Mary Smith

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? No More Mulberries – I would class it as contemporary women’s fiction but classifications are a bit of a moveable feast. The only time I was accepted for a BookBub promotion they changed the genre to literary fiction!

Quick description: Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves working at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married. When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. An old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers as to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

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Brief biography:
I was born on the island of Islay, Scotland, home of some of the best whisky in the world, but moved to the mainland to Dumfries & Galloway when I was seven. Finished school and had the longest gap year in history which lasted about 30 years while I travelled a bit in Europe, lived in England where I worked in a factory, was a child-minder, and went on to work for Oxfam UK before a chance holiday in Pakistan led to work there. This was followed, three years later by a job in Afghanistan. I returned to Scotland when my son was five and when he started school I finally went to university.

I had started selling articles while working abroad and have continued as a journalist – sometimes freelance, sometimes staff – ever since. Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women (a title which seriously curtails tweets) is a memoir from my time in Afghanistan. I worked on what became No More Mulberries while doing a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.

Links to buy Mary’s book:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Mary’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blogs:
a blog about caring for my father who had dementia: My Dad’s a Goldfish
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Novel Authors at Work
Amazon.com author page
Amazon.UK author page

What are you working on now?
I should be working on a follow up to No More Mulberries but have been side-tracked by two other projects. One is turning my blog about my father’s dementia journey into a book and the other is a local history project on the town where I live.

Mary’s reading recommendation:
I’ve just finished reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. The title drew me because “She was completely beside herself” was one of my mother’s sayings.

Cinthia Ritchie

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Women’s/literary fiction: Dolls Behaving Badly, 2013

Quick description: Carla Richards is many things: an Alaska waitress who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcee who can’t quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager.

She’s one overdue bill away from completely losing control–when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she’s scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and baking up desserts with the ghost of her Polish grandmother.

Yet, getting her life and dreams back on track is difficult. Is perfection really within reach? Or will she wind up with something even better?

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Brief biography:
Cinthia Ritchie writes and runs mountains in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Best American Essays notable mention, recipient of a Connie Boochever Fellowship and two-time awardee of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, winner of the Sports Literate and Memoir essay awards and semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press Poetry Chapbook Award.
Find her work at Best American Sports Writing, Sport Literate, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, Evening Street Review, Water-stone Review; New York Times Magazine, Boiler Journal, Writers Digest, Cactus Heart Press, Damfino Press, 101 Word Story and over 50 literary magazines and small presses.

Her first novel Dolls Behaving Badly was released from Hachette Books/Grand Central Publishing.

Links to buy Cinthia’s book:
Amazon

Cinthia’s promo links:
Writing Website
Running website
Twitter
Facebook

What are you working on now?
Oh, man, too many things. I finished up my second book, Waiting For My Daughter’s Ghost, which is presently in New York; have no idea when it will be released. I’m also working on a YA novel, a horror novel set in a small Alaskan community and a memoir about my sister, who died of an eating disorder. Plus I have two poetry chapbooks I’m sending around and I’m planning to collaborate with a photographer on a book about Alaska and its people.

I’m a bit scattered and hyper-active, lol.

Cinthia’s reading recommendation:
Oh, it has to be Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton. Such a simple book yet so complex in language and thought. I didn’t know at the time of reading but it won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Stevie Turner

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Donor – Women’s Fiction focusing on sibling rivalry

Quick description: When you know you have met the love of your life, the last thing you expect is for your sister to lure him away. Clare Ronson is faced with this scenario when her sister Isabel marries singer and guitarist Ross Tyler. To compound Clare’s jealousy and bitterness, Ross hits the big time and becomes a wealthy tax exile, relocating to France with his family. Clare cannot bring herself to speak to Isabel or Ross for the next 30 years. However, when tragedy occurs in 2002 causing Ross to arrive back in England at Clare’s doorstep, Clare must try to put the past behind her for her sister’s sake.

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Brief biography:
I am a British writer, living in the East of England with my husband of 35 years. We have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. I like to write (and read) Women’s Fiction focusing on family relationships, although I have also written 2 suspense thrillers and other humorous books as well. I have won a New Apple Book Award for my suspense novel A House Without Windows, and my women’s fiction book, The Daughter-in-law Syndrome, has come in at number 49 on ReadFree.ly’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2015.

Links to buy Stevie’s book:
Amazon Worldwide
Createspace

Stevie’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WordPress blog

What are you working on now?
A collection of short stories.

Stevie’s reading recommendation:
I always enjoy reading Mark Edwards’ psychological thrillers.

Felicity Harley Recommends Eliza Sherlock

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by Eliza Sherlock

What genre is it? Women’ s literary fiction / short story collection

Quick description: This is a book of twelve short stories, each diverse and yet interconnected by themes of dislocation, loneliness, loss and discovery. A brain-injured young man rebels against his diminished life, a doorman at one of London’s exclusive hotels impersonates a deceased client, a retired banker tries to renew his importance by sculpting and erecting an enormous spire in his front yard, a young wife discovers the betrayal going on under her own roof, and in the concluding story railing against her daughter’s self-destructive life and wasted potential, the grieving mother longs to recapture the past. The loneliness, longing and emptiness that lead to the search for meaning and connection in the midst of tumultuous personal change are achieved in unusual ways. From diverse walks of life and settings, young and old, the characters’ every love relationship, every betrayal tests their assumptions and reshapes the future.

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Links for people to buy it:
Createspace
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble
KOBO
Google Play
Amazon US, UK, Canada, Australia
iTunes
Inktera
Scribd.

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Felicity Harley was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in March, 2015, and is the author of several books of poetry and fiction. Her most recent book is Portraits and Landscapes.

Christine Campbell

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Here at the Gate – Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Quick description: Mhairi had worked hard to build herself a normal, stable life, but there had always been a dark fear inside her. No matter how happy she was, it was always there. It followed her about like a black bat, haunting her nights, hiding in a corner during her days, flapping out at odd moments, scaring the wits out of her.

It was as though she was standing outside a high-walled garden, barred from the secret of her past by the wrought-iron gate. She could see all the bushes and trees, the rhododendron and hydrangea. She could even smell the roses and the honeysuckle, but then the gate would swing shut and she was outside and it was dark.

Now her happy, settled life was being threatened and she knew she had to force through the darkness, and open the gate.

She needed to remember what she had spent a lifetime forgetting.

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Brief biography:
Hi! I’m Christine Campbell and I’m a baby-boomer, a late bloomer, and a writer.

There! I stood in the middle of the circle and owned up. I am a writer: a novelist, in particular. I write contemporary women’s fiction: strongly character-based, relationship novels . . . with a smidgen of romance and a generous dusting of mystery and detection.

I have learned a lot about my craft since that wonderful night when I held my first completed, printed manuscript novel in my arms. My first book-baby. It was many years before I had the confidence to let it go off and make its way in the world, not having it published until 2008.

I have now completed seven novels, four of them published so far, with a fifth almost ready to leave home and see the big wide world and, even more importantly, to be seen by it. It’s so exciting when your book-babies grow up and leave home. As mother of five grown-up, married children and ten grandchildren, I know a lot about babies growing up and leaving home!

Links to buy Christine’s book:
Amazon

Christine’s promo links:
Blog
Facebook
Goodreads
Twitter
YouTube
Amazon Author Page

What are you working on now?
The novel that is with the publisher right now, and will be released soon, is the first of a series, I think of three, but, if my readers enjoy them, who knows how many? The series is called The Reluctant Detective, and this first book in the series is called Searching for Summer. The series is so named because the main protagonist, Mirabelle Milligan, never intended to turn detective, but, when her teenage daughter disappears, Mirabelle gives up everything to search for her, following clues and hunches wherever they may lead. In Searching for Summer, most of the action takes place in and around Edinburgh, but in the second and third books, it moves further North in Scotland, and further West respectively.

Christine’s reading recommendation:
I am a great Anita Shreve fan, and one of my favourite Anita Shreve novels is The Pilot’s Wife, which I read fairly recently.

Jorja DuPont-Olivia – update on a new novel

Jorja Dupont-Olivia was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in July 2014, and is back now to tell us about her new novel.

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Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest
by Jorja DuPont-Olivia
New Adult/contemporary women’s fiction/magical realism

Lizzy and Dee are chasing butterflies once again, this time in the Mystical Forest. Life is often something other than what we think it is. When darkness takes over, we can stay in the shadows or step out and search for truth, which brings light.

Dee’s search takes her to the Mystical Forest where secrets are abundant. As she grapples with what’s real and what is not, Dee’s precious friendship with Lizzy may be at stake.

Alone in her travels, will Dee find her true path? Will her quest for happiness be found in a mysterious childhood chest? Can a family curse she discovers be broken? Is Dee’s fate to be alone her entire life? The answers lie hidden somewhere in the Mystical Forest.

Where to purchase:
Available in eBook, paperback, hardcover
AMAZON
Book A Million
Barnes and Noble

MM Jaye

MM Jaye offers an interesting concept to her Aegean Lovers series of romance novels … All eBooks will be published in “Clean” and “Spicy” versions.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Fate Accompli is the first book in the Aegean Lovers Series, a contemporary romance in a Greek island setting.

Quick description: Fate Accompli is a character-driven story of how, even though two people are clearly meant to be together, a faulty self-image on the heroine’s part and deeply ingrained yet warped perceptions on the hero’s part drive them apart. But Fate has other plans. Monica and Alex share a passionate relationship, but as the storyline is a lot stronger than their intimate moments, I created both a Clean version (without the bedroom scenes) and a Spicy one to appeal to all types of romance readers.

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Brief biography:
MM Jaye is the pen name of Maria Messini, a bilingual Greek native. She is a certified translator and has been teaching the art of translation for over fifteen years. Writing was Maria’s idea of therapy when, back in 2009, her spirits had temporarily nosedived. Fate Accompli is her debut contemporary romance, the first book in the Aegean Lovers Series, available in two heat versions: Clean & Spicy. She lives in Athens, Greece with her husband, daughter and Kindle.

Links to buy MM Jaye’s book:
Amazon Purchase links:
Fate Accompli (Clean Romance)
Fate Accompli (Spicy Romance)

MM Jaye’s promo links:
I love social media and I’m almost everywhere.
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
Pinterest
YouTube
MM Jaye also very graciously hosted me in an interview on her site, MMJaye Writes.

What are you working on now?
Fate Captured. This is a prequel to Fate Accompli, and it will be a novella. Again, I’ll create a Clean and a Spicy version, although Trish and Markos have turned out to be too naughty! Hopefully, it will be out early summer 2015.

MM Jaye’s reading recommendation:
It so happens that I’ve just finished reading Nicholas Rossis’ children’s book entitled Runaway Smile. I tried it out of curiosity. How can an epic fantasy author deal with material addressed to children? Apparently this author can. The book is heartwarming and its sweet message (an unshared smile is a wasted smile) conveyed masterfully. You can read Runaway Smile for free here. (Nicholas has also been featured on Reading Recommendations and recently recommended the writing of another author.

Demetra Angelis Foustanellas

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Secrets in a Jewellery Box, historical fiction, romance, contemporary women’s

Quick description: Born in Canada to Greek immigrant parents, Elly has dedicated her life to raising her daughter, Nena. As she reaches her teenage years, however, Nena’s desire to reconnect with her father intensifies and she desperately begs Elly to let her visit him in Greece. Nena has never understood her parents’ separation and simply cannot fathom her mother’s less than enthusiastic attitude toward a father/daughter reconciliation.

Nena’s need to see the father she barely knew forces Elly to confront her painful, and often complicated, past. Growing up in a tight-knit – but often suffocating – Greek immigrant community, the adolescent Elly often clashed with her intensely conservative parents. The customs and moral values of the Greek minority lifestyle that her parents forced her to observe left Elly feeling trapped in an identity she could never truly call her own.

Then she meets Perry, a handsome Greek immigrant with whom she is instantly smitten. As a teenage bride, Elly welcomes the chance to escape her parents’ rigid household. However, as Perry’s patriotism and obligations come to light, Elly quickly discovers that she has simply traded one form of frustration for another.

Her marriage to Perry rapidly dissolves, leaving Elly a single mother and more resentful than ever of her Greek heritage. But will her daughter’s desire to reconnect with her father lure Elly back to Greece?

Enjoy this heartwarming tale of Elly’s struggle to find her place in the world.

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Brief biography:
Demetra Foustanellas was born in Ottawa, Canada to Greek immigrant parents in 1957. At the age of thirty-one, she relocated to her ancestral home of Greece with her husband and two children. Foustanellas spent the following years observing and researching her own heritage, as well as that of her familial country. Her insight and research are documented within her debut novel, Secrets in a Jewellery Box, a project inspired by experiences extracted from both worlds: the diaspora and Greece.

Foustanellas currently lives with her husband, Diamantis, on the Greek island of Samos with plans on spending half their time in Ottawa, where their children have now returned.

Links to buy Demetra’s book:
Website
Amazon – eBook and paperback
Chapters/Indigo – Kobo eBook
Overdrive – for libraries

Demetra’s promo links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook

What are you working on now?
Taking a break from writing for the moment to promote my (debut) novel, Secrets in a Jewellery Box.

Demetra’s reading recommendation:
Rosemary Nixon – Are You Ready To Be Lucky?

ED Martin

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My novel, The Lone Wolf, is women’s fiction.

Quick description: Kasey Sanford is devastated when she finds out her husband cheated, but is willing to work things out. Her family moves to a new town, where she has the chance to reinvent herself. She befriends police officer and soldier, Andrew Adams, a man with a troubled past of his own. As things continue to deteriorate with her husband, she must decide if she will repair her marriage and remain with the man she’s always loved, or if she will give up everything she holds dear to save the soul of a man she barely knows, a man who fights her at every step, a man desperate to regain his faith in God, in humanity, and in himself.

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Brief biography:
I’m a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places. Born and raised in Illinois, my past incarnations have included bookstore barista in Indiana, college student in southern France, statistician in North Carolina, economic development analyst in North Dakota, and high school teacher in Iowa. I draw on my experiences to tell the stories of those around me, with a generous heaping of “what if” thrown in.

I currently live in Illinois where I job hop while working on my novels and short stories. I’m a member of the Evolved Publishing team.

Links to buy ED’s book:
Amazon – eBook, paperback, audio
Barnes and Noble – Paperback
Smashwords – eBook

ED’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on my next novel, A Handful of Wishes, about a kid with a wish-granting genie. I’m also finishing up a collection of related short stories about servicemen and women, The Futility of Loving a Soldier. And I always have several dozen short stories in various stages of completion.

ED’s reading recommendation:
Yesterday: A Story of Reincarnation by Samyann.

Jorja DuPont Oliva

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden
New Adult/contemporary women’s fiction/magical realism

Quick description: Lizzy and Dee discover true friendship in the magical garden we call life. As their small town grows so do they. To each girl, the butterflies mean something different. They learn along the way that if they look beyond the things they cannot see, they may find what we are looking for.

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Brief biography:
Jorja DuPont Oliva is a small town girl with big dreams. She is a small business owner, a wife, a mother and a lover of animals. She has always been intrigued with the ironies of life. After chasing her own butterflies -the opportunity to write a book – it magically appeared. Jorja has completed Book Two of the Chasing Butterflies Series and hopes to have it released fall 2014. Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest

Links to buy Jorja’s book:
AMAZON – eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
Amazon Worldwide – eBook
Barnes and Noble – paperback
GOODREADS
BOOKS A MILLION – Hardcover

Jorja’s promo links:
BLOG
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn

What are you working on now?
Chasing Butterflies book number three is in the works!

Jorja’s reading recommendation:
All of Sarah Addison Allen’s books had me hooked. She is the reason I started writing. I would read all of her magical worlds and see how my life was just as magical!