Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Fiction’

This Christmas she finds herself at the crossroads of several life-altering choices

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018
Starla’s
Christmas Conundrum
by
Carol E. Keen
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction, Clean Romance
 
In
the greatest conflict of her life, can she figure out who to trust?
Starla
Devaroux is at the peak of her music career. Life as a popular
Christian music artist is good. This Christmas she finds herself at
the crossroads of several life-altering choices. It’s quite a
conundrum; the path she takes this time will not only define her
future but alter the lives of others as well.
 
“The
main characters were very likable, I could really put myself in
Starla’s shoes.”
 
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Carol
E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was
published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine
Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on
CD, called Simply Seahorses.

 

 

 

She
is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name
a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her
husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in
photography, and being with her much loved critters.

 

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Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message that will come to change the course of both of their senior years–and maybe their entire lives

Friday, August 24th, 2018
So
Glad to Meet You
by
Lisa Super
Genre:
YA Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pub
Date: 7/31/18
 
“At
once bitingly funny and strikingly poignant, Lisa Super’s powerful
debut touches on grief, identity, and first love, the perfect read
for fans of John Green, Mary H. K. Choi and Rainbow Rowell.”
–Julia Lynn Rubin, author of Burro Hills
Daphne
and Oliver have almost nothing in common…

Seventeen-year-old
Daphne Bowman, a bookish drama nerd in public school, might never
have crossed paths with Oliver, the popular, outgoing mascot for his
private school’s football team, but one event has bound them
inextricably. Daphne’s older sister, Emily, and Oliver’s older
brother, Jason, who were high school sweethearts, committed suicide
together seven years earlier.

When Daphne uncovers
Emily and Jason’s bucket list–a list comprised of their “Top
Ten” places to visit before they die–she knows she has to tell
someone. The one person who might actually get what she’s going
through and who might not think it’s silly that she wants to complete
the list, is also someone she’s never spoken to–Oliver Pagano.
Throwing caution to the wind, Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message
that will come to change the course of both of their senior
years–and maybe their entire lives.

Tackling grief with a
wry voice and an unflinching eye, So Glad to Meet You tells the story
of two people who, in searching for what they’ve lost, end up finding
what they never knew they needed–each other.

 

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Lisa
Super is a brunch enthusiast based in Los Angeles. She’s worked on a
number of TV shows ranging from pop culture phenomenons (Flavor of
Love) to traumedy gold (One Mississippi). While every day in LA is an
adventure, traveling with her husband across the globe is her
favorite hobby. SO GLAD TO MEET YOU is her first novel.
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If one person can make a difference, just think what three can do

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Triangle
of Hope
by
Michael Meyer
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
 
If
one person can make a difference, just think what three can do. 

 

 

Clint
Westerly was a success until a fateful choice he makes tears his
world all apart. Tanya Wilshire is broke but hell-bent on committing
to her mother’s final deathbed request. 84-year-old Seamus Harrington
needs to right an ancient wrong before time runs out.

 

 

Filled
with grit and determination, these three people with three different
problems, an unlikely trio of unexpected allies, converge in a small
Irish town to form a Triangle of Hope against all odds. Together they
take a courageous stand that will forever change their world and that
around them.

 

 

If
you love feel-good reads with happy endings, then TRIANGLE OF HOPE is
for you. “If an author can make you cry for his characters then
want to hug them close and then want to do an Irish Jig with them to
celebrate overcoming that much pain then you know you have read a
book that will stay with you forever.”- Wanda Hartzenberg,
Wanda’s Amazing Amazon Reviewers

 

 

It
is a “fantastic read that will pull at your heart.” –
Lauren Alumbaugh, Goodreads librarian

 

 

SEMIFINALIST
FOR THE 2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARD IN LITERARY FICTION

 

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Michael
Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and
non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and
fears. 
He
has resided in and has visited many places in the world, all of which
have contributed in some way to his own published writing. He has
literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. He
has lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT
DREAMS – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE – is set), and
the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE
COLLECTION BOOK TWO – is set). He gained the wanderlust to see the
world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire
has never left him. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as
he has aged. 

 

 

Among
the many unique things that have happened to him in his world
travels, he has walked the streets of Istanbul with a detective,
searching for a pickpocket who got him good. He has ridden on the
back of a motorcycle in Tehran while the driver, who spoke not one
word of English, pointed out all the sights to him. He has wrestled
an Iranian soldier who tried to break into his hotel room in Tehran.
He has had the paint completely stripped from his car as he drove
across Saudi Arabia in a sandstorm. He has stood on the stage of a
busy nightclub in Tokyo, singing “She’ll be Coming Round the
Mountain When She Comes” to an audience feeling no pain from the
Sake they were drinking. He has been chased by a family of mongooses
(yes, that is the correct spelling) on the idyllic Caribbean island
of St. Croix. And that is just the beginning of his long list of
worldly adventures.

 

 

As
a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing,
he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife,
Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

 

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Because I Had To takes the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law, and the search for a biological family

Monday, April 9th, 2018
Because
I Had To
by
David Bulitt
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
 
Jess
Porter spent her childhood bouncing from therapist to therapist and
prescription to prescription. An outcast at school and a misfit at
home, the only solace she ever found was in her relationship with her
dad, Tom. Now he’s dead. Feeling rejected by her adopted mom and her
biological twin sister, Jess runs off to South Florida. But she can’t
outrun her old life. Watching the blood drip down her arm after her
latest round of self-inflicted cutting, she decides her only choice
is to find and face what frightens her most. Because I Had To takes
the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law,
and the search for a biological family. With a cast of finely drawn,
complicated characters, it asks us to consider: can the present ever
heal the past?
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Family
law specialist David Bulitt has been praised as the lawyer who
“epitomizes stability and old fashioned common sense” by Bethesda
Magazine and routinely makes every top Washington DC Metro lawyer
list. His clients say that he is “the best non-shaving,
motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer” they
know. 

 

 

The
grandson of a New Jersey bartender, Bulitt was the first member of
his family to get a professional degree. After years of raising kids
and focusing on family responsibilities, Bulitt Bulitt now spends
much of his spare time discussing world issues with his dogs and
working on his novels. His first book, CARD GAME, was published in
2015 to a bevy of five star reviews. His new novel, BECAUSE I HAD TO,
is available now on Roundfire Books.

 

 

Bulitt
is the Assistant Managing Director of Joseph, Greenwald and Laake,
PA, one of Maryland’s largest and most prominent law firms. His
practice focuses on all areas of family law, including cases that
involve complex financial and property matters and property
distribution, divorce, and child custody disputes. He is often
appointed by local courts to serve in one of the most difficult and
demanding legal roles, as a Best Interests Attorney for children
whose parents are embroiled in high conflict custody disputes. He
also has extensive expertise working with families that have children
with special needs.

 

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In the multi-million dollar San Francisco real estate market, realtors are literally dying for a sale

Monday, March 19th, 2018
Murder
in the Painted Lady
A
Peyton Brooks’ Mystery Novella Prequel
by
M.L. Hamilton
Genre:
Mystery
 
Please
note: This is a novella, not a full length work.

 

 

Peyton
and Marco have solved more cases than many senior members of the San
Francisco PD, but this case (the death of a high end real estate
agent) is proving more difficult than the others.

 

 

With
no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Peyton fears they won’t get
a break in the case before the killer strikes again.

 

 

In
the multi-million dollar San Francisco real estate market, realtors
are literally dying for a sale.

 

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ML
Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in
Central California for the last 25 years. Teaching students to
appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she
always dreamed of publishing her own novel. 

 

 

That
dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf
Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first
contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the
Peyton Brooks’ series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks,
FBI launched in 2014. In 2016, she ventured into the cozy mystery
craze with her cozy mystery series, Zion Sawyer Cozy
Mysteries.

 

 

Between
teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden
Retrievers and reading.

 

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The Accidental Art Thief

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
The
Accidental Art Thief
by
Joan Scheighardt
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
 
For
a quarter of a century forty-five-year-old Zinc has worked as a
caretaker for a wealthy old man, living in a small casita on his
ranch in New Mexico. She doesn’t make much money, but she has the old
man, her dogs, and gorgeous views of the mountains. She is basically
a very content recluse who doesn’t invest much time thinking about
what she might do if her circumstances change. So when the old man
dies suddenly, and his daughter all but throws her off the property,
Zinc is forced to reinvent herself—and quickly. With a touch of
magical realism and a collection of offbeat characters, The
Accidental Art Thief explores the thin line between life and death
and the universal forces that connect all things. 

 

 


“Zinc
is an engaging, quirky, and utterly unique heroine, instantly
likeable, with a hefty mixture of strong intelligence and
overwhelming naivety…. While the novel is realistic, there is
subtle magic woven in nearly every line, as coincidence and confusion
come together into what might be termed the wisdom of time, spirit,
and love.” ~ Magdelena Ball, CompulsiveReader.com, author of
Sublime Planet, Black Cow, and other titles.

 

 

“Schweighardt
populates her modern-day odyssey through the southwest with
fascinating, quirky characters thrust into a complex (and hilarious)
web of emotional turmoil, poignant misperceptions, and downright
lies. As laugh-out-loud funny as it is thought provoking.” ~
Julie Mars, author of the memoir A Month of Sundays: Searching for
the Spirit and My Sister, and the novels Rust, Anybody Any Minute,
and The Secret Keepers.

 

 

“A
sensitive, gripping, artfully rendered novel that kept me reading
from the first page to the last.” ~ Faye Rapoport DesPres,
author of the memoir-in-essays Message from a Blue Jay.

 

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Schweighardt is the author of five novels, and more on the way. In
addition to her own writing projects, she writes, ghostwrites, and
edits for individuals and corporations. 

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Five women navigate life, careers, children, family, and the men in their lives.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
40
Something
by
Shannon Peel
Genre:
Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction
 
Five
women navigate life while juggling careers, children, family, and the
men in their lives.

 

Charlie
is bored with the family tradition of Sunday Dinner so she brings a
friend her family won’t approve of to spice things up a bit. Will
this friend go too far and cause too much damage?
Rose
only wants to do what is right and keep her family safe. How can she
do that when the world is so dangerous and her teenagers so willful.
Will helping a friend invite trouble into her perfect world?
Lindsay
loves to have fun and enjoys the company of men. She is a modern
playgirl who will stop at nothing to get a man’s attention. Will she
find what she’s looking for or something unexpected?
Sophie
wants to keep the peace and keep everyone happy, especially her
ex-husband, so her children will live with her full time. Will she
lose the children if she can’t afford to take care of them?
Justine
wants to escape her perfect life, she just doesn’t realize it. Will
she find the passion that is missing or will she continue to hide
behind her computer screen?  
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Peel grew up in Enderby, BC where her family’s root run deep. Growing
up where television was either non existent or very limited she
relied on books & imagination to escape into the world
beyond. 
 

 

She
went to UBC to study and earn a general studies BA with a
concentration in Political Science and Economics. Macro analysis of
world events, social justice and human motivations became a passion
of hers. This passion is a driving force in all her stories, which
have political, economic, and social justice undercurrents. 


 

After
a career in the financial field she decided to stay home and raise
her two children until school age. In 2007 she return to the
workforce as a sales / marketing / advertising professional. She
currently resides in BC’s Lower Mainland with her two teenage
children. 


Shannon
Peel is a creative, intelligent professional with a 20 year proven
track record in sales, marketing, customer relations, project
management, presentations, and communication. 
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