2020 Client Projects

I am so thrilled to be sharing my 2020 client books line up! There is something for everyone here: mystery, suspense, memoir, non fiction, YA. Please add to your TBR pile, Goodreads page, or pre-order now.

BEHIND EVERY LIE Christina McDonald (February 4th 2020)

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“Behind Every Lie is a deep, suspenseful novel packed with family secrets. Christina McDonald has a true gift for creating characters that are so well-developed, it feels like you know them. An outstanding achievement!”

— Samantha Downing, author of the #1 International Bestseller My Lovely Wife

“In Behind Every Lie, Christina McDonald brilliantly intertwines page-turning suspense with jaw-dropping family secrets. An emotionally-charged domestic thriller that is sure to please!”

— Wendy Walker, national bestselling author of The Night Before

“A clever, tense, and absorbing novel–this tale of family secrets had me racing towards the final pages.”

— Emma Rous, bestselling author of The Au Pair

“Christina McDonald follows up her smashing debut The Night Olivia Fell with another winner. McDonald starts with a bang, then builds the action steadily, a gradual unfolding of secrets and lies that will have you constantly switching alliances. Read it like I did, in one sitting and straight through to the end, because you won’t want to put this one down.”

— Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife

“Christina McDonald’s Behind Every Lie is a layered, gut-wrenching domestic thriller that explores the complexities of mothers and daughters and the secrets families keep. Smart and intense, and with more than enough twists to give you whiplash, McDonald’s beautiful, emotional storytelling will leave you breathless. I don’t think I exhaled until the end.”

— Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts, ITW Award winner for Best Novel

“Christina McDonald’s Behind Every Lie is a cleverly plotted and emotionally charged page-turner about memory, trusting yourself, grieving, and letting go. Family secrets run deep in this compelling exploration of how far a mother will go to protect her child. Full of twists and turns, this is domestic suspense at its best!”

— Karen Katchur, bestselling author of River Bodies

“In Behind Every Lie, a lightning strike survivor discovers that memories are fallible, identities are fungible, and she can’t trust anyone—including herself. With nuanced and dubiously trustworthy characters, dual timelines revealing decades of secrets, and a tension-packed plot, Christina McDonald has crafted an engrossing and utterly addictive thriller. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”

— Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told

“Addictive and emotionally resonant, Behind Every Lie is a twisty, fast-paced thriller with secrets nestled inside secrets. Nothing is as it seems in this story exploring the sorrow and strength of brokenness, and with complex characters and a relentlessly compelling plot, you’ll be unable to stop reading it—or forget it once you do.”

— Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister

“[An] intriguing suspense novel… McDonald weaves together Eva and Kat’s narratives, which span past and present, to create a compulsively readable and fast-paced yarn that explores the lingering effects of trauma and abuse as well as the complex bonds between mothers and daughters. Readers who enjoy character-driven thrillers will be pleased.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Told in alternating narratives from Eva’s traumatic life and her mother’s mysterious past, the story twists and turns with one shocking revelation after another until it threatens to careen out of control. But behind every lie there is always a reason, and there is a satisfying ending once everyone’s hand is played out.”

— Booklist

“Behind Every Lie is a page-turner and an entertaining read. Many readers will enjoy Eva’s breathless race of discovery and journey of survival.”

— Bookreporter

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell—an “emotionally charged mystery” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author)comes a thrilling new suspense novel about the insidious nature of family secrets…and their deadly potential.

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.

Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell’s I Found You and Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of HerBehind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.

Order at: Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble | Chapters Indigo | Goodreads

 

WE CAME HERE TO FORGET by Andrea Dunlop Paperback (April 21, 2020)

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“Searing, gripping…Dunlop has crafted a complicated story of sisterhood unlike any told before.”
— Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six

“Dunlop’s globe-trotting story of two sisters driven apart by a devastating event is a propulsive whirlwind of secrets, passion, betrayal, exotic locations — and hope. It’s as timely as it is riveting.”
— J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“I wish Andrea Dunlop’s We Came Here to Forget could go on forever. I was riveted by the central story of an overachieving athlete who is finding her way in a world without clocks, without concrete goals. Andrea is a talented, intuitive leader and storyteller, revealing details at just the right moment over and over again. There is so much genuine emotion and tension throughout the book . . . a lot to think about in here, and oh yes—a lot of dancing in paradise (and in hell) too.”
— Caroline Kepnes, author of YOU

“Andrea Dunlop’s novels were made for book clubs. This one is a gripping story of family secrets and dangerous ambition that follows Katie Cleary, an Olympic hopeful who tries to live under a new identity when her career is ruined after dark truths about her sister come to light.”
— Bustle

“As fast-paced as a downhill ski run, and as magical and sensuous as tango, We Came Here to Forget is about the drive to escape the trauma of the past—and the folly of that desire.”
— Edan Lepucki, bestselling author of CALIFORNIA and WOMAN NO. 17

From the author of She Regrets Nothing, which BuzzFeed called a “sharp, glittering story of wealth, family, and fate,” a vivid novel about a young Olympic skier who loses everything and reinvents herself in Buenos Aires, where she meets a man keeping dark secrets of his own.

Katie Cleary has always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As a teenager, she leaves her home to live and train full time with her two best friends, brothers Luke and Blair. Their wealthy father hires the best coaches money can buy and after years of training, the three friends are the USA’s best shot at bringing home Olympic gold.

But as the upward trajectory of Katie’s elite skiing career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will lay ruin not only to Katie’s career but to her family and her relationship with Luke and Blair.

With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?

“Searing, gripping…a complicated story of sisterhood unlike any told before” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six), We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.

Order at: Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble | Chapters Indigo | Goodreads

 

SUMMER OF LOVE AND MISFORTUNE by Lindsay Wong (May 5, 2020)

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Anna and the French Kiss meets Crazy Rich Asians in this hilarious, quirky novel about a Chinese-American teen who is thrust into the decadent world of Beijing high society when she is sent away to spend the summer in China.

Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer. In an attempt to snap her out of her funk, Iris’s parents send her away to visit family in Beijing, with the hopes that Iris will “reconnect with her culture” and “find herself.” Iris resents her parents’ high-handedness, but even she admits that this might be a good opportunity to hit the reset button.

Iris expects to eat a few dumplings, meet some of her family, and visit a tourist hotspot or two. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a handsome Mandarin-language tutor named Frank and to be swept up in the ridiculous, opulent world of Beijing’s wealthy elite, leading her to unexpected and extraordinary discoveries about her family, her future, and herself.

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SPRING GIRLS by Karen Katchur (June 16, 2020)

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She’s the only one who survived…and the only one who can help find the killer.

Another spring, another dead girl pulled from a lake in the Appalachian foothills: the latest victim in a series of murders with few leads. But Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, finally land a break when they receive a tip about a previously unknown survivor of the so-called Spring Strangler.

The survivor’s reluctant to help with the case for reasons that aren’t all clear. Even so, Geena uncovers a connective thread between the victims, and recently discovered DNA brings her closer to the killer’s identity. But Geena knows the survivor has the most to offer the investigation–if also the most to lose.

Geena is torn between securing the surviving victim’s help and protecting her from further danger. One thing is certain: Geena and Parker must find answers before the killer claims another life–or returns to finish off the one who got away.

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WE CAME HERE TO SHINE by Susie Orman Schnall (June 16, 2020)

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“On the thrilling backdrop of the 1939 World’s Fair, Schnall once again delivers a story both captivating and timely, as two women must struggle to make their way in a male-dominated world in this beautiful novel of friendship and ambition.” – Jennifer S. Brown, bestselling author of Modern Girls

“Set at the wondrous 1939 World’s Fair, Orman Schnall’s latest bursts like a technicolor movie right off the page, as her two heroines battle for their rights in what’s very much a man’s world, forging a remarkable bond in the process. An ode to female friendship that pulses with momentum and left me breathless.”
–Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls

We Came Here to Shine is an exceptional work of historical fiction, illuminating the challenges of women in a world that wants to control them. There are conflicts and challenges at every turn, leaving the reader wondering how the characters can emerge from it all. Yet the skillful storytelling of Schnall succeeds at creating an ending that is both surprising and believable. Pick this one up if you enjoy books with friendship, love, struggle, triumph, and a bit of Hollywood in New York.” – Camille Di Maio, Bestselling author of The Memory of Us

We Came Here to Shine is a perfectly crafted and dynamic tale of female ambition, professional rivalry, and family secrets, all set against the sensational backdrop of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. An unlikely friendship between a struggling Hollywood starlet and a budding female journalist becomes the extraordinary centerpiece of this beautifully-told story, which reveals not only the glamorous and optimistic side of the Fair, but the sordid reality of what goes on behind the scenes. With masterful attention to historical detail, Susie Orman Schnall has gifted us with a remarkable novel about the challenges women face and the courage they must summon in order to lead the lives they deserve.” – Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House

 

Set during the iconic 1939 New York World’s Fair, two intrepid young women—an aspiring journalist and a down-on-her-luck actress—form an unlikely friendship as they navigate a world of endless possibility, stand down adversity, and find out what they are truly made of during the glorious summer of spectacle and opportunity…

“An ode to female friendship that pulses with momentum and left me breathless.” —Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls

“A remarkable novel about the challenges women face and the courage they must summon in order to lead the lives they deserve.” —Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House

Vivi Holden is closer than she’s ever been to living her dream as a lead actress in sun-dappled L.A., but an unfair turn of events sends her back to New York, a place she worked so hard to escape from. She has one last chance to get back to Hollywood—by performing well as the star of the heralded Aquacade synchronized swimming spectacular at the World’s Fair. Everything seems to be working against her, but her summer in New York will lead to her biggest opportunity to find her own way, on her own terms…

Maxine Roth wants nothing more than to be a serious journalist at the iconic New York Times, but her professor has other plans. Instead, she’s landed a post at the pop-up publication dedicated to covering the World’s Fair—and even then, her big ideas are continually overlooked by her male counterparts. Max didn’t work this hard to be the only—and an unheard one at that—woman in the room.

When Max and Vivi’s worlds collide, they forge an enduring friendship. One that shows them to be the daring, bold women they are, and one that teaches them to never stop holding on to what matters most, in the most meaningful summer of their lives.

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ONE HUNDRED DOGS AND COUNTING by Cara Sue Achterberg (July 7, 2020)

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“Saddened by her emptying nest, Cara Sue Achterberg started fostering dogs—dozens of them. Here she shares the journey (and some super cute photos).”
— People (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)

“Heartwarming and humorous. Achterberg fills her readers with the warmth of hope and light of inspiration, which will likely galvanize a new wave of fosters.”
— Shelf Awareness (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)

“That’s where people like Cara Sue Achterberg come into the picture. Another Good Dog has to be the ‘feel good’ book of the year. The perfect gift.”
— Best Friends (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)

“A love letter not only to the dogs she fostered, but to all the dogs she hopes to save in the future.”
— Kim Kavin, award-winning author of The Dog Merchants (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)

“Big hearted, inspiring and passionate. Lucky are the dogs who pass through Achterberg’s arms on their way to the lives they so richly deserve. Honest and engaging.”
— Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of THE DOG WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN

“Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end.”
— Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of THE LOST DOGS

A challenging foster dog inspires an experienced foster mama to explore where the endless stream of unwanted dogs is coming from—and how things could change.

After nearly a year struggling to find a home for a particular foster dog, Cara begins to wonder how the story ends—when will all the dogs be saved? Even after the one-hundredth foster dog passes through Cara’s home, the stream of homeless dogs appears endless.  Seized by the need to act, Cara grabs her best friend, fills a van with donations, and heads south to discover what is really happening in the rural shelters where her foster dogs originate.

What she discovers will break her heart and compel her to share the story of heroes and villains and plenty of good dogs, in the hope of changing this world.

From North Carolina where pit bulls fill the shelters and heart-worm rages to Tennessee where dogs are left forgotten in pounds and on to Alabama where unlikely heroes fight in a state that has largely forsaken its responsibilities to its animals, Cara meets the people working on the front lines in this national crisis of unwanted animals. The dogs, the people and their inspiring stories draw her south again and again in search of answers and maybe a dog of her own.

One Hundred Dogs and Counting will introduce the reader to many wonderful dogs—from sweet Oreo to quirky Flannery—but also to inspirational people sacrificing personal lives and fortunes to save deserving animals.

Join Cara on the rescue road as she follows her heart into the places where too many dogs are forgotten and discovers glimmers of hope that the day is coming when every dog will have a home.

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LAUNCHING WHILE FEMALE: SMASHING THE SYSTEM THAT HOLDS WOMEN BACK by Susanne Althoff (October 27, 2020)

A rallying cry that exposes the obstacles that women and non-binary entrepreneurs face in the business world and a roadmap for a more inclusive and economically successful future

Journalist and professor Susanne Althoff exposes the ways in which the current start-up paradigm was engineered by and for white men, and the ways in which women, non-binary, and trans folks—especially those who are non-white—face impossible barriers to landing funding from venture capitalists to make their companies viable. Through interviews with over 100 founders of small start-ups, Althoff paints a picture of a systemically rigged start-up culture. She tackles the gendered perceptions of innovation and who is allowed to play; for example, why women are called “mompreneurs” rather than business women and why only 18 Black women founders of companies have been able to break the $1 million threshold for funding … ever.

Althoff provides a way forward, providing proof that companies started by women are a boon to society and the economy, and offering advice for non-male people starting their own companies.

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2019 Wishlist

Hello, lovely querying writers. There is a plethora of #MSWL information on Twitter that I’ve posted over the years. (Click here to read it all.) But I wanted to share what I am really hunting for in the slush pile at this moment.

+ Historical Fiction: like WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING and THE GREAT ALONE. I like setting that feels like a character.

+ Commercial Fiction and Rom Coms: (especially with a diverse cast!) like AYESHA AT LAST, JANE THE VIRGIN, ONE DAY IN DECEMBER, THE PROPOSAL, and Elin Hilderbrand. I need a very strong hook.

+ Upmarket Fiction: like LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, COMMONWEALTH and THE LAST ROMANTICS. I love family drama.

+ Fiction with a splash of whimsy: like THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY and WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS. Not quite magical realism but maybe.

+ Women’s Fiction: like CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN, FAMILY TRUST, EVERGREEN TIDINGS FROM THE BAUMGARTNERS and SEVEN DAYS OF US.

+ Domestic Suspense: like ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN and THE PERFECT NANNY.

+ Memoir: like NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS and EDUCATED.

+ Literary Mystery/Thriller: STAY WITH ME and ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR.

+ Cookbooks: like OVEN TO TABLE, MODERN LUNCH and EAT MORE PLANTS.

+ Business/Current Affairs: like THE FIFTH TRIMESTER, HEARTLAND, DOUBLE BIND, and EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE.

Also, of course, check out my recent client books to see where my taste lies: WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS, THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL, DEAD RECKONING, ANOTHER GOOD DOG, THE WOO WOO, RIVER BODIES, NOBODY CARES, SHE REGRETS NOTHING, THE SUBWAY GIRLS and more!

*****Very much interested in #ownvoices and LGBTQ+ submissions*****

2019 Client Projects

There’s a lot of delicious reads from talented writers (mine!) coming in 2019. Don’t miss out! You can order or pre-order today.

 

THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL by Christina McDonald (February 5, 2019)

“I was absolutely hooked, it was such an emotional read that I was broken by the end. Heartbreaking and thrilling at the same time.” — Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You

“Beautifully written and moving with characters I felt I knew, The Night Olivia Fell is a stunning debut that kept me guessing right until the final, heartbreaking twist.” — Claire Douglas, bestselling author The Sisters, Local Girl Missing and Last Seen

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Abi Knight is startled awake by a mother’s worst nightmare: a phone call that her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive.

But when heartbroken Abi spots the angry bruises coiling around Olivia’s wrists, she questions if her daughter’s fall was more than the accident the police ruled it to be. Desperate, Abi decides to find out what happened the night her daughter fell. The truth.

Now, Abi must unravel threads of her daughter’s life to uncover evidence filled with family secrets. Riddled with suspense, this book will make your question how well you know your children. And how well do they know you?

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OVEN TO TABLE by Jan Scott (February 5, 2019)

“Jan Scott makes everyday cooking so fun and delicious—and it couldn’t be easier when everything is cooked and served in one pan or pot. These recipes are cozy, comforting, and packed with effortless flavour.” — Claire Tansey, Cityline guest expert and author of Uncomplicated

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Perfect for the busy schedule or anybody who hates doing dishes, food writer and creator of Family Bites Jan Scott has gathered 100 appetizing one-pan and one-pot dishes for feeding the family or hosting a large gathering. Using one of six cooking vessels – skillet, sheet pan, Dutch oven, baking pan, roasting pan, and casserole dish – these recipes have never been more stress-free, mess-free, or delectably foolproof.

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WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS by Glendy Vanderah (March 1, 2019)

“Though the novel appears to start as a fantasy, it evolves into a domestic drama with murder-mystery elements, all adding up to a satisfying read.” — Booklist

“Vanderah’s beautifully human story reminds us that sometimes we need to look beyond the treetops at the stars to let some light into our lives.” — New York Journal of Books

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Determined to prove that her mother’s recent death and her own battle with breast cancer hasn’t broken her, Joanne Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in Illinois.

But when a strange girl name Ursa, barefoot and covered in bruises, shows up at Joanne’s cabin, her life is thrust into a challenging situation. Ursa claims that she has been sent from the stars to witness five miracles, and Jo reluctantly agrees to house Ursa—at least until she learns more about the child’s history.

Now, with the help of a recluse neighbor, Jo sets out to discover the truth about this mysterious child. And as Ursa’s fifth miracle draws near, along with all the painful secrets she will be forced to open, their fates—all tied into a huge plot twist—will be left to the stars.

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MODERN LUNCH by Allison Day (March 5, 2019)

“Is it possible that Allison has just made lunch—the chore of all chores for a parent like me—the most exciting meal of the day? This book is bursting with flavor, inspiration, and most of all encouragement to make the midday meal something to savor.”
— Ceri Marsh, co-author of How to Feed a Family and The School Year Survival Cookbook

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Find inspiration for lunch again! Modern Lunch is the lunchtime hero for time-strapped, budget-conscious, and salad-fatigued people looking for healthy, quick and—yes—Instagrammable recipes.

Inspired by fresh flavors, her travels, and minimal effort, Allison gives joy back to preparing (and eating) the abandoned midday meal. With meals in jars and adult-appropriate lunchboxes like Chicken and Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peanut Butter Vinaigrette and Walnut-Crusted Avocado, Feta, and Eggs with Pesto Rice, you’ll look forward to lunch.

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DEAR SCARLET by Teresa Wong (April 1, 2019)

“This book is so important – it’s like a friend reaching through the darkness and telling your own story back to you. It’s universal and heartbreaking and so, so reassuring. Moms are so strong.” — Lucy Knisley, author of Kid Gloves

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An intimate, graphic memoir that shares Teresa’s personal struggle with postpartum depression, delivered in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet. Sewn with humor and honest depictions of her quiet suffering from PPD—and the profound feelings of inadequacy and loss—this memoir will make you laugh and break your heart.

Teresa also shares her experiences with fear, anxiety, and her attempt to heal through potential remedies, coping mechanisms, and her mother’s Chinese elixirs. This is a battle against a cruel illness, and Teresa offers it to you as a source of sympathy—a reminder that nobody goes through PPD alone.

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WE CAME HERE TO FORGET by Andrea Dunlop (July 2, 2019)

“A sharp, glittering story of wealth, family, and fate and one’s woman search to find her place in it all.” — Buzzfeed

She Regrets Nothing is the love child of Gossip Girl and Crazy Rich Asians, plus the social climbing of a Gatsby party.” — Refinery29

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Olympic skier Katie Cleary spent her life training to become the best skier in the world, along with her best friends, Luke and Blair. That is, until a terrifying truth about her sister threatens to ruin her career, her family, and her relationship with the two boys she’s done everything with since a teenager.

Shattered, Katie flees to Buenos Aires where she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, a woman who is quickly embraced by a colorful group of (Gastby-esque) ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own.

But as her past threatens to catch up with her, Katie struggles to outrun the demons hunting her down. Or maybe they never left?

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COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur (August 13, 2019)

“Intricately interweaving the past and present, Karen Katchur ramps up the tension and hits every mark with Cold Woods, the second installment in her compelling Northampton County series. Once again, Katchur has crafted an intense psychological thriller that pounds with heart-thrumming suspense and unexpected twists. With its intriguing characters and clever plot, Cold Woods will keep readers frantically flipping pages late into the night.” Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound

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When the long-buried bones of Trisha’s stepdad turn up in the middle of December, Pennsylvania homicide detective Parker Reed knows he’s in for a cold case.

Now, thirty years later, Trisha and her friends must confront their pasts to unravel the grim secrets about this man’s long, but never forgotten, disappearance.

But as Parker and his partner uncover the identification of the remains—leading the investigation to Trisha’s home—he’ll learn that the truth isn’t always simple. In fact, it’s so complicated that even Trisha and her friends don’t fully understand what really happened in those cold woods.

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EAT MORE PLANTS by Desiree Nielsen (August 27, 2019) 

“I’ve experienced the amazing benefits of a plant-based diet first hand. Eat More Plants is packed with illuminating health information and mouthwatering recipes that will encourage you to add more plants to your diet and enjoy doing so at the same times!”  — Angela Liddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Oh She Glows Cookbook and Oh She Glows Every Day

 

Chock-full of powerful, anti-inflammatory foods that heal, Eat More Plants will revolutionize your approach to a healthy diet with the power of plant-based foods and recipes that don’t sacrifice taste for health. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater, Desiree’s recipes restore your meals with foods we all could eat more of: vegetables.

Coming to you from a registered dietitian, this book helps you restore your immune system, improve gut heath, reduce stress, and restore balance. Plus, you won’t be disappointed with choices like Pizza with Zucchini, Olives, and Basil, Creamy Pasta with Smoked Tofu and Kale, and Cocoa Cherry Brownies on your table!

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Thanks for checking out this amazing list! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Until next time —

Best of Blog: Round Up!

IMG_5222.JPGI spent 5+ years on this blog and I haven’t posted in awhile, but I wanted to share a great round up of some of my top posts throughout the years.

I think I’ve made this place a good launch pad for authors’ careers answering questions about all aspects of the writing and publishing arenas.

Let me know which articles were most helpful to you!

THE CRAFT

Top Tips for Writing / Editing:

On characters 30 questions to ask your main character.

On comparison to other writers 6 Tips on why writers shouldn’t (but might) compare themselves to others, and why they shouldn’t (what they should do).

On category and genre. Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction? Helping writers understand the difference between these three categories so that they can market and sell (or query) their book better.

On writing page one: Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One Tips on what hooks a reader (so they keep reading) like a secret, verses mistakes that encourage them to put the book down.

On where your book begins Five reasons why you might be starting your novel in the wrong place.

On how to redirect a wandering book: 4 ways to edit your book back on track When you feel like you’re losing your novel, do these four things.

On writing synopsis Ways to write a synopsis.

Top Tips for Dealing with Writer Anxiety:

On what writers should stop worrying about Lessons writers should take to heart on what they can and cannot control.

On what writers should stop wasting their time on What writers need to avoid so their time is more productive.

THE BUSINESS

Top Tips for Social Media / Marketing:

On Instagram Tips on how to use Instagram and how it can establish brand/marketing.

On writing for the market and you Tips on writing for the marketing but not trying to write “trends.”

On agents googling authors Insight on the truth about agents googling writers after they like a query, as well as what social media is best for each kind of writer (including times to post).

On building platform 7 ways to build an online community which is essential to success.

On how social media hurts writers 6 ways social media doesn’t help you get published–i.e. what writers shouldn’t do or share online.

Top Tips for Querying / Pitching:

On querying 8 query tips that nobody tells writers (but you do!)

On personalizing your QL 10 ways/examples on how authors can introduce their book in their Query Letter that shows they’ve done research and/or have similar taste.

On QL content–focusing on plot vs. theme 3 big reasons why agents are interested in plot-driven Query Letter instead of theme-elaborate Query Letter.

On passing on QLs 5 quick reasons why an agent say “no thanks.”

On pitch potential The advantages and disadvantages of various ways authors pitch their work to agents (in person, conference, etc.).

On reading slush (your strategies) How I read slush!

Top Tips for Publishing:

On publishing industry “rules.” 4 rules you can break and 6 you can’t.

On publishing your debut novel. 5 tips on how to get your book to the printer.

Top Tips for Agent Relationships (and getting one):

On lessons you’ve learned as an agent. Your 15 points on what you’ve learned about being an agent–I thought these were really sincere and smart and something to exemplify.

On what agents like to know about potential authors. What you like to know about potential authors.

On how to be a good client. 7 tips on what will make you a great client to work with (for your agent).

On what’s wrong with your manuscript. Agent perspective on what flags a weak novel.