January 2022, Vol. 38


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases 
  2. Women's Fiction:: Moving/Travel/Fresh Starts
  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:

Jennifer Jensen (The Vice)   __________________________

Kristie Lee (The Worst Thing I Could Do)   _  ___________________________

Kate Allen (Fear of Flying)                ___________________________

Dorothy Staley (Bear Woman Rising)           ___________________________

Leslie A. Rasmussen (After Happily Ever After)                       ___________________________

Elissa Grossell Dickey (The Speed of Light)                 ___________________________

Libby Hubscher (Meet Me in Paradise)  ___________________________ 

Debra Thomas (Luz)   __________________________

Sarah Penner (The Lost Apothecary)  ___________________________

Jill Caugherty (Waltz in Swing Time)  ___________________________ 

Christina Consolino (Rewrite the Stars)   ___________________________

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)

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!

All the Salt in the Sea
by Tammy Harrow

After her powerful husband’s secret ends their marriage, Abby takes off to Southern Italy. There, she meets and falls for Daniel, a former American soldier turned photographer. The two travel Europe together on assignment. Back in Florida, she hopes to settle things, but her estranged husband refuses to let her move on. The more she tries to break free, the more dangerous her world becomes.                                                                                                    For more information, please visit Tammy's website.            

Exiled South
by Harriet Cannon

Exiled South is a dual time-line novel about second chances. Lizbeth Gordon is haunted by half told family stories; a blockade running ancestor hunted as a traitor after the Civil War, his sister, and her mixed-race child. Finding answers takes Lizbeth from the Carolina Lowcountry to Brazil. Ultimately, like her ancestors, Lizbeth must navigate the emotional geography of her own missteps to claim her second chance at life and love.                                                      For more information, please visit Harriet's website.   

Sunflowers Beneath the Snow
by Teri M. Brown

When Ivanna opens the door to uniformed officers, her tranquil life is torn to pieces - leaving behind a broken woman who must find a way to survive in Soviet Ukraine. Will she be strong enough to withstand her daughter’s deceit and the eventual downfall of the nation she has devoted her life to? Or will the memories of her late husband act as a shadow haunting everyone and everything she loves?      For more information, please visit Teri's website.   

Daughter of the King
by Kerry Chaput

French orphan Isabelle has the opportunity to become a Daughter of the King. If she helps populate the colony of Canada, she can have money, power, and protection. But first, she must adopt the religion that killed her family and burned an H into her flesh.         


For more information, please visit Kerry's website.                       


Women's Fiction: Moving/Travel/Fresh Starts

Happy New Year!!  Time for a fresh start, and as the world continues to struggle with the pandemic, let's imagine somewhere new! 



Lost in Paris

by Elizabeth Thompson





by Debra Thomas




Beyond the Cobblestones

by Luisa Livorno Ramondo




Where are We Tomorrow?

by Tavi Taylor Black




Meet Me in Monaco

by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb



Learning to Bend

by Michelle M. Davis




Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

by Joyce Yarrow




Return to Magnolia Bloom

by Paula Adler




The Happy Accidents

by Jamie Beck



Louisiana Catch

by Sweta Srivastava Vikram



Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

K. Blanton Brenner grew up in North Texas in a large extended family that raised horses and holy hell and, in between, sang together in four-part harmony. While attending university, she met a drummer from Chicago, married him and moved to Chicago where they raised their children.

For over ten years, Brenner wrote and read stories from her life on WBEZ, the NPR station in Chicago.  She was awarded the Peter Lisagor Prize from the Society of Professional Journalists for her radio story, “Driving with Frank Sinatra.”  K. Blanton Brenner published her debut novel, Appaloosa Sky, in 2019. It is the story of a family of tenacious Texas women who break horses and hearts. Appaloosa Sky lives in a genre somewhere between Nancy Drew and Sex and the City. The author’s second novel, The Trinity Rivers Trilogy will be published soon. It tells the story of the Quinn family: the enormously talented, wildly dramatic, funny and sometimes dangerous Quinns.

Listen to the interview with Karen

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