February 2021, Vol. 28


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:

Anita Kushwaha (Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters)                   ___________________________

Barbara Conrey (Nowhere Near Goodbye)                                           ___________________________

J.L Cole (Silver Heights)                 ___________________________

Susan Payne (Forever Kind of Woman)

A.H. Kim (A Good Family)

Tricia Zacher (Many a Sudden Change)

Amanda Brainerd (Age of Consent)

Lindsey Cook (How to Bury Your Brother)

Stephanie Newman (Barbarians at the PTA)

Pamela Raliegh (Sandshell Island)

Anju Gattani (Duty and Desire)

Tracey Enerson Wood (The Engineer's Wife)                               ____________________________

Jaqueline Kang (The Club)   ____________________________

Carole Lahines (Someday Everything Will All Make Sense)   ____________________________

Diane Barnes (More Than)

William Schreiber (Someone to Watch Over)

Dianne Romain (The Trumpet Lesson)

Lisa Braxton (The Talking Drum)

Sherri Leimkuhler (What's Left Untold)

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!

A Flood of Posies
by Tiffany Meuret

Sisters, Doris and Thea, exist worlds apart, despite living within a few miles of one another. When a storm of biblical proportions strikes, the wayward sisters are begrudgingly forced together as the rain waters rise, each attempting to survive both the flood and each other.


For more information, please visit Tiffany's website. 

Not My Boy
by Kelly Simmons
When Hannah packs up her past and moves to the cottage next-door to her sister, she hopes the luxe neighborhood and close family ties will be the perfect escape for her son and the shadows that trail them. But when a young girl goes missing days after they unload their final boxes and her son is quickly thrown under suspicion, Hannah must do whatever it takes to protect her child. 

 For more information, please visit Kelly's website. 

Cook's Cove
by Judy Leslie

Jenny promises her eccentric aunt she will run the antique shop and live in the hundred-year-old house in Cook’s Cove when her aunt dies. But is she prepared to give up her career, lifestyle, and fiancé in San Francisco, California for a life in a small Northwestern coastal town to fulfill that promise?


For more information, please visit Judy's website. 

Blind Turn
by Cara Sue Achterberg

Liz Johnson single-handedly raised an exemplary daughter—honor student, track star, and all-around good kid—despite the disapproval of her father and her small town. Could that same teenager be responsible for the death of the high school’s beloved football coach? This is Texas, where high school football ranks right up there with God. While the legal battle wages, the public deals its own verdict, and Liz must find a way to save her daughter, and in so doing--herself.

 For more information, please visit Cara Sue's website. 

Women's Fiction: Women's Fiction with Romance

Celebrate the month of Cupid and Saint Valentine by indulging in these Women's Fiction stories with a healthy dose of Romance.


Stand in the Sun

by Elle Stephens 




Forks, Knives, and Spoons

by Leah DeCesare




Reaching Riverdale

by Geeta Schrayter




Courting Greta

by Ramsey Hootman




A Promise of Fireflies

by Susan Haught




The Summer Breeze 

by Shail Rajan




 What It Is

by Kit Sergeant




Dictatorship of the Dress

by Jessica Topper




One Good Friend Deserves Another

by Lisa Verge Higgins 




Another Place on the Planet

by T. A Munroe




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Now a resident of the Tar Heel state, Michele Levy lived a nomadic life growing up, living in
Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Her college degree in history and her
love of language and literature steered her to UNC for graduate studies, where the field of
Comparative Literature provided the perfect avenue to explore all her interests. Once she moved
to New Orleans with her husband, she become an assistant professor, teaching and publishing on
Russian and European authors while raising three children, and eventually chairing her
department. Her life-long passion for the distinctive richness and vitality of the Balkan culture, a
painful amalgam of both East and West, led her to study and eventually publish on the literature
and history of that region and ultimately, provided the rich background for her debut novel.

Listen to the interview with Michele.

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