THE SCENT OF GARDENIAS: An Interview with Lorraine Haas

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When a writer discovers her mother’s secret past, she is compelled to tell her story in The Scent of Gardenias. (Photo courtesy Canva)

The older we get, the easier it is to see our parents from the same vantage point as an outsider would. As such, we’ve often found that we gain better understanding of choices they have made over the years, some of them having been made even before we were born. As author Lorraine Haas wrote her latest book, The Scent of Gardenias, she delved deep into her mother’s past to fictionalize her life story and gained similar insights along the way. She shares some of what she learned in this enlightening interview. We hope you enjoy it! —J&H

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Danielle Steel Considers If Love Is Worth the Risk in ‘Nine Lives’ [REVIEW]

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When someone has the need for speed, can they ever slow down enough to fall in love? (Photo courtesy Canva)

Her mom wants her to marry someone safe, but she has a penchant for bad boys with a need for speed. Will she be able to live up to her mother’s expectations, or will she open her heart to the one man she isn’t supposed to want? Find out in Danielle Steel’s engrossing new novel, Nine Lives.

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A MOTHER’S PROMISE: An Interview with K.D. Alden

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Author KD Alden dishes on writing her first historical novel, A Mother’s Promise. (Photo courtesy Canva)

There are few things as strong as the maternal instinct, a fact which is vividly brought to life in K.D. Alden’s heartrending new novel, A Mother’s Promise. We are excited to have her here with us today. We hope you enjoy our exclusive interview with the author! —J&H

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Susan Mallery’s ‘The Friendship List’ [EXCERPT]

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Checking off a fun to-do list with your BFF should be fun, shouldn’t it? (Photo courtesy Canva)

We’ve all heard of a bucket list. You may even have started one of your own. But have you ever created a to-do list for you and a buddy? It’s what the two best gal pals do in Susan Mallery’s hilariously heartfelt new novel, The Friendship List. So for all of you dynamic duos out there, the BFFs who would move heaven and earth for one another, this one’s for you. We hope you have fun reading this exclusive excerpt from the book. Enjoy! —J&H

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Alison Hammer’s ‘You and Me and Us’ Plucks at Our Heartstrings and Fuels Us with Hope [REVIEW]

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One family will spend one last summer at their favorite beach as they struggle to reconnect before life changes forever. (Photo by Canva)

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A workaholic mom. A doting dad. A teenage daughter making plans for the future. Life as usual is busy and complicated, filled with school and jobs and the day-to-day challenges of family. When an unexpected piece of news throws a wrench in all their lives, it tests  their mettle and the strength of their familial bond. How will they navigate life once the rug has been pulled out from under their feet? Find out in Alison Hammer’s debut novel, You and Me and Us. Read more of this post