May 2021, Vol. 31


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:

Grace Sammon (The Eves)

Madeleine Van Hecke (Once You Know)

Paula Adler (Return to Magnolia Bloom)

Angela Terry (Charming Falls Apart)      ___________________________

Katey Schultz (Still Come Home)      ___________________________

Sarah McCraw Crow (The Wrong Kind of Woman)                                  ___________________________

Mary Helen Sheriff (Boop and Eve's Road Trip)                                  ___________________________

Regina Buttner (Absolution)              ___________________________

Nguyen Phan Que Mai (The Mountains Sing)                                  ___________________________

Ehsaneh Sadr (A Door Between Us)                                           ___________________________

Valerie Taylor (What's Not Said)       _________________________

Michele Levy (Anna's Dance)          __________________________

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!

A Song for the Road

Jaded by grief, a church musician embarks on a cross-country road trip to visit the place where her entire family died. But when she picks up a young, pregnant hitchhiker, her private memorial takes on a whole new dimension. Hopeful, honest, and tender, A SONG FOR THE ROAD is about courage, vulnerability, and forgiveness—even forgiving yourself.

For more information, please visit Kathleen's website.                         
Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy
by Kris Clink

Lark's lost her husband, and the expiration date has come and gone on her fake-it-till-you-make-it "Happy Mommy Show." Healing her broken family requires drastic measures--like returning to her hometown in the Texas Hill Country. But she's going to need more than clean air and a pastoral landscape to rebuild a life for her and her young sons. 

For more information, please visit Kris's website.                            
Imagine Summer
by Shelley Noble

A beleaguered human interest reporter, distraught over the closing of her local newspaper, convinces her recently divorced mother to return with her to rethink their lives on the island beach community they used to call home, only to find that "home" has changed and the people they left behind might be exactly the kind of human interest she's been searching for her whole life.

 For more information, please visit  Shelley's website.       
The Vice
by Jennifer Jensen

Harper’s unhealthy coping mechanisms of meaningless sex and excessive drinking is starting to catch up to her—as is her avoidance of the past. At 28, she has found herself stuck in a cycle of perpetual anger, unrelenting loneliness, and constant self-loathing—something she isn’t positive she can come back from. But a sudden chain of events leads her to face the traumas she has been trying to keep buried with the vice that has kept her numb.

 For more information, please visit Jennifer's website. 

Women's Fiction: Motherhood/Parenting

In May we celebrate Mother's Day. To honor them, here is a selection of Women's Fiction celebrating motherhood and the challenges of parenting.


Designer You

by Sarahlyn Bruck





by Lorrie Thompson




The Goodbye Year

by Kaira Rouda




For Hannah, With Love

by Margaret K. Johnson




Mom Walks: Getting Crushed

by Rebecca Prenevost




The Opposite of Never

by Mary Kathleen Mehuron




The Object of Your Affections

by Falguni Kothari




Coffee Killed My Mother

by Donna Koros Stramella




Someone to Watch Over

by William Schreiber




When Robins Appear

by Densie Webb




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

JAYE BURKE is a southern historian, genealogist, and bestselling author whose focus is primarily set in the 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. She is a member of Women's Fiction Writers Assn., Romance Writers of America, Georgia Writers Assn., and Independent Book Publishers of America.

A former advertising artist and copywriter, Jaye is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, a former resident of New Orleans and Mandeville, LA, and now lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia.

For information on new releases and upcoming events, please visit                                                                             

Listen to the interview with Jaye.

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