January 11, 2024

The States

Blending science fiction and romance, author Norah Woodsey offers an intriguing premise: Can dreams guide reality?

Set in the near future, the story focuses on Matilda (Tildy) Sullivan. Plain compared to her beautiful sisters, she has never fit in well with her family or her millionaire father Patrick, whose once-successful cosmetics company is struggling.

During […]

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April 25, 2023

The Stories We Keep: A Novel of Motherhood, Mental Health and Hope

Author Shawna Holly depicts the pressures of motherhood in her novel, The Stories We Keep.

Jenna is a young, stay-at-home mother with a husband and three small children living near San Antonio, Texas. By her own account, she has a good marriage and is financially comfortable. Yet she has a history of depression and struggles […]

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March 21, 2023

A Higher Standard

E.F. Dodd’s latest romance pairs a real estate developer with an equine rescuer set on keeping her hometown from gentrification.

Everest Kennedy wants to enlarge her equine rescue business, Second Chance Farms, in Mimosa, North Carolina, by acquiring the surrounding land. The farm operates solely on donations and needs more funds for expansion. Meanwhile, Boston-based […]

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April 18, 2022

Daddy Has a New Friend

In Daddy Has a New Friend, novelist Charlie Grisi pulls the curtains back on the human drama and legal strategies underlying a divorce.

After 22 years of marriage and three children ranging in ages from 9 to 13, 46-year-old part-time nurse Lily Poulos is surprised to learn her husband, 55-year-old construction firm owner Nick, is […]

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November 29, 2021

The Friends

Ava Black’s engrossing novel, The Friends, is a psychological thriller revolving around a fateful high school party years ago.

The novel centers on three would-be friends, or rather frenemies. In their high school past, Marlene was the unpopular girl who was only welcome at a certain homecoming party if she brought the illegal booze. Known […]

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November 15, 2021

Sarah’s Fall

Paula Riehle’s new novel finds five women dealing with the consequences of a long-ago tragedy.

The story opens in 2015 as Sarah Blake nervously awaits her four former best friends in a restaurant. It’s been 20 years since they’ve seen each other, and time has been kind to Tori and Stacey. Dalia, though recently sober, […]

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November 1, 2021

The Marching Ant

In The Marching Ant, debut novelist Allyson Chapa delivers a fictionalized account of her grandmother’s quest to secure a better life.

In 1954, eight-year-old Antonia “Annie” Garza works in a Texas cotton field to pay the gambling debts of her abusive father who blames her for her mother’s death during childbirth. When Annie learns from […]

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October 18, 2021

A Wonderful Place to Die

MJ Biggs’ novel, A Wonderful Place to Die, tackles the difficult subject of domestic abuse in teenage and college relationships.

The novel follows Dani, a teenage rock singer and guitarist, from high school through her first job after college. It centers on her relationship with Desmond.

Like Dani, Desmond is the lead singer of a […]

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September 8, 2021

Floating Underwater

Tracy Shawn’s second novel Floating Underwater, set in a small California town on the Pacific Coast, takes readers on an utterly absorbing, heartfelt journey of grief, loss and, ultimately, redemption and hope.

Paloma Leary and her husband Reed are both reeling from her third miscarriage. Paloma prefers not to chance another pregnancy and seeks to […]

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May 31, 2021

Entitled

Cookie Boyle has written a smart, funny, and heartfelt novel that captures the unexpected adventures in the life of a book.

In this tale, the aforementioned Book is a character unto itself. The story within the Book’s pages, The Serendipity of Snow, explores the life of a young girl growing up in Minnesota in the […]

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