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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 —

PURELY PUMPKIN: pre-order for September 6

If you’re anything like me, fall is your favorite season for a number of reasons including comfort food. And Allison Day’s PURELY PUMPKIN is coming your way Sept 6!

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Allison Day’s second cookbook is ready for pre-order and planning your big fall get togethers.

The beginning of fall brings buzz and excitement around all-things pumpkin. From the huggable lattes we eagerly await all year, to the homemade roasted pumpkin seeds whipped up after carving a jack-o-lantern on Halloween, to the first (or third) slice of pie during the holidays, there’s a place for pumpkin in everyone’s heart.

In her new cookbook, PURELY PUMPKIN, Allison Day, popular blogger and creator of the award-winning YummyBeet.com, brings the cozy warmth of pumpkin into our homes with a seasonal, whole foods recipe set and earthy food photography. With savory and sweet recipes for all meals of the day–—including a mouthwatering pumpkin dessert chapter—–it’s the cookbook your home shouldn’t be without during the fall and winter months.

Homemade pumpkin spice latte variations along with wholesome meals ideal for the everyday and the holidays are tucked into this plentiful pumpkin volume. Utilizing pumpkin flesh, pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice, pumpkin seed oil, and heirloom pumpkins, there’s something in PURELY PUMPKIN for every craving, festivity, time constraint, and cooking level.

As enjoyable to cook from as it is to flip through curled up next to a crackling fire, there’s no better way to celebrate, share, and savor the pumpkin harvest this season.

More and more cooks are turning to their own gardens or to local farmers’ markets to find inspiration for their meals. Eating fresh, local produce is a hot trend, but lifelong Vermonter Marie Lawrence has been cooking with produce from her gardens, buying milk from the farmers up the road, and lavishing her family and lucky friends with the fruits of her kitchen labor since she was a kid. In this book she includes recipes for everything from biscuits and breads to pies and cookies, soups and stews to ribs and roasts. Also included are instructions for making cheese, curing meats, canning and preserving, and much more.

Organized by month to coordinate with a farmer’s calendar, cooks will find orange date bran muffins and old fashioned pot roast in January, hot spiced maple milk and fried cinnamon buns in March, mint mallow ice cream in July, Vermont cheddar onion bread in October, and almond baked apples with Swedish custard cream in December. Other recipes include grilled chicken with peach maple glaze, veggie tempura, raspberry chocolate chip cheesecake, and dozens of other breads, salads, drinks, and desserts that are fresh from the farmer’s kitchen.







5 Year Blog-versary Round Up!

9e4073d6863e21b9a5b923c3e62390afWow, 5 years since this blog began!

Thank you to the loyal readers and commenters for your engagement with my posts.

I decided to do a round up of some of my top posts over the years.


30 Questions to Ask Your Main Character

When You Start Comparing Yourself To Other Writers

7 Things Writers Should Stop Wasting Their Time On

6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One

4 Ways To Edit Your Book Back on Track


Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction?

5 Secrets To Publishing Your Debut Novel

7 Ways To Make Yourself An Easy Author to Work With


How To Write A Synopsis

8 Query Tips No One Tells Writers

How I Read Slush: 3 Lessons for Writers

Agent perspective: What’s wrong with your manuscript

Social Media:

7 Ways To Build a Platform Through Your Online Community

6 Ways Social Media Doesn’t Help You Get Published

Q: Do you have a favorite post? One that changed your opinion of the industry or changed your manuscript for the better?

THE STONE THROWER and The Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD) – May 6-8

I can’t tell you how proud I am of the founder of The FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity). A client and friend, she’s a huge writing talent and activist in the publishing community. She has big news! Jael Richardson has launched a new book today:

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community that was divided from the rest of town by a set of train tracks, but his mother assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was the way out, and a football scholarship was the way to pay for that education. So despite the racist taunts he faced at all the games he played in high school, Chuck maintained a remarkable level of dedication and determination. And when discrimination followed him to university and beyond, Chuck Ealey remained undefeated.

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…And she is launching a festival this weekend. The Festival of Literary Diversity is one of a kind celebrating diverse authors and creators in Brampton, Ontario. If you are in the greater Toronto area please join us this weekend. I’ll be on a panel Saturday. Hope to see you there!