Julie Valerie – THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS

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In the second novel in the Village of Primm series—The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks—novelist Julie Valerie turns up the heat in her satirical domestic comedy of a wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker who clings to the pursuit of perfection, only to have fate play with her plan at every turn.

Julie and I discuss her heroine, Holly Banks, who soon discovers that her new neighborhood of über mommies have good reason to doubt that their highly coveted planned community is less than perfect—especially when a dark secret leads to some dire circumstances in their community.

We also talk about Julie's insights on those parents in the book whose mission is giving their families a perfect life and the pitfalls that make that impossible, even in a community that prides itself on premiere schools, perfect lawns—and in the case of the Village of Primm, the crowning glory of its topiary garden: a forty-foot peacock (peahen?) that turns out to be the ideal example of what can go wrong does go wrong.

The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks in Amazon Now. You can also order it through your local bookstore.

CONTEST

After listening to this podcast, answer this question correctly for a chance to win

: One of two digital copies of The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, or

: The Grand Prize: a signed copy of the book as well as a digital copy of the first Village of Primm book, Holly Banks Full of Angst.

Question:
What is the name of the neighboring planned community?

Only correct answers will be eligible.
Contest ends 11:59 pm PT, Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Samantha M. Bailey – WOMAN ON THE EDGE

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In Samantha M. Bailey’s debut thriller WOMAN ON THE EDGE, a mother hands her infant daughter to a stranger before falling to her death in front of a subway train. That is, the woman given the child claims they've never met.

But there is enough evidence to prove otherwise. If she's lying, it's because she has a lot to gain: the child she's always wanted, AND access to the fortune the child will one day inherit.

In other words, WOMAN ON THE EDGE has all the right elements for a taut, breakneck domestic thriller.

Sam and I discuss how the concept for her novel came to her, and why the books plot hits home with so women.  And having personally known Sam since WOMAN ON THE EDGE began it’s journey to publication, if your an aspiring author seeking insights and  inspiration, our discussion on that process is one you won’t wanna miss.

 

WIN A DIGITAL COPY OF “WOMAN ON THE EDGE” 

 

Rules:

1: No Purchase Necessary.

2: Listen to the podcast, then answer this question:

What is a topic in the book that resonates with readers who have been new mothers?

3: Send your answer to MailFromJosie@gmail.com

Put “Woman on the Edge Contest” in the subject line.

4: All CORRECT answers will be entered. 

5: Answers must be received no later than midnight PT, April 26, 2020.

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CONGRATULATIONS  to  the WINNER of last month's Author Provocateur contest for Robert Dugoni's “A COLD CASE”:  Diana Herschberger

Author Provocateur Interviews: Kristan Higgins

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New York Times best-selling author Kristan Higgins’ eighteenth novel, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, follows three women—best pals Emerson, Marley, and Georgia—whose lifetime battles with obesity were the bonds that brought them together. The death of one provides the catalyst for self-discovery, change, and acceptance for her friends.

TO ENTER THE CONTEST FOR 1 of 3 PRIZES OF THIS NOVEL, CLICK HERE…