August 2020, Vol. 22


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases 
  2. Women's Fiction: with Historical Elements Reads
  3. Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcasts

Read ON!

Welcome to WFWA's reader-focused newsletter, Read ON!

Check your inbox on the last Wednesday of every month for new women's fiction books that you'll want to read!

Check out our series of author-interview podcasts!

Debut Author Podcasts

Quick links to past episodes:

Elizabeth Gauffreau (Telling Sonny)

 Kelly Duran (Can't Take It Back)

 Jae Hodges (The Rose and the Whip)

 Jamie Beck (If You Must Know)

 Sharina Harris  (Im)perfectly Happy

 Kathleen West (Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes)

 Alison Hammer (You and Me and Us)

Sally Suen (Crystal Cove)

 Diane Byington (If She Had Stayed)

Donna Koros Stramella (Coffee Killed My Mother)

 Rebecca Hodge (Wildland)

Barbara Linn Probst (Queen of the Owls)

Joanne Kukanza Easley (Sweet Jane)

Linda Rosen (The Disharmony of Silence)

Michelle Davis (Learning to Bend)

Kimmery Martin (The Queen of Hearts)

Heather Frimmer (Bedside Manners)

Marianne Hansen (The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger)

Find Great Books on Goodreads

Did you know all of the women’s fiction books by WFWA members are on a Goodreads shelf? You can find them here.

Recent Releases

We now have a special Monthly Highlights shelf on Goodreads, where you can get full information on the books listed below. Thanks for reading, reviewing, and sharing with your friends!

Nowhere Near Goodbye
by Barbara Conrey
A mother’s love vs. a doctor’s oath. Nowhere Near Goodbye is a story of family, failure, and second chances.



For more information, please visit Barbara's website. 

Many a Sudden Change
by Tricia Hopper Zacher
When Clarice’s only daughter is killed in a car accident, everyone expects her to raise him. Instead, she goes in search of his estranged father. Matthew, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, is excited to at last meet his son—but suffering from PTSD, he appears no more equipped to raise Eric than Clarice. A child's unusual way of being and unique view of life force Clarice and Matthew to confront their losses and past mistakes...and to make a decision that will forever change all of their lives..


For more information, please visit Tricia's website. 

A Little Bit of Grace
by Phoebe Fox

                                                                             When heartbroken, duty-bound Grace Adams travels to a tropical paradise to meet a woman claiming to be a long-lost relative, she never expects Millie—an octogenarian matchmaker who lives life beyond the fullest. A heartfelt, funny story about family and forgiveness, starting over when the happy ending ends, and handling it all with a little bit of grace. 

 For more information, please visit Phoebe's website. 

Blackhorse Road
by Merida Johns

A compelling tale of romance and womanhood, family secrets, and the power of choice, gratitude, and forgiveness. “Novel readers seeking a tale that closely considers deception and forgiveness, love gained and lost, and family ties will welcome the multifaceted Blackhorse Road’s ability to come full circle in a satisfyingly unexpected way.” - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

For more information, please visit Merida's website. 

Women's Fiction: Summer Reads

Kick back and enjoy the end of the season with these summer escapes.


Sweet Jane

by Joanne Kukanza Easley  




Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophies

by Kathleen West 




More Than

by Diane Barnes




Everything You Are

by Kerry Anne King





by Lita Harris 






by Debra Whiting Alexander




 You Outta Know

by Sue Phillips




Sandshell Island

by Pamela Raleigh




The Ingredients of Us

by Jennifer Gold  




A Life Without Water

by Marci Bolden  




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Shawn Keller Cooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in administration of criminal justice and political science. Prior to her concentration on creative writing, she was a journalist, editorial photographer, newspaper editor, and award-winning columnistHer professional affiliations include Women’s Fiction Writers Association, North Carolina Writers’ Network, Women’s National Book Association, Charlotte chapter, and the Charlotte Writers Club. Her publishing affiliations include Ingram Spark, IndieBound, and the Southern Independent Book Alliance. She lives at Lake Norman, North Carolina, with her husband, Jim, their two children, and two cats and a dog.

Listen to the interview with Shawn.

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