January 2021, Vol. 27


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:

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!

The Brass Queen
by Elizabeth Chatsworth

In a steampunk England, eccentric aristocrat and secret arms-dealer, Miss Constance Haltwhistle, must marry or lose her ancestral estate. But when villains kidnap her scientist friends, she’s forced to team up with a handsome but annoying cowboy-spy to retrieve them. Soon, she’s on a madcap mission to save civilization as she knows it. 

                                                                                                       For more information, please visit Elizabeth's website. 

All That We Carried
by Erin Bartels
Estranged sisters embark on a hiking trip on the tenth anniversary of their parents' deaths in an attempt to reconnect. In the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula they'll face their deepest fears, question their most dearly held beliefs, and begin to see that perhaps the best way to move forward is the one way they had never considered. 

 For more information, please visit Erin's website. 

Face Down in the Rising Sun
by K.D. Allbaugh

Clara Olson was a small-town girl who longed for more than growing up on a farm. She aspired to see the world and experience the thrills of the Roaring Twenties. A fated meeting with Erdman Olson who lived in the underground world of speakeasies and bootlegging would change that forever. What happened next would shock the world and leave her family searching for answers.

 For more information, please visit K.D.'s website. 

Standing Tall
by Debora De Farias

Although she amazed her country as the first woman to become a doctor, Cecilia is haunted by dreams. She believes she left those past traumas behind, but when Destiny brings her first love back to her life, she wants closure. Will she look for a revenge, ignore the emotional battles, or have the courage to learn who she truly is besides an exceptional physician?

  For more information, please visit Debora's website. 

Women's Fiction: Time Travel/Passage of Time

Too little time or too much? What would you do if you could travel through it? Or simply kick back and enjoy its passing? Spend a bit enjoying these reads that highlight time. 


If She Had Stayed

by Diane Byington 




Neverending Beginnings

by Mary Chris Escobar




The Renaissance Club

by Rachel Dacus




Start at the Beginning

by Judy Mollen Walters




Life Before

by K.L. Romo





Forever Beach

by Shelley Noble




 Curse of the Chosen One

by Patricia Rae




The Lemoncholy Life of Anne Aster

by Scott Wilbanks




How to Make a Life

by Florence Reiss Kraut 




The Girls of Tonsil Lake

by Liz Flaherty




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

A.H. Kim is an immigrant, practicing attorney, cancer survivor, community volunteer, and proud mother of two sons. She lives in San Francisco with her husband. A Good Family is her first novel. Excerpts, interviews, and more (including blog entries about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of being a debut author) can be found on her website: www.ahkim.net.

Listen to the interview with A.H.

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