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Tall Poppies Review: Tina Ann Forkner Wakes Up Emotions

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My oh my but I have a thing for the Talleys. I must—I just finished reading Tina Ann Forkner’s Waking Up Joy  (Tule Publishing) for the second time. Joy Talley is the 40-something who has tasked herself with preserving her parents’ rural Oklahoma homestead as well as their large, rambunctious, and often complicated family. As one of five creative and opinionated siblings myself, I can relate to their brand of crazy. They may be bossy, hot-to-trot, or off their rockers, but the Talleys are fiercely loyal and never less than entertaining. As the book opens, Joy is in a bit of a spot. After falling from her roof while trying to pull an evil charm from the chimney, and then…

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Ginormous Giveaways!

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A Small Indiscretion: A Novel At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Susannah Marren, Author of Between the Tides

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Lainie Smith Morris is perfectly content with her life in New York City: she has four children, a handsome surgeon husband, and good friends. This life she has built is shattered, however, when her husband Charles announces he has accepted a job in Elliot, New Jersey, and that the family must relocate. Lainie is forced to give up the things she knows and loves. Though Charles easily adapts to the intricacies of suburban life, even thriving in it, Lainie finds herself increasingly troubled and bored by her new limited responsibilities, and she remains desperate for the inspiration, comfort, and safety of the city she called home. She is hopelessly lost–until, serendipitously, she reconnects with an old friend/rival turned current Elliot…

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STEAL THE NORTH is vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate

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Vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate, STEAL THE NORTH is a striking portrait of modern identity, faith, family, and love in all of its forms. In their starred review, Booklist said of the book’s plot and characters: “Bergstrom’s magnetic debut resonates on several levels, but first and foremost it is a poignant story of the love between two mismatched teens… The reader becomes involved in this thoroughly engaging first novel’s denouement because of how perceptively Bergstrom has drawn her central characters.” With visceral writing and engaging characters, reminiscent of Ann Patchett and Sue Monk Kidd, Heather Brittain Bergstrom has delivered a novel that will appeal to literary and commercial readers alike, especially those who enjoy YA and Women’s fiction. “Bergstrom has…

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