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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August 10, 2020

When Lions Roar

Marital discord and an ancient prophecy unite in Karen Leigh Gruber’s creative two-fold tale. Here, human and animal behaviors showcase the power of friendship, motherhood, and the ability to trust one’s own voice.

Maggie’s marriage to successful photo-journalist David has come at a high price. While others envy her seemingly fairytale life, David’s controlling ways […]

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June 29, 2020

Once You Know

In this revealing novel, a shattered family comes to terms with their unraveling after a young adult daughter uncovers memories of her abusive childhood.

As promising cellist and college freshman Rachel Moretti begins to navigate campus life, she befriends classmates enrolled in a course on gender and violence. Here, she participates in thought-provoking and heated […]

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May 4, 2020

You Lie, You Cheat: An Internet Dating Site Affair

Modern Internet dating meets the romantic hopes of an independent woman of a certain age in Roma Romana’s You Lie, You Cheat.

The story’s protagonist is the self-sufficient but insecure 57-year-old, Sharina Lusso, who hasn’t enjoyed a romance in many years. Pushing her to start dating again, Sharina’s friend Jackie signs her up for online […]

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