October 2020, Vol. 24


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:

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!

Boop and Eve's Road Trip
by Mary Helen Sheriff

 When her best friend goes MIA, Eve must gather the broken threads of her life to search for her. Hoping to alleviate Eve’s growing depression, her grandma Boop hijacks the road trip. Only Boop is frustrated when her feeble efforts yield only failure. A secret that’s haunted Boop for sixty years might help, but revealing it risks losing her family and her own hard-won happiness.

 For more information, please visit Mary's website. 

The Wrong Kind of Woman
by Sarah McCraw Crow
"McCraw Crow deftly navigates the campus and national politics of the ‘70s in a way that remains timely and pressing today. A powerful, thought-provoking debut.” —Amy Meyerson, nationally bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays


For more information, please visit Sarah's website. 

When Robins Appear
by Densie Webb

Deborah Earle’s life is perfect—until her daughter, Amanda, prepares to leave for college. Deb wants a baby to fill her empty nest. But, her husband is not on board. Amanda meets an older boy, falls hard, and considers postponing NYU. Deb watches her daughter rush toward heartache, and when tragedy strikes, she wonders if given the choice, would she do it all again?

For more information, please visit Densie's website. 

Once You Know
by Madeleine Van Hecke

Feisty, Irish-Catholic Colleen Moretti thrust the letter into the drawer. Her plan: ignore the fault line until the tremors pass. But her husband's betrayal turns out to be far worse than Colleen suspects. When one daughter wants to cut her father out of their lives while the other would be crushed to lose him, devastated Colleen must choose. Whose happiness will she sacrifice?

For more information, please visit Madeleine's website. 

Women's Fiction: Paranormal/Fantasy settings

It's the season of witches and ghosts, other worlds and a touch of magic! Set out your candy and sit back with a read perfect for All Hallows Eve.


The Last of the Moon Girls

by Barbara Davis 




The Invisibles

by Rachel Dacus




A Pocket Watch, Spray Paint & Morphine

by Kimberly Lynne




I'm Not Her

by Cara Sue Achterberg 




The Last Will of Moira Leahy

by Therese Walsh 





Dreaming in Chocolate

by Susan Bishop Crispell




 The All You Can Dream Buffet

by Barbara O'Neal




The Stone Manor

by Terri Hale




The Ghost and Mrs. Miller

by Sandra Tilley  




Cloud Whispers

by Sedona Hutton  




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Carol LaHines is the author of Someday Everything Will All Make Sense, a finalist for the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel and an American Fiction Award (Adelaide Books, New York City, 2019).  Her fiction has appeared in many literary journals including Fence, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, The Laurel Review, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, The South Carolina Review, The Chattahoochee ReviewSycamore ReviewPermafrostredividerLiterary Orphans, and Literal Latte.  Her short story, “Papijack,” was selected by judge Patrick Ryan as the recipient of the Lamar York Prize for Fiction.  Her short stories and novellas have also been finalists for the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction from Sarabande Books, the David Nathan Meyerson fiction prize, the New Letters short story award, and the Disquiet Literary Prize, among others.  She is a graduate of New York University, Gallatin Division, and of St. John’s University School of Law.  She has studied with Rick Moody and Phil Schultz, among others.

Listen to the interview with Carol.

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