THE QUEEN of HEARTS by Kimmery Martin in paperback & Giveaway


One of Real Simple‘s “Best Books of 2018”
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Southern Living, Elite Daily, and Writer’s Digest.

National bestseller, Kimmery Martin’s


A powerful debut novel, praised by The New York Times, Bustle, and Hypable, “that pulses with humor and empathy as it explores the heart’s capacity for forgiveness…”

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events during her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance at a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

There are many aspects to this novel, which I loved. I learned so much about heart surgery – Kimmery is an Emergency Room surgeon! And I loved the friendship between Zadie and Emma, which will hook readers right from the start. It was one of the most compelling and multi-layered novels about women’s friendships, with all it’s love and yuckiness, that I’ve read in a while. I can only hope for a sequel with these characters – STAT!



Author of THE QUEEN OF HEARTS (2018, Penguin, medical/women’s fiction)
•ER doc, mother, book reviewer, travel writer, obsessive reader, Southerner• Instagram: @kimmerymartin

Thanks to Berkley Publishing, we have one copy of THE QUEEN of HEARTS to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever been to the emergency room? What happened?

We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

THE VICTORY GARDEN by Rhys Bowen & Giveaway



RHYS BOWEN, known best for her historical novels, is back with romance in THE VICTORY GARDEN (LakeUnionPublishing). This time it is 1918 – WWI, known as the Great War.

Emily Bryce is a girl raised in privilege. Rarely does she face hardship, but that’s about to change. Her best friend is a nurse serving on the front lines, but Emily is turned away from such a dangerous job. Instead, she becomes a “Land Girl” in the English countryside, working on the Devonshire estate of Lady Charleton. There she finds a journal and a life she never could have dreamed of.

THE VICTORY GARDEN is an honest portrayal of what life was a century ago and the characters are relatable. The ultimate truth I took away was how important it is to be true to yourself, and to trust your authenticity, despite what challenges might come your way.

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Rhys Bowen is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evans. She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel. Rhys’s titles have received rave reviews around the globe.

On March 1, 2017, Rhys is excited to announce the publication of her first big stand-alone thriller, In Farleigh Field, set in World War Two at an English stately home.  It has already received stellar reviews.

Rhys currently writes two mystery series, the atmospheric Molly Murphy novels, about a feisty Irish immigrant in 1900s New York City, and the funny and sexy Royal Spyness mysteries, about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain. Her books have made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews. She was born in England and married into a family with historic royal connections. She now divides her time between California and Arizona.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have a copy of Rhys’ novel to giveaway. Just tell us which of her novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Thank you.

THE CHEF’S SECRET by Crystal King & Giveaway


THE CHEF’S SECRET (Atria), author, Crystal King’s follow-up novel to the hugely successful, THE FEAST OF SORROW will be published tomorrow. It’s a delicious historical novel about a famous Italian Renaissance chef, Bartolomeo Scappi, who was the cuoco segreto (private cook) to several Popes. Once again, King’s novel cover is a spectacular juicy buffet that’ll make one’s mouth water.


The stewards warning that lives were at stake lingered. My uncle was not one to be so melodramic, so his words gave me pause.

THE CHEF’S SECRET is also a mystery, full of danger, passion and a view into 16th century Italy. It will have you at once, starving to eat from the sumptuous banquets being served, to reeling over from the significant history and enjoying a tale worthy of Popes.

When Bartolomeo Scappi dies, his kitchen and recipes are inherited by his nephew, Giovanni Brioschi. He also inherits his strongbox filled with journals and told to destroy them. Of course he doesn’t and readers are swept into story of deception, intrigue, betrayal and murder – all to cover up a love affair, which would destroy many lives.


The story alternates between a young Bartomeleo Scappi and his nephew Govanni. The narrative and plot are swift with complex characters worthy of an opera. THE CHEF’S SECRET has been compared in scope and complexity to Dan Brown’s bestsellers. I for one, think it’s much better, certainly more delicious.

There is another exciting element available: A digital companion cookbook filled with recipes of tortellini, fried chicken, macaroni, fruit pies, chicken soup, meatballs, fritters, napoleons, biscotti … the list goes on, until you hear your stomach growling. On the other hand, there are dishes foreign to most of our modern day palettes, including hedgehog, boar, porcupine, calves eyes and others. Our culinary education from that era continues with samples of history: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and rosewater were ingredients which were expensive and used to show off one’s wealth. Sugar was also frequently used, but it was a costly addition, enabling a noble to exhibit their riches. Techniques at that time included washing meat in wine, boiling meat before roasting and today we don’t cook over an open fire.

After reading THE CHEF’S SECRET novel, I took a look at the cookbook and found some recipes I could actually make. One in particular that caught my interest was a Pumpkin Torte. I’m off to try my culinary skills.


THE CHEF’S SECRET will be published tomorrow.


Who Is Crystal King?

I am a novelist, editor, professor, social media professional, and critical & creative thinker. My work as a writer is the thread that ties my broad experience together.

My debut novel, FEAST OF SORROW, is about Marcus Gavius Apicius, the man whose name is on the world’s oldest known cookbook. It was published by Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on April 25, 2017. My work is represented by Amaryah Orenstein at GO Literary.

I have taught writing, creativity and social media at UMass BostonBoston UniversityMass College of Art, and Harvard Extension School. I often teach classes on social media for authors at Grub Street, one of the most amazing writing communities in the country.

My husband, my shining star, is a French-Acadian/Italian who is a fantastic chef and visual artist. My kitties, Nero and Merlin, supply us with enough white fur to make ourselves winter coats each year. Kidding on that last fact, but technically, it could be true.

I also work in the world of social media, marketing, and community management. Note that the statements included here on this site do not reflect the opinions or attitudes of any of my employers.

Any questions? Check out Crystal’s website

Thanks to Crystal’s publicist, Megan Beatie we are lucky to have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite Italian dish. We’ll chose a winner soon. Good luck.

FYI: Bookclubs may want  to include a recipe or two from the cookbook when meeting to discuss THE CHEF’S SECRET.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.









Sally C. wins THE WIDOWS.






Charolette R. wins THE MATCHMAKER’S LIST










THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib & Giveaway



Yara Zgheib’s debut novel, THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET (BerkleyPublishing) is a haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia and an intimate journey to reclaim her life. 

I suffered from eating disorders in my 20’s and early 30’s and was blessed to get help for my disease. Not everyone is so fortunate. Some suffer for years before ever learning they have one, or aren’t able to get help in time.

“The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound.” 

26 year-old Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds.

Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.

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Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a PhD in International Affairs in Diplomacy from Centre D’études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Yara is a writer for several US and European magazines, including The Huffington PostThe Four Seasons MagazineA Woman’s ParisThe Idea List, and Holiday Magazine. She is the author of The Girls at 17 Swann Street and writes on culture, art, travel, and philosophy on her blog, “Aristotle at Afternoon Tea”


Thank to St. Martin Press, we have one copy of THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET to giveaway. Just tell us what you know about eating disorders. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser & Giveaway



In Jessica Strawser’s new novel, FORGET YOU KNOW ME (StMartinsPress), a video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see. The secrets exposed threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit―in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child.

What Liza sees next will change everything.

FORGET YOU KNOW ME is about love and how we go about receiving it, as well as protecting it. Strawser’s novel explores how we deal with the distances between one another, how time affects our recollection and other obstacles. It’s a suspenseful mystery that will have you thinking long and hard after you’ve finished it.



Jessica Strawser is the editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade and became known for her in-depth cover interviews with such luminaries as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She’s the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You, a Barnes & Noble Best New Fictionpick, and Not That I Could TellBook of the Month selection now new in paperback. Her third novel, Forget You Know Meis forthcoming in February 2019 (all from St. Martin’s Press).

Currently serving as the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Strawser has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues, and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children. She tweets @jessicastrawser, enjoys connecting on Facebook, and speaks frequently at book clubs, libraries, writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her.

Thanks to St. Martin Press, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever posted anything on the Internet that you regret; doesn’t have to be a picture. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

THE BEANTOWN GIRLS by Jean Healey & Giveaway



1944: WWII

THE BEANTOWN GIRLS (LakeUnionPublishing), is author, Jane Healey’s follow up to the hugely successful, THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB. THE BEANTOWN GIRLS presents a unique story about a little known group of women, who played an important part in supporting the troops, during World War II.

Boston college friends, Fiona, Viviana and Dottie voluntarily sign up to go to the front lines of WWII. They are accepted for the prestigious assignment of being Red Cross Clubmobile Girls. Women with education, personality and talent who bring soldiers in the field symbols of warmth from home.

Though each woman possesses exceptional inner strength and outer charm, the trio is unprepared for the challenges posed by war. At times they must summon a kind of courage they never knew they had. Amid the adversity and constant danger comes new friendships, romances, and dreams that the friends never imagined would come true.

We, the readers will identify with at least one of the women, as each becomes aware of who she is and the real reason she made the journey to the front lines of the war. I fell in love with all three and wish I was part of a trio of such BFFs.

This work of historical fiction was made possible by the real-life Red Cross Clubmobile Girls themselves. According to author, Jane Healey, they were “fantastic writers who documented their experiences in meticulous and thoughtful ways.”

Behind The Beantown Girls: An interview with Jane Healey:

What inspired you to write this novel?
I really wanted to find another lesser known story about Saturday Evening Girls Club. When I discovered the stories of the Clubmobile girls of WWII, their accounts of
their experiences were so captivating, I felt for sure someone had written a novel about them already. When I realized there wasn’t one about them out there, I knew
theirs was the story I wanted to tell.

What was so special to you about these little-known women in history?
I think they were extraordinary in so many ways – their adventurous spirit, their work ethic, their compassion. I was really inspired by their choice to become Clubmobile
Girls – to leave the comfort of home and family and travel overseas to work so close to the front lines of the war. Sometimes their working conditions were absolutely brutal, and they witnessed so many of the horrors of war, yet in their writings they spoke of those times with such bravery and selfishness – always reminding themselves that the soldiers they were supporting had it so much worse.

Do you have a trio of best friends, and how much have your own friendships influenced this novel?
I don’t have a trio, but I have lifelong friends that I met in school many years ago that know me so well. I think there are certain stages – like when you’re in your twenties figuring out what you’re going to do for the rest of your life – that you really lean on your friends, they become an extended family. I think that’s the case with Dottie, Viv and Fiona and their extended group of friends in their Clubmobile group.

Which character are you most like?
I think I am a little bit like Fiona but more introverted like Dottie. Viv is probably the one that I identify with the least!

If you could have readers take one thing away from your book what would it be?
I think this ultimately is a novel about women daring greatly and I want readers to be inspired by their stories. Like the real Red Cross Clubmobile Girls, the war altered the course of these characters’ lives forever, but in becoming Clubmobile Girls, by daring to choose a different path, their futures were altered in such amazing and extraordinary ways.



Jane Healey left a career in high tech to become a freelance writer. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her debut novel, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, was published in 2017. Based on the true story of a group of Jewish and Italian immigrant women in Boston’s North End at theturn of the twentieth century, the Amazon bestseller was hailed by Redbook as “a breathtaking ode to female empowerment and the American dream.”

Jane Healey shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. When she’s not writing historical fiction, she enjoys running, reading, cooking and going to the beach.

For more information on the author, her work and upcoming events:

Twitter and Instagram:@healeyjane

Thanks to GetRedPR we have a copy of THE BEANTOWN GIRLS to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about historical fiction. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.