Two great contemporary authors released books in the last couple of months that I simply loved, so I thought I’d do a little cheerleading.
If you haven’t discovered Roni Loren and Nancy Herkness yet, this would be a great time to change that.
In June, Roni Loren released THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET, the second title in her excellent contemporary romance series The Ones Who Got Away (also the title of the first book, which also received a starred review ...
I have a great book to recommend this week,THE LOST VINTAGE by Ann Mah
Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II.
To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of ...
Barbara O’Neal, who’s also published as Barbara Samuel, is one of my favorite authors, and she released a new book this week (her first with Lake Union): THE ART OF INHERITING SECRETS.
I heard about this months ago and have been counting down the days since. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed.
When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw ...
I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July!
Since we’re right in the heart of summer, I thought I’d mention a couple of books I’ve loved recently that had “summer” in the title.
First off is Beatriz Williams’ THE SUMMER WIVES, part mystery, part family saga, part romance. I loved this book, as I do everything she writes, and highly recommend the book and the author. (Kirkus loved it too and gave it a starred review ...
Any Julie Ann Walker/Black Knights Inc. fans out there?
The final book in the series, BUILT TO LAST, just released this week, but don’t worry, the author introduced us to a whole new crop of shadowy figures who will be jumping into the Black Ops world that all the characters we know and love have been populating for the last few years.
Welcome to Black Knights Inc.
What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the ...
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Lucy Parker’s third novel released and I’d be writing about it soon. Well today is the day!
If you haven’t discovered Parker yet, I highly recommend you seek her out. Her characters are witty and compelling, and they always start out hating each other, but then win each other over through a brilliant mix of empathy and backbone, in ways you never see coming.
All three titles are terrific, and are among ...
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng finally showed up in my library audio queue, and it was great! (That’s actually a very weak word for this amazing book. Please read on.)
The novel received a starred review from Kirkus (here) and was on Best of lists from just about everyone last year. Ng visited with Stephen Colbert soon after the book released, so I’m pretty sure my little addition to the world of praise for this title and author will ...
So I’m back from NYC and the glory of books and the book world known as BEA/BookCon.
While I was there, I took advantage of being surrounded by authors and stole some time with some of my favorites and did some video interviews. I’ll be launching them later this year when I’ve had the time to edit and polish them, but I thought I’d take a second to at least let you know about their upcoming books.
You can’t ...