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Brenda Novak

For Novak: Romance, Mystery, Cookies & Greek Goddess

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Having written more than 50 novels, Brenda Novak is an expert at pulling our romantic heartstrings. But in addition, a mysterious disappearance forms the backdrop in Before We Were Strangers (MIRA). Inspired by a segment from a true-crime television show, her latest novel is a story of intrigue, mystery, and psychosis. Novak says she watched a show that “featured a woman whose mother went missing when she was small. As the girl grew up, she suspected her father had something to do with it, but she wasn’t sure enough to accuse him, and because there was no solid evidence… Novak couldn’t resist the pull of the question, “Did the father do it?” and wanted to explore the mystery through her…

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Murder She Wrote: Female Thriller Writers We’re Dying to Read

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From Gone Girl to The Girl on the Train, female thriller writers like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins have become cornerstones of the suspenseful fiction market. Female thriller writers so dominate the genre, in fact, that some male authors have started adopting female pseudonyms in order to sell their novels more effectively. We’re all for celebrating genres where women kick ass, which is why we’ve rounded up 10 upcoming thrillers by female authors that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Hello Again, Brenda Novak (October 3, 2017) Novak continues her bestselling Evelyn Talbot Chronicles with a novel that connects prison psychiatrist Evelyn with an inmate who specializes in ice-pick murders. But the supposed serial killer is also a…

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The 5 Most Captivating Books of the Summer by (and about!) Women

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From thrillers to romance, there are so many amazing books coming out this summer – and a ton of them just happen to be written by women. We’re not surprised. With Wonder Woman dominating theaters, girls seem to be kicking ass everywhere we look these days. Which is why it’s the perfect time to curl up with a great female-centric read. Here are five awesome books coming out this summer written by (and about!) women: The Duchess, Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, June 27, 2017) Steel is the master of the thought-provoking romance, usually featuring a strong and interesting woman at the center of her stories. The Duchess is no exception. Set in the 1800s, it tells the story of a…

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Interview with Brenda Novak, author of ‘Finding Our Forever’

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Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Brenda Novak,” now! Here, we discuss her latest release, Finding Our Forever, her busy writing schedule in 2017 and the three other releases Brenda Novak has coming out this year. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com. New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner! The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch’s owner, that she’s really her daughter? Cora’s not sure she can do that, not unless she’s confident the…

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July’s Author Crush: Brenda Novak is Queen of the Romance Novel

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Sometimes we fall in love with an author who has written one or two amazing novels. Maybe they put out a book every three years or so, and we patiently wait for that new release to show up on our shelves. If it ever does. And then there are the powerhouses. You know who we’re talking about; those authors who often put out multiple books a year, who’ve written dozens of bestsellers and who know their audience like the back of their hand. Think Stephen King, Nora Roberts and James Patterson. These are the authors we turn to over and over, trusting that they’ll consistently deliver an awesome read. And as avid readers we need these authors, relying on their…

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The 25 Beach Bag Books You Should be Reading — WIN a Bag FULL of Books!

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There’s nothing quite like being at the beach. Picture it, you’re lying in the warm sun, listening to the waves crash in front of you as the beautiful breeze keeps you cool; it’s pretty much every person’s dream day. The only thing that can make it even better is having the perfect beach read to really help you kick back and relax. Well, get ready because we’ve got the perfect list for all of those gorgeous summer beach days coming up. Here are 25 of the perfect books (in no particular order) that you definitely NEED to have in your beach bag. WIN 12 of the 25 amazing books below and a BookTrib Tote Bag!  Click the bag to ENTER: The Girls In The Garden…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Brenda Novak, Author of The Secret Sister

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Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why?  After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the South Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who’s asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago. Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she’d prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He’s back on the island, and to her surprise, he’s raising a young…

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Brenda Novak discusses finding your story’s core

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I love nothing more than a hard-won happily-ever-after. Maybe that’s why I gravitate toward redemption stories. At some point, we’ve all done something we regret, created some challenge or obstacle we struggle to overcome. In This Heart of Mine, the latest addition to my Whiskey Creek series, Phoenix Fuller has been through quite a bit. She’s even served time. Now she’s out of prison and finally has a chance to make good, and she’s determined to do it. She’s different and admirable, but no one can see the admirable part at first, which is what makes the discovery of her true character so much fun—and what made her such an interesting personality to create. When I went to the RWA…

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Brenda Novak on what friendship means in Whiskey Creek

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By Brenda Novak In my latest contemporary romance series, readers are introduced to a tightknit group of friends who grew up together in the small town of Whiskey Creek, a place in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California that was founded during the gold rush. Although Whiskey Creek is a fictional setting, it’s modeled on many of the real gold country towns near where I live. Western boardwalks still connect the buildings in the center of town. Among other businesses in Whiskey Creek, there are two Victorians that have been turned into Bed & Breakfasts, a diner called Just Like Mom’s that serves good old comfort food (you can order the most delicious cookies from Just Like Mom’s on…

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