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August 2021, Vol. 34


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases 
  2. Women's Fiction::Best Friends
  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:

Judith Teitelman (Guesthouse for Ganesha)    ____________________________

Kathy Sechrist (Success is the Best Revenge)    ____________________________

Joyce Yarrow (Sandstorm)     ____________________________

Denny S. Bryce (Wild Women and the Blues)   ____________________________

Kathryn Holzman (Real Estate: A Novel)    ____________________________

Melissa Hunter (What She Lost)    ____________________________

Florence Reiss Kraut (How to Make a Life)   ____________________________

Geeta Schrater (Reaching Riverdale)  ____________________________

Densie Webb (When Robins Appear)    ____________________________

Bhaswati Ghosh (Victory Colony, 1950)                            ____________________________

KJ Dell'Antonia (The Chicken Sisters)                                ___________________________

Rachel Mans McKenny (The Butterfly Effect)                              ____________________________

Jaye Burke (Venice)    ____________________________

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)


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 Difference
by C.D'Angelo

Rachel has "it all" but feels a lack of fulfillment. She needs to find out why her Italian immigrant grandpa, aka her hero, kept his past a secret. If she doesn't reveal her family history in her genealogy mission, her emptiness may ruin the future of her relationship with her boyfriend and worse yet, her own mental health.

For more information, please visit C. D'Angelo's website. 
The Wilderness Between Us
by Penny Haw

Two women are separated from their hiking group by flooding in a remote part of South Africa. Faye has forgotten herself, surrendered her strength after years of bullying. Clare is diminished, acutely ashamed of the pain her anorexia has caused. To survive, they know they’ll have to overcome their fears, shame and wariness of one another. They’ll have to face the truth. What they don’t expect is what the wilderness will provide—and what it will take away.

For more information, please visit Penny's website.                         

No Names to Be Given
by Julia Brewer Daily

In 1965, Sandy runs away from home to escape her mother’s abusive boyfriend. Becca falls in love with the wrong man. And Faith suffers a devastating attack. With no support and no other options, these three young, unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans where they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired.

 For more information, please visit Julia's website.       
She Wouldn't Change a Thing
by Sarah Adlakha

When thirty-nine year old Maria Forssmann wakes up in her seventeen-year-old body, she doesn't know how she got there. All she does know is she has to get back: to her home in Bienville, Mississippi, to her job as a successful psychiatrist and, most importantly, to her husband, daughters, and unborn son. But she also knows that, in only a few weeks, a devastating tragedy will strike her husband, a tragedy that will lead to their meeting each other. Can she change time and still keep what it's given her?

 For more information, please visit Sarah's website.   

Women's Fiction: Best Friends

Did you know Best Friend's Day is in August? What better way to celebrate than with books that explore the power of friendship, good or bad.


Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

by Lisa Verge Higgins




How to Climb the Eiffel Tower

by Elizabeth Hein




The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

by Barbara O'Neal




Friday Mornings at Nine

by Marilyn Brant




Friends and Other Liars

by Kaela Coble




Unbroken Threads

by Jennifer Klepper




The Girls of Tonsil Lake

by Liz Flaherty




Forget You Know Me

by Jessica Strawser




Girl's Weekend

by Cara Sue Achterberg



Secret Sundays

by Judith Keim




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Christina Tsirkas grew up in New York City and has since migrated to the beautiful beaches of sunny South Florida where she lives with her partner and the most amazing cat, Kitty.

She received her B.S. degree from Skidmore College in 2009 and went on to earn a full scholarship from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. She is licensed to practice law in New York State (though she has yet to exercise that right!) The Night Sender is her debut novel.

Her website is:

Listen to the interview with Christina

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