August Book News

Where ever you choose to do your summer reading, enjoy!

New release from Lise McClendon
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every girl wants a few days in Paris with a hot Frenchman.”I’m thrilled to be here with the Montana Women Writers, who live far away from me on the other side of the state! (I live on the upper Madison River near Yellowstone National Park. I call it that hangie-down part of the state:-)) They’ve been gracious enough to include me here so here goes my news.

I have a new novel coming out in August, the third in my Bennett Sisters series. This is women’s suspense fiction about five lawyer sisters, named after the Jane Austen characters but only slightly. The first in the series was published as a stand-alone in 2009: Blackbird Fly. It has remained one of my bestselling books though so in 2014 I wrote a sequel: The Girl in the Empty Dress. Now comes the third book: The Things We Said Today. (There is a novella in between the last two, so technically this is the 4th in the series.)

I find the life choices women make to be endlessly fascinating. That is not to say men’s lives aren’t equally captivating but there is something about women’s choices that make them more complex, don’t you think? I grew up in the middle of three sisters so I made my first book about the middle Bennett sister, Merle (they call her Merdle=Merle+middle). I am not a lawyer myself — nor have I played one on TV — so the books are more about their lives outside work. Women in the hyper-competitive world of law are the stuff of legend. Look at all the politicians and their spouses who went to law school! Whether or not they practice law it gives them a solid background, and plenty of fodder for fiction. things-we-said-web

The first two books are set mostly in rural France, in the Dordogne, which shapes much of the stories as well. In each book I get to focus on, and learn more about, different sisters, and I have to say their personalities are all their own. All different, from the Bohemian who is set to get married in Scotland in The Things We Said Today, to the beauty who loves the law, to the Martha Stewart one and the wild child. In this story we get to see them all interact together, something readers have told me they wanted.

Although this is a series these are still in the ‘linked stand-alone’ category and can be read in any order. If you’re like most you’ll want to start at the beginning though. And I am offering a free e-book of Blackbird Fly to anyone who joins my newsletter mailing list. Check that out over here. The new book is available for pre-order now. Look for The Things We Said Today on August 15 in trade paperback and e-book everywhere.

LESLIE BUDEWITZ: In early August, I’ll be sharing my first Food Lovers’ Village short story, free, with my newsletter subscribers, so if you’re not already a subscriber, join me now! When Wendy the Baker’s family gathers after her grandmother’s funeral, she and Erin discover a decades-old secret that could prove to be still deadly.

On August 6-7, I’ll be at the Bigfork Festival of the Arts, sharing stories and signing books. Join me on the village streets — my booth will be in front of Frame of Reference Gallery on Electric Avenue. (And my hunny, Don Beans, will sing and play guitar at the Festival stage, at 1:00 Saturday!)

Killing Thyme (final)

If you’re a fan of my Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering the third book, KILLING THYME, at your favorite indie or online retailer. It will be published October 4, in paperback, e-book, AND audio book. pre-orders are hugely important to authors, and may well determine whether the series continues. Read an excerpt and find out where to buy it on my website.

By the way, both ASSAULT AND PEPPER and GUILTY AS CINNAMON are now available in audio and large print, as well.

Stay cool — read a book! 

June Book News

 

Every June in Glacier National Park snowplows work to clear
Going to the Sun Road
for the thousands of visitors who drive it each summer.

 

 

CHOCOLATE, WINE & A GOOD BOOK” BOOKFEST

GROUSE MT. LODGE 

Saturday, JUNE 4, 2016, 5 – 9 p.m.

Whitefish Library Association, in cooperation with the Whitefish Community Foundation, is sponsoring a Festival of the Book: “Chocolate, Wine, and a Good Book”. On Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana, from 5 to 9 pm there will be yummy refreshments, sparkling beverages, decadent chocolate, and opportunities to meet authors and purchase their new books. The first annual “IN THE SPIRIT OF DOROTHY JOHNSON AWARD” will be given to Carol Buchanan. There is no charge to authors or children. All others will be asked to contribute $10.

Our authors Betty Kuffel, Phyllis Quatman, Karen Cunningham, Ina Albert and Marie F. Martin will be there signing their books.

Come join us for a fun evening.

 

 

Marie F. Martin’s book news:

Bad Rock Books bought six autographed paperback copies of her novels to stock in their unique used book store on Nucleus Ave in Columbia Falls, MT.  Besides shelf after shelf of used books, owner Carol Rocks also stocks local Montana authors’ work. She took a few picture of the quaint used book store.

nice store (2)

Cosy nook

Lots and lots of books and a cat.

Lots and lots of books and a cat.

Marie also attended Montana Women Writers meeting on learning how to write a better author’s bio. She wrote this one and it is now posted on her Amazon page.

Marie F. Martin is the author of an intense vow in MATERAL HARBOR, surprising twists of a family’s past in HARBORED SECRETS, a grizzly attack and lover’s spat in RATHAM CREEK. Together her three thriller, mystery, or suspense novels have over 420,000 Kindle downloads and 613 five star reviews.

Marie lives in a fertile valley at the base of the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys a quiet life where laughter comes easy, love easier. She invites you to join in her rich, rural memories on her website where she has posted a memoir of her early childhood and raising her own family of four children.

This inspired her to update her header photo on both twitter and her Facebook author’s page.

New Book Header

New Book Header

She will be having a free promotion to download Maternal Harbor on June 19 &20, 2016

Also the ongoing title of her new novel is now DON’T MESS WITH MRS. SEDGEWICK. The manuscript in now in the hands of a couple of beta readers.

Marie F Martin

 

 

 

Things to love about July…

By Kathy Dunnehoff

Things to love about July…

Flags & flowers.

The kind of sunny heat that finally warms winter bodies.

Camping.

Coming back from camping and discovering a renewed appreciation for indoor plumbing.

Daylight until 10 p.m.

 Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream.

Pretty painted toenails and flipflops.

Bike rides & swimming & moonlit walks.

Garden veggies and herbs.

Bruschetta garden 2014(My bruschetta garden… nothin’ but tomatoes & basil!)

Beach reads to be savored on the beach, on the couch, in the shade of the backyard…

Happy July & Happy reading!

Kathy

Hollywood Beginnings audible cover