October 2021, Vol. 36


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases 
  2. Women's Fiction::Paranormal/ Magical Realism/ Fantasy
  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:

KD Allbaugh (Face Down in Rising Sun)   ____________________________

Jeanee Sacken (Behind the Lens)   ____________________________

Beatryce Ruby (No Sweeter Touch)   ___________________________  

Gina WIlkinson (When the Apricots Bloom)   ___________________________

Tiffany Meuret (A Flood of Posies)   ___________________________

Elizabeth Chatsworth (The Brass Queen)  __________________________

Shail Rajan (The Summer Breeze)   ___________________________

L. Bordetski-Williams (Forget Russia)   ___________________________

Christina Tsirkas (The Night Sender)           ____________________________

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!

A Boundless Place
by Pamela Stockwell

In 1969, in South Carolina, Violet moves to a quiet street to hide from grief over her husband’s death. But when she’s enlisted by a small girl in the rescue of an elderly neighbor, she is drawn into the lives her quirky neighbors and must decide whether to retreat or recover.

                                                                           For more information, please visit Pamela's website. 
Marika's Best Laid Plan
by Judy Staingar

Marika is a social worker trying to heal her drug addict clients, but she can't seem to mend her damaged self. She avoids love because love sits too close to death. Her choices have left her carefully ordered life a lonely, disconnected one. Everything is about to change. Big-hearted, quirky, emotionally walled-off Marika embarks on a plan that ultimately forces her to confront the very thing she's spent her life avoiding: love.                                                                                               For more information, please visit Judy's website.   

Partner Pursuit
by Kathy Strobos

Workaholic lawyer Audrey Willems is determined to become a law firm partner. Until she bumps into Jake-her new neighbor. But Jake’s father was a workaholic lawyer with little time for family. Audrey is determined to juggle work and romance. When making partner is a game of musical chairs and the last seat is business-class alone, which partnership will she choose?                                                                                         For more information, please visit Kathy's website.   

A Scarcity of Virgins
by JoAnn Catania

Eighteen years of being a stay-at-home wife and mother have turned Rita into a borderline agoraphobic. If she is stuck in an emotionally abusive marriage, she is not aware of it. An unexpected confrontation with Valentin, a handsome Spanish immigrant from Barcelona, shakes up her life both physically and emotionally forcing her to make some hard decisions in order to save herself and her children.                                                                                         For more information, please visit JoAnn's website.                         

After Perfect
by Maan Gabriel

Gabriella Stevens is a devoted housewife to Simon–just as her traditional Filipino mother has always told her to do-when, after sixteen years of marriage, he wants a divorce. Gabby faces unfamiliar reality with determination. But when she unexpectedly falls in love with mysterious Colt, she learns he is battling a tragic past that may have made him incapable of love. Is Gabby destined for another heartbreak or will Colt be what unbreaks her?                                                                        For more information, please visit Maan's website.                            

Three Coins
by Kimberly Sullivan

One Eternal City. Three women. Three wishes. Three coins. Emma, Tiffany and Annarita all meet up by chance at a 1950s movie night while on a restorative holiday at an Italian beach resort off-season. The triumphs and hardships of these three very different women become intertwined as they form an unlikely friendship and work to better their messy lives.

 For more information, please visit Kimberly's website.  


Women's Fiction: Paranormal/Magical Realism/Fantasy

It's October! The days are dwindling, the leaves are falling, and ghosts and goblins are gearing up to knock on your door. Celebrate the season of make-believe with a book that will transport you through the veil of reality.



by Amy Q. Barker




She Wouldn't Change a Thing

by Sarah Adlakha




Cooking for Ghosts

by Patricia V. Davis




The Brass Queen

by Elizabeth Chatsworth




The Invisibles

by Rachel Dacus



A Flood of Posies

by Tiffany Meuret




The Lost Apothecary

by Sarah Penner




Guesthouse for Ganesha

by Judith Teitelman




The First Lie

by Virginia King



Over the Hills of Green

by E.V. Svetova



Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Christina Consolino is a scientist turned writer and editor whose work has appeared in multiple online and print outlets. Her debut novel, Rewrite the Stars, was named one of ten finalists for the Ohio Writers' Association Great Novel Contest 2020, and she is the co-author of Historic Photos of University of Michigan.

She serves as senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama and contributing editor for Shelf Unbound, freelance edits both fiction and nonfiction, and teaches writing classes at Word's Worth Writing Connections. Christina loves to connect with writers of all stages and lives in Kettering, Ohio, with her family and rotating cast of pets. Her website is https://christinaconsolino.com/

Listen to the interview with Christina

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