in The Bluegrass State and has deep ties to the surrounding community. The Bourbon Kings series will follow the Bradfords, those who work for them on their estate, Easterly, and several other wealthy Southern families involved in Kentucky’s bourbon industry. With more than 15 million of her novels in print worldwide, Ward is an international bestselling author best known for her phenomenally popular paranormal Black Dagger Brotherhood series about a group of warrior vampires.
New American Library is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh back to its NAL list! Balogh began her career with the Signet Regency line in 1985 and returns with Only Enchanting, the highly anticipated fourth novel in her New York Times bestselling Survivors’ Club series.  The book has already received a starred review from Library Journal and accolades from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The novel follows a viscount who returns home from the Napoleonic Wars wounded and changed, and with the help of a young widow learns to love again.
  image image In advance of next week’s release of Jim Butcher’s Skin Game (Roc Hardcover, 5/27), the newest installment in his #1 New York Times-bestselling Dresden Files series, this week 7 previous titles from Butcher’s series simultaneously hit The New York Times eBook fiction bestseller list: Storm Front at #6, Fool Moon at #9, Grave Peril at #12, Summer Knight at #14, Death Masks at #15, Blood Rites at #18, and Dead Beat at #24.
J.R. Ward is the first author featured in Berkley/NAL’s new Binge Reads social media campaign.  Through outlets on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram—all bearing the Binge Reads name and logo—Berkley/NAL will focus each month on a different popular author and his/her long-running series of books.  Content will be posted to engage fans leading up to the release of a new book.  The promotion launched with Ward and will continue with other bestselling Berkley/NAL authors, including Jim Butcher and Laurell K. Hamilton.
The latest novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The King, debuted at # 1 on the hardcover fiction list, the eBook fiction list, and the combined print and eBook fiction list. This past weekend in Cincinnati, nearly 800 of Ward’s fans joined the author for her annual Black Dagger Brotherhood event.  Fans lined up hours prior to her event at the Cincinnati Millennium Hotel Grand Ballroom to meet the author.  (NAL moved Ward’s book events to off-site venues last year, because the crowds were too big for any of the area bookstores.)  During the event, the author answered questions about her ongoing series and revealed the title of the next BDB book, The Shadows. Ward will also be the subject of an in-depth profile in The Boston Globe on April 13.