Interview with Kirsten Fullmer, Author of Hometown Girl Memories

What can you tell us about your new release, Hometown Girl Memories?

I wrote Hometown Girl Memories for several reasons. Many of my readers have requested a man for Winnie, the town matriarch and beloved, elderly, widow. What a great idea, as well as a huge challenge! I also wanted to write more about Tara and Justin, the leading lady and man from book one of the series. They are fun characters who come very natural to me; maybe because their relationship reminds me of my husband and I. As the book formed in my mind, featuring Winnie and Tara, it became a tale of women supporting each other through all the stages of life and love. Winnie remembers her college days in 1968, her lost loves and friends, while Tara deals with the modern day problems of juggling her relationship with Justin, motherhood, and her career. I’m very happy with how the book came together. It’s a tale of loss, love, and laughter, across the years.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I had to retire early due to health problems, at which time I began traveling full time with my husband for his work. I had hours alone, with nothing to do, far from friends and family, and yet limited space for craft projects. (I had to come to terms with that issue, lol) I read a lot of romance novels, my favorite genre, but I was frustrated with female characters who were saved by millionaire men. I was also frustrated by kick butt women who were super warriors and stronger than any human. I had to wonder where stories about all the normal women are, the women who are successful in their own right and struggling to fit romance into their busy lives? I started writing to create the books I wanted to read.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Tisha by Robert Spect
Mrs Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
The little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would invite Laura Ingalls Wilder (can I do that if she’d dead?) because she didn’t start writing until she was older, like myself. I loved her books as a child, and I read them my kids when they were young. Now I look forward to reading them to my grandkids. They are timeless. I love her easy, descriptive writing style, and I would ask her what prompted her to write and how her books were received at the time.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love to create Characters who come alive and do their thing as I write. My characters are very real to me.

What is a typical day like for you?

Coffee, post to social media, word games or puzzles to wake up my mind, review writing from the day before, begin writing! Some day involve packing up and moving cross country, writing has to wait.

What scene in Hometown Girl Memories was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in this book was near the climax of the story, where Tara confronts her husband. She doesn’t realize that her three friends find themselves overhearing the whole conversation. Of course, the friends are torn between revealing that they are there and waiting to see what will happen. The whole scene felt very real, emotional, and was fun to write.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Move forward, being calm, confident, and assertive (stolen from Cesar Millan)

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Interview with Andrea Pearson, Author of Shadow Prophet

What can you tell us about your new release, Shadow Prophet?

It’s about a man who is being blackmailed into murdering the woman he loves, and it’s seriously the hardest book I’ve ever written, due to the theme. Stakes are high in this one, and there isn’t time to breathe or relax. Shadow Prophet is perfect for readers who need a break from every-day life and who like fast-moving paranormal stories.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My grandpa! He was an author too – had more than 50 of his own published books under his belt, he ghost wrote countless others, and he had thousands of essays in circulation. He wrote mostly nonfiction, but I still got that writing bug from him. 🙂

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Client by John Grisham, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings. All fantastic works! I read Jurassic Park when I was 11, then plowed through the rest of Michael Crichton’s books, followed by John Grisham’s. (My grandpa owned them all and let me borrow them, so it’s technically his fault.) They shaped my teenage years!

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Michael Crichton. And I’d ask him this: WHY THE HECK DIDN’T YOU WRITE JURASSIC PARK INTO A SERIES SO WE COULD HAVE BETTER MOVIES??!?!? 😉 🙂 The first movie was fantastic… but movies two and three were so disappointing. I really enjoyed Jurassic World and mostly enjoyed Fallen Kingdom, but they weren’t on the same level as Jurassic Park. I know he hated writing sequels, but for crying out loud. Lost World just didn’t have heart in it like Jurassic Park.

In all seriousness, I’d love to pick his brain on writing thrillers with a science fiction/medical slant. My books all have a thriller edge to them (something about the stories I consumed growing up), and he was, in my mind, a master.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

All of it! For a while. And then it gets tedious. Until the next stage starts, and then all of it! 🙂

What is a typical day like for you?

It starts off with me desperately try to catch a little more shut eye while the baby chatters in his crib and my two older kids climb on me, asking for breakfast. Then I make breakfast while listening to podcasts (including my own – because you need to study yourself to know how to improve, right? I tell myself that so I don’t feel like a narcissist :-)), and then we do homeschool until the baby goes down for his first nap. Then I usually get caught up on business stuff for an hour or so while walking on my treadmill desk. And then more homeschool and more feeding of the kids, and more business, etc. My day cycles like that until my husband gets home from work, whereupon I immediately sob tears of joy at having another adult in the home. 🙂

What scene in Shadow Prophet was your favorite to write?

There are three that were the hardest and the most rewarding. The opening scene, which starts just after Abel, the main character, has murdered an innocent person, then the scene where he sees the woman he’s in love with for the first time after getting “hired” to assassinate her too, and last, the scene where he goes to see the Shadow Prophet to ask for an extension to his contract. They were all incredibly difficult to write, but also cathartic and rewarding.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” I work hard – very hard. And important things slip through the cracks if I’m not careful. I always put my husband first, along with my kids and their education, but business is a close second, and I’m very dedicated to my books and my readers.

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Interview with Monica Murphy, Author of Holidate

What can you tell us about your new release, Holidate?

It’s a fun, romantic Christmas story that has all the elements a holiday loving reader will want: a heroine who loves Christmas, a hero who hates Christmas yet his family owns a Christmas tree farm, a meddling mother, supportive friends, holiday events, gingerbread lattes…I could go on and on!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m currently reading SHADOWS by Kristen Proby which comes out at the end of the month. Marni Mann’s BEFORE YOU is my next read – and it’s coming out in a little less than two weeks. This is why it’s nice having author friends. They send their books to you before they’re out!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Stick with it and believe in yourself! All those dreams you have now? Keep going, you’re going to make quite a few of them come true! (I wanted to be a writer in my late teens, so my teen self would be really happy to know I made that happen!)

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Reading. I don’t have a lot of time to read lately and I need more!

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

I love being with my children. They make me smile, they make me laugh, they make me annoyed, but that’s okay. I take the good with the bad. They’re getting older, they’re going to leave the nest soon, and I want to spend as much time with them as possible.

What scene in Holidate was your favorite to write?

This is a tough question – there were so many scenes that were fun to write! There’s one in particular where my heroine Candice is having a bad night, so Charlie takes her back to his tree farm, and tells her she can pick one item from the store that’s at the farm. She loves Christmas, so she’s so touched that he’s letting her be her holiday-loving self, and that he’s trying to cheer her up. This is a pivotal moment in the book, and writing it made me emotional! Candice lost her mother when she was a child, so she has some unresolved issues with the loss of her mom. Charlie sees that and he’s trying to help her in the best way he knows how. It’s actually very sweet.

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THE GOLDEN HOUR by L.M. HALLORAN

'Holding her is my reward….'

A cat and mouse game of sinister turns, suspenseful moments and passionate love.

L.M. Halloran is an automatic 1click author for us, and she's an author who knows how to deliver a dark romantic suspense, ensuring we're spellbound with every twisty turn. The way she threads her characters through various stories, makes us desperate to become more acquainted with each one we meet, which was the case with Finn McCowen, a character we met briefly in the fabulous Illusions Duet.

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Books To Read If You Like Brad Thor

Books To Read If You Like Brad Thor

Brad Thor is a New York Times Bestselling Author of mystery and thriller novels. He is best known for the incredibly popular Scot Harvath Series. Backlash is the most recent book in the series at number 19. If you’re looking for some thrilling new novels, you won’t want to miss these books to read if you like Brad Thor!


Shake

by Ron Vincent

Release Date: May 20, 2019

Antonio Lopez lives in two worlds. The university world that he loves and his father’s world of manual labor that he wants to leave behind. Then there is Marie, the love of his life. When Antonio and Marie discover long-lost manuscripts of William Shakespeare they are thrown into an astonishing adventure. Both unimaginable wealth and a world of danger lie ahead of them.

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Say You Love Me

by Willow Rose

Release Date: September 30, 2019

The fourth book in the bestselling Eva Rae Thomas Mystery series by Willow Rose… It seems Eva Rae Thomas has been thrown another curveball. A phone call from her father has turned her life upside down. She hasn’t seen him in thirty-six years. Not since he kidnapped her sister. Now he is back and needs her help. At the same time, a serial killer is planning one of the most horrific mass killings in history.

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The Legend of Deputy Jim

by Dan E. Hendrickson

Release Date: September 19, 2019

Jim Edwards is the father of Commander Jacob Edwards, also known as the ‘Hero of Cozumel’. Everyone knows the story of how his son fought and killed the most lethal pirate of modern-day history off Cozumel Mexico thirteen years ago. At the age of 70, Jim helped rescue his son, daughter-in-law, grandchild, and wife from a maximum-security prison in Central America. Retired SEAL Team commander and leader of the rescue, Tommy Williams has always had questions about Jim’s past. All he knows it that Jim was a sheriff deputy in Sheridan County Wyoming in the 1970s. But there is no record of it.

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The Write Decision

by Gena Webb

Release Date: September 7, 2019

The second book in The Misadventures of Miss Write series by Gena Webb… Author Carla Williams is almost happy when she is called in for jury duty, as it is a great chance for some in-the-field research. But then she finds out it is the high-profile trial of attempted murder of a San Antonio police officer. The defense and prosecution attorneys don’t have a problem with the fact her husband is a homicide detective, so why does she? Roger would never ask her to compromise her principles but will he support her when she sides with the defendant?

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The Guardians

by John Grisham

Release Date: October 15, 2019

A young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead in his office. There were no clues, no witnesses, and no one with a motive. But somehow the police came to suspect one of his clients, a young black man, Quincy Miller. He was sent to prison for life. He has spent twenty-two years maintaining his innocence while in prison but no one listens. In a desperate move, he reaches out to Guardian Ministries, a nonprofit run by Cullen Post, an Episcopal minister and lawyer.

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The 19th Christmas

by James Patterson

Release Date: October 7, 2019

The 19th book in the bestselling Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson… Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. Crime is down, the medical examiner’s office is quiet, and the courts are even showing some Christmas spirit. But then a criminal known as “loman” starts making headlines. It turns out he has some deadly surprises in store for Christmas morning.

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Books To Read If You Like Clarissa Wild

Books To Read If You Like Clarissa Wild

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Some of her popular releases include the Savage Men, Unprofessional Bad Boys, Indecent Games, and The Company series. If you’ve been craving some sexy new romance novels, we think you will love these books to read if you like Clarissa Wild!


Book’em Piper

by Danielle Norman

Release Date: October 8, 2019

The third book in the bestselling Iron Badges Series by Danielle Norman… I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and the only light in my dark was the boy next door. Liam Kane was my hero and I was his sunshine. He was my first and only crush. He looked after me when I couldn’t. But then he disappeared from my life. Now, after all these years he’s back and we’re on opposite sides of the law.

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Don’t Fall For Him

by Lexi Madison

Release Date: September 21, 2019

After since my ex cheated on me I have been trying to pull my life back together. I even went as far as relocating temporarily to keep some distance. When my grandparents throw a party for their 50th wedding anniversary, I know I have to go back. I don’t want him to see that I am still alone and hurting. So, when I run into an old friend of my brother’s, Ian Black, I asked for a little favor.

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Foolish Riot

by Karen Renee

Release Date: September 24, 2019

The fifth book in the Riot MC Series by Karen Renee… Patricka “Trixie” Baker is no stranger to being used and abused. The night she met Homer “Roll” Rolland she dedicated herself to infiltrating his life. She is a fixture in the Riot MC but she still isn’t part of the family. She refuses to be anyone’s fool and won’t waste any more of her youth on him. She is determined to change but Roll is hiding secrets that force him not to commit.

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Close Match

by Tracey Jerald

Release Date: October 3, 2019

Evangeline Brogan is a part of Broadway royalty and commands the stage. But then one night everything changed. A lifelong secret has been revealed and she wants to find out the full story. She is willing to do whatever it takes, even if she has to leave everything she knows behind.

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Desperate to Touch

by Willow Winters

Release Date: October 8, 2019

The second book in the Hard to Love romantic suspense series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters… Even though my heart knew better, I ran from him. He chose a life of crime and I didn’t want any part of it. I just wanted him. As soon as danger bled into my life, I left. I should have known he would come for me. He still has that same temptation in his eyes but now his gaze is harsher. He is no longer the boy I fell in love with.

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Perfect Strangers

by J.T. Geissinger

Release Date: September 29, 2019

Since tragedy struck two years ago, author Olivia Rossi hasn’t been able to write a single word. Still heartbroken, she accepts an offer to spend the summer at her friend’s apartment in Paris where she hopes to heal and find her muse. Instead, she finds James, the stranger who ignites an all-consuming passion inside her.

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New Literary Fiction Books For Your Reading List | Fall 2019

New Literary Fiction Books For Your Reading List | Fall 2019

The seasons are changing and now is the perfect time to stock up on some new literary fiction books for your fall reading list. Don’t miss exciting new novels from Marc Grossberg, Elizabeth Strout, Zadie Smith, Ann Patchett, André Aciman, and Fiona Valpy. Enjoy your new books!


The Best People

by Marc Grossberg

Release Date: October 8, 2019

A former cop from Brooklyn, Paddy Moran is now a licensed attorney in Houston with big dreams and aspirations. After surviving some early challenges, he manages to land two high-profile clients. After some outstanding outcomes, he finds himself on the success trajectory in the upper echelons of the city’s divorce bar. Can Paddy balance his thirst for recognition with his sense of right and wrong?

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Olive, Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Release Date: October 15, 2019

The new novel from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout… Olive, Again follows the life of beloved Olive Kitteridge. Olive is struggling to understand not only herself but the lives of everyone around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. “Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith.

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Grand Union: Stories

by Zadie Smith

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Grand Union is a collection of short stories from bestselling author Zadie Smith… Including 11 new and unpublished stories, Smith combines her power of observation and her imitable voice to mine the complex experience of life in the modern world.

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The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

Release Date: September 24, 2019

The Dutch House is the new novel from Ann Patchett, the New York Times Bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder… When the Second World War ended, Cyril Conroy uses some luck and a canny investment to begin a real estate empire. His first order of business is to buy a lavish estate in the Philadelphia suburbs, the Dutch House.

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Find Me

by Andre Aciman

Release Date: October 29, 2019

From the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman… Find Me tells the story of Elio’s father, Samuel, as he takes a trip from Florence to Rome. He is traveling to visit Elio, who is now a gifted pianist. But a chance encounter on the train with a beautiful woman upends his plans.

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The Dressmaker’s Gift

by Fiona Valpy

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Paris, 1940. While their city is occupied by Nazis, three young seamstresses try to go about their normal lives. But all of three of these women are keeping secrets. Mireille is fighting for the Resistance, Claire is in a relationship with a German officer, and Vivienne can’t reveal her involvement to either of them.

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Interview with Lexi Madison, Author of Don’t Fall For Him

What can you tell us about your new release, Don’t Fall For Him?

Well, what’s hotter than finally having someone you thought you could never have? I mean, I think all of our teenage years involved a friend of our brother’s or sister’s or cousin’s, who we wanted but was totally off limits. This book is really about getting to experience that moment.

I love stories that make you feel like you’re falling in love, right there with the characters. Where your heart clenches and you get that stomach flip every time the characters interact. ‘Don’t Fall For Him’ has ALL of that. It’s a fun, sexy, butterfly-inducing tale, of two total opposites who are totally meant to be together.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mom! She always loved to write but she never took the ‘leap’ toward her dream. She still has a dozen manuscripts sitting in her desk at home that she’s never published. I know that she regrets her fears of never ‘going for it’ and so I hope that my love for reading and writing and my willingness to ‘leap’ into it will help inspire her, just as she has inspired me in so many ways!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Top 5 books? JUST FIVE??? Okay fine! I would say the list goes as follows (in no particular order)

– The Deal by Elle Kennedy

– Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

– On Dublin Street, Samantha Young

– Buttons & Lace, Penelope Sky

– Radiance, Grace Draven

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Omg! I think I would choose LJ Shen! I would say ‘WOMAN, TELL ME EVERYTHING!’

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The adventure that comes each time you put fingers to keyboard. I get to fall in love for a living, that’s freaking awesome!

What is a typical day like for you?

OMG, is it crazy to say, a total mess??? I mean, I wish I had some sort of system or organization but I don’t. It’s one messy day to the next. Sometimes I am writing late, sometimes early, sometimes it flows, sometimes it doesn’t.

What scene in Don’t Fall For Him was your favorite to write?

Without spoiling it, it’s when Libby meets with Ian at the coffee shop and they’re just talking, but there is so much great back and forth.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Accept the chaos. Thrive in the chaos. Nothing in life is easy or perfect and if you can get through the chaos and learn to embrace it, you can handle ANYTHING!

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MISADVENTURES AT CITY HALL by VICTORIA BLUE

‘This man would always be my steady wall of safety. He would be the calm in my storm.’

We do love the Misadventure series; it guarantees hot and steamy passion as well as an easy to read storyline. Victoria Blue writes an enticing story in Misadventures at City Hall which sees, Kyle Armstrong relentlessly pursue career-driven, Skye Delaney. Their relationship was nothing but intense from the get-go and we enjoyed every minute!

Love has a funny way of turning up to bat when you least expect it though, which means hard decisions have to be made by Skye. As always though, love has a habit of conquering all obstacles in the end. Whilst this book can absolutely be read as standalone, we do wish we’d read Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend first, where the characters in this story were first introduced.

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