Interview with Crissi Langwell, Author of Numbered

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

Numbered is a dystopian romance that takes place in the year 2050. Technology has advanced so much that people now know the date and cause of their natural death. As you can imagine, knowing exactly how long you have to live will affect the way you live. But the biggest change is that in the last 100 days of life, people give up their jobs, their homes, and everything in their life, say goodbye to their families, and then enter a spa-like facility where everything is taken care of for them, spending the last three months of their life in complete comfort with no worries at all.

Noelle and Ryder move into one of these facilities on the same day. Because of their shortened lifespan, both have spent a lifetime avoiding relationships and connections. With only three months left to live, they don’t have time to fall in love, but they can’t deny the magnetic pull they feel toward each other.

And then they uncover a secret about the numbers. Everything safe becomes lethal, and the only people they can trust is each other. Noelle and Ryder find themselves in a fight for their lives, as well as a fight to save the rest of the world.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been a writer as long as I’ve known how. But before writing, I was a reader. I think what inspired me to want to write stories were the stories I was reading. I’ve always had my nose in a book, so storytelling became a natural passion. I started out making up bedtime stories for my sisters. Then I started writing stories as gifts for my family. I dreamed of writing a book one day, believing it to be a huge, hard to accomplish feat. When I finally did, it was awful, but it also showed me that I could write a book. That terrible book (that I never published) paved the way for future books that weren’t terrible, and led to becoming a published author.

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

Only 5??? This list changes all the time because I have so many favorites, but at this moment, I’d consider these my favorites:

Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Mud Vein, by Tarryn Fisher

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

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

I would really love to talk with Katherine Paterson. Her books (She’s probably most known for Bridge to Terabithia) are full of well-rounded characters with real world problems. I feel like she gives a voice to grief or hardship, and then shows a way to keep living, even with this really hard thing the character is going through. Like in Jacob Have I Loved, she illustrates exactly what it feels like for someone to grow up feeling on the outside of everything, especially in one’s own family, and how it feels to live in the shadows of a sibling everyone loves. I resonated so much with this that I’ve cried buckets reading this book. So if I had her on my literary talk show, I’d ask about how she develops her characters, if they’re based on real people, and what kind of prewriting she does about her characters before she starts writing the story (or even while she’s writing it).

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love how I can lose myself in the story. While writing, that’s my reality. Even when I’m not writing, the characters stay with me. I could be driving down the road, and I’ll feel their presence, think about their circumstance, and so on. It’s kind of relieving to immerse myself in the story because sometimes the world doesn’t feel very fun.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, I have a day job, so that takes up most of my Monday – Friday. But I wake up extra early so that I have time to journal and read before work. I will often work on my manuscript during my lunch hour, sitting in a nearby park if the weather is nice. After work I’ll go to the gym, then eat dinner. Then I’ll spend another hour or so on my writing, if I have the energy. It’s hard to have a lot of time to write during the week, so weekends are when I get the most writing in. On those days, my favorite thing to do is grab my laptop and hole up in a coffeeshop for a few hours, sucking down caffeine while working on my novel.

What scene in Numbered was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the scenes where Noelle is a pretty awesome badass. Her father was a Navy Seal and trained Noelle and her brother throughout their childhood. So when society implodes and Noelle and Ryder become part of a rebel team, Noelle steps up to the plate with her training. It was really fun to write the fight scenes and show her fighting skills.

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

Everyone has their own story. I think this is something we all need to remember, especially in this divisive time. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with people who have differing points of views, but we would all do better as a society if we could aim to understand the reasons someone has for believing or acting a certain way. If more people approached others with curiosity instead of condemnation, I think this world could be a better place. Not a perfect place, but it’s a start.

Crissi Langwell is the author of the new book Numbered.

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Interview with Doreen Owens Malek, Author of The Seduction of Tallchief

What can you tell us about your new release, The Seduction of Tallchief?

“The Seduction of Tallchief” is a combination of romance and suspense which goes into more detail about the process of the story and the development of the main relationship than is usually possible in a shorter romance. I really enjoyed portraying the main male character because he’s an anti-hero and his attitude toward life is changed by his interaction with the main female character. It has aspects of the narrative which go beyond the usual limits of this type of story and that provided a challenge for me as a writer.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My father, who was a local Superintendent of Schools, was a big reader and had many books around the house. As a kid I would read them and gradually came to the conclusion that I would like to produce them myself. I always felt an affinity for language and was able to use it to my advantage eventually in my career.

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

“Ordinary People” by Judith Guest
Anything by Evelyn Anthony, especially “The Persian Price”
“Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King
“The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty
“Dancer from the Dance” by Andrew Holleran

This is just a sample, there are many more. These are all popular fiction, and lately I’ve reading non-fiction. Some favorites are:
“Leadership in Troubled Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin; all of her books are wonderful
John Meacham’s biography of Thomas Jefferson
“Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

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

Shakespeare would be my first guest and I would ask him how he developed his extraordinary talent growing up as the child of a small businessman in Stratford, England.

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t have a system or pattern that I follow. I might work like a demon through the night for several days running and then just decompress for a day or two. I’ve tried to be more organized about my writing but that just doesn’t work for me. When I’m in the groove, the story I’m thinking about is like a movie running in head and I have to get it down as it comes to me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is when people read what you have written they know what you think.

What scene in The Seduction of Tallchief was your favorite to write?

My favorite was the reunion scene at the end of the book when the two people in love have been torn apart by dire circumstances. It’s highly emotional and demonstrates the attachment that will keep them together after their difficult separation.

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

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Doreen Owens Malek is the author of the new book The Seduction of Tallchief.

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Interview with Olivia Hardy Ray, Author of Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau

What can you tell us about your new release, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau?

The character of the Black Witch just came to me. I’m not sure where I found her in my mind, but I ended Book One with a message from the Black Witch to Annabel that she had Michele in her cage. She obviously wanted to lure Annabel to her, and it works, of course. The personality of The Black Witch is haughty and strong, but I think she’s appealing. She’s not all on one level. I think readers will find the book amusing and adventurous.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired by the books I read when I was younger, books like the Bronte’s wrote, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, etc.

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

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Invention of Wings, Idaho, All He Ever Wanted and The Gold Coast.

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

William, did you really write all those wonderful plays? How ‘bout the sonnets?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Letting my imagination wander and creating characters.

What is a typical day like for you?

My days are spent at home where I work a day job and write my novels on holidays and Sundays. It’s cool.

What scene in Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the opening because it establishes who Geneviève is.

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

Try and be kind, open and committed every day of your life.


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Interview with Gena Webb, Author of The Write Stuff

What can you tell us about your new release, The Write Stuff?

It’s the sequel to Finding Miss Write, the 1st novel in The Misadventures of Miss Write series. Most of it takes place in a courtroom, because the heroine, author Carla Williams, has been selected for jury duty. She initially was thrilled, thinking it would be a good research opportunity, but things quickly took an ugly turn. I had someone describe it as a roller coaster of emotions. I think that pretty much sums it up.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Good question. I started reading at a very early age, and my summer vacations from elementary school found me either climbing a tree or reading a book. Occasionally, reading a book in a tree. Books take you to other worlds, normally much more glamorous than the one you live in. That’s where my love of words started, and eventually I switched from reading to writing. I’ve been writing most of my life and was always satisfied being a writer and not a published author, but always wanted to see my name on the front cover of a novel. And so, I started that journey.

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

Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. (How can any little girl not want to be Scarlett and loved by Rhett?)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. (Not sure why, but I love that book!)
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. (I won a copy of this from my H. S. English teacher for memorizing more Shakespeare than anyone in the class.)
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” One of the greatest opening lines I’ve ever read.)
The Holy Bible. (All the action, suspense, romance, life lessons you could ever want, all in one book. Preferably in the King James Version, because it has beautiful, poetic wording.)

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

Well, since it can’t be Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, my two personal heroes, I’d have to say Jane Friedman. Her advice is always spot-on. And my first question would be: How does a 1st time author find a publisher willing to take a chance? That’s the hardest part of writing and the question every new author wants an answer to. My publisher, Journey Fiction, was an answer to a prayer. (Or several prayers.)

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting an e-mail from someone asking when the next novel will be available because they’ve run out of anything to read. In other words, knowing that someone can lose themselves in a world you created.

What is a typical day like for you?

Sleep, eat, write. Sometimes eat and write at the same time. And occasionally, just occasionally, falling asleep in front of the laptop with one hand on the keyboard and a half-eaten cookie in the other. I’m a night owl, so I write all night (literally) while the hubby sleeps. Then I sleep while he reads my draft from the previous night and does whatever it is he does during the day. I find it so much easier to be creative when it’s just me pounding a keyboard while listening to a cat purring on the back of the recliner.

What scene in The Write Stuff was your favorite to write?

There’s one scene describing a railroad trestle. I love that one, because it’s taken from real life. Like most authors, something in my life becomes the inspiration for a novel. The Write Decision took form when I sat on a jury many years ago. I made notes about my experience there, but never wrote the novel until years later. Because I think that particular railroad trestle is as spooky as described in the novel, it became a setting where the action took place. If there were awards for inanimate objects, the trestle would win. Hands down!

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

Let go and let God. God’s in control, He has a plan, and that plan includes only what is best for me. A hard lesson to learn when you’ve lost one spouse to cancer, but when you finally realize how true it is, life becomes so much easier. It’s more satisfying to live a life on autopilot, knowing someone else has the wheel.

Gena Webb is the author of the new book The Write Stuff.

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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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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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