July 2020, Vol. 21


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:

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.

 Congratulations to Helen Remes!

You are the winner of our Women's Fiction Day giveaway. Please claim your prize at [email protected]

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 Exit Strategy
by Lainey Cameron
Silicon Valley, sexism and the power of female friendship. "An uplifting tale for turbulent times. Cameron creates more than an unlikely friendship—she forges an unshakable female alliance that aims to do what women do best: change the world, one heart at a time." -- Kathryn Craft, author of The Far End of Happy


For more information, please visit Lainey's website. 

Side Trip
by Kerry Lonsdale
With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way. Joy's journey spans a decade and explores the what-ifs of routes not taken. SIDE TRIP is an unforgettable and breathtaking novel of love and loss, a romantic women's fiction from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.


For more information, please visit Kerry's website. 

Anna's Dance: A Balkan Odyssey
by Michele Levy

                                                                              It's 1968. The world is in turmoil. So is twenty-three-year-old Anna Rossi, who questions everything in her life, from her mostly Jewish heritage to her fear of intimacy. Summer in Europe with a childhood friend offers a perfect way to escape her demons. When her friend abandons her in Italy, Anna makes the rash decision to travel on with strangers. Her journey takes a perilous turn leading her into conflict in Eastern Europe and into the heart of the Balkans. Love, Intrigue, Betrayal--Anna must find the strength to survive.

 For more information, please visit Michele's website. 
Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire #1)
by Anju Gattani

To uphold family honor and tradition, Sheetal Prasad is forced to forsake the man she loves and marry playboy millionaire Rakesh Dhanraj. As her world splinters into a web of lies, deceit and betrayal, Sheetal must find a way to ally with the stranger she married in order to protect their infant son from his family’s tyranny.

For more information, please visit Anju's website. 

Women's Fiction: Women's Fiction with Historical Elements

Explore the past with these timeless stories.


The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

by Kelli Estes  




The Rose and the Whip

by Jae Hodges




The Companion

by Kim Taylor Blakemore




The Last Year of the War

by Susan Meissner




Catfish Alley

by Lynne Bryant





Eliza Waite

by Ashley E. Sweeney




 The Subway Girls 

by Susie Orman Schnall




The Winter Loon

by Lori Henriksen




Another Ocean to Cross

by Ann Griffin  




All the Best People

by Sonja Yoerg  




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Sharina Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University. After college, she pursued a career in digital marketing and public relations. Although her profession required writing, she decided to pursue a career in writing in 2012. Sharina's contemporary romance series under the pen name, Rina Gray, was named Book Riot's 100 Must-Read Romantic Comedies. When Sharina's not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, yelling for her favorite NBA teams, and spending time with friends and family. Sharina resides in Atlanta with her husband and son.

Listen to the interview with Sharina.

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