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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Two Families Give New Meaning to ‘Single Parent Problems’ in Debbie Mason’s Latest Highland Falls Novel [REVIEW]

Can they make a child’s winter wishes come true? (Photo courtesy Canva)

She needs a fresh start. He just wants to do his job. When their paths intersect, will they resist their mutual attraction or will a young boy’s wish bring them together? Find out in Debbie Mason’s latest novel as she takes her readers back to Highland Falls once more.

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‘A Beach Wish’ Leads to Unexpected Surprises [REVIEW]

When a woman gives up on her dreams, her mother’s final request may help her find her way again in Shelley Noble’s A Beach Wish. (Photo by Canva)

A mousy daughter. Unexpected relatives. A dying wish that only a parent could make. As she strives to fulfill her mother’s final request, will a young woman find the courage it takes to embrace life’s surprises with an open heart? Find out in Shelley Noble’s new summer read, A Beach Wish.  Read more of this post

‘I’ll Be Watching You’ Reveals Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare [REVIEW]

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I’ll Be Watching You will make parents question their child’s security. (Photo by CyberHades, Flickr)

A tragic accident. A mother’s worst nightmare. A daughter’s secret life revealed. What will one woman do to avenge her child’s death? Find out in Courtney Evan Tate’s breathtaking new thriller, I’ll Be Watching You.  Read more of this post

When A Bad Idea Seems Like Your Only Option [GUEST POST]

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When society is unforgiving, some secrets must be kept at all costs. (Photo courtesy K. A. Servian)

What would you do if everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie? In the new book, A Pivotal Right, a young woman named Viola is faced with just such a dilemma when she discovers her father isn’t who she thought he was and that her mother, Florence, has kept the truth hidden for years.

This premise captured our imaginations, so we invited the author to tell us how being a mother herself impacted the way she wrote Viola’s character and what advice she would give to Florence on how to handle telling a child such a carefully guarded secret. We hope you enjoy this guest post from K.A. Servian! —Jathan & Heather Read more of this post