Contemporary Romance – High Hopes

High HopesHigh Hopes
By Sue Lilley
Published: April 2016
ASIN: B01EIJYJAU
Genre: Contemporary romance, contemporary women’s fiction, drama, romance, women’s fiction
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Grace has a secret. Pregnant after a drunken one-night stand with best friend Sam, she gave up her baby for adoption without telling him.  A penniless student, she convinced herself it was for the best. And condemned herself to twenty years of guilt.

When her daughter traces her, Grace longs to meet her, to explain that what she did was an act of love. But how can she do that without confessing to Sam and putting his family in jeopardy?

How could their lifelong friendship survive such a betrayal? Yet Grace has no choice.

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Women’s Fiction – Love’s Illusions

Love's IllusionsLove’s Illusions
By Jolene Cazzola
Publisher: CompletelyNovel
Published: October 2015
ISBN: 978-1849147958
ASIN: B01425VN18
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance/Coming of Age
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“Simultaneously engaging, heart wrenching and all consuming!”

Jackie Moretti always believed in fairy tale endings. But what happens when the fairy tale ends and real life begins? Coming of age in the early 1970s… she’s caught between the world of Ozzie and Harriet and the Age of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. When her world abruptly cracks in two, Jackie is forced to deal with the consequences of soul-shattering deception if she’s ever to find love again.

Sexy, motorcycle riding mechanic, Michael Nowak recognizes Jackie’s vulnerability from their first encounter grabbing her attention and not letting go. The small-time drug dealer provides both intoxicating sex and drugs to distract her from her crumbling life. As their feelings grow from lust to love, Michael gets roped into a larger scale criminal operation than he ever thought possible.

Can they save each other and overcome the struggles of the heart or will their world consume them?

Love’s Illusions is the first installment in a series of women’s modern historical fiction novels. If you love compelling, realistic characters and a page turning plot, then you’ll love Jolene Cazzola’s debut novel.

“Some authors seem to write by rote others get it. Jolene Cazzola is the latter. It isn’t enough to write a heart wrenching novel about love and loss, she draws you into her story and makes you feel it alongside her characters. Beautifully written with a plot that keeps you hooked Love’s Illusion has made my top ten favourite reads for the year which is especially noteworthy considering this is a debut novel.”

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Women’s Fiction – Handmaidens of Rock

Handmaidens of RockHandmaidens of Rock
By Linda Gould
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1491745434
ASIN: B00O8TITBQ
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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At a suburban Maryland high school during the late 1960s, a rock and roll band forms and begins to gain local attention. Founder and lead guitarist Preston, accompanied by keyboardist Neal and drummer Brad, cranks out original tunes as well as rock classics. After moving on to college and signing a management contract, the group makes the controversial decision to replace Brad with drama major Clive. As their freshman year ends, they decide to pursue a lead in England.

Tagging along on this adventure are the three girls who love them: Candy, an aspiring journalist; Hope, a wannabe model and fashion designer; and Theda, a thespian who also fancies herself a musician equal to the guys. The group moves on to further adventures at a Scottish commune, and later UCLA in California. Along the way they encounter a peace-loving guru, a flaky band manager, and a radical engineering professor, as well as love rivals for the musicians’ attention. The girls, ambitious in their own right, are determined not to be mere “handmaidens of rock.” But it is not until a vengeful Brad catches up to the band at a festival, and violence ensues, that the three must prove their worth as grown women.

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Women’s Fiction – Beside the Music

Beside the MusicBeside the Music
By BJ Knapp
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Published: November 2015
ISBN: 978-1620158074
ASIN: B0186OSOT0
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction
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Can mailing a fan letter change a life? Brenda Dunkirk didn’t think so. She also didn’t think 80s metal star Keith Kutter would have actually read her letter. Watching him stand in the rain on her patio and compose a new song is something she never imagined.

Brenda thinks she’s the luckiest woman in the world when Keith’s band, Hydra, and entourage declare her home their base camp while recording their comeback album. She fantasizes about late night lyric writing sessions at her kitchen table and being the first one to hear all the new songs. She is confident that with her help the band will get back on top where they belong. Swept up in the glamour of being the rock and roll muse, Brenda risks her already faltering marriage. Tim, her husband, walks out on her and Hydra’s chaos, and to make matters worse her boss is threatening to fire her if she doesn’t her act together at work.

The band will not leave until the album is done–it could be another month or it could be another year. Ultimately Brenda must choose between the secure contentment of her marriage or the allure of rock and roll.

She must decide: is it possible to be one man’s wife and another man’s muse?

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction – Dust

DustDust
By Beaux Cooper
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Release Date: March 9, 2016
ASIN: B01BPKEFOU
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Fiction
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Some people seek marriage counseling; others find wisdom in horse manure and Austen St. Johns has grabbed a shovel.

When her marriage transitions from blushing newlyweds to people who merely co-exist, Austen realizes perhaps she’s responsible for her misery.

Desiring change, she leaves Oregon for the open plains of a Wyoming ranch where she discovers through love of self how she can save her marriage.

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Contemporary Fiction/Family Saga – How to Grow an Addict

How to Grow an AddictHow to Grow an Addict
By J.A. Wright
Publisher: She Writes Press
Published: November 2015
ISBN: 978-1631529917
ASIN: B010TWF0GC
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Coming of Age, Family Saga, Dark Fiction
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Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment center and she doesn’t know why. She’s not a party hound like the others in her therapy group—but then again, she knows she can’t live without pills or booze.

Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She’s awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquilizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she’s twenty-three years old, she’s a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have—and she’s in more trouble than she’s ever known was possible.

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