WARNING: I’m about to lay some propaganda on you good people. Because I know and love the author I’m about to recommend to you. I also recently had the privilege of working with her as she prepared for the publication of not one, but two new summer releases. Still, I promise you this post is more public service than public relations because you’re going to want to own and read and re-read How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky. And because I had the chance to work with the fabulous Lydia Netzer and her amazing team at St. Martin’s Press, I have an opportunity for you to download a complimentary copy of Lydia’s ebook original Everybody’s Baby on iTunes.
Lydia’s first novel Shine Shine Shine was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, an Amazon Spotlight Book of the Month, a Target Book Club Pick and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Prize in Fiction. This year she followed up that impressive debut with the publication of ebook novella Everybody’s Baby in June and today’s new release, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.
In the words of the wise philosopher Huey Lewis, “It’s hip to be square” in Lydia’s books, which all emit geeky goodness. Shine Shine Shine tells the story of Maxon, a robotics expert on a space mission while his wife Sonny is on Earth throwing her suburbanite facade out the car window with her wig. In Everybody’s Baby, an app developer named Billy uses Kickstarter to fund his wife’s in vitro fertilization, which causes problems when Jenna becomes pregnant and strangers line up to claim their crowdfunding perks. And How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky centers on two astronomers, George and Irene, who meet at the Toledo Institute of Astronomy and instantly connect. Are they being sucked into one of Irene’s black holes or is their romance a result of their mothers’ astrological plotting?
I had to admit to Lydia at one point, “You know I don’t like math and science, right?” I dislike most books and movies about space exploration and absolutely refuse to watch the movie Gravity because I can imagine no worse fate than being plunged into space. Still, I love Lydia’s books because they offer something for everyone. If you want to get your nerd on, you can practice your lucid dreaming with Bernice, get lost in one of Belion’s gamer fantasies or manufacture black holes with Irene. Literary fiction fans will appreciate the many allusions to classical literature and the gods who appear to George in Toledo. But if you really just want to read a funny, sexy, smart love story that questions whether or not relationships can be created in the stars, you’ll enjoy How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky. If you’re an audiophile, pick up the audiobook version of Toledo, which is narrated by Lydia’s friend and fellow author Joshilyn Jackson.
If you’d like to read Lydia Netzer‘s e-novella Everybody’s Baby, here’s your chance. Enter the Rafflecopter contest below to win one of five copies of the book. You will have to use iTunes to download the book to your e-reader–don’t worry, it’s really easy. Everybody’s Baby is an e-original, so no print copies are available. Good luck!