March 2021, Vol. 29


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases 
  2. Women's Fiction: with Historical Elements Reads
  3. Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcasts

Read ON!

Welcome to WFWA's reader-focused newsletter, Read ON!

Check your inbox on the last Wednesday of every month for new women's fiction books that you'll want to read!

Check out our series of author-interview podcasts!

Debut Author Podcasts

Quick links to past episodes:

Regina Buttner (Absolution)              ___________________________

Nguyen Phan Que Mai (The Mountains Sing)                                  ___________________________

Ehsaneh Sadr (A Door Between Us)                                           ___________________________

Valerie Taylor (What's Not Said)       _________________________

Anna's Dance (Michele Levy)          __________________________

Anita Kushwaha (Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters)                   ___________________________

Barbara Conrey (Nowhere Near Goodbye)                                           ___________________________

J.L Cole (Silver Heights)                 ___________________________

Susan Payne (Forever Kind of Woman)


A.H. Kim (A Good Family)


Tricia Zacher (Many a Sudden Change)


Amanda Brainerd (Age of Consent)


Lindsey Cook (How to Bury Your Brother)

Stephanie Newman (Barbarians at the PTA)


Pamela Raliegh (Sandshell Island)


Anju Gattani (Duty and Desire)

Tracey Enerson Wood (The Engineer's Wife)                               ____________________________

Jaqueline Kang (The Club)   ____________________________

Carole Lahines (Someday Everything Will All Make Sense)   ____________________________

Diane Barnes (More Than)

William Schreiber (Someone to Watch Over)

Dianne Romain (The Trumpet Lesson)

Lisa Braxton (The Talking Drum)

Sherri Leimkuhler (What's Left Untold)


Elizabeth Gauffreau (Telling Sonny)

 Kelly Duran (Can't Take It Back)

 Jae Hodges (The Rose and the Whip)

 Jamie Beck (If You Must Know)

 Sharina Harris  (Im)perfectly Happy

 Kathleen West (Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes)

 Alison Hammer (You and Me and Us)


Sally Suen (Crystal Cove)

 Diane Byington (If She Had Stayed)


Donna Koros Stramella (Coffee Killed My Mother)

 Rebecca Hodge (Wildland)

Barbara Linn Probst (Queen of the Owls)

Joanne Kukanza Easley (Sweet Jane)

Linda Rosen (The Disharmony of Silence)

Michelle Davis (Learning to Bend)

Kimmery Martin (The Queen of Hearts)



Heather Frimmer (Bedside Manners)



Marianne Hansen (The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger)

Find Great Books on Goodreads

Did you know all of the women’s fiction books by WFWA members are on a Goodreads shelf? You can find them here.

Recent Releases

We now have a special Monthly Highlights shelf on Goodreads, where you can get full information on the books listed below. Thanks for reading, reviewing, and sharing with your friends!

The Lost Apothecary
by Sarah Penner

n the depths of eighteenth-century London, women across the city whisper of a mysterious apothecary named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when a precocious twelve-year-old customer makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

For more information, please visit Sarah's website.                                                                      
Meet Me in Paradise
by Libby Hubscher

A sisters’ spa weekend on the island of Saba turns into a trip of a lifetime for a cautious older sister when her wild younger sister doesn’t show up, forcing her to face her worst fears. As she explores the island with an intriguing stranger, she learns to open herself up to the possibilities of life and love.


 For more information, please visit Libby's website. 

Wild Women and the Blues
by Denny S. Bryce

1925: Honoree Dalcour is willing to dance every night to reach the top. But Chicago is awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose. 2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree. Piece by piece, she reveals her past and her secrets in a story of courage and ambition.

 For more information, please visit  Denny's website. 

Joyous Lies
by Margaret Ann Spence

Maelle, a botanist, believes plants communicate and nurture their own kind. Living on her grandparents’ commune after her mother's death, she felt safe, if lonely. Then she falls for Zachary, who, like her, lost a parent young. He stuns her by claiming his father and her mother died together in his father’s medical research laboratory. Investigating, Maelle must confront the commune’s lies and asks, if plants can protect their young, why can’t humans do the same?

 For more information, please visit Margaret Ann's website. 

Women's Fiction: Celebrating Women's History Month

What better way to celebrate Women's History Month than curling up with a book that celebrates the incredible diversity and strength of women?



by Lorelei Brush 




The Engineer's Wife

by Tracey Emerson Wood 




The Eternal Conductor

by Debbie Garneau Griffin




The Mountains Sing

by Nguyen Phan Que Mai




Pathfinding Women

by Tam May





by Rebecca Hodge




 All the Silent Voices

by Elena Mikalsen




Hunting the Devil

by Suanne Schafer




Sky Queen

by Judy Kundert 




Duty and Desire

by Anju Gattani




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Mary Helen Sheriff is the author of southern women’s fiction, Boop and Eve’s Road Trip, and a co-founder of Bookish Road Trip. After 14 years in classrooms teaching elementary school, middle school, college, and professionals, Mary has taken a break from the classroom to focus on writing. She has an MFA from Hollins University, an MA from ODU, and a BA from UVA. She lives in Henrico County in Virginia with her two children, two cats, and one husband.

Listen to the interview with Mary Helen.

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