A Big, Fat 53-Author (108 Book) "My Sister and Me" Contest - THE OFFICIAL RULES, THE OFFICIAL LIST
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I'm thrilled to be able to kick off this mega "My Sister and Me" contest in conjunction with the trade paperback release of The Last Will of Moira Leahy.
There are 51 authors participating, and there will be more than 51 winners. Each winner will receive TWO copies of one of the books listed below--one to keep and one to share with a sister or friend. The contest will close 8/10 at midnight EST.
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2. In your comment you must type out the titles of *at least* five of the contest books, including THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY. (I'll be giving away multiple copies of my book.) If you win, I will do my best to ensure you receive two copies of one of the books on your list. (Listing more is best.)
3. If you spread the word--meaning, if you share the link to this page, if you Twitter this info, and/or if you put it on your blog--then you gain an advantage. You can leave another comment for each place you shout out about this contest, as long as you provide a link so that I can verify in case you're chosen as a winner.
4. You must promise to come back 8/11 to see if you've won, so that prizes aren't left unclaimed.
Here is The Mega List of Fab you’ve been waiting for:
The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh
Maeve Leahy is a busy professor of languages at a university in upstate New York. So busy that she leaves little time for memories—the memory of her lost twin, Moira, and of her many lost opportunities. Until a childhood relic and a series of anonymous notes changes everything—resurrects her long-dead dreams and most painful recollections, and prompts her journey to Rome, Italy in search of ancient history. There, Maeve will learn new truths about her past, and face the one thing she truly fears. Only then can she choose between the safe yet lonely life she's built for herself and one of risk, with bonds she knows can be both heart-breakingly delicate and more enduring than time.
Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
Always responsible, Sarah Price traded her poetry ambitions for a steady job, which allows her husband, Nathan, to write fiction. But Sarah is happy with their life, parenting two small children, and she believes Nathan is too, until a truth is revealed: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based in fact. Reeling from his betrayal, she is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know Nathan—and herself?
The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
Tilly Farmer has the life she always dreamed of: married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Perfect. Then one sweltering afternoon at the local fair, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller’s tent and is greeted by a psychic, who offers her more than just a reading. “I’m giving you the gift of clarity,” she says. Soon enough, Tilly starts seeing things: her alcoholic father relapsing; her husband uprooting their happy, stable life; and even more disturbing, these visions start coming true. As Tilly furiously races to keep up with—and hopefully change—her destiny, she faces the question: Which is the life she wants? The one she’s carefully nursed for decades, or the one she never considered possible?
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats. She's now a respected psychotherapist working with the world-famous Dr. Liz Mattei. She's also about to marry one of Boston's most eligible bachelors. But the suicide of Zee's patient Lilly Braedon throws Zee into emotional chaos and takes her back to places she though she'd left behind. What starts as a brief visit home to Salem after Lilly's funeral becomes the beginning of a larger journey for Zee. Her father, Finch, long ago diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, has been hiding how sick he really is. His longtime companion, Melville, has moved out, and it now falls to Zee to help her father through this difficult time. Like the sailors of old Salem who navigated by looking at the stars, Zee has to learn to find her way through uncharted waters to the place she will ultimately call home.
The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose
If you haven’t been reading M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist series, then THE HYPNOTIST will blow away any excuse you may have had... A memorable, engrossing read, a story that sets a new bar for Rose. Something for everyone: murder, suspense, history, romance, the supernatural, mystery and erotica. These elements are woven together so skillfully that the whole becomes something new and different.... Rose, who never disappoints either her die-hard fans or the casual reader, has surpassed herself."-Bookreporter.com
Souvenir by Therese Fowler
Meg Powell and Carson McKay were raised side by side on their families’ farms, bonded by a love that deepened as they grew. Everyone thought they would always be together. But at twenty-one, Meg was presented with a marriage proposal she could not refuse, forever changing the course of her life. Seventeen years later, Meg’s marriage has become routine, and she spends her time juggling the demands of her medical practice, the needs of her father, and the whims of her rebellious teenage daughter, who is confronting her burgeoning sexuality in a dangerous manner. Then, after a long absence, Carson returns home to prepare for his wedding to a younger woman. As Carson struggles to determine where his heart and future lie, Meg makes a shocking discovery that will upset the balance of everyone around her.
The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
Sisters Lulu and Merry are left virtually orphaned after witnessing their father kill their mother. Following their father’s imprisonment, the girls suffer at the hands of uncaring relatives, a tough-as-nails orphanage and, finally, a foster family ill-equipped to nurture them. As they mature and cope with their traumatic past in dramatically differently ways, their imprisoned father remains a specter in their lives, affecting every decision they make.
The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate
Holly Maguire's grandmother was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine–a Milanese fortune teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can't make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. When Holly inherits Camilla's Cucinotta, she's determined to forget about fortunes and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother's legacy. But Holly's four students are seeking much more than how to make Camilla's chicken alla Milanese. Simon, a single father, hopes to cook his way back into his daughter's heart. Juliet, Holly's childhood friend, hides a painful secret. Tamara, a serial dater, can't find the love she longs for. And twelve-year-old Mia thinks learning to cook will stop her dad from marrying his phony lasagna-queen girlfriend. As the class gathers each week, adding Camilla's essential ingredients of wishes and memories into every pot and pan, unexpected friendships and romances are formed–and tested. Especially when Holly falls hard for Liam . . . and learns a thing or two about finding her own recipe for happiness.
Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin
Acclaimed novelist and nationally recognized family expert Lynne Griffin returns with SEA ESCAPE-a beautifully imagined, multi-generational story inspired by the author's personal family letters about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.
The Wishing Box by Dashka Slater
A sometimes funny, sometimes magical first novel, The Wishing Box explores the surprising and unintended consequences of getting what you ask for. Julia, an almost-30 single mom whose life is mostly together, lives in Oakland with her seven-year-old son. She and her sister create a wishing box and half-seriously hold a ceremony for the return of the father who abandoned them as children. Astonishingly, he comes back-but Julia's life has already moved abruptly in a new direction, and she has taken off in much the same way her father had many years before. Julia and her unusual family are at the heart of this novel about appearances and disappearances, the desire to control the future and explain the past, and the legacies passed on from one generation to another.
Thirsty by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe
Kristin Bair O’Keeffe is an American writer who has been living in Shanghai since 2006. Her debut novel Thirsty (Swallow Press, 2009) is a family saga that tells the story of one woman’s unusual journey through an abusive marriage, set against the backdrop of a Pittsburgh steel community at the turn of the twentieth century.
Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
Set in Anglo-Norman Ireland, Heart’s Blood blends history, romance and a touch of the gothic. Young scribe Caitrin, fleeing her personal demons, takes refuge on Whistling Tor. The crumbling fortress houses not only the volatile Lord Anluan, but also an intriguing group of misfits and eccentrics. As she sorts through the family documents Caitrin uncovers secrets that could make or break the future of all those on the Tor. Their revelation may also break her heart.
According to Jane by Marilyn Brant
In Marilyn Brant's ACCORDING TO JANE, one woman in search of herself receives dating advice from the ultimate expert in matters of the heart -- Jane Austen -- when the author's ghost takes up residence in her mind and seems determined to stay there.
Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
Trish Taylor’s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex-husband, or their mixed race son, Will. But when Trish’s marriage ends, she returns to her family’s Denver, Colorado home to rediscover herself and connect to her past. What she finds there shocks her to the very core: her mother and newborn sister were not killed in a car crash as she was told. Billie Cousins, an African American woman with lupus, discovers to her happy surprise and her lover's dismay that she is pregnant. When she meets Trish, her life is turned upside down. But then when tragedy strikes Billie and Will, Billie and Trish learn they have more in common than either imagined. Together the two women unravel age-old layers of secrets and resentments and navigate a path toward love, healing, and true reconciliation.
The Secret of Everything by Barbara O'Neal
At thirty-seven, Tessa Harlow is still working her way down her list of goals to “fall in love and have a family.” A self-described rolling stone, Tessa leads hiking tours for adventurous vacationers–before a freak injury forces her to begin her greatest adventure of all. Located high in the New Mexico mountains, Las Ladronas has become a magnet for the very wealthy and hip, but once upon a time it was the setting of a childhood trauma Tessa can only half remember. No more inclined to settle down than Tessa, Vince Grasso is the father of three, including an eight-year-old girl as lost as Tessa herself. But Tessa and Vince are both drawn to the town’s most beloved eatery–100 Breakfasts–and to each other. For Tessa, the restaurant is not only the key to the mystery that has haunted her life but a chance to find the home and the family she’s never known.
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash. Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper. Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. She may as well have some fun in the meantime…
A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances by Trish Ryan
Ryan (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not) returns with another spiritual memoir, bringing back her trademark wit, humor, and honesty. - Publishers Weekly
With appealing candor, Ryan sweeps the reader into her life and ponders questions and issues that we all face, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way that are sure to inspire, encourage and help readers from all walks of life.
Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott
The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde's cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan's strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading even enemy rulers that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot's hands. Steeped in the magic and lore of Arthurian legend, Elliott paints a moving portrait of a timeless romance, fraught with danger, yet with the power to inspire heroism and transcend even the darkest age.
The Spinster Sisters by Stacey Ballis
Jodi and Jill Spingold are the Spinster Sisters…With a two-hour radio show, speaking engagements, a series of DVDs, and two bestselling books. They’ve built a thriving cottage industry out of helping other single women find happiness and empowerment. Their future has never been brighter. And that’s when Jill shakes everything up—by announcing her engagement. How can they be the Spinster Sisters if one of them is married? Complicating things is her own love life, involving three vastly different paramours offering three different kinds of happiness—none of which Jodi is sure she wants. And her ex-husband, backed by his nightmarishly manipulative new girlfriend, may be angling for a piece of the Spinster Sisters empire. Now, Jodi must make some tough decisions, keep the business afloat, and make it to the altar to stand by her sister—even if means that from now on she’ll be single all by herself.
The September Sisters by Jillian Cantor
Abby's memories of her sister and her wide range of emotions . . . make the story startlingly real. -- Publisher's Weekly
The September Sisters is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl, who tries to keep herself -- and her family -- together after her younger sister disappears.
After You by Julie Buxbaum
When tragedy strikes across the ocean, Ellie Lerner drops everything—her marriage, her job, her life in the Boston suburbs—to travel to London and pick up the pieces of her best friend Lucy’s life. While Lucy’s husband, Greg, retreats into himself, his and Lucy’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, has simply stopped speaking. Desperate to help Sophie, Ellie turns to a book that gave her comfort as a child, The Secret Garden. As its story of hurt, magic, and healing blooms around them, so, too, do Lucy’s secrets—some big, some small. Peeling back the layers of her friend’s life, Ellie is forced to confront her own as well: the marriage she left behind, the loss she’d hoped to escape. And suddenly Ellie’s carefully constructed existence is spinning out of control in a chain of events that will transform her life.
The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen
Delilah Blue Lovett has always been a bit of an outsider, ever since her father moved her from Toronto to L.A. when she was eight, claiming Delilah's mother no longer wanted to be part of their family. Twenty now and broke, but determined to be an artist like her errant mom, Delilah attends art class for free—by modeling nude at the front of the room. While she struggles to find her talent, her father, her only real companion, is beginning to exhibit telltale signs of early-onset Alzheimer's. And her mother, who Delilah always assumed had selfishly abandoned them, is about to reappear with a secret that will change everything.
Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Thomas, newly responsible for her two young nieces, is determined to keep her family safe in the vast, swirling world of 1920s New York City. She’s got street smarts, boundless determination, and one unusual skill: the ability to throw a ball as hard as the greatest pitchers in a baseball-mad city. From Coney Island sideshows to the brand-new Yankee Stadium, Diamond Ruby chronicles the extraordinary life of a girl who rises from utter poverty to the kind of renown only the Roaring Twenties can bestow. But her fame comes with a price, and Ruby must escape a deadly web of conspiracy and threats from Prohibition rumrunners, the Ku Klux Klan, and the gangster underworld.
Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O'Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on a tragic September morning. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn't so clear. Quinn's world has become a minefield of men—some living, some gone—and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.
How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson
When fifteen-year-old Carley Wells—overweight, unpopular, and unmotivated—declares that she's never read a book she's liked, her wealthy parents decide to "buy" her a love of reading by commissioning an author to write a book just for her. They move the author into their mansion, dub themselves "the Medicis of Long Island," and tell themselves that this expensive, custom-written gift will be all it takes to change their daughter's life. Only one problem: they--and the author they hire--don't really know anything *about* Carley's life. Everyone is worried about what goes through her head. But no one except her best friend, Hunter, the town's golden child and an alcohol and Vicodin addict, pays any attention to her heart.
The Local News by Miriam Gershow
Lydia Pasternak is a bookish, socially awkward fifteen year old whose life—for better or worse—is irrevocably changed when her older brother, Danny, disappears. In the year following Danny’s disappearance, Lydia finds herself thrust into unwanted celebrity and forced to negotiate her complicated—often ambivalent—grief for a brother who she never particularly liked but who is suddenly gone.
The Liar's Diary by Patry Francis
Jeanne Cross’s contented suburban life gets a jolt of energy from the arrival of Ali Mather, the stunning new music teacher at the local high school. With a magnetic personality and looks to match, Ali draws attention from all quarters, including Jeanne’s husband and son. Nonetheless, Jeanne and Ali develop a deep friendship based on their mutual vulnerabilities and long-held secrets that Ali has been recording in her diary. The diary also holds a key to something darker: Ali’s suspicion that someone has been entering her house when she is not at home. Soon their friendship will be shattered by violence—and Jeanne will find herself facing impossible choices in order to protect the people she loves.
I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass
Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful: the one who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic career, a family. Clem, the archetypal youngest, is the rebel: committed to her work saving animals, but not to the men who fall for her. In this vivid, heartrending story of what we can and cannot do for those we love, the sisters grow closer as they move further apart. All told with sensual detail and deft characterization, I See You Everywhere is a candid story of life and death, companionship and sorrow, and the nature of sisterhood itself.
Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel
Set against a vivid and lush South Florida background during the years of Miami’s coming-of-age, STILTSVILLE offers a gripping, bittersweet portrait of a marriage—and romance—that deepens over the course of three decades. It was called "an elegantly crafted work of art and a great read” by Curtis Sittenfeld, an “exquisite debut” by Publishers Weekly, and "a perfect balance of wit, weakness and tenderness" by BookPage. Booklist called STILTSVILLE “lushly descriptive and complex, written with great delicacy and discretion."
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, or even the police. But will she emerge and clear his name? Does she even want to? An edgy, gripping story, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey
It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod when they meet at university and, despite their differences, become fast friends. Years later they remain inseparable: Abigail, the actress, allegedly immune to romance, and Dara, a therapist, throwing herself into relationships with frightening intensity. Now both believe they've found "true love." But luck seems to run out when Dara moves into Abigail's downstairs apartment. Suddenly both their friendship and their relationships are in peril, for tragedy is waiting to strike the house on Fortune Street.
Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski
Event planner and famous blogger Clare Finnegan expected to go back to work after her daughter was born. After all, she worked hard for her success…and it's not like now that she has a child she has to buy a minivan, wear Mom Jeans, and give up her career! Right? Despite more than a few pounds of baby weight still left to lose, Clare dons her Miss Piggy Pants and returns to work. She plans a swanky Sweet Sixteen party, pulls off a million-dollar golf outing, has to come to terms with her mother's breast cancer, and is left so exhausted that she can’t remember her ATM card’s pin number. Then, after another meeting runs late, and she misses another one of her daughter’s milestones, Clare allows herself to examine an alternate choice: staying home.
How to Sleep Alone in a King-Sized Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over by Theo Pauline Nestor
Less than an hour after confronting her husband over his massive gambling losses, Theo banishes him from their home forever. With two young daughters to support and her life as a stay-at-home mother at an abrupt end, Nestor finds herself slipping from “middle-class grace” as she attends a court-ordered custody class, stumbles through job interviews, and–much to her surprise–falls in love once again. As Theo rebuilds her life and recovers her sense of self, she’s forced to confront her own family’s legacy of divorce. Nestor’s journey takes her deep into her family’s past, to a tiny village in Mexico, where she discovers the truth about how her sister ended up living in a convent there after their parents divorced in the early sixties. What she learns ultimately brings her closer to understanding her own divorce and its impact on her two daughters.
Hollywood Girls Club by Maggie Marr
The climb to the top of the Hollywood ladder is treacherous, especially in stilettos. And as any A-lister knows, even harder than making it to the top is staying there. Hollywood Girls Club follows the well-heeled footsteps of four power players who are determined not to lose their footing: Jessica, the agency president with hot, demanding clients and an ice-cold fiancé; Celeste, the megastar whose action-flick-director husband just dumped her for a fresh-faced newcomer; Mary Anne, the writer plucked from obscurity to become one of the hottest screenwriters in the business; and Lydia, the producer with the magic touch. As the girls struggle to make a blockbuster film that will transform their careers, they discover having friends with power is crucial, but having friends you can trust is even better.
The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her Prince Charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin while she furtively tries to piece her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.
Through Thick and Thin by Alison Pace
These days, the Isley sisters' sense of camaraderie isn't what it used to be. They're leading their own lives, with less in common every day. Stephanie is an overwhelmed stay-at-home mom with a six-month-old baby. Meredith has a successful career as a New York restaurant critic, but her only future companion may be a yoga-loving dog. Sometimes it seems the only thing they still share is their mutual desire to lose weight. So they decide to do it together, to turn back the clock to the slim self that Stephanie wants back and Meredith always wished for, and to the easy affection that once let them share everything. Only "everything" is harder now. Because neither sister has been completely honest about things that are very close to home...
Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell
Clara Fitzgerald's recent losses have set her adrift, personally and professionally. Remembering the stories her mother used to tell her, Clara decides to research her ancestry-only to uncover an extraordinary link to the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. With her reluctant sister in tow, Clara embarks on a search for the author's long lost journals and letters. As she discovers secrets about the spirited and imaginative Shelley, Clara also unveils secrets about her own life, including some shocking secrets about the man she loves.
Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
Cornelia Brown surprised no one more than herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to leave urban life behind for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she and her beloved husband have made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation. Cornelia's mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt. Perfectly manicured, impeccably dressed, and possessing impossible standards, Piper is the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake. Over a shared love of literature and old movies, Cornelia develops an instant bond with this elusive woman. As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love, and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.
Sleep No More by Susan Crandall
As a young girl, Abby Whitman walked in her sleep, and one night, started a fire that scarred her sister for life and left Abby with unbearable guilt. Now Abby has begun blacking out again—with apparently fatal results. A car accident has killed the son of a prominent family. Even though the evidence seems to exonerate her, Abby is plagued by doubts—and soon by mysterious threats. A young psychiatrist, Dr. Jason Coble, is intrigued by Abby and offers to help her explore the dark recesses in her mind. Through this terrifying journey, Jason’s interest turns to passion, and he yearns to give her the love she craves. But first, Abby must trust him—and shed light on secrets that will rock this Southern town and reveal a danger that threatens them both.
Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Eyre Ward
From a cabin in Maine to a comedy club in Manhattan; from a diner in Montana to a raft rushing through the Grand Canyon, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward brings us twelve stories about love in all of its complexity, absurdity, and glory with Love Stories in This Town. Whether exploring the fierceness of a mother's love or the consolations of marriage, Ward's stories are imbued with humor, insight, and emotional richness.
Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright
A chance encounter with a stranger on an airplane sends Elyse Bearden into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly she is willing to risk everything - her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfectly life in an affluent suburb - in her search for a new kind of happiness.
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone
On a sunny day in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, eight-year-old Becca Burke was struck by lightning. No one believed her—not her philandering father or her drunk, love-sick mother—not even when her watch kept losing time and a spooky halo of light appeared overhead in photographs. In rural Arkansas, Buckley R. Pitank’s world seemed plagued by disaster. Ashamed but protective of his obese mother, fearful of his scathing grandmother, and always running from bullies, he needed a miracle to set him free. At thirteen years old, Buckley witnessed a lightning strike that would change everything. When Buckley and Becca finally meet, neither is prepared for the charge of emotions—or for the perilous event that will bring them even closer to one another, and to the families they’ve been running from for as long as they can remember.
Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell
Alice, a former New Yorker who thought she’d never feel at home in the bizarre world of the San Fernando Valley, was adapting, raising her 5-year-old daughter while trying to keep her job and make her new house a home. When her attorney husband lands a trophy client – box-office queen Rose Maris – things begin to look up. Then Alex starts working late – a lot. He crunches his paunch into a six-pack and trades his Gap ensembles for Armani everything. Soon, Rose and Alex’s affair blazes in the tabloids and Alice is plunged into trash-gossip hell. Her life crumbles around her as she navigates her newly single self through suburban LA --a place rife with porn stars, psycho soccer moms and nutty neighbors. Is there a chance to wrest Alex from the Sexiest Woman Alive? And if so... would Alice want him back?
Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson
A dazzling debut novel made with the finest ingredients: romance, cooking, Italy, New York, and one woman’s appetite for more. As head chef at a top New York City restaurant, Georgia Gray’s worst critic is her own mother, who can’t wait for her daughter’s impending nuptials. When Georgia suddenly finds herself unemployed and unengaged, she takes her bruised ego to Italy, where she sharpens her skills at a new trattoria and turns up the heat with Gianni, the owner of the winery next door. He tempts her to stay indefinitely, but Georgia’s heart is still in New York where she dreams of salvaging her reputation and opening her own restaurant on her own terms.
Medical Error by Richard Mabry
Dr. Anna McIntyre's life was going along just fine until someone else started living it. Her patient died because of an identity mix-up, her medical career is in jeopardy because of forged prescriptions, and her credit is in ruins. She thought things couldn't get worse, but that was before she opened the envelope and saw a positive HIV test with her name on it. Her allies are two men who are also competing for her affection.The deeper Anna digs to discover who's behind the identity thefts, the higher the stakes. Finally, when her life is on the line, Anna finds that her determination to clear her name might have been a prescription for trouble.
Sand in my Eyes by Christine Lemmon
Twenty years ago, Anna Hott thought she could control everything-her crumbling marriage, her demanding children, her hectic life-by quitting her high-paced job in New York City and moving her family to tranquil Sanibel Island, Florida. But she brought her untamed emotions, her rage toward her cheating husband, and her yearning to write a novel with her. When her husband and children left the house for a week, Anna thought at last she would get her household, her novel, and her mind in order. Instead, when her neighbor Fedelina's recently divorced son arrived, Anna had a test of passion and truth. Now, at 56 with an empty nest, Anna Hott pulls out the incomplete manuscript she started that memorable week and travels to Indiana to visit Fedelina who lives in a nursing home.
Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
After Meg’s parents die in a car accident on the night of her engagement party, she calls off her wedding, takes leave of her job in Annapolis, and travels to land she’s inherited on Nevis. A series of discoveries in an old plantation house on the property, Eden, set her on a search for the truth surrounding the shameful past of her ancestors, their slaves, and the tragedy that resulted in the fall of the plantation and its inhabitants. Through a crushing phone call with her lawyer, Meg learns that her father’s estate was built on stolen money, and is being sued by multiple sources. She is faced with having to sell the land and plantation home, and deal with the betrayal she feels from her deceased father. In alternating chapters, the historical drama of the Dall family unfolds. Hidden texts, scandalous diaries, antique paintings, and confessional letters help Meghan Owen uncover the secrets of Eden and put the ghosts to rest.
Good-Bye to All That by Margo Candela
Raquel Azorian has worked her way from temp to executive assistant and is this close to a promotion to junior marketing exec at Belmore Corporation. She’s learned to play the Hollywood game, and maintain a sense of decorum even in the craziest of times. All she needs is for her boss to sign her promotion memo. Instead, he suffers a very public meltdown that puts not only his professional future but also Raquel’s on the line. Add to that, Raquel’s mom has decided to leave her husband, and her older brother seems to be sinking deeper into depression. She’s going to have to choose—success at work or happiness at home. But then a chance encounter at a bookstore café leads Raquel to start planning her own Hollywood ending . . . on her own terms.
The First Husband by Laura Dave
This title is so new, that we don't yet have a cover for it, or even a published description of it. But because Laura, author of The Divorce Party, is such a wonderful author, we're sure you'll love it. Thanks to her for offering early releases of this book.
Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette
A tender-hearted debut novel about a young widow, a nine-year-old girl, and a baking contest that will change both their lives. It’s been over a year since Nick died tragically during a post-Katrina relief mission in New Orleans. But Zell is still unable to enter her attic, which is full of Nick memories. She hasn’t even turned on her oven because cooking was Nick’s chore. That is, until she decides to enter celebrity chef Polly Pinch’s first annual Desserts that Warm the Soul baking contest, hoping to win the $20,000 grand prize to donate to Katrina survivors in Nick’s honor. Next door, nine-year-old Ingrid Knox is learning to cope with the loneliness of growing up without a mother. When an embarrassing baking mishap brings Zell and Ingrid together, they form an unlikely friendship that will alter both of their lives forever. With the help of a lively cast of friends and family, they embark on winning the Polly Pinch dessert contest – and they learn that through the many sorrows and joys of life, with a little bit of flour and a pinch of love, anything is possible.
Remedies by Kate Ledger
Ledger's accomplished debut offers a compelling view of married life through the prism of unacknowledged grief. An impressive portrait of a family in crisis, executed with finesse and assurance. - Publishers Weekly, starred review
Depicting modern-day marriage with a razor-sharp eye, Remedies is about what it takes, as an individual and as a couple, to recover from profound loss.
Spin by Catherine McKenzie
Katie Sandford has just gotten an interview at her favourite music magazine, The Line. It's the chance of a lifetime. So what does she do? Goes out to celebrate - and shows up still drunk at the interview. No surprise, she doesn't get the job, but the folks at The Line think she might be perfect for another assignment for their sister gossip rag. All Katie has to do is follow It Girl Amber Sheppard into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop (and complete the 30-day program without getting kicked out), they'll reconsider her for the job at The Line. Katie takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Katie begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason. Katie has to make a decision -- is publishing the article worth everything she has to lose?
Two Years No Rain by Shawn Klomparens
In San Diego County, it hasn't rained in 580 days. But for weatherman Andy Dunne, everything else is changing fast… Only a few weeks ago, he was a newly divorced, slightly overweight meteorologist for an obscure satellite radio station, hiding his secret love for a colleague, the beautiful—and very much married—Hillary Hsing. But nearly overnight, Andy has landed a new gig, flying a magic carpet in a bizarre live-action children’s TV show. So what is affable, basically decent Andy Dunne going to do now that he can do practically anything he wants? With a parade of hot moms begging for his autograph and a family that needs his help more than ever, Andy has a lot of choices. First, though, there’s this thing with Hillary, their heated text messages, a long-awaited forecast for rain – and a few other surprises he never saw coming…
Jessica Z by Shawn Klomparens
When Jessica Zorich met a tall, charismatic artist at a San Francisco party, her life had been all about coping: with a baffling and dangerous world, with a mostly inane job, and with a sweet but meandering relationship with her upstairs neighbor. But Josh Hadden doesn't cope: he's a man of action, of big visions, and of relationships that span the globe; a man certain of his passions, politics, art, and desire. And what Josh desires most is Jessica - at a time when being desired might be the most desirable thing of all. In this daring, mesmerizing debut, a novel that brilliantly captures the angst of a generation, Jessica gives herself over to an erotic, reckless relationship with a man guarding deep secrets - and to a perfect storm of lust, doubt, joy, and fear. Now, against her better judgment, she is following Josh into his mystifying life and brilliant, dizzying work, where she will find out how much she has been missing, how far she has yet to go, and what the price of this intoxicating adventure will be.