Claire Fullerton

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Dancing to an Irish Reel is contemporary fiction set on the western coast of Ireland.

Quick description: Hailey Crossan is an American who leaves the record business in Los Angeles and takes a trip to the western coast of Ireland, where she is offered a job at The Galway Music Centre that is too good to turn down, so she stays! It is a story of discovery that sings the praises of the Irish cultural nuances from Hailey’s first person perspective and is also a story of the ambiguity (and often times confusion) of new love, for she meets an Irish traditional musician who is so unbalanced at the prospect of love with an outsider that he won’t come closer nor completely go away.

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Brief biography:
I am a transplanted Southerner, in that I grew up in Memphis, TN. and now live in Malibu, Ca. In the past five years, two of my novels were published by Vinspire Publishing; one a paranormal mystery in two time periods, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea entitled, A Portal in Time and the other, Dancing to an Irish Reel. My third novel is complete; it is a Southern family saga set in Memphis, and is currently under review. Lastly, I am a 4-time award winning writer, a 5-time contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Southern Writers Magazine and Celtic Life International.

Links to buy Claire’s book:
Amazon Books and Kindle
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Claire’s promo links:
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What are you working on now?
I am outlining another Southern novel.

Claire’s reading recommendation:
Thank you so much for this question. I love to share the work of great writers. I finished a book two days ago by an author named Katherine Clark. The book is entitled The Headmasters Darlings and is so well written and tightly crafted that I wanted to applaud all the way through. Story River Books, which is the imprint of the University of South Carolina’s press, of which the author Pat Conroy is the Editor at Large, released this incredible book very recently. It is a comedy of manners about an eccentric high school teacher in 1980’s Alabama, and a satire of sorts on the staid, upper-crust society of Birmingham Alabama.

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Tricia Drammeh – an update on a new novel

Tricia Drammeh has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations. I have also listed Tricia as one of my All-Star Authors and I highly recommend her writing. Tricia is back now to tell us of a new release!

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Sweet Sorrow
by Tricia Drammeh
Young Adult Romance

Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?

Available to purchase from Amazon
*Sweet Sorrow is available for free download beginning today and through the weekend and will be available in a paperback edition soon.

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

Tricia Drammeh

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is Firebound, book two in the Spellbringers Series. It falls under the young adult paranormal romance heading.

Quick description: The story follows two main characters—Rachel and Alisa. Alisa is an ordinary human, but her best friend and boyfriend are both Spellbringers (wielders of magic). She struggles with feelings of inferiority, and at the same time, fights to maintain a sense of independence as her relationship with her boyfriend progresses and becomes more serious. Rachel is new to the magical world and has to hide her true nature from her family. In order to protect her brother from dangers he isn’t aware of, she forges an alliance with evil. She’s afraid to confide in her friends, so she tries to handle her problems on her own, which only serves to put everyone around her in danger.

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Brief biography:
I’m a wife, mother of four, cat lover, and an author. In my spare time (and for a paycheck), I work in accounting. I write paranormal novels for Young Adults and contemporary books for the New Adult audience.

Links to buy Tricia’s book:
Amazon – eBook and paperback

Tricia’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I’m working on Unbound, which is book three in the Spellbringers series.

Tricia’s reading recommendation:
I’m currently reading E by Kate Wrath. It’s a dystopian novel which is incredibly well-written.

Belinda G. Buchanan

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My newest release is titled Seasons of Darkness, and I would classify it as edgy, contemporary women’s fiction.

Quick description: A young man tries to cope with his mother’s suicide in this stand-alone prequel to After All Is Said And Done. Left alone with his controlling father, sixteen-year-old Ethan Harrington struggles to live among the shattered remains of a family that was never functional to begin with. His memories of his mother as she battled her mental illness are tenderly told in vivid flashbacks that weave throughout the story.

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Brief biography:
I wrote my first novel while still working nearly twenty years ago. I would write my thoughts and ideas down on scraps of paper and sticky notes and then come home and beat a path to my computer. I have three books out: After All Is Said And Done (a novel about infidelity, healing & forgiveness), The Monster of Silver Creek (a mystery/romance set in a small town in Montana), and the aforementioned Seasons of Darkness. I currently live in Kentucky with my husband and two sons as well as a menagerie of animals. Besides being a mom and author, I am also a professional hamster wrangler and firm believer that Krazy Glue can fix anything.

Links to buy Belinda’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and paperback
Smashwords – eBook
Barnes & Noble – eBook
iTunes – eBook

Belinda’s promo links:
Readers can visit my website and blog to find out what’s new, and read special excerpts from my books. While there you can also have a look at my character pics. I love to chat as much as I like to write so come find me on Facebook or Twitter. And if you’re a pinner, look me up on Pinterest. I’m also on YouTube.

What are you working on now?
Besides writing women’s fiction, I also write mystery/romance and am currently in the middle of penning the sequel to The Monster of Silver Creek. It is tentatively titled Penance at Silver Creek. It’s coming along and I hope to release an excerpt for my readers very soon.

Belinda’s reading recommendation:
I am, and always will be, a fan of Danielle Steel, but I really like Katherine Owen’s books. I have read Not to Us, which was fantastic, and hope to read This Much Is True when my time allows.

Francis Guenette

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My debut novel, Disappearing in Plain Sight, came out in March of 2013. I classify it as contemporary fiction with a splash of romance.

Quick description: Sixteen-year-old Lisa-Marie has been packed off to spend the summer with her aunt on the isolated shores of Crater Lake. She is drawn to Izzy Montgomery, a gifted trauma counsellor who is struggling through personal and professional challenges. Lisa-Marie also befriends Liam Collins, a man who goes quietly about his life trying to deal with his own secrets and guilt. The arrival of a summer renter for Izzy’s guest cabin is the catalyst for change amongst Crater Lake’s tight knit community. People are forced to grapple with the realities of grief and desire to discover that there are no easy choices – only shades of grey.

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Brief biography:
I’ve spent most of my life on the west coast of British Columbia. I live with my photographer/blogger/carpenter husband and I find inspiration for my writing in the beauty and drama of our lakeshore cabin and garden. I am in possession of a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I have worked as an educator, trauma counsellor and researcher over the years and now I spend my time writing novels that draw on so many of my work and life experiences.

Links to buy Francis’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – Hardcover, paperback and eBook
Kobo Store – eBook
Barnes and Noble – Hardcover and eBook
iTunes – eBook

Francis’s promo links:
Website/blog
Facebook author page
Goodreads page
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I am currently in the final editing stages of the second book in the Crater Lake series (a sequel to Disappearing in Plain Sight) titled, The Light Never Lies. It is slated to come out in the spring of 2014. Francis updated Reading Recommendations on this new release on Feb. 14, 2014.

Francis’s reading recommendation:
I recently finished Linden Macintyre’s novel, Why Men Lie. Macintyre is well-known as a journalist on CBC’s Fifth Estate. His first novel, The Bishop’s Man, was also excellent and the two books are tightly linked in terms of characters and setting. Macintyre’s investigative experience has made him a superb story teller whose voice rings true. His switch to fiction writing is a welcome addition to the Canadian literary scene.