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:
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Blogs:
a blog about caring for my father who had dementia: My Dad’s a Goldfish
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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:
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Cinthia’s promo links:
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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:
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What are you working on now?
A collection of short stories.

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

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:
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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

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:
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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.

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.