Reading fiction is exciting. It can open us up to issues we’ve never encountered before and take us to places only in our dreams.
SparkPointStudio publishes several imprints including BookSparks, SparkPress, SWPress, and SheWrites, as well as provides public relations services for many authors. Here are a few of their latest novels – and they’re all giveaways.
Pub. Date, October 26th, Kirkwall Books
Alex loves Mark. Mark loves Alex. But is love enough? Since moving to London from the US, twenty-four-year-old Alex Sinclair seems to have it all: a coveted job writing for the theatre, supportive friends, and the man of her dreams gorgeous Irish actor, Mark Keegan.
But in the year since the acclaimed debut of her play, Alex and Mark’s lives have been turned upside down. Thanks to his role on a smash-hit British TV show, Mark is catapulted to stardom. Alex couldn’t be happier until her boyfriend’s popularity and insatiable drive to succeed means they’re apart more than they’re together.
Forced to share Mark with showbiz heavy-hitters, intrusive press, and unrelenting fan-girls, Alex’s hopes for a stable and committed life with him start to fade.
Her struggles with panic attacks, career uncertainty, and Mark’s increasingly worrisome behavior make her wonder: how much more can she bend before she breaks? A passionate tale of secrets, loss, and ambition.
LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? is the eagerly awaited sequel to Middleton’s debut novel, LONDON BELONGS TO ME.
Jacquelyn Middleton is an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America. She previously worked in television broadcasting, and lives in Toronto. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out in London, waiting in a comic con line with her husband, or chasing after her bossy Schipperke. Follow Jacquelyn on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook
Pub. Date, September 26th, SheWritesPress
THE OTHER NEW GIRL is a fresh take on the prep school lit genre. Sassy sophomore Susannah Greenwood enters Quaker prep Foxhall School—and soon finds herself in an impossible situation, when “the other new girl,” an outcast whom she has befriended, mysteriously disappears.
LB Gschwandtner has attended numerous fiction writing workshops – the Iowa Writers Workshop and others, won awards in Writers Digest and Lorian Hemingway fiction competitions and published 4 adult novels, one middle grade novel and one collection of quirky short stories. She lives in Virginia.
Pub. Date, September 8th, Black Rose Writing
WOMEN WITHIN presents three women whose paths cross at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance Maynard, fierce, independent and proud, reflects on her long life promoting women’s rights through her career as a professor of history. Eunice Fitch, the perfect caregiver, is often unlucky in love, yet even in middle age refuses to give up searching for the perfect man. Sam Clark is a young aide with a passion for poetry and, small beautiful things, but at war with her own large, ungainly physique.
All together they weave a multi-generational tapestry as rich and complex as the female experience itself.
Since 1982, Anne Leigh Parrish has called the Pacific Northwest Home. A native of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Anne spent her high school years in Princeton, New Jersey, and then made her way west.
Anne graduated from the University of Colorado, then moved once more to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. After earning her MBA, Anne realized her first and only love was writing, which she has pursued relentlessly for many years.
Her first publication appeared in the Autumn 1995 issue of The Virginia Quarterly Review. That story, “A Painful Shade of Blue” served as the basis for more fiction describing the divorce of her parents when she was still quite young.
Anne has been married for many years to her fine, wise, and witty husband John Christiansen. They have two adult children in their twenties, John Jr., and Lauren.
Pub. Date, August 8th, SparksPress
After Aleen Riddick’s marriage falls apart when her eighteen-year-old daughter, Sunny, loses her beloved boyfriend in a tragic accident, they look to the dead boy’s father, grief-stricken Ted Hammand to help them heal and redefine life.
When shocking developments force them to confront those who deceived them, Aleen, Ted, and Sunny must decide if forgiveness will drive them back to the pain of the past or forward to a future of possibilities.
LOVE, RECONSIDERED is about families–their grief, guilt, compassion, love, forgiveness, and hope.
Phyllis J. Piano spent more than 30 years as an award-winning corporate communications expert for some of the world’s largest companies. She has somehow managed to maintain her sense of humor, love of writing, and her passion for life and the people she loves and cares about throughout it all.
A world traveler, Piano has left the corporate world and has fallen back into the arms of her own first love…writing. She and her husband divide their time between California, England and the Midwest. When she is not packing a bag, making artisan sourdough bread or cooking with lots of garlic, Piano is working her next novel.
Pub. Date, August 8th, SheWritesPress
It’s 1992 when Anna Lucia Lottol visits Venice to see an old friend and escape her failing, childless marriage. Instead of finding serenity, however, Anna encounters a frightening world where she becomes a ruthless detective’s murder suspect. Dragged into the police station, she lies about being in Venice the night before. Terrified of foreign justice, she lies, too, about knowing the dead man—a money launderer from Venice who had made threats after he’d seduced her at financial conference in Milan.
Anna, talented in mathematics and physics, working in anti-money laundering for the US Treasury Department, struggles to make sense of an irrational city filled with illusions. With murders of long ago spiraling into the present-day and police working overtime to uncover her lies, how can Anna find a way to clear her name, identify the killer and keep her job? She teams up with her old friend, and together they attempt to pry clues from uncooperative characters—some even denying what Anna has seen or heard. Bewildered, she can’t tell if they are hiding something or if she is losing touch with reality. As she resists the charms of an Italian banker, she must ask herself, “Who is friend, who is foe?”
Capturing the delicate beauty of Venice, the novel is a dark love poem to the city whose sinuous canals it traces. Suspenseful and evocative, this multi-layered work is an intimate portrayal of a woman’s perilous voyage of self-discovery.
Christine Evelyn Volker has lived on both U.S. coasts and traveled in between. She was born in the melting pot of New York City and grew up on Long Island. After studying in Albany, New York, for her undergraduate degree from University at Albany – SUNY, in Spanish Language and Literature, and securing an MLS, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She retooled herself with an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley and worked in corporate and international lending. Her career brought her to live in Milan and London. An intrepid traveler, she is writing full-time, thanks to the support of her husband, Stephan, a public interest environmental lawyer. She’s grateful for two accomplished stepsons and their wives.
Pub. Date, Septmber 1st, SheWritesPress
John and Erica Mason-Grey are hard-working artists and loving parents―but when John dies, their teenage daughter Mona’s casual drug use spirals into heroin addiction. She and her mother soon begin an anguished game of hide-and-seek leading to countless arguments, arrests, thefts, rehabs, and relapse, a recurring nightmare that seems to have no end. Ultimately, it’s only when each of them finds a way to accept their new reality―Mona by taking charge of her own recovery, and Erica by focusing on her own vitality―that each experiences the unexpected joy and renewal that await those who decide to stop living in the bad dream of addiction.
Unflinching about the ways the disease of addiction can torpedo a family yet leavened with dollops of humor, THE BAD DREAM NOTEBOOK will resonate with anyone who has lived through the agony of a loved one’s drug dependency.
Linda Dahl is the author of a trilogy of novels: Gringa in a Strange Land (2010), Cleans Up Nicely (2013), and The Bad Dream Notebook (2017). She is also the author of a short story collection, Come Back, Carmen Miranda (2002), three books about women’s contributions to jazz: Stormy Weather (1984), Morning Glory (1999), and Haunted Heart (2006), and Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life: a guidebook for parents (2015).
Proud and grateful to be in long-time recovery from addiction, she is a member of a number of organizations working to stop the shame and improve the odds for the millions of Americans suffering from the chronic brain disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs. She has written a number of pieces about aspects of addiction for parents of daughters on her blog and for online publications.
Pub. Date, June 6th, SparksPress
If Will Fletcher’s severe bipolar disorder isn’t proof he shouldn’t be a parent, his infant daughter’s grave is. Once a happily married, successful veterinarian, he now lives with his sister and thrives as the small-town crazy of Half Moon Hollow. But when a fifteen-year-old orphan claims she’s his daughter, Will is forced back into the role he fears most: fatherhood.
Her biological dad isn’t the hero Regan Whitmer hoped for, but he’s better than her abusive stepfather back in Chicago. Still haunted by her mother’s suicide and the rebellious past she fears led to it, Regan is desperate for a stable home and a normal family―things Will can’t offer. Can she ride the highs and lows of his illness to find a new definition of family?
THE RULES OF HALF explores what it is to be an atypical family in a small town and mentally ill in the wake of a tragedy―and who has the right to determine both.
Jenna writes upmarket women’s fiction about family, love, and life. After growing up in the chilly winters of northern Ohio, she moved to the sunny warmth of North Carolina in 1998. Jenna is the mother of two amazing daughters and the wife of her best friend and superhero. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, boating with her family, and cheering her daughters on as they compete as gymnasts.