Tuesday, November 29, 2016


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.

twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterKarma
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterKarma/?fref=ts
Website: http://karmakbrown.com/
Instagram: @WriterKarma

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


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:


~author of Beautiful Secret and The Whisper Trilogy

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


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

Join the Beach Club for exclusive book news & giveaways.

***Out now: Everything We Keep***
***Coming December 6, 2016All the Breaking Waves***
***Coming Summer 2017: Everything We Left Behind***