July 2021, Vol. 33


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases 
  2. Women's Fiction: Summer/Beach 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:

Denny S. Bryce (Wild Women and the Blues)   ____________________________

Kathryn Holzman (Real Estate: A Novel)    ____________________________

Melissa Hunter (What She Lost)    ____________________________

Florence Reiss Kraut (How to Make a Life)   ____________________________

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)

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 Tiger Mom's Tale
by Lyn Liao Butler

When personal trainer Lexa Thomas’ estranged father dies unexpectedly, leaving the fate of his Taiwanese family in Lexa's hands, she must confront the scars of her past in order to embrace her true identity or turn her back on her Taiwanese heritage and leave her Taiwanese family to lose their home for good.

                                                                        For more information, please visit Lyn's website. 

by Joyce Yarrow

A rough and tumble coming-of-age misadventure about a girl-gone-wrong whose intelligence, street smarts, and sheer force of will lead her through a harrowing down-spiral in criminality. Ultimately she must make the most difficult choice of her life, leading either to disaster or redemption. Sandie Donovan is a damaged and charming character whom you will root for from the get go.

For more information, please visit Joyce's website.                         

The Ocean in Winter
by Elizabeth de Veer

The Emery sisters’ lives were changed forever when Alex, then eleven, found their mother drowned in the home bathtub. Decades passed, but the unresolved trauma of their mother’s suicide looms over each sister. One night, Alex receives a strange visit from her younger sister, Riley, who is estranged from their family. The sisters want to reconcile with Riley, but they can only find her secrets.

 For more information, please visit Elizabeth's website.       
The War Nurse
by Tracey Enerson Wood

Superintendent of Nurses Julia Stimson must recruit sixty-five nurses to relieve the battle-worn British, months before American troops are ready to deploy. The young nurses will face a challenging situation serving near the front lines, but nothing could have prepared them for the challenges that await when they arrive in Rouen. Based on a true story, The War Nurse is a sweeping historical novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through WWI France.

 For more information, please visit Tracey's website.   
The Things We Keep
by Julee Balko

What would you keep of your mother’s after she dies? What secrets would you keep from your family? Serena is dealing with these questions while balancing grief, a scientific career, motherhood, and not hating her spouse. Now she must face the truth she learns after her mother’s death: Maybe her mother didn’t hate her but loved her so much that she changed everything for her.  

For more information, please visit Julee's website.                                                                                         

Women's Fiction: Summer/Beach Reads

What could be better than kicking back in the sand or sitting by a cool lake? Relax and escape with one (ore more) of these summery Women's Fiction reads.


Imagine Summer

by Shelley Noble




Meet Me in Paradise

by Libby Hubscher




A Little Bit of Grace

by Phoebe Fox




That Last Summer

by Sara LaFountain




Good Time Girl

by Leslie M. Rollins




A Different Kind of Perfect

by Karen Cino




Evanthia's Gift

by Effie Kammenou



Crazy Little Town Called Love

by Jill Hannah Anderson




Thrown for a Curve

by Kit Sergeant



Carousel Beach

by Orly Konig




Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcast

Joyce Yarrow was born in the SE Bronx, escaped to Manhattan as a teenager and now lives in Seattle with her husband and son. Along the way to becoming a full-time author, Joyce has worked as a screenwriter, singer-songwriter, multimedia performance artist and most recently, a member of the world music vocal ensemble, Abráce.

Joyce is a Pushcart nominee, whose stories and poems have been widely published. Her first Jo Epstein mystery, Ask the Dead  was selected by The Poisoned Pen as a Recommended First Novel and hailed as “Bronx noir”. The second book in the series, The Last Matryoshka was praised by Library Journal and  takes place in Brooklyn and Moscow. Ms. Yarrow co-authored her third book, Rivers Run Back (Vitasta 2015), with Indian writer Arindam Roy and it was launched at The American Center (US Embassy) in New Delhi.

Ms. Yarrow considers the settings of her books to be characters in their own right and teaches workshops on "The Place of Place in Mystery Writing."

Listen to the interview with Joyce.

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