Tuesday, January 24, 2017

THE MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY, by author, LESLEY KAGEN

Debuts February 1st, 2017 ~  already an Amazon best-seller! 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark comes an unforgettable novel that illuminates the sweet and brittle bonds of family, the tenderness of growing up, the heartbreak of longing for what we’ve lost, and the poignancy of finding love.

FACT: Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Theresa “Tessie” Finley, she’s in over her head.

PROOF: After hearing a scream and catching a glimpse of a mysterious man carrying a body beneath the flickering streetlights in the cemetery behind her house, Tessie adds solving a murder case to her already quite full to-do list.

Tessie has elected herself president of the crime-stopping Mutual Admiration Society—as if dealing with her “sad madness” over the tragic drowning of her beloved father; showering tender loving care on her “sweet but weird” younger sister, Birdie; and staying on the good side of their hard-edged mother weren’t enough. With partner in crime Charlie “Cue Ball” Garfield, Tessie and Birdie will need to dodge the gossips in their 1950s blue-collar neighborhood—particularly their evil next-door neighbor, Gert Klement, who’d like nothing better than to send the sisters to “homes.” And, of course, there’s the problem of steering clear of the kidnapping murderer if they have any hope of solving the mystery of all mysteries: the mystery of life.

A rich and charming tour de force, The Mutual Admiration Societyshowcases Lesley Kagen’s marvelous storytelling talents. Laced with heartwarming humor and heartbreaking grief, this novel is nothing short of magical.

“Readers are in for a unique treat with Kagen’s latest novel! Part Ramona Quimby, part Harriet the Spy, the Finley sisters have a unique flair all their own. This flair translates into one of the most delightfully quirky investigative teams in recent literature. Eleven-year-old Tessie’s witty narrative voice lilts with both the innocence of a child and the precociousness of a mind older than her years. While the mystery takes center stage at first glance, the heart of this novel is its poignant portrayal of sisterly love.” RT Book Reviews

“Lesley Kagen’s latest gem takes readers on a fabulous adventure to discover whether or not a murder has been committed in the local cemetery. With the hilarious Finley sisters at the helm, nothing can go wrong—or can it? Spunky, fun, and entirely charming. Both a mystery and a coming-of-age story that’s sure to delight!” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Don't You Cry

“A captivating tale that is woven together with sharp wit and heartbreaking honesty.” —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Missing Pieces

“With its gloriously quirky kid’s eye view of grief, mental illness, and strange happenings in a nineteen fifties neighborhood, this heart-warming story is sure to delight fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” —Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son

“Fact: You will fall in love with eleven-year-old Tessie Finley and her sister Birdie. Proof: Lesley Kagen’s novel The Mutual Admiration Society, where Tessie Finley sets out to solve a mystery in true Nancy Drew fashion. Except Nancy Drew was never this funny, and never pulled at your heartstrings like Lesley Kagen’s characters do. This is a novel you will not want to put down, and Kagen is a master storyteller who will keep you hovering between laughing and crying the whole way.” —Cassie Selleck, bestselling author of The Pecan Man

Some Q & A with Lesley:

Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started writing.

A. I think my mother's womb came equipped with a pencil and a pad of paper, because from as far back as I can remember, I was always dreaming up little stories and vignettes. But it wasn't until the fourth grade when I Am The Sun won St. Sebastian's all-school poetry contest that I began to seriously wonder if there might be a future in writing when I snagged the shiny first prize--a silver dollar. (Confession: I was a cagey kid who knew the more I mentioned God in the poem the better my changes would be to impress the nuns.) I wrote plays and elaborate essays in high school, and when I dropped out of college to take a job as a morning deejay at a local radio station, I created all the interviews and features. 

After I moved to LA, I started crafting ad copy and some comedy sketches. But it never crossed my mind to write a novel until I reached my fifties, when my teenage son refused to say anything to me other than "Make mine pepperoni, thin crust," and my daughter flew off to college in Virginia. My first-born's departure left me absolutely bereft, and, of course, concerned that I'd done all I could to prepare her for today's complex world. Which then led me to consider how much easier it was for my mother to raise my sisters and me in the "good old days" than it is to raise kids now--self-esteem hadn't been invented yet back then---and voila, a year and a half later, through much trial and error, I'd completed Whistling in the Dark, a story about three girls trying to figure out life in a close-knit 1950s neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

Q. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

A. I love to tell this story, because I hope it inspire other writers seeking a book deal to believe in their story and not be too easily dissuaded by naysayers.Whistling in the Dark was rejected for literary representation by over 150 agents. When I finally found one who was willing to take a chance on it, countless publishers passed as well, until New American Library, an imprint of Penguin at the time, expressed interest. Much to everyone's surprise, the novel went on to win numerous awards, and is a New York Times bestseller now in it's 17th printing. 

Q. Is all your work based on real life experience?

A. Yes. I'm not the kind of writer who can dream up wonderful fantasy worlds or set a story in 18th century France. All eight of my novels are grounded in some part on my life experiences.

Q. Do you have a favorite chapter or scene in The Mutual Admiration Society?

A. I love the scenes between the eleven-year-old narrator, Tessie, and Charlie, the boy she describes as her fiance. They're two children who have lost one of their parents, the same way I did as a kid. Their dedication to each other, and Tessie's younger "weird" sister, Birdie, touches me deeply. I also love the scenes when Tessie, in her desire to protect those she loves, is such a wildly imaginative and determined little bad ass. 

About the Author:
Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, speaker, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eight novels.

A mother of two and grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin. Visit with her on Facebook and at her website, www.lesleykagen.com.




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE MARRIAGE LIE, by author, KIMBERLY BELLE

Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will's marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane. 

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.

Some Q & A with Kimberly:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.
I’m not one of those writers who penned her first novel in crayon. Writing was something I’ve always loved in theory, but for the longest time it felt like a pipe dream. Beyond the shaky economics of the profession, writing meant putting myself out there in ways that can be really, really uncomfortable. Writing a story and sending it out into the world is a humbling, unnerving, terrifying thing. Did I really want to roll over and show the world my underbelly? Did I dare?
All that goes to say, I was not a writer for a good part of my career. I worked for more than a decade in fundraising for nonprofits, and though the work was fulfilling, something about it always felt off, like there was something else I was supposed to be doing. As soon as I quit my job and began my first novel, things inside me started to settle. Now that I’ve taken the plunge, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What are the downfalls of your writing career? The best parts?
For me, there’s nothing greater than spending an entire day in my house alone, with only my dogs and imaginary characters for company. I’m kind of a hermit when I’m writing a story, one of those writers who forgets to do the laundry and cook dinner. It’s why I so love writing retreats, where I can pound out words without having to take care of anyone but myself.
As for the hard parts, I find it incredibly difficult to write the story I’m supposed to be writing, and not what others expect me to write. Once you publish a book, all of a sudden there are editors and marketing departments and reviewers, people talking about what they like and don’t like about your stories. It’s so hard not to let their words and opinions get in your head and mess with your writing mojo. I am constantly reminding myself to be true to my story, because that’s the only way to consistently write a book that’s better than the last.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?
I’ve been married for more than twenty years, so I often get asked why I chose to write such a dark story about marriage when my own is so happy and stable. But in any story I write, I like to balance the thrill of the action with emotion, and nowhere is emotion so raw as when falling in love. I relied on my own memories of this time to recreate that heady feeling in my main character, but I took from my present, as well. I know what it’s like to love someone, to believe with everything inside that they are good and true and that they love you back. It’s a part of me that I made a part of Iris, as well.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
The biggest advice I can give to any writer, aspiring or otherwise, is to keep writing. Letter for letter, word for word. Don’t wait for an agent, a publisher, a contract, just keep writing and polishing your craft, every single day. Treat your writing like a job. Set your alarm and got to “work” behind your laptop every day, five days a week, because if you wait for inspiration to strike—or for a story idea to come upon you—you’ll never get anything written. Some days you’ll end with a lot of words, other days you’ll stare at your screen and pull out your hair. In the end, it all evens out and eventually, you have a book.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
I am a yoga fan, some might even say a fanatic. For me it’s more than just the physical. It’s about getting grounded, about letting the story go long enough to let my subconscious take over. Especially when I’m stuck, I’ve found that as soon as I let go of the story and get upside down, my plot knots unwind and I figure out how to move forward.

What are you working on now?
My next story is about a botched kidnapping of eight-year old Ethan, who vanishes from a cabin in the North Georgia mountains while on an overnight trip with his second-grade class. At first, police assume his disappearance is an abduction, until another mother receives a mysterious call demanding ransom for her son, a little boy who’s safe at home. Both mothers are thrust in a race to save him, and they’ll find that the greatest dangers are not in the threats of an anonymous stranger, but the everyday smiles of people closer to home.


Kimberly Belle is the author of three novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, and The Marriage Lie (coming January 2017). 
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College and has worked in marketing and fundraising for various nonprofits, both at home and abroad. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Keep up with Kimberly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KimberlyBelleBooks) 
Twitter (@KimberlySBelle) 
Instagram (@KimberlySBelle) 
or via her website at www.kimberlybellebooks.com




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

THE CHOICES WE MAKE, by author, KARMA BROWN

Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls. 

She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it's Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.

Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true. 


Some Q & A with Karma:

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
Well, I’m always writing it seems, but in between the words I love to run, bake (I bake a lot – it’s both a stress reliever AND a procrastination tool for me), read, and hang out with my little family, whose company I enjoy immensely.


Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?
When I started writing my first novel (which is now gathering dust in a drawer, as is the fate of many first books) I was a marketing director, so I did most of my writing in the morning before work or late at night. Then I had a kid, quit my “day” job and started freelance writing, and still found I only had time (and energy) to write before dawn. Now that my daughter is in school, I have more time during the day to write but I find old habits die hard – my best, most creative time is still early (like, 5am early) morning.


If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you’d change?
I’ve been asked at book clubs if I would change anything in my first novel, and the answer is always, “Not a thing.” The book is not perfect, and that’s just fine. As for what I’d change about the journey to publication…I wouldn’t worry and stress the way I did the first time around. Talk about a losing battle! You can control so little about the publishing process, which is incredibly frustrating to us Type A sorts. So if I could go back to when my first book was on submission, I would likely ask my agent to only contact me when there was an offer!


Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Essentially my advice is this: If you want to be a writer, then be a writer. Which really means write every day (even if it’s only 100 words), read every day, and focus on the BIG goal. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day annoyances and struggles, but you can’t let those take you off course. I like to tell people I got published through a combination of coffee, the habit of early morning (daily) writing, and grit.

What are the downfalls of your writing career? The best parts?
The hard parts: Writing in isolation; looming deadlines when your creativity has taken a vacation; lack of control (over everything, except the actual words); there are no weekends, or days off; putting yourself out there to be critiqued and reviewed; trying to balance writing with family; getting published!

The best parts: Writing in your pjs if you want; the creative process; doing what you love, every day; meeting other authors and becoming a part of the writing community; hearing from readers; sharing your words; holding your book for the first time, and seeing it on the shelf; getting published!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans? THANK YOU. Seriously, it’s that simple. J


KARMA BROWN is a National Magazine award-winning journalist, freelance writer, and author of the international bestsellers COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/HarperCollins)—a Globe & Mail Top 100 Books for 2015—and THE CHOICES WE MAKE (MIRA/HarperCollins). 

A former marketing director and copywriter, Karma now spends much time mulling plot lines in coffee shops and lives just outside Toronto with her family. 
Her third novel, IN THIS MOMENT (Park Row Books/HarperCollins), will be published June 2017.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BEAUTIFUL SECRET, by author, DANA FALETTI

Set in the lush hills of the French Ardennes and the scorched mountains of Southern Italy, Beautiful Secret is a tale of family secrets, forbidden love, and unexpected blessings.
Maria’s story unfolds in 1940’s Italy, where family ties and tradition are of utmost importance. When Maria is seduced by her cousin's fiancĂ©, she becomes pregnant, and the scandal destroys her family. Whisked away from her poor rural village of Tronca to a severe Catholic convent several mountain towns away, she gives birth to a son. Maria is under tremendous pressure to give her baby up for adoption. Against the odds, she manages to keep her child and then must find a way to get him back to the home and family that is his birth right.
Years later, after being forced to marry and emigrate to America, Maria is at the end of her life. As she lies on her deathbed in a Pittsburgh hospital, Maria shares her story with her beloved granddaughter, Tatiana.
Awash in her own marital troubles, Tatiana agrees to Maria’s dying wish – to travel to Europe and  retrieve a package from an aunt she’s never met.  When Tate journeys to the land of her ancestors, she fully expects to meet her long lost family and to lay eyes on the places that cultivated a spirit like her Nana Maria’s. What she doesn’t anticipate is falling into a forbidden love affair with a sexy French man who happens to be her distant cousin by marriage. Throughout her journey, Tate not only discovers a shocking secret that Nana Maria waited a lifetime to disclose, but she also finds that the trick to life doesn’t lie in the best laid plans but in how you react to the things you never expected.



"Maybe the trick to happiness isn't the best laid plans, but how you react to what you never planned for."


Some Q  & A with Dana:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.
I have been writing since I was very young. As a young child, I wrote short stories and silly riddles – Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seussish. In high school, poetry was a survival skill for me as I navigated the myriad of adolescent emotions in my life.  I wrote my first book when I was a junior in high school. It was a romance.
What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

I love to cook, and I love to travel. My favorite places to go are Marco Island, Florida – to relax and enjoy the beach, New York City – to eat at the best restaurants in the world and see Broadway shows, and, of course Europe – to visit my wonderful French and Italian family.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences? Yes, Maria's journey is based on the real –life story of my Nana, who became pregnant out of wedlock as a young woman in 1950's Southern Italy and gave birth to my father in a home for unwed mothers.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?

One of my favorite scenes is when Maria gives birth. Another is when Tate first arrives in Italy and has dinner under the grape arbor at her Zia Mimma's house – which is based on my Zia Mimma's house!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans? Thank you for reading Beautiful Secret! I hope the story captures your spirit and transports you to Italy and France – the places that hold my most precious 

To connect with Dana:


https://www.amazon.com/Dana-Faletti/e/B01EXDJ1JK

~author of Beautiful Secret and The Whisper Trilogy





Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ALL THE BREAKING WAVES, by author, KERRY LONSDALE

From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment―something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to―home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.


Some Q & A with Kerry:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.
Beach lover. Word surfer. Wicked cool mom. Adoring wife. Pet slave. Kid chauffeur. Family concierge. And the list goes on. Then there’s this…
I am the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle best-selling author of Everything We Keep. (Considering how much time I put into writing, revising, querying, etc. this novel, do you know how COOL it is to type those words??)
I am also a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. But my creative outlet became serious when I completed a manuscript. That’s when I was determined to make my writing into something more than a hobby.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
Activities and excursions with the family. Traveling. Reading. Hiking. Skiing. Winetasting. Shopping for shoes.

Where do you get your ideas?
Real life. I’ll come across newspaper articles or news reports and my mind will contort the stories. I like to see where I can take them.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I don’t think my challenges are different than most writers taking the same journey. My debut, Everything We Keep, went through multiple revisions before it was picked up by an agent. Then, after another revision, it had multiple rejections from large publishers. I did one final overhaul and the book was sent to a new list, and this is where things got crazy-real. Within one month, we received an offer. Within two months, there were three or four offers on the table. The book went to auction and was picked up by Lake Union Publishing. They’ve done a phenomenal job marketing the book. I couldn’t be happier.

How do you market your work?
Aside from the marketing my publisher has done, I try to stay active online. Facebook ads help to a certain extent, but the biggest support I get is through my street team/readers’ group. They help spread the word about my news via social media. They also come through in posting honest reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m very grateful for their enthusiasm and support.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on developmental edits for Everything We Left Behind, which will publish Summer 2017, as well as promotions for All the Breaking Waves, coming December 6th. After that, I have several story ideas I’m noodling and hope to work on their proposals.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?
My favorite chapter in Everything We Keep is the last chapter, or epilogue. We debated whether to keep the epilogue because at the time, I had no plans to write a sequel. But, what happens in the epilogue is the obvious conclusion for that particular character. Besides, some of my favorite stories are those where the ending isn’t tidy. The stories and characters linger long after the book is finished.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Pay-it-forward. Always help one another within the industry. The connections you make will help get you farther in the industry. Also, if you believe in your story, and your gut’s telling you not to give up, don’t. It took six years from the first word I typed on Everything We Keep to the day it was published. Believe in yourself and your work. Good things will come back to you.

Kerry Lonsdale
Wall Street Journal & #1 Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I'M NOT HER, by author, CARA SUE ACHTERBERG

Carin, a gorgeous, self-absorbed, entitled young adult, unintentionally swaps lives with Leann, an uneducated, perennially poor, morbidly obese check-out clerk. When Carin’s boyfriend and mother don’t recognize her in her Shop n Save apron and no-name sneakers, she has no choice but to assume Leann’s sad life. 

Meanwhile, Leann wakes up in a body and life much like the soap opera stars she loves. More than a case of trading places, I'm Not Her explores the question of whether appearances or circumstances make us who we are. 

It's a surprising tale about the way the world sees us and the courses we are on.

Some Q & A with Cara:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.

Ever since I got my little pink princess diary with the tiny lock and key when I was six, I’ve written. For me, it’s compulsive. It’s how I sort out my life and figure out what I really think. That said, I never considered being a writer. I studied music and business in college. It wasn’t until I decided to stay home full-time with my three young children that I got serious about writing. I sent a piece to my local newspaper about raising kids to be voters and they published it. Then I began writing articles for magazines on parenting and organic living (my passion) and they actually paid me! I’d been writing stories but never had the nerve to show them to anyone, but getting money for my writing gave me courage and set the ball in motion. Now fiction writing is my favorite part of my day.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

I foster dogs for a nonprofit rescue that saves dogs from high-kill shelters in the south, bringing them northward to be fostered and adopted. I am committed (possibly addicted) to this work and typically have at least one dog, and many times an entire litter of puppies in my care.

Where do you get your ideas?

I’m a serious people watcher and my ideas come from imagining what it would be like to be the person in the car next to me at the light or in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or passing me on the boardwalk. Sometimes I find ideas in music – country music is littered with stories. I think paying attention is the key. I can’t imagine what writer’s block would be like—my problem is too many ideas.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I pitched I’m Not Her far and wide and no one seemed to ‘get it.’ I rewrote it three times trying to figure out what would set the hook. I workshopped it and everyone loved it. Finally, after nearly three years of trying, I shelved it and turned to other projects and my freelance work. A year later, on a whim, I entered it in a contest. I was a runner-up and won an ipad mini, which was awesome, but then the publisher contacted me directly and asked about the manuscript and my other work, which was even more awesome. I put him in touch with my agent and a month later I had a three book deal. I’ve always been a big believer that when you finally let go of the outcome, good things find you. It was pretty much the same situation when I found my hubby (except there wasn’t a contest!). I stopped looking and he found me.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you’d change?

I would have worked harder on my platform and learned more about getting reviews and getting the word out. So much is dependent on the author now. Books don’t just happen. As much as I’d like to live in a world where I could just write and someone else would sell my book, that rarely happens anymore. You have to partner with your publisher. They won’t/can’t do it for you.

What are you working on now?

Since I’m Not Her was published, the second book of my book deal has come out. It’s titled, Girls’ Weekend, and tells the story of three moms who escape for a weekend away and don’t come back. They wrestle with universal mom questions of who we become and what we sacrifice in the name of motherhood. My third book is in the copyediting phase and will release in June 2017. It’s titled, Practicing Normal.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?

When I was a kid, my mom worked tirelessly to help less-privileged people, and as a young adult I worked with Habitat for Humanity and the I Have a Dream Foundation. Those experiences made me question the assumptions we make about people based on their economic situation and their appearance. I’m Not Her grew out of those ideas plus my natural habit of people watching. I began to wonder, what if I was morbidly obese and poor and grew up in a culture of disrespect and never went to college.….who would I be? I simply asked the question and then followed the story where it took me.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?

I love the scene in the church with the red F#*^-me pumps (can I say that?). I won’t say more. You’ll have to read it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write honestly because you love to write. Set goals and deadlines for yourself. Write from your heart. Be the writer you are, not the writer you think you should be. Learn everything you can. Focus on your craft and be patient. It will happen in its own time.
  
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

If you love a book, write a review. That’s the best way to support an author (that, and paying full-price for their book!) Oh, and-- adopt a rescue dog. Spay and neuter your pets. And thanks for reading!

Author Bio:

Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals. Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller. Her second novel, Girls’ Weekend was published May 2016. Cara’s nonfiction book, Live Intentionally, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for living a more intentional life. Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites. Links to her blogs, news about upcoming publications, and pictures of her foster dogs can be found at CaraWrites.com.

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