OLDER by Pamela Redmond ** SPOTLIGHT **

New York or Los Angeles? Romance or commitment? Younger…or older?

In Pamela Redmond’s, OLDER, Liza Miller never dreamed that anyone would be interested in her life, let alone buy a book about it. But everything changes when, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, she publishes a thinly veiled novel about a woman posing as a millennial called Younger—which her old friend Kelsey wants to turn into a TV show.

Liza is off to Los Angeles to help Kelsey write the pilot. But that means leaving behind her on-again off-again boyfriend Josh, her pregnant daughter, and her best friend Maggie. Can Liza find happiness in her new adventure if it means leaving everyone she loves?

Yet as Liza is swept up in the heady world of Hollywood, she finds herself thinking less and less of her life back home in New York. And when she meets Hugo Fielding—the devastatingly handsome and incredibly flirtatious Brit playing her boss on the show—she toes the line between having a crush and falling in love.

Torn between New York and Los Angeles, a familiar love and a risky one, an established career and a shot at stardom, Liza must decide if it’s too late to go to the ball…and if she even wants to. From the author of the beloved Younger, this is an endearing, hilarious, and relatable tale of second chances and new beginnings that proves: the best thing about getting Older is that you finally get to be yourself.

PAMELA’S WORDS

I’m the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Younger, now a television show created by Darren Star. My new novel Older, a sequel to Younger, will be published in September 2020. The coauthor of a groundbreaking series of books on names, I’m a creator of Nameberry, the world’s largest baby name site.  A former editor and columnist for Glamour, I live in Los Angeles.

OLDER is online and in bookstores now.

THE ORPHAN of CEMETERY HILL by Hester Fox – SPOTLIGHT – Excerpt – Interview

The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission.

Boston, 1844.

In Hester Fox novel, THE ORPHAN of CEMETERY HILL (Harlequin) Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the dead. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous.

As an orphaned child, she fled with her sister, Alice after their parents were killed in a carriage accident. Their charlatan aunt Bellefonte, wanted only to exploit Tabby’s gift so she could profit from the recent craze for seances.

Now a young woman and separated from her sister, Alice, Tabby works with her adopted father, Eli, the kind caretaker of a large Boston cemetery. When a series of macabre grave robberies begins to plague the city, Tabby is caught up in a deadly plot by the perpetrators, known only as the “Resurrection Men.”

In the end, Tabby’s gift will either save both her and the cemetery—or bring about her own destruction.

I haven’t read much Gothic fiction, but this novel was a good place to start. I think I’ll explore Hester Fox backlist.

Here’s an excerpt:

1

IN WHICH WE MEET OUR YOUNG HEROINE.

Boston, 1844

Tabby’s legs ached and the wind had long since snatched her flimsy bonnet away, but she kept
running through the night, her thin leather shoes pounding the cobbled Boston streets. She didn’t know
where she was going, only that she had to get somewhere safe, somewhere away from the bustling
theaters and crowds of the city. Every time someone shouted at her to watch where she was going, or
ask if she was lost, she was sure that they were one of her aunt and uncle’s friends. Would they drag her
kicking and screaming back to Amherst? Tabby shuddered. She wouldn’t go back. She couldn’t.
Her weary feet carried her up a hill lined with narrow houses, and gradually she left behind the
streets choked with theatergoers and artificially brightened with gas lamps. After cresting the hill, she
paused just long enough to catch her breath and survey her unfamiliar surroundings.
It was quieter here, the only sounds the groaning of ships in the harbor and the distant call of a
fruit hawker trying to sell off the last of the day’s soft apples. Going back down into the heart of the city
wasn’t an option, yet a wrought-iron gate blocked her way any farther, forbidding pikes piercing the
night sky. Pale headstones glowed faintly in the moonlight beyond the gate. A cemetery.
Tabby stood teetering, her heart still pounding. Dry weeds rustled in the thin night breeze,
whispering what might have been a welcome, or a warning. Behind her was the land of the living with
house windows glowing smugly yellow, the promise of families tucked safe inside. In front of her lay the
land of the dead. One of those worlds was as familiar to her as the back of her hand, the other was only
a distant fairy tale. Taking a deep breath, she shimmied through the gap in the gate.
She waded through the overgrown grass and weeds, thorny branches snagging at her thin dimity
dress and scratching her. Panic gripped her as she heard the hem tear clean away; what would Aunt
Bellefonte say if she found that Tabby had ruined her only frock? Would she smack her across her
cheek? Would Uncle lock her in the little cupboard in the eaves? Aunt Bellefonte isn’t here. You’re safe,
she reminded herself. As she pulled away to free herself, her foot caught in a tangle of roots in a sunken
grave bed and she went sprawling into the dirt. Her lip wobbled and tears threatened to overflow. She
was almost twelve years old, yet she felt as small and adrift as the day she’d learned that her parents
had perished in a carriage accident and would never step through the front door again.
This wasn’t how her first day of freedom was supposed to be. Her sister, Alice, had planned
their escape from Amherst last week, promising Tabby that they would get a little room in a boarding
house in the city. Alice would get a job at a laundry and Tabby would take in mending to contribute to
their room and board. They would be their own little family, and they would put behind them the
trauma that their aunt and uncle had wrought, making a new life for themselves. That had been the
plan, anyway.
When she and Alice had arrived in the city earlier that day, her older sister had sat her down on
the steps of a church and told her to wait while she went and inquired about lodgings. Tabby had
dutifully waited for what had felt like hours, but Alice never returned. The September evening had
turned dark and cold, and Tabby had resolved to simply wrap her shawl tighter and wait. But then a man

with red-rimmed eyes and a foul-smelling old coat had stumbled up the steps, heading right toward her.
Tabby had taken one look at him and bolted, sure that he had dark designs on her. She had soon
become lost and, in a city jumbled with old churches, hadn’t been able to find the right one again.
Another thorn snagged her, pricking her finger and drawing blood. She should have taken
shelter in the church; at least then she would have a roof over her head. At least then Alice would know
where to find her when she came back. If she came back.
Tabby stopped short. Toward the back of the cemetery, amongst the crooked graves of
Revolutionary heroes, stood a row of crypts built into the earth. Most of them were sealed up with iron
doors and bolts, but one had a gate that stood just enough ajar for a small, malnourished girl to wriggle
through.
Holding her breath against the damp musk, Tabby plunged inside. Without any sort of light, she
had to painstakingly feel her way down the crude stone steps. Lower into the earth she descended until
she reached the burial chamber.
Don’t invite them in. As she groped around in the dark for a resting place, Tabby tried to
remember what her mother had always told her. Memories of her mother were few and far between,
but her words concerning Tabby’s ability remained as sharp in her mind as words etched with a diamond
upon glass. The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission, if you don’t make yourself a
willing receptacle for their messages. At least, that was how it was supposed to work.
The only other thing she had learned regarding her gift was that she should never, ever tell
anyone of it, and the lesson had been a hard one. She couldn’t have been more than six, because her
parents had still been alive and had sent her out to the orchard to collect the fallen apples for cider.
Their neighbor, little Beth Bunn, had been there, picking wild asters, but she hadn’t been alone; there
was a little boy Tabby had never seen before, watching the girls with serious eyes from a branch in an
apple tree. Tabby had asked Beth who he was, but Beth insisted she didn’t know what Tabby was talking
about. Certain that Beth was playing some sort of trick on her, Tabby grew upset and nearly started
crying as she described the little boy with blond hair and big green eyes. “Oh,” Beth said, looking at her
askance. “Do you mean to say you see Ollie Pickett? He used to live here, but he’s been dead for three
years.” That was how Tabby learned that not everyone saw the people she saw around her. A week later
she had been playing in the churchyard and noticed that all the other children were clustered at the far
end, whispering and pointing at her. “Curious Tabby,” they had called her. And that was how Tabby
learned that she could never tell a soul about her strange and frightening ability.
But even in a place so filled with death, the dead did not bother Tabby that night. With a dirt
floor for her bed and the skittering of insects for her lullaby, Tabby pulled her knees up to her chest and
allowed the tears she’d held in all day to finally pour out. She was lost, scared, and without her sister,
utterly alone in the world.

Excerpted from The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox Copyright © Tess
Fedore. Published by Graydon House Books.

We also got the opportunity to ask Hester some questions:

Q: Why is historical fiction so popular, particularly gothic?

A: Historical fiction provides an escape. It transports you to another time, and with Gothic in particular, another atmosphere. Who doesn’t want to imagine themselves fleeing through a stormy night in a white nightgown, heart pounding and adrenaline flowing? Who doesn’t want to see good vanquish evil, and fall in love along the way?

Q: How do you approach your research?

A: I try to consume everything from the time period, from the music, to books, to even food if possible. Pre-Covid days, I would go to historic houses or museums to help me get in the right frame of mind. Beyond that, I like to research as I write, otherwise I can get stuck in a never-ending research rabbit hole. 

Q: What was the most challenging part to write in The Orphan of Cemetery Hill?

A: This was the first time I wrote scenes set outside of New England, and leaving my comfort zone was both exciting and challenging. Part of the story takes place in England and Scotland, so I had to branch out and research things like dialects and local history for whole new settings.

Q: What was your most favorite part and why?

A: Writing the seance scene was probably my favorite. Can you imagine what it would have been like to attend a Victorian seance? It must have seemed like the pinnacle of scientific advancement, a heady promise of actually being able to make contact with dead loved ones. Even just the spectacle of a practiced medium would have been incredible to witness.

Q: What’s a typical writing day for you?

A: These days it’s just finding bits of time between household work and my baby’s naps. When I’m in the drafting stage, I try to write about 1000 words a day if I can get a good chunk of uninterrupted time. That said, there are some days when I don’t even have a chance to sit down and write, and those days are important too, as they give me a chance to rest and recharge.

Q: Where do you like writing and why? Favorite snacks and/or beverages?

A: We just moved, so I don’t have a dedicated writing space at the moment. I am dreaming of building a tiny writing shed in our yard, filled with books and art though. Pre-Covid, I did a lot of writing in coffee shops and I really miss that. Iced vanilla soy latte and a big pastry are my writing fuel!

Q: What was your last 5-star read and why?

A: Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters. Atmospheric, haunting, gorgeous prose, and ghosts, ghosts, ghosts.

Q: How would your main character(s) fare with a stay-at-home order?

A: I think Tabby would do very well, and there’s probably nowhere safer to be than a cemetery these days!

Q: Is there anything you can tell us about the book that is not a spoiler and not on the blurb? Something you’d like to share with us?

A:  The eponymous cemetery of the title is based on Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston’s North End, which you can visit to this day on the Freedom Trail. Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood of brownstones, you can really get a sense of what it must have felt like over a hundred years ago.

Q: What was your inspiration for writing the book?

A: I’ve always been fascinated by cemeteries, and have spent more time than is probably healthy exploring the graveyards of Massachusetts. I really wanted to set a story in one, but wasn’t sure what that story would be. The answer came to me when I found a little informational plaque about a doctor in the 1800’s who was fined for having employed graverobbers to procure corpses for his medical dissections. I knew a little bit about the history of graverobbing in the UK, but hadn’t realized that it had happened in the United States, and so late into the 19th century. From there, I begun spinning out a story that incorporated all my favorite things: ghosts, graveyards, plucky young women, and of course, romance. 

Q: What came first, the novel or the title?

A: The novel, but the title came shortly after. I wanted to stay with the theme of the SOMEONE OF LOCATION like my previous two books, The Witch of Willow Hall, and The Widow of Pale Harbor.

Q: Which character/s do you relate to the most?

A: I probably relate to Tabby the most because she is very concerned for the people around her, and feels things deeply. That said, Caleb was so fun to write because he had such a journey as a character, from deeply flawed and not a great guy, to someone soft and loving.

Q: What do you like most about writing?

A: I love the freedom it gives me to explore different times and places, and being able to write the books that I want to read. Sometimes the writing process can be tedious or difficult, but it’s never boring. 

Q: What scene, in the book, are you most proud of?A: Caleb’s first scene when he is on his way to his father’s funeral. I just loved researching the funerary customs in the 1850s, and it was a lot of fun to write a scene that incorporated those details.

THE ORPHAN of CEMETERY HILL is available on-line and is in bookstores now.

A BORROWED LIFE by Kerry Anne King – Review & Giveaway

Kerry Anne King takes on a subject most writers wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole in her new novel, A BORROWED LIFE (LakeUnionPublishing). A Pastor’s wife finds herself suffocating in a basically loveless marriage, when her Pastor husband suddenly dies. She tries to get on with her life, but finds judgment from others around every corner. Kerry writes with such sensitivity and acumen readers will know she struggled and succeeded to write this story fairly and with perception.

For twenty-six years Liz has perfectly played the part of Mrs. Thomas Lightsey, exemplary pastor’s wife and mother. But maintaining appearances for the congregation and catering to her demanding husband takes a toll, and she’s lost herself in meeting the expectations of others. When Thomas suddenly dies, Liz feels shock, grief, and, to her surprise, the siren song of freedom. Dare she dream of a life to call her own?

Despite the resistance of her daughter, Abigail, to even the smallest changes, Liz lands a role at the community theater. Inspired by new friends and the character she plays, she explores life’s possibilities, including an unexpected—and steamy—relationship with her leading man.

Just when Liz thinks she might be winning, life hits her with an unthinkable shock. She’s pregnant at forty-nine. Torn between conflicting loyalties to her daughter, her lover, her unborn baby, and herself, can Liz find a way to rebuild her dream life one more time?


Kerry Anne King (who also writes as Kerry Schafer) is a Washington Post and Amazon charts bestselling author who writes compelling and transformational stories about family and personal growth. She loves to add in mystery, humor and an undercurrent of romance, and celebrates when she succeeds in making readers both laugh and cry.

Kerry Anne has been chosen as the 2020 Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Association. Her most recent novel, Everything You Are, is a finalist in the Nancy Pearl Awards hosted by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She is enthusiastic about encouraging and supporting other writers and is the host of Tell Me Your Secrets, a videocast/podcast featuring lively, informal interviews with authors and other people involved in bringing books into the world.

When not absorbed in creative pursuits, you’ll find Kerry Anne hanging out with her real life Viking on their little piece of heaven in rural northeastern Washington.

Thanks to Suzy Approved tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us how what you’re looking forward to this fall. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

AFTER HOURS REDEMPTION by Kianna Alexander ** SPOTLIGHT **

Their red-hot reunion

is off the charts!

They made passionate music together.

Has this heartbreaker changed his tune?

Songwriter Eden Voss had the perfect man—sexy, charming, talented and hers. Until record executive Blaine Woodson broke her heart to save his fledging label. Now music’s bad boy is back, begging for her songwriting skills in his studio…and her lovemaking skills after hours. Eden vows to keep things strictly business this time. But there is nothing professional about the heat still between them…

Excerpt, AFTER HOURS REDEMPTION by Kianna Alexander

“Mind telling me why you insisted on coming here?” He eyed her curiously.

She tugged him along by the hand, around the circular path leading to the Clara Meer Dock. When they came to a stop, she pointed. “This is why I wanted to come here.”

He looked out, his eyes scanning the dark, glassy surface of Lake Clara Meer. “I’m guessing you come here often?”

She nodded. “This is my thinking spot. Whenever I’m working on lyrics and I can’t quite get it right, I come here. I spread my blanket out on the grass, sit down with my notepad and work it out.”

He looked at her skeptically. “So, did we come here to work?”

“Nah.” She shook her head. “It’s Saturday night, after all. I brought you here to talk.”

He frowned. “I’m still confused.”

She started walking over to the grassy patch overlooking the water and the dock and spread out the blanket there. “Something about this place always seems to bring me clarity. It’s a little slice of heaven, right in the middle of the city. It’s bound to inspire some pretty deep conversation between us.” She sat down, careful not to let her dress ride up till heaven and earth were filled with her glory. Then she patted the empty spot next to her.

He hesitated, standing there on the concrete path, looking a bit baffled.

“You scared, Blaine?” She faked a pout, sticking her lip out as she teased him. “Of little old me?”

He rolled his eyes, but his smile was evident as he joined her on the blanket. “You’re too much, Eden.”

“So, we’re basically alone now.” Or at least as close to alone as we’re gonna get without me crawling into your lap. She watched him, taking in his moon-dappled handsomeness. The dim lighting seemed to enhance his features, especially the golden flecks in his dark eyes. He was temptation in the flesh; her body craved him even though her mind knew better than to get lost in him again. The question was, how much longer would she be able to lead with logic? “What do you want to talk about?”

He cleared his throat. “If I’m being honest…”

“Please do,” she encouraged.

“I want to talk about kissing you again.” His deep baritone had each word dripping with sensual energy.

Warmth raced through her body, and she felt it pool in her cheeks, her chest and a bit farther south. “Blaine.” She meant it as chastisement, but it came out sounding far sultrier than she’d intended.

He shrugged. “Can’t blame a brotha for shooting his shot.”

“I guess not.” She chuckled, from both amusement and nerves. “I don’t know if we should lead with talking about kissing, though.”

“Why not?” He gave her a wicked look. “Did you enjoy the kiss?”

She swallowed and needing a respite from the intensity of his gaze, she looked down at her lap. Her dress had crept up her to mid-thigh, so she tugged the end a bit. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. But that’s beside the point.”

“If you say so.”

She shook her head. Same old Blaine. Always charming, never reflective. “There’s too much in our past that you’re not considering, Blaine. We can’t just ignore our history.”

“Who said I’m ignoring it?” He traced a finger along her lower leg, trailing from her knee to the top of her sandal-encased foot. “What I know about you, our ‘history’ as you call it, is precisely why I want you.”

She drew a deep breath. Was he misremembering? Or was he really so clueless that he didn’t understand where she was coming from? “You know your decision to cut Ainsley and me from the group effectively ended both of our singing careers, right? Not to mention how much it hurt me personally. You have to realize the impact of that.”

Check it out in Harlequin’s AFTER HOURS REDEMPTION.

KIANNA WORDS:

I’m Kianna Alexander. I’m a wife, mother, sister, friend, and avid reader. I also write like my life depended on it, because, in a way, it does.

I’ve been writing since I was a shy, introverted child of about ten. My stories provided an escape from a world that sometimes seemed harsh and uncaring. When I wasn’t writing, I was reading- devouring R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street Novels, Sweet Valley High Books, and the occasional Nancy Drew mystery. I was in high school before I discovered romance novels. I  perused my mother’s untouched collection of Harlequin novels, and read the occasional clench-covered tome in the library. But at sixteen, I picked up Beverly Jenkin’s Night Song. That book changed my life, and I think that’s when the writing bug first bit me.

Stubborn as I am, I tried to deny my desire to write in favor of a more “practical” pursuit. At seventeen, I wasn’t confident enough to make my own choice, so I listened to the voices around me in deciding my career path. “You’re good with kids,” people said. “You should be a teacher.” Impressionable, shrinking violet that I was, I enrolled in college and majored in Elementary Education. In my junior year, they stuck me in a classroom with a bunch of second graders, and despite mastering all the pedagogical theory they’d thrown at me, I bolted in fear when confronted with 25 boisterous students. I dropped out of college at year’s end.

The following September, I married my childhood sweetheart, and settled down in a military town with him. While he worked, I cooked, cleaned, did cross-stitch. The desire to write was there, but by then it was so faint I ignored it. I feared I’d fail again, the way I failed at college- and my relatives were still asking me when I was going back. Then, a fateful thing occured- my husband had a health scare while training out of state, and I stayed with a cousin to be near him. During my four months at my cousin’s home, I wrote my very first book- Skye’s the Limit. My cousin, the late Tonya Davis, threatened to deny me food if I didn’t deliver a chapter a day- it was the push I needed to get back to writing. (I dedicated the book to her when it released in 2009, and she cried.)

Fast forward a few years, and I had my first child- a son, born with Down Syndrome. I saw in him so many possibilities, despite what the doctors said about what he might never accomplish. Every doctor and therapist known to man has seen my son, and I want it that way. As he grows, so do I, and I’m amazed at what he can do. In 2011, he suffered a bout with acute myelogenous leukemia, one that had us sitting in the hospital for seven agonizing, terrifying months of chemotherapy. My daughter, born in 2010, took her first steps in his hospital room. I wrote Embrace the Night as I sat by his bedside, to keep the worry from driving me to absolute madness.

At times of sorrow, or difficulty, I turn to writing. I pray, I think positive thoughts, but writing has been such a salve to me I don’t know how to live without it. When all else in life seems out of my control, the worlds and characters I create still lie under my command. For me, that is a very comforting thing.

It’s my hope that the words I’ve written can create a much needed respite for readers like you.

http://www.authorkiannaalexander.com

AFTER HOURS REDEMPTION is available now.

FAMILY IN SIX TONES by Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao ** SPOTLIGHT ** GIVEAWAY **

FAMILY IN SIX TONES: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter (Viking) is a refugee story unlike any you may have read before. Already its receiving soaring reviews and has been featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. A story about the American immigrant experience couldn’t be more timely.

In 1975, thirteen-year-old Lan Cao boarded an airplane in Saigon and got off in a world where she faced hosts she had not met before, a language she didn’t speak, and food she didn’t recognize, with the faint hope that she would be able to go home soon. Lan fought her way through confusion, and racism, to become a successful lawyer and novelist. Four decades later, she faced the biggest challenge in her life: raising her daughter Harlan–half Vietnamese by birth and 100 percent American teenager by inclination. In their lyrical joint memoir, told in alternating voices, mother and daughter cross ages and ethnicities to tackle the hardest questions about assimilation, aspiration, and family.

Lan wrestles with her identities as not merely an immigrant but a refugee from an unpopular war. She has bigoted teachers who undermine her in the classroom and tormenting inner demons, but she does achieve–either despite or because of the work ethic and tight support of a traditional Vietnamese family struggling to get by in a small American town. Lan has ambitions, for herself, and for her daughter, but even as an adult feels tentative about her place in her adoptive country, and ventures through motherhood as if it is a foreign landscape.

Reflecting and refracting her mother’s narrative, Harlan fiercely describes the rites of passage of childhood and adolescence, filtered through the aftereffects of her family’s history of war, tragedy, and migration. Harlan’s struggle to make friends in high school challenges her mother to step back and let her daughter find her own way.

Family in Six Tones speaks both to the unique struggles of refugees and to the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters. The journey of an immigrant–away from war and loss toward peace and a new life–and the journey of a mother raising a child to be secure and happy are both steep paths filled with detours and stumbling blocks. Through explosive fights and painful setbacks, mother and daughter search for a way to accept the past and face the future together.

Thanks to FSB Associates, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts and what you think about the American immigrant experience. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

FOR THE BEST by Vanessa Lillie – Review & Giveaway

Julie Worthington-Smith is suspected of a murder she can’t remember in Vanessa Lillie’s new novel, FOR THE BEST. A troubled woman  takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller.

When Jules Worthington-Smith’s wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she’s dangerously close to losing everything.

Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there’s one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can’t remember what happened.

Unsatisfied with the police’s handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It’s not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking.

The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she’s buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.

The main character, Julie is somewhat difficult to like, and you have to root for her as the plot expands. I read FOR THE BEST in one sitting. It’s a quick read and maybe you’ll like it more than I did.

Vanessa Lillie has fifteen years of marketing and communications experience and enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Originally from Oklahoma, Vanessa calls Providence, Rhode Island home with her husband and sloth obsessed son.

Her debut thriller, Little Voices, was an Amazon bestseller and number one psychological thriller for all of September 2019. Little Voices received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal as well as must-read lists in Real Simple, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan UK, and Bookish. It was also named one of the best debut thrillers of 2019 by Bolo Books. The Providence Journal review said, “Aficionados of mystery, thriller and horror will savor this intricately plotted page-turner that builds to a stunning denouement.” Lillie’s next thriller, For the Best, releases September 8, 2020, and it will also be set in Providence. 

Originally from Miami (Mi-am-MUH), Oklahoma, she studied English at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and received a Masters of Public Administration from American University.

She likes to tell people about winning a poker tournament in St. Martin to sound interesting, but most of her time is spent writing on her phone at play dates. She’s represented by Victoria Sanders of VSA.

Contact Vanessa: vanessaRlillie@gmail.com

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the best thriller you’ve read lately. We’ll choose a winner. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

THE PARIS MODEL by Alexandra Joel – Spotlight & Giveaway

I loved reading THE PARIS MODEL(Harper) by Alexandra Joel. It took place in two of my favorite places, Australia and Paris.

A lush debut novel in the vein of Kathleen Tessaro’s international bestseller, Elegance, about a beautiful woman working as a model for Christian Dior in postwar Paris, who discovers astonishing secrets about herself and the fabulous people around her.

Raised on a vast Australian sheep farm, the beautiful Grace Woods is compelled to travel to tumultuous, postwar Paris in order to start a new life. While working as a glamorous model for Christian Dior, the world’s newly acclaimed emperor of fashion, Grace mixes with counts and princesses, authors and artists, diplomats and politicians. Amongst those she befriends are Pablo Picasson, Julia Childs, and the future Jackie Kennedy.

But when Grace falls in love with the handsome Phillippe Boyer, she doesn’t know that he is leading a double life, nor that his past might hold secrets and lies that will turn her life upside down.

Based on a true story, The Paris Model by debut fiction author Alexandra Joel, is an unforgettable tale of glamour, family secrets, and heartbreak.

ALEXANDRA’S WORDS:

I began my media career while I was still a student at the University of Sydney, performing voice-overs for TV and radio commercials (I hereby confess to being the “We Try Harder” Avis Girl).

After graduating with Honours in Government, I spent six months as an international intern on the staff of a Congressman in Washington DC. I returned to Australia to work as a reporter and newsreader on a regional television station in Queensland.

Back in Sydney, possessed by a long-term fascination with fashion and a passion for writing, I became a regular contributor of feature articles, interviews and reviews for major national and metropolitan publications including The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine, Cleo and Harper’s Bazaar.

I then wrote the landmark book Best Dressed: 200 years of Fashion in Australia followed by Parade: The story of Fashion in Australia (both HarperCollins Australia). This led to my appointment as the Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, then Portfolio, Australia’s first magazine for working women.

A mid-life career change, inspired by my role as the President of The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, saw me undertaking postgraduate studies in Applied Psychology and the establishment of a successful psychotherapy practice.

A decade later, I found I was once more unable to resist the lure of the written word. My memoir, Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story, has been optioned for the screen by a major studio!

I have two beautiful children and live in Sydney with my husband.

http://www.alexandrajoel.com

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think of Paris or imagine it to be. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

THE GROWN WOMAN’S GUIDE to ONLINE DATING by Margot Starbuck

Does the thought of joining a dating site invoke feelings of fear and anxiety—or, worse, insecurity or unworthiness? If so, then The Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating (ThomasNelson) is the book for you. With practical advice about how these sites work, what to expect, and when to join and quit, along with proven tips for making the most of them, The Grown Woman’s Guide equips readers with all they need to take the plunge.

STEP ONE: Get the book.

Four years after an unexpected divorce, bestselling writer and funny lady Margot Starbuck found herself venturing into the unknown waters of online dating. What she discovered surprised her—and changed her. With her signature sharp wit and a solid biblical foundation, Margot shares what she learned, including how to:

  • determine which sites are best and what to expect;
  • write a first message that is most likely to get a response;
  • avoid common pitfalls in creating your profile; and
  • live out the truth that you are God’s beloved.

So dive into embracing your true value and drawing closer to God even in the midst of fear and questions. Because whatever your endgame might be, richness awaits. Margot promises, “You got this, girl!”

I used online dating in my 30s. I went out with a very nice guy, but it didn’t work out for a number of reasons. I think I’d be scared to jump into it now in my 50s. I must say Margot’s book, is a great place to start if you’re single and ready to jump into dating again. Her book will help you navigate the shark infested waters of dating and survive.

Margot Starbuck is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, writing teacher, and speaker. She earned a masters of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s from Westmont College. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her three fabulous teenagers, in a community built around friends with disabilities. Learn more at www.MargotStarbuck.com.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever done on line dating. Tell us you experience. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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SECRET CRUSH SEDUCTION by Jayci Lee SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

Back in February 2020, Jayci Lee’s debut novel TEMPORARY WIFE TEMPTATION (HarlequinDesire) took the romance reading world by storm. With a previous career as a defense litigator, Jayci never stopped her dream of romance novel publication, and her debut novel received wide praise from Kirkus (“jammed with popular romance tropes…a quick, enjoyable read”), Publishers Weekly (“readers look for a fluffy take on a favorite trope will be pleased”), and an OprahMag.com romance pick, among many others.

In her new novel SECRET CRUSH SEDUCTION, which publishes TODAY, Jayci continues the story of the Korean-American Song fashion empire, this time featuring our favorite secondary character from her debut novel, Adelaide. Song, tabloid party girl turned business maven. When she enlists her brother’s best friend to help launch her career within the family business, fresh from finishing her Masters of Business degree and trying to outshine her party-girl days of the past, her plan of mixing business with her secret childhood crush backfires in the most unexpected ways. 

Jayci Lee writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge. She lives in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction. At times, she cannot accommodate real life because her brain is full of drool worthy heroes and badass heroines clamoring to come to life. Because of all the books demanding to be written, Jayci writes full-time now, and is semi-retired from her fifteen-year career as a defense litigator. She loves food, wine, and travelling, and incidentally so do her characters. Books have always helped her grow, dream, and heal, and she hopes her books will do the same for you.

Thanks to Harlequin we have one book to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about romance-comedy novels. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

Thank you.

INTERFERENCE by Brad Parks – Spotlight & Giveaway

So tell me the truth. If you were offered to read a book on Quantum Physics, what would you say? Quantum what? That was me. I don’t understand Einstein. But you have to check out Brad Parks new novel, INTERFERENCE (ThomasMercer). It is a thriller unlike any I’ve read before and I learned a lot of science too. INTERFERENCE explores the scientific unknown—and one woman’s efforts to save her husband from its consequences.

Quantum physicist Matt Bronik is suffering from strange, violent seizures that medical science seems powerless to explain—much to the consternation of his wife, Brigid.

Matt doesn’t think these fits could be related to his research, which he has always described as benign and esoteric. That, it turns out, is not quite true: Matt has been prodding the mysteries of the quantum universe, with terrible repercussions for his health. And perhaps even for humanity as a whole.

Then, in the midst of another seizure, Matt disappears. When foul play is feared, there is no shortage of suspects. Matt’s research had gained the attention of Chinese competitors, an unscrupulous billionaire, and the Department of Defense, among others.

With Matt’s life in clear danger, Brigid sets out to find him. Will Matt be killed before she reaches him, or could the physics that endangered him actually be used to save his life?


International bestselling author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. His novels have been translated into 15 languages and have won critical acclaim across the globe, including stars from every major pre-publication review outlet. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks is a former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. He is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia with his wife and two school-aged children.

http://www.bradparksbooks.com

Thanks to Megan Beatie Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Tell us what you know about Quantum Physics. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please