June 2021, Vol. 32


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:

Geeta Schrater (Reaching Riverdale)  ____________________________

Densie Webb (When Robins Appear)    ____________________________

Bhaswati Ghosh (Victory Colony, 1950)                            ____________________________

KJ Dell"Antonia (The Chicken Sisters)                                ___________________________

Rachel Mans McKenny (The Butterfly Effect)                              ____________________________

Jaye Burke (Venice)    ____________________________

Grace Sammon (The Eves)

Madeleine Van Hecke (Once You Know)

Paula Adler (Return to Magnolia Bloom)

Angela Terry (Charming Falls Apart)    ____________________________

Katey Schultz (Still Come Home)    ____________________________

Sarah McCraw Crow (The Wrong Kind of Woman)                                ____________________________

Mary Helen Sheriff (Boop and Eve's Road Trip)                                ____________________________

Regina Buttner (Absolution)              ___________________________

Nguyen Phan Que Mai (The Mountains Sing)                                  ___________________________

Ehsaneh Sadr (A Door Between Us)                                           ___________________________

Valerie Taylor (What's Not Said)       _________________________

Michele Levy (Anna's Dance)          __________________________

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!

East of Manhattan
by Amanda Johnson

Julie wants a baby. Bad. But instead of starting a family, her husband has taken up residence in the basement of his celebrity boss's Manhattan mansion.



 For more information, please visit Amanda's website. 
Just One Look
by Joanne Kukanza Easley

For Dani Marek, the hurt of the past haunts both present and future. Convinced she will never love again, she sets out to prove it. Set in Chicago, in the turbulent Sixties and Seventies, Just One Look explores one woman’s rocky journey through grief, denial, and letting go.


For more information, please visit Joanne's website.                         

First Course
by Jenn Bouchard

Janie lost almost everything, but to hang on to what’s left, she’s back in coastal Maine at her family’s summer house. Here she cooks up a storm, takes care of her sister and nieces, and avoids dealing with her future, until she has no choice but to confront it head on.


For more information, please visit Jenn's website.       

The Lockhart Women
by Mary Camarillo

Brenda Lockhart’s husband announces he’s leaving her for an older (and in Brenda’s judgmental opinion) less attractive woman. He drops this bombshell on June 17, 1994, the night of the OJ Simpson slow-speed chase. Brenda gets hooked on the media frenzy surrounding the trial. She’s convinced Simpson is innocent. Meanwhile, her two teenage daughters are busy making their own bad decisions about lovers and crime.

 For more information, please visit Mary's website. 

Women's Fiction: Rising Star and Star Award Honorees

With the announcement of our newest batch of finalists and winners in WFWA's Rising Star and Star Award Contests, here's a look back at past honorees.


Lift and Separate

by Marilyn Simon Rothstein




Unreasonable Doubts

by Reyna Marder Gentin




The Stone Necklace

by Carla Damron




The Exit Strategy

by Lainey Cameron




Last Christmas in Paris

by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb




The Queen of Hearts

by Kimmery Martin




We Hope for Better Things

by Erin Bartels



A Different Kind of Fire

by Suanne Schafer




The Ones We Choose

by Julie Clark



What's Left Untold

by Sherrie Leimkuhler




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Florence Reiss Kraut was raised and educated in New York City. With a BA in English and a Master’s degree in Social Work, she served for over thirty years as a clinician, a family therapist and eventually CEO of a family service agency before retiring to write and travel.

Her own close family of 26 aunts and uncles and 27 first cousins and listening to stories around the kitchen table, coffee klatches and family parties inspired her to write her fictional, multi-generational family drama, How to Make a Life. 

She has published stories for children and teens, romance stories for national magazines, literary stories, and personal essays for the Westchester section of the New York Times. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The Evening Street Press and SNReview.                                                                              

Listen to the interview with Florence.

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