Fractured Beauty has gotten wonderful reviews!
“while this is a repackaging of Beauty and the Beast by four different authors, these are not novellas with shortcuts and rushed endings. These are full length, satisfying stories.”
“First off, I LOVED Adrienne Monson’s Arabella’s Story. It was a very cool way to re-tell Beauty and the Beast”
Fractured Slipper is also doing well!
“FANTASTIC read! I read it straight through getting to experience ALL the warm fuzzy feels of a Cinderella Romance”
” I was really impressed with the quality of writing and the variation in the stories. One retelling was modern-day and on a ranch, another was in a world of magic users, another was set in Hawaii. My favorite was The Wrong Foot by Adrienne Monson.”
The reissue of SHADOWS OF VALOR, by Elsie Park will be available in paperback and ebook formats March 14th, 2017 everywhere online and in select stores. (Hey, that’s today!!!)
BLURB: Something dark stirs within the peaceful walls of the prosperous town of Graywall, something only the mysterious knight-spy known as The Shadow can overcome. Torn between a sense of justice and a desire for revenge, The Shadow is the nobleman Sir Calan, who must use his skills to assist the Lord of Graywall. When Sir Calan is sent to hunt down smugglers who have run rampant after the levying of a harsh tax by King Edward, he learns of a plot against the just ruler of the town, Lord Shaufton. To thwart this plot, Calan enters a pseudo courtship with Shaufton’s daughter under the guise of Sir Calan, even as he wrestles with emotions stirred by the lovely Elsbeth, Lord Shaufton’s niece. Elsbeth may be the only person who can heal Calan’s troubled soul, but she has secrets of her own. Rife with deceit, greed, and betrayal, Shadow of Valor is a timeless tale of honor, love, and redemption.
As of today, Defiance is back on the market! This second addition with the revamped (no pun intended. :)) cover and editing is once again available for purchase. It’s exclusively available through Amazon until the summer of 2017. Then it will be available where books are sold everywhere else. If you want to be updated of when this book will be available on other channels, please sign up for my newsletter. Click on the picture below or here to get your copy.
The makings of a true horror story: A dystopian world in which a woman’s only worth is her ability to breed. Read it before the new Hulu series starring Elisabeth Moss premieres in April. Buy the book
The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
The famed Barbizon hotel takes center stage in this novel where a present-day journalist becomes obsessed with the secrets of one of the Barbizon hotel’s oldest residents. Told in alternating chapters of present day and 1952, The Dollhouse is a coming-of-age story, mystery, and love story, all rolled into one.
The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman
A Paris apartment, abandoned for years, and the young woman who closed the door on it at the dawn of World War Two. Who lived in this apartment? Why would anyone leave it shuttered for decades? Richman’s latest novel, The Velvet Hours, is a beautiful novel about two women, the choices they make, and love in its many forms. A must read for fans of The Nightingale.
Dissension – Adrienne Monson
Vampire Leisha is caught in the middle of an eternal and bloody war between her people and immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy all vampires. It’s a different life from the one she had 2,000 years ago when she led a quiet life as a devoted mother. Leisha soon finds herself captured by the government, only to be saved by a mysterious human girl. Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can bring an end to this escalating conflict–the prophecy child. Buy the Book
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Based on a true story, this haunting novel follows Sethe and her daughter Denver after they escape from slavery and run to Ohio. It’s tough to read twice, but once is mandatory. Buy the book
Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
In the long-awaited sequel to Girl Waits With Gun on, Constance has to take matters into her own hands. Lady Cop Makes Trouble, based on actual events, is another irresistible madcap adventure featuring the Kopp sisters.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It’s perhaps the most knocked-off novel in history with material ripe for rom-coms. But you’ve gotta read the original. Buy the book
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
One kiss is all it takes to change the course of history for two families. Marriages are crumbled, families are joined, and six children will grow up with a bond based on the shared disillusionment of their parents.
Commonwealth is a smart, thoughtful novel about the ties that bind us.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
An exquisite coming-of-age tale that tackled controversial topics—sexuality, religion andclassism—way before it was cool. Initially, Brontë published the book under the male-sounding pseudonym “Currer Bell.” Buy the book
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Nina Redmond loves being a literary matchmaker, finding the perfect book for each person. As a librarian in the city, that’s what she does all day. But when she loses her job, she heads out to the country, where she sets up a mobile bookshop, driving from town to town, sharing her love of reading.
This classic was also published under a pseudonym, but when Emily died a year later, her sister Charlotte re-edited the intense love story about a young woman and her adopted brother and included Emily as the author. Buy the book
Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar
POPSUGAR founder Lisa Sugar writes her first book this Fall, and it’s got everything you could possibly want from the creator of a multimillion dollar media company: stellar advice, strong encouragement, and the tools you need to help you figure out what you truly want to do with your life and how to make it happen. Power Your Happy is told in Sugar’s signature style and will motivate you to figure out what’s working for you and what’s not, all designed to set you on your own course to happy.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The account of a high-society woman planning a party unfolds over the course of a day. Although Woolf denied the connection, it’s often compared to James Joyce’s Ulysses—but a helluva lot shorter. Buy the book
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell hasn’t eaten in months and believes herself to be living off manna from heaven. When a nurse is sent to care for the child, she finds herself responsible for the child’s very survival: is she witnessing a miracle or a murder?
The Wonder is a haunting novel about good vs. evil from the author of the bestselling novel Room.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Initially rejected for its frankness about racism, the story of Janie, a black woman grappling with marriage, later became one of the most enduring works of the 20th century. Buy the book
Fractured by Catherine McKensie
Novelist Julie Prentice moves cross country with her family to get away from a stalker. She doesn’t know anyone in her new town, but then she meets a neighbor. When an accident happens on their street, she finds herself the target of unsettling harrasment once again. Fractured is a tense thrill ride that asks the question: do you ever really know your neighbors?
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
This chilling Gothic novel tells the story of a woman who marries a widower, but discovers that his late wife is still very much a part of their lives. Buy the book
Cruel, Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt
When 16-year-old Lucy runs away with her older teacher to rural Pennsylvania, she looks forward to her new life. But her decision will have far-reaching repercussions for her older sister, Charlotte, who she leaves behind, and for her, once she discovers the true nature of her relationship. Cruel Beautiful World is a mesmerizing story about love, family, and obsession.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
OK, you’ve probably read this Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age novel about racial injustice in the South. But read it again. Read it ten more times. Buy the book
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Eleanor wants to do things differently today.
Today Will Be Different. She will do better with her husband. She will do better with her son. She won’t swear, and she will shower. But then life happens. From the acclaimed author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette comes a smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoughtful novel about how we reinvent ourselves and how we need to face the truth about our lives before we can truly change.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Angelou’s screed about literature’s power to overcome racism and trauma was on TheNew York Times best-seller list for two years. It’s that good. Buy the book
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
The Wangs had it all: a cosmetics empire and a huge fortune, but the financial crisis ruined all that. Now Charles Wang is taking his family on a road trip across America so that he can get his children safely stowed away and start his life anew in China. The Wangs vs. the World is a funny and touching novel about what it means to belong in America.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
It’s an emotional read, but this courageous novel based on Plath’s own experiences made it OK to talk about depression. Buy the book
The Guineveres by Sarah Domet
“We were the Guineveres, and we could do anything we wanted.” Four girls named Guinevere, all dropped at the doorstep of The Sisters of Supreme Adoration during wartime. When four soldiers come to the convent in need of care, the Guineveres dream of getting out, falling in love, and finding their old families. The Guineveres is a beautiful debut literary novel by an author to watch.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Yes, the movie and the Broadway musical are good, too, but actually read the story of Celie and Nettie, OK? Buy the book
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
It all begins with a secret. Nadia Turner, a senior in high school, is mourning her mother’s suicide when she starts seeing the pastor’s son in secret. The Mothers, the elders from Church, weigh in on what they hear, what they see. Time passes, and we see how young love and secrets can change our lives. The Mothers is a gorgeous, layered novel that I couldn’t put down, one that you won’t want to end. Perfect for book clubs; the book everyone will be talking about this Fall.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Consider this 1989 best seller an artful, character-driven introduction to mahjong. Buy the book
Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
We love Jen Weiner’s fiction, and we love her op-eds for The New York Times. For the first time, Weiner releases a collection of essays, and they are just as warm and funny as you’d imagine (and want) them to be. In Hungry Heart, she takes on marriage, love, parenthood, and that one Summer that she was called “the fat Jennifer” with grace, humor, and intelligence.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Read this heartwarming memoir about the unexpected deaths of Didion’s husband and daughter with a box of tissues. Actually, two. Buy the book
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. Meet Ruth Jefferson: she’s the best nurse in the labor and delivery ward of a Connecticut hospital. Meet Turk Bauer, he’s a new father, and also a white supremacist who does not want Ruth, who is black, touching his baby. When the hospital grants his request to keep Ruth away from his child, this decision will have far-reaching implications that change both of their lives. This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
We all know about Albert Einstein and his genius, but history has forgotten another great mind with the same name. In The Other Einstein, we take a look at the life of Mitza Maric, Einstein’s wife, who was a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity has been debated for years. Is there room for more than one genius in a family?
The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
Scandal brings Reed Stewart back to his hometown, a small town he’d rather forget. But once there, he encounters the one who got away, his first love, Becky Flowers, whom he hasn’t spoken to in 10 years, since prom might. Told through emails, text messages, and journal entries, The Boy Is Back is Meg Cabot at her best — giving us her trademark humor and heart while tackling sensitive issues like aging, hoarding, and fraud.
Paris For One by Jojo Moyes
The fabulous JoJo Moyes is back, this time with the short story, Paris For One, about a woman who finds her way in the most romantic city in the world. It’s paired with a collection of sweet short stories that are sure to satisfy.
Today I’m thrilled to spotlight Dependent, by Brenda Corey Dunne. Brenda and I were published with the same publisher before we got our rights reverted, and this is her new and imrpoved version! The new cover for her novel is phenominal. Check it out below, along with the blurb. If you’d like to preorder Dependent, click here. It will release on December 9th!
Also, be sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway for a free copy of Dependent! (Details in the link.)
When forty-five year old Ellen Michaels looses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of grey. For twenty-five years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has stolen her hopes, dreams, and innocence and now in mere months will take away her home. She is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was nineteen.
Written with honesty and grace, Dependent deals head on with real-life issues facing women in military communities today: loss, loneliness, frequent moves, the culture of rank and the specter of sexual assault. It presents a heartfelt view of the sacrifice and strength of the often invisible support behind the uniform.
Winner of the 2014 PRG Reviewers Choice Award for Best Drama Novel.
“A must read for those studying Military Ethos.”—Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Gino Morreti, Former Canadian Army Sargeant Major
“Fresh, contemporary and gripping.”—Marie Cotter, military spouse.
Brenda Corey Dunne grew up in rural New Brunswick, Canada. She originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked several years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting her Air Force pilot husband and taking her release. She has two other published novels, SKIN (2016) and TREASURE IN THE FLAME (2012).
Brenda is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel. She currently resides in the Washington, DC area, but home is wherever the RCAF sends her hubby. When not writing, working or taxiing her three children she can be found either in the garden or on the beach with a book in one hand and a very, very large coffee in the other.