Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Star Award Contest finalists from Women's Fiction Writer's Association

I’m Laura Drake, the Star Award Contest Chair for Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). We began this contest to recognize outstanding published Women’s Fiction. 

The Star Award only has two categories-General and Debut. It’s open to all WF novels from contemporary to historical, commercial to literary, with romance or without, as long as the focus is on the main character’s emotional journey.

You’re in for a treat today, because I have THREE debut novels to tell you about! They are the finalists in the Debut Category, which means it is the author’s first book, in any genre. The books are out for final judging, and the winner will be announced at our annual retreat in Albuquerque on September 23.

Here are our finalists (in no particular order):

Tiffany McDanielThe Summer That Melted Everything
Published by: St. Martin’s Press

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

Julie Christine JohnsonIn Another Life
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark

Three men are trapped in time. One woman could save them all.
Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region's quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life-and about her husband's death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think.

Steeped in the rich history and romantic landscape of rural France, In Another Life is a story of love that conquers time, and the lost loves that haunt us all.

Marilyn Simon RothsteinLift and Separate
Published by: Amazon Digital Services

Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.
Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.

If you like Women’s Fiction, or even if you’ve never read the genre, you can’t go wrong, reading these!


  1. Thanks, Laura, for sharing this with lovers of women's fiction. All three of these books sound great and I can't wait to read them. Congratulations and good luck to the Star Award finalists! :)

  2. Hi Karen, I agree. You can't beat WFWA for great women's fiction. :)

  3. What a great group of books! I am so happy to have found this blog and can't wait to explore some of the past posts.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I try to feature mostly new releases, but not always. You can never have too many good books recommended, right? :)