A CLOSER LOOK AT AUGUST’S

FIVE BOOK CLUB-WORTHY TITLES

WHAT’S NOT SAID

By Valerie Taylor

THE BOOK

Kirkus calls What’s Not Said “snappy and contemporary…reads like a fun, romantic comedy at times despite the rather heavy subject matter.”

When Kassie O’Callaghan discovers her emotionally abusive husband of 30 years has chronic kidney disease, her plans to divorce him and move in with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice collapse. That is until she pokes around her husband’s pajama drawer and realizes his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, their separate lives collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies and DNA. Still mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save — her husband’s or her own.

THE AUTHOR

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, CT. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a 30-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer.

After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her career to Boston and then to Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in her home state to be near her two grown children and granddaughter.

She’s a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator.

What’s Not Said is her debut novel. Its sequel, What’s Not True, will be published in the fall of 2021.

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THIS IS NOT A FASHION STORY 

By Danielle Bernstein

THE BOOK

Danielle Bernstein spent her youth shopping at discount department stores, getting boozy in suburban backyards and proposing marriage to every boy she dated. By age 19, she was a college dropout living in a West Village shoebox with three roommates and only six months to prove that her blog, @WeWoreWhat, could become a full-blown career … or else board the train back to her mom’s house.

Flash forward 10 years. Danielle is more than a famed influencer with over two million followers. She’s also a bona fide businesswoman — a CEO, tech founder and fashion designer who is living a dream lifestyle that includes all-expenses-paid luxury travel to Paris and Positano, skipping the velvet rope, and controlling her own destiny.

This Is Not A Fashion Story is the down and dirty tale of how a Long Island-born teenager became one of the most recognizable names in fashion. Co-author of Earn-It! Daniela Pierre-Bravo says Danielle’s story “isn’t just about fashion, it’s about being a next-generation influencer, entrepreneur, and all-around disruptor. And lucky for us, she’s sharing all her secrets in this book!”

THE AUTHOR

Danielle Bernstein is the founder of world-renowned fashion blog @WeWoreWhat. The platform, which she launched in 2010, now boasts more than two million followers on Instagram alone. In addition to her success as an influencer, Bernstein was recognized by Forbes “30 Under 30” at just 24 years old. She has also successfully launched multiple companies —including tech startup Moe Assist and clothing brand Shop WeWoreWhat.

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A WEEK AT SURFSIDE BEACH

By Pierce Koslosky Jr. 

THE BOOK

Thousands of families and individuals are attracted to the South Carolina coast each year, renting houses up and down the beach throughout the seasons. They bring their lives with them when they come to this magical place.

In A Week at Surfside Beach, a collection described as “thought-provoking, pleasant, funny, sad, light-hearted and deep,” author Pierce Koslosky Jr. has crafted 16 poignant short stories that paint a vivid portrait of the beach’s diverse, temporary inhabitants.

Set over the course of a single rental season that ends at Christmas, the book’s unrelated characters all have their stays in the blue beach house, yet each story has a distinct message at its core. Readers will follow people in every stage of life — from a six-year-old entering the imaginary world of crabs to an escapee from a retirement home — and witness their varied individual experiences. These are stories of hope and redemption, connection and detachment, and lessons taught and learned.

Both original and contemplative, heartbreaking and inspirational, A Week at Surfside Beach brings together a collection of tales with seemingly ordinary, simple and familiar details — yet underneath their calm, relatable surfaces exist the uncomfortable, extraordinary complexities of life.

THE AUTHOR

Pierce Koslosky Jr. worked for three years in a maximum-security prison in North Carolina. He escaped to Nebraska, and a mere four decades later is the chairman and CEO of a manufacturing company there. He lives in Omaha with Candy, his wife of 35 years, and with one very fortunate goldendoodle. They have four children who could not be less alike.

Pierce and his family have gone to Surfside Beach, SC, for over 25 years and have stayed in the house featured in A Week at Surfside Beach since it was built in 1992, shortly after Hurricane Hugo. In 2000 they bought the home and rent it out in the summer.

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KILL CHAIN

By Dominic Martell

THE BOOK

“One of the very best [thrillers] of the late nineties,” said three-time Golden Dagger Award-winning author Lionel Davidon of the inaugural Pascual Rose novel.

Now, Pascual Rose is back — and this time the lives of his wife and son hang in the balance.

Years ago, Rose put his life as a terrorist behind him. He sold out his colleagues for a new identity and low profile in Barcelona. All was quiet until he received a midnight text: Come join us on the terrace.

The stakes are high: if he fails, it will cost him his family; if he succeeds, one million dollars will buy a lot more than translation piecework will. But the money-laundering scheme involves a nexus of diverted revenues, shell companies and cryptocurrencies, peopled by shadowy benefactors, Russian mobsters, German intelligence agents, and a mysterious woman with a chilling warning: Get out before it’s too late.

Rose races against time, navigating twists and turns and mortal danger knowing no one can be trusted and nothing is happenstance. Can he uncover who is behind the operation that has the potential to destroy entire governments and global financial markets before he loses everything?

THE AUTHOR

Dominic Martell is the pseudonym of Sam Reaves, who has worked as a teacher and translator, was born in the United States and has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. His first three novels featuring repentant ex-terrorist Pascual Rose appeared in the 1990s, chronicling Pascual’s quest for atonement in the chaotic post-Cold War years. A quarter of a century later, in the post-9/11 world, Martell decided to bring Rose out of retirement. Kill Chain is the first of Pascual’s 21st-century misadventures.

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PIONEERING THE VOTE

By Neylan McBaine

THE BOOK

“It takes courage, fearlessness and strength to stand out and stand up for what is right.” Olympic Medalist Noelle Pikus Pace says “Neylan has created a masterpiece highlighting untold stories of influential women of the west who did just that … inspiring, enlightening and empowering.”

In 1895, Utah’s leading suffragist, Emmeline B. Wells, welcomed her friends Susan B. Anthony and Reverend Anna Howard Shaw to a gathering of more than 8,000 people from around the nation at the Rocky Mountain Suffrage Convention. They were there to celebrate the suffrage movement’s recent wins and strategize their next triumphs. Pioneering the Vote tells the remarkable, largely unknown story of the early suffrage victories that happened in states and territories in the American West. With the encouragement of the Eastern leaders, women from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho came together in a unique moment of friendship and unified purpose to secure the vote for women in America

THE AUTHOR

As CEO of the Better Days 2020 non-profit, which popularizes women’s history through education, legislation and the arts, Neylan McBaine combines a Silicon Valley career in brand marketing with her experience in advocating for women. She brings her understanding of audience and brand to her current work.

Since co-founding Better Days 2020 over two years ago, Neylan has become a leader in speaking and writing about women’s leadership and the U.S. suffrage movement, with a specific focus on Utah and the west’s early role in that movement. She has developed a team of historians, educators and marketers that have changed the way Utahns view and understand women’s history, leading to shifts in current perceptions of ourselves and Utahns generally. As a TEDx presenter, columnist and writer, Neylan has been called a “change agent” and “uniquely important.”

Neylan is a graduate of Yale University and mother to three daughters. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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CONTACT: Jim Alkon, Editorial Director | BookTrib | jim@booktrib.com | 203-226-0199 | www.booktrib.com