Monday, May 16, 2022

CRAZY TO LEAVE YOU by author MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN (out 5/24)

From the author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects comes a witty, bighearted novel about the happy accidents that lead to love and second chances.

Forty-one years old, the last of her friends to marry, and down to a size 12, Lauren Leo is in her gown and about to tie the knot. There’s just one thing missing: the groom. With one blindsiding text, Lauren is unceremoniously dumped at the altar.

In the aftermath, her mother is an endless well of unsolicited advice (Stay on your diet and freeze your eggs). Her sisters only add to the Great Humiliation: one is planted on Lauren’s couch while the other is too perfect.

Picking her heart up off the floor, Lauren turns to her work in advertising as she gathers courage to move on and plan her next step. She should know by now that nothing in life goes according to plan. What lies ahead is the road to self-acceptance and at long last feeling worthy. With a new way to measure love and success, Lauren chucks her scale—and finds a second chance in the most unexpected place.



Reviews

“Poignant and funny, Crazy To Leave You is chock full of Rothstein’s signature fast-paced, smart dialogue and brimming with wit. A heartfelt, delicious story.” —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

Crazy to Leave You is the funniest book I’ve read in practically forever. Lauren Leo, who’s been jilted at the altar at forty-one, is sarcastic, lovable, brave, and drop-dead hilarious—in other words, perfect. As she makes her way through the humiliation of her postwedding world, not only does she have to deal with some pretty rough dieting decisions, but she’s also got some needy sisters, a judgmental mom, a crazy work life, and waaay too many wedding presents. Plus, there’s the really big question on everyone’s mind: Is anybody ever going to love her again? Trust me: this book will have you snort-laughing from page one. Do not be drinking hot liquids while you read.” —Maddie Dawson, author of The Magic of Found Objects

“I’ve been eagerly awaiting Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s next novel, and Crazy to Leave You exceeded my expectations. From some of the funniest one-liners I’ve read in years to a cast of all-too-relatable characters, this witty, heartfelt story of one woman’s attempt to live on her own terms after her fiancé leaves her lifted my spirits and reminded me of what a gift it is to have choices—even the kind that take some warming up to. This is exactly the book we all need right now.” —Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You

“With her trademark wit and wisdom, Marilyn Simon Rothstein brings us her most delightful and disarming heroine yet in Lauren Leo, a jilted fortysomething bride who finds her superpower. Fun, funny, and smart, Crazy to Leave You will keep you turning the pages and aching to offer your own shoulder to cry on as Lauren turns her tale of woe into a tower of strength. If you haven’t yet experienced the sheer joy of a Marilyn Simon Rothstein novel, this is a perfect place to start.” —Jamie Brenner, author of Blush

Author interview with Marilyn ~

Tell us about your new novel, Crazy to Leave You.

I guess you could say I spent decades of my life researching this book about a scale-obsessed advertising executive in the world’s most dysfunctional Jewish family--not including my own, of course. Yes, I looked deep into my refrigerator, found the Dr. Brown’s Diet Cream soda, and invented the fictional character of Lauren Leo, a 41-year-old left at the altar by a man she first kissed back of Bunk 8 when she was thirteen at a sleepaway camp named after a rabbi. 


My discovery of Lauren Leo was followed by her body-shaming size four mother, in-laws more irritating than vaginitis, a best friend who presents a vibrator as a something-blue wedding gift, a younger sister--so perfect she demands to be disliked--and Margo Lamour, a soap opera star. Add an old-fashioned boss who never saw a skirt he thought was too short. A scale that finds its way under water. And at last, a hot limo driver named Rudy Cohen.


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

 I am pretty sure I wrote in the womb. I have been married 45 years to a man I met in an elevator. I have two daughters, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren. I would tell you how fabulous my children are but there’s not enough room here. My lifetime hobbies are reading and writing.

 

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

I enjoy being with my family. I like big gatherings around the round table in my kitchen. Hours in, someone says “Shouldn’t we get up and go for a walk?” But we never do. That’s what qualified me to write a book about a woman who tosses her scale into a bath tub filled with water.

 

How do you start your day (a routine of sorts?)

Yoga—or is it yogurt?

 

Finish this: “I can’t write without…”

Beating myself up first.

 

If I had to spend a week on a deserted island, I would need…

The Sunday New York Times, coffee, a bagel--and a boat to get back to the mainland.

 

What career did you think you’d have as an adult?

I thought I would demonstrate men’s razors in Macy’s.

 

What is something about you that people would surprise people?

My kitten spent the night in the freezer and survived.


To connect with Marilyn~

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Monday, May 9, 2022

NO MORE LIES, by author KERRY LONSDALE (No More Series Book #2 ~ out May 10th!)

Secrets and lies shadow a woman on the run in the second novel in the No More trilogy by Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.

Jenna Mason’s life seems perfect: a successful career as an animator, a town house near the beach, and an adoring son, Josh, whose artistic talent looks as promising as his mother’s. But there’s something nobody realizes about Jenna. She used to be Lily Carson, a young mother on the run from a secret no one must ever know.

After years of constantly relocating, Jenna concedes to her son’s request to settle down. He wants to make friends. He wants some stability. He wants to feel normal. She convinces herself they’re safe. Until a reporter discovers who Jenna really is, bringing her estranged father to her doorstep. When he threatens to expose her carefully fabricated life for the lie that it is, Jenna has no choice but to run again.

But just as she’s about to go off the grid, Josh disappears, forcing Jenna to seek out the one person she never thought she’d see again: Josh’s father.

Some Q & A with Kerry ~

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

What most of us authors enjoy: Reading. I also enjoy long walks, traveling, coffee with friends, wine tasting, and redecorating. Ha! This reads like the answer to a dating app.

If I had to spend a week on a deserted island, I would need…

Water, liquor, and sunscreen. Oh! Snacks, too. And a book. Add a bathing suit and beach towel while you’re at it. Maybe a satellite phone too.

What career did you think you’d have as an adult?

Not this, that’s for sure. But the dream to write and be published was always there.

 

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. TV, the news, my neighbors… You. (I saw what you were doing last night.)

 

Do you have a manuscript(s) in your drawer? If so, will it ever see the light of day?

Yes, Kristen’s story. She’s a character from the Everything series. If it ever sees the light of day, and that’s a BIG if, it would be a prequel of sorts.

 

Do you have a go-to first reader after you feel your manuscript is ready?

My editor. I write on deadline and use up all the time I have to write the first draft. He’s the first to lay eyes on it.

 

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’m not big into hindsight. But with that said, I’d structure my debut differently. The romance and mystery would stay, but I’d hype up the suspense.

 

 

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Friday, May 6, 2022

LOVE'S JOURNEY HOME, a memoir, by author GABI COATSWORTH (out May 7th!)

When Gabi and Jay first fell passionately in love, they lived on different continents. Separated for nine years by circumstances and distance, they eventually found a way to marry. Over three decades though, alcoholism tore them apart, and Gabi moved on.

Then a fatal diagnosis forced them both to make decisions. Without love, Jay’s final journey would be lonely and hard, and Gabi knew she had to return to care for him.
But she never expected to fall in love again.
This moving memoir doesn’t shy away from the realities of life, but the relationship between these two lovers, tested by separations, alcoholism, and to its ultimate limit by pancreatic cancer, proves that love—and a sense of humor—can conquer anything, even death.
 

Reviews~

Many readers will connect with Coatsworth's story of building a family and navigating single motherhood, remarriage, divorce, and the unthinkable. She shares her story with candor, wisdom, and heart, and lays bare her feelings about facing those challenges with rare vulnerability.
Takeaway: A beautifully told true-life love story, facing addiction and death with candor and wisdom. - BookLife
 
This memoir is hauntingly beautiful. The images, the language, the storytelling—gorgeous. The author grabs our hand and takes us with her on a journey through love and other emotional worlds—the parts of ourselves we see when we take the time to be with ourselves. She lets us look under the band-aids at wounds as they're healing. Perhaps it's ample evidence to say I read the book in two sittings; I didn't want to put it down." Colleen Alles, author
 Skinny Vanilla Crisis

This memoir is full of fast-paced dialog and vivid stories of two lives at its center. It moves from romance to the reality of daily living with another person, and ultimately to the struggle to deal with sickness and death. Touching and beautifully written, it strikes so many chords about love, marriage, and family. - C. Lee Mackenzie, author of 
Shattered

Author interview with Gabi ~ 

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

I’m British by birth, though I’ve lived in America for over half my life. Work brought me here, and love was why I stayed. I always liked reading and writing. Beginning in elementary school I had to write weekly short stories, and that was my favorite subject. Later, as a working single mom, I had no time for writing, so I started again once I had time to take a class, and never looked back. This book took me five years to finish, because it needed so much polishing and I wasn’t writing every day. But the pandemic changed that, so now I join daily Zoom write-ins with fellow members of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, which has saved my sanity!

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

If I’m not reading, writing, or traveling, you’ll find me in my flower garden, wondering whether to weed, and holding a cup of my preferred beverage, strong English tea. The rest of the time she’s working on her next novel.

How do you start your day (a routine of sorts?)

I do yoga every morning and have done since my twenties. It keeps me limber and ready to go. Yoga, followed by a cup of tea, and I’m ready to head for my desk.

Finish this: “I can’t write without…”

Apart from tea, of course, I need a window in front of me, so I can look out and daydream a little.

What career did you think you’d have as an adult?

I thought I’d be a newsreader on the television, which was odd, since there were no women newscasters (as they called them in England, at the time). I guess, as one of five sisters, I just wanted to be seen.

What is something about you that people would surprise people?

They might be surprised to know that I speak several languages, including, French, Spanish, some Russian, and fluent Polish. (My father was Polish and I studied it in college.)

 

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?

Who has time for a day job?

 

Where do you get your ideas?

With a memoir, life gives you the story, of course. When I’m writing a novel, I’ll use something I’ve heard or seen as a starting point, and set the book in a place I know – even if it’s an imaginary town made up of several real ones.

 

Do you have a manuscript(s) in your drawer? If so, will it ever see the light of day?

I have at least two novels in a drawer, and I may get back to them one day, though I’d probably have to rewrite them completely!

 

If I wasn’t an author, I might be…?

Incredibly bored!

 

Do you have a go-to first reader after you feel your manuscript is ready?

I have a group of writing friends who read every single word and explain to me why I need to make it better before it is good enough to send to my agent. 😊

 

Is there a particular author or book that influenced or inspired your writing or decision to write?

I love a good storyteller above all. The classics, like Austen and Dickens, fall into that category for me, though my writing is nothing like theirs, of course.

 

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published (or this book?)

This is my first book, and although I already had an agent for my novel, I knew she wouldn’t be able to make enough money on it to make it worth her while to take this on. After all, I haven’t been abducted by aliens, and I’m not a celebrity – not yet, though you never know. So I shopped it to small indie publishers, and got offers from two of them. I went with Atmosphere Press in Texas.

 

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

I think I needed all the writing and publishing experiences I had along the way to help me build my writing and marketing skills. Plus the resilience and perseverance that any writer needs if they’re going to succeed in this world of books

 

How do you market your work?

Largely through social media, and through online interviews, (like this one, or on podcasts). I have videos of me reading extracts from the book on YouTube, giveaways on Goodreads, and I publish extracts on my blog, so a reader can get some idea of how I write and what the book’s about. I think that’s helped readers to get to know me, and perhaps to want to find out more by reading Love’s Journey Home.

 

What are you working on now?

My first novel is doing the rounds of traditional publishers via my agent, so I’m working on the sequel.

 

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?

That’s a tricky question, because my memoir is a mixture of romance - when I first fell in love with my American husband – reality, when marriage to him didn’t turn out to be a happy-ever-after as I hoped—and then a return to loving him when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. So the tone of the book varies, but there’s humor threaded through all of it.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? I always advise any writer to begin by writing badly. What I mean by that is: if you aim to write badly, you’ll succeed! A lot of writers get stuck and don’t write because they think it won’t be good enough, which it probably won’t – to start with. But at least you’ll have something on paper that you can fix!

 

What are the downfalls of your writing career? The best parts?

The hardest thing to do for me is to send my work out – in case someone doesn’t like it! But I’ve gotten used to not worrying when my work is rejected, because I realize that not everyone will ’get’ it. I remind myself that it only takes one person who believes in it to make things happen.

 

Favorite book and/or movie?

I’m loving Ted Lasso on Apple TV right now, because there’s so much kindness in it, and from a writer’s point of view, the character development is as good as the storyline. As for a favorite book…I love books by Kate Atkinson, and my go-to comfort reading is anything by the queen of Regency romance, Georgette Heyer, for her elegant writing and sense of humor. 

 

Place you’d like to travel?

I’d like to go back to Egypt to the Valley of the Kings. I visited Alexandria, Cairo, and the pyramids on a school trip when I was seventeen and would love to go back.

 

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

Without readers, a book is not a book. And there are a lot of wonderful books out there, I know. Which is why I appreciate so much anyone who wants to read my memoir, and even more when they let me know what they think of it (good or bad).

 

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Monday, May 2, 2022

IN HER DEFENSE, by author AMY IMPELLIZZERI (releases May 3rd!)

Ingrid DiLaurio lives in Riversedge, New York, four express train stops from Manhattan. Don't be fooled: With its tree-lined Main Street, and quaint ambiance, Riversedge is only impersonating a small town. While it’s a place small enough for everyone to know each other’s secrets, few do. The town revolves around the prestigious Riversedge Law Club, where deals are made and cases are resolved and where Ingrid DiLaurio - a former lawyer turned nationally recognized podcast host - has never once been made to feel welcome. 

When Ingrid’s husband, Peter, is found dead, and Ingrid's former friend, Opal, is arrested as the prime suspect, the press quickly seizes on Opal's past as a single mom and stripper. Ingrid’s first priority is protecting herself and her son, Drake, along with her business, from salacious gossip. But when Opal finds herself in desperate need of a defense lawyer, she tells Ingrid she wants to call in a “favor,” and Ingrid reluctantly returns to the law for one last case.

As the trial unfolds, Ingrid realizes quickly that she has taken on more than she bargained for, including Opal’s dark past, a corrupt judge, a blackmailing prosecutor, another dead body, and a black tinted car that follows her everywhere. Ingrid resolves to do anything to win the case. Anything that is, except tell the truth.

Author reviews ~

“Along the lines of Big Little Lies … Secrets are rife in Riversedge, and the characters clearly know more than they are letting on. But Impellizeri does a good job of teasing out pieces of the puzzle without readers feeling like they have been cheated … A former corporate lawyer, she writes crackling courtroom drama … this is the auspicious beginning to a series. Grabs the reader from the get-go, a compelling invitation to join the club.” Kirkus Reviews

"Impellizzeri delivers in In Her Defense, intricately weaving a psychological suspense and a gripping legal thriller into one bang of a book. A twisty, winding road of deceit, betrayal, and the extent to which someone will go to conceal the truth. I gobbled it up." Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife & Stranger in the Lake

"A brilliantly crafted and fascinatingly insightful morality tale - an unlikely alliance of two strong women each with a powerful secret that could destroy the other." Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling author, Mary Higgins Clark and five-time Agatha Award Winner

​​​​​​​"An on the-edge-of-your-seat, can't-put-down-read! In between all the legal maneuverings, Impellizzeri's characters are flawed and poignant, their relationships are multi-layered, and the end is truly both tender and surprising." Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year​​​

"IN HER DEFENSE is an intricately plotted, compelling legal drama with heart-and a twist ending that you won't see coming!" Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told (formerly published as Are You Sleeping and now an Apple TV+ series)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"Finally--the female-driven, character-rich, John Grisham-style legal thriller I've been waiting for...." Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Author interview with Amy ~

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

I was a corporate litigator for over 13 years. I took a one year sabbatical over a decade ago and I’m still on it! I didn’t actually leave the law to write a book, but as I started to catch my breath and regroup away from my legal career, I reconnected with my first love: writing.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I actually started out as a non-fiction writer and I still write non-fiction. The first book contract I received was for Lawyer Interrupted and I have another non-fiction book coming out later this year, How to Leave the Law, co-written with Harvard grad and former law partner, Liz Brown.

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?

Yes! I do marketing and development work for my kids’ private school, and I’m also an adjunct professor in the Drexel University MFA in Creative Writing program. I feel lucky to have a full plate of creative activities. And I always tell aspiring writers - Don’t quit your day job! It helps take the pressure off as the writing biz is so erratic and unpredictable. By keeping this balance, I feel fulfilled by my writing career rather than stressed about it.

Do you have a go-to first reader after you feel your manuscript is ready?

My sisters are my first readers. I trust them to ask questions and help me fill in the blanks in the early stages. For the new Riversedge Law Club Series, my agent, Liza Fleissig, has been instrumental in the early stages as well.

Do you have a favorite character?

I loved writing the two female characters in this book: Ingrid and Opal. Both are strong women and mothers and both are trying to get their own second chances. I hope readers enjoy these characters as much as I do!

What are you working on now?

Finalizing Book 2 of the Riversedge Law Club Series - entitled Barr None, a story of corruption, secrets, and murder with Carly Jenner, the law clerk from the trial in In Her Defense, at the center of it all. Readers can get a sneak peek when they purchase the paperback edition of In Her Defense.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

WATCH OUT FOR HER, by author SAMANTHA M. BAILEY (out April 26th!)

Wherever you go… she’ll be watching.

Sarah Goldman, mother to six-year-old Jacob, is relieved to move across the country. She has a lot she wants to leave behind, especially Holly Monroe, the pretty twenty-two-year-old babysitter she and her husband, Daniel, hired to take care of their young son last summer. It started out as a perfect arrangement—Sarah had a childminder her son adored, and Holly found the mother figure she’d always wanted. But Sarah’s never been one to trust very easily, so she kept a close eye on Holly, maybe too close at times. What she saw raised some questions, not only about who Holly really was but what she was hiding. The more Sarah watched, the more she learned—until one day, she saw something she couldn’t unsee, something so shocking that all she could do was flee.

Sarah has put it all behind her and is starting over in a different city with her husband and son. They’ve settled into a friendly suburb where the neighbors, a tight clique of good citizens, are always on the lookout for danger. But when Sarah finds hidden cameras in her new home, she has to wonder: Has her past caught up to her, and worse yet, who’s watching her now?

A tense psychological thriller about a mother who must keep watch at all times if she wants to keep her family safe.

Reviews

“Yet again, one of our most beloved thriller writers brings us a story with the heart of a family drama and the pulse of an edge-of-your-seat spine-chiller. Filled with foreboding from the very first page, this one will keep you up all night—and have you checking the locks!”
— 
MARISSA STAPLEYNew York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick Lucky

“A cleverly written, twisty, and brilliantly creepy thriller. With compelling characters intertwined with obsession, lies, simmering menace, and secrets at its heart, this is a page-turner which drew me in and kept me hooked. A real must-read!”
— 
KAREN HAMILTON, internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend

“A tense and claustrophobic thriller in which Bailey makes you question whether the heart of a family is a place of safety or danger. Paranoia, obsession, and secrets ensure a twisty read.”
— 
GILLY MACMILLANNew York Times bestselling author of What She Knew 

“Creepy, surprising, and relentlessly tense, 
Watch Out for Her is so much more than a thriller; it’s an unflinching exploration of the roles we allow women to fill. With dark secrets and cliffhangers galore, this thrill ride will keep you up long past your bedtime. I couldn’t put it down.”
— 
ANDREA BARTZNew York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick We Were Never Here

Author interview ~

Finish this: “I can’t write without…” 

I can’t write without coffee.

If I had to spend a week on a deserted island, I would need:

Books, notebooks, pens, coffee, and music.

What career did you think you’d have as an adult? 

I thought I’d be a psychologist.

What is something about you that people would surprise people?

I used to be a competitive jazz dancer, but both stage fright and being only five feet tall halted my dance career. It was the last time I gave up on something I really wanted.

 

Do you have a go-to first reader after you feel your manuscript is ready?

 

My first reader is always Meredith Schorr, an incredibly talented rom com author who tells it like it is and nails me to the wall so I can rewrite and achieve my best work possible.

 

 

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?

 

While I do wish it hadn’t taken twenty years for me to accomplish my goal of a traditional publishing deal, I don’t think I’d change anything. Over those two decades of writing book after book, getting close then getting rejected, and all the blood, sweat, and tears I shed, I developed an iron will to succeed, a very tough skin, and found an incredible community of authors and readers. As we all know, publishing is both an exhilarating and brutal business, and perhaps I was meant to be older and maybe more experienced when I finally achieved a few of my biggest dreams.

 

 

What is a bestselling book you’ve been itching to read?

 

In my Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead and Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett. Both look absolutely fantastic.

 

 

What was some unique research you had to do for a book?

 

In WATCH OUT FOR HER, Sarah, one of my main characters, is a photographer and a voyeur, though she doesn’t watch people for sexual pleasure. Rather, she watches to find the missing pieces of her own identity. I am not a voyeur, but I’ve always loved people watching. I both needed to learn more about photography, which I discovered I have a passion for, and also the kinds of lenses and camera capabilities needed to take photos in someone’s bedroom from a distance. Of course, I only aimed the camera into my own windows, but it definitely felt awkward doing it from the street.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

 

If I could help aspiring authors in any way, I’d say that it might not be fast and it definitely won’t be easy, but dreams do come true. Take risks, accept critiques, find your writer community, and never ever give up. It’s so worth it.

 

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?


I’d love to say thank you. I’m so grateful, stunned, and overwhelmed, in the best way, by the support and love of my readers. The beautiful reviews, messages, comments, and incredible help I’ve received promoting my books makes me feel very lucky. 

Samantha M. Bailey is the USA TODAY and #1 nationally bestselling author of WOMAN ON THE EDGE, which has sold in eleven countries to date. She is also a journalist and freelance editor; her work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Village Post, The Thrill Begins, and The Crime Hub, among other publications. WATCH OUT FOR HER is her second novel. Samantha lives in Toronto, where she can usually be found tapping away at her computer or curled up on her couch with a book.


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