2021 Rising Star Finalists, in alphabetical order:

Clare Barnett: The Roost

MG Colangelo: I’d Hate Me, Too

Michelle Cruz: The Devils I Know

Karen Kroll: A Matter of Perspective

Hadley Leggett: A Better Mother

 


 

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Mary Beth Magee has just released Jumpstart The Creativity in Your Writing: Tools for Writers at All Stages and the companion workbook Sixty Days to Greater Writing Creativity.

Liz Flaherty is pleased to have signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press to publish Life’s Too Short for White Walls.

Lucy Cafiero announces that her novel The Purple Lily was published on July 22 under the pen name LC Ahl.

Sue Kraus's debut novel Finding Mister A Match was released on July 24.

Michelle Michels is thrilled to announce she signed with agent Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency for her debut women's fiction novel.

Penny Haw’s debut historical fiction Aleen has been purchased by Erin McClary of Sourcebooks as part of a two-book deal, negotiated by her agent Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. It will be published in 2022.

Julia Brewer Daily is excited to announce the launch of her debut novel No Names to Be Given on August 3 by Admission Press, Inc.

Anisha Bhatia is excited to announce her debut novel The Rules of Arrangement was launched on July 13 from Alcove Press in the US and titled What Are We Doing About Zoya? from Headline/Hachette Book Group in the UK and Commonwealth.

Elizabeth de Veer is very excited to announce that her debut novel The Ocean in Winter was launched on July 6, published by Blackstone Publishing.

Lyn Liao Butler is excited to announce her debut novel The Tiger Mom's Tale was launched on July 6 from Berkley/PRH.

Ginny Fite and three co-authors using the pen name Lee Anne Post are delighted to announce their collaborative title Thoughts & Prayers will be released on October 26 by Sunbury Press.

Samantha Specks is excited to announce her historical fiction book Dovetails in Tall Grass is coming out in August.

Renee Ryan signed a new deal with Harlequin for two more historical women's fiction novels. 

 Regina Black's debut The Art of Scandal has been acquired by Grand Central Publishing.   

Eileen Joyce Donovan's historical fiction A Lady Newspaperman's Dilemma won the When Words Count national competition and was offered a publishing contract by Woodhall Press. Her short story "The Gifts Santa Forgot" is a finalist for inclusion in the Christmas edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul

 Joy Don Baker and Terri Goodman are excited that the third book in the Nurseketeers series, Silent Struggle, is now available. 

Joanne Tailele is so excited that The Crittenton Girls was published by Simon Publishing in June.

Barbara Josselsohn is thrilled to announce that her fourth novel The Lily Garden (Bookouture) was released on July 2.

Jenn Bouchard's debut novel First Course received an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category of the 2021 San Francisco Book Festival awards.

Jennifer Gold is delighted to share that her novel Keep Me Afloat won an International Book Award for Women's Fiction and was a finalist in their General Fiction category. 

Ashley E. Sweeney is pleased to announce that her 2020 novel Answer Creek recently won two awards: Best Second Novel in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Best West-Mountain Fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). Answer Creek also placed as one of five finalists for the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award.

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