IRON & FIRE: An Interview with Kerrin Willis

Kerrin Willis
Kerrin Willis

Two of the things we adore are teachers and writers. Today’s guest checks both boxes. In her new novel, she explores a place that is near and dear to our hearts: New England. With Iron & Fire, Kerrin Willis deftly captures what it was like for a woman living in the Plymouth Colony in 1675. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview! —J&H

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A Teacher Finds Her Calling in Barbara Kennard’s ‘Dragons in My Classroom’ [EXCERPT]

Barbara Kennard with her students at the Dragon School in Oxford, England.
Barbara Kennard with her students at the Dragon School in Oxford, England. (Photo courtesy Barbara Kennard)

Teachers are tenacious by nature. They know how to adapt, and they constantly strive to sharpen their skills, connect with students, and leave an indelible mark on children’s lives. Barbara Kennard is one such teacher. But in her forthcoming memoir, Dragons in My Classroom, she candidly admits that she didn’t start out that way. She had to learn to become the kind of teacher she always wanted to be. We hope you love this exclusive sneak peek from the book, due on store shelves on June 14. Enjoy! —J&H

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Susan Mallery’s ‘Before Summer Ends’ [EXCERPT]

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Escape into Susan Mallery’s Before Summer Ends. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Many of us have that one unrequited love that always seems to haunt us with the question: “What if?” For one woman, she’s spent her life asking that irritating little question, and yet she knows she and her dream man aren’t even in the same league. After all, she’s just a humble teacher and he’s her brother’s handsome, successful best friend. But when he makes a gesture that helps her through a difficult time, does it indicate that she’s not the only one who has been carrying a torch all these years? Find out in Susan Mallery’s thoughtful new novel, Before Summer Ends. We hope you enjoy this excerpt from her forthcoming book. —J&H

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‘The Hollow Middle’ Captures An Educator in the Midst of an Existential Crisis [REVIEW]

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An educator ponders his existence in John Popielaski’s debut novel, The Hollow Middle. (Photo by doublecompile, Flickr)

An educator in the midst of a midlife crisis suddenly receives an unexpected windfall of cash and the opportunity to make some major changes in his life. But as he ponders his existence to date, will he find his way toward self actualization or will he get mired down in the ambiguity of what could have been? Find out in John Popielaski’s The Hollow MiddleRead more of this post

Sometimes It Takes A Leap of Faith ‘To Wager Her Heart’ [REVIEW]

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She may have grown up in Nashville’s social circles, but Alexandra Jamison is about to raise some eyebrows in Tamera Alexander’s TO WAGER HER HEART. (Photo by Manish Vohra, Flickr)

When a woman’s dreams come crashing down around her through no fault of her own, the life she planned is no longer a possibility. But will she be able to find the strength she needs to move on and sieze the life she wants before it is too late? Find out in Tamera Alexander’s moving new historical novel, To Wager Her Heart.  Read more of this post