Women Actors Now and Then [GUEST POST]

Meryl Streep at the 89th Oscars

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” —Meryl Streep (Photo by ABC/Adam Rose, Flickr)

We have always loved the theatre. In fact, for our very first date we went to go see the deliciously dark Jekyll & Hyde, and its score has entranced us ever since. We relish opportunities to watch amazing actors perform live in shows like The Beauty Queen of LeenaneCabaretChicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Gypsy. But what would any production be without the awesome talents of actresses who were bold enough to make a career on stage and screen? In today’s guest post, author Susana Aikin examines why it still takes a certain kind of woman to live life in the limelight. —J&H Read more of this post

Some Friendships Are Stronger Than War, Just Ask ‘Bess and Frima’ [REVIEW]

Bess and Frima

Theirs is a friendship that would endure politics, marriage, and even war. (Photo courtesy Julie Metz)

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. Two lives irrevocably intertwined. In the face of World War II, each must make decisions that will shape their destinies and alter the course of their lives forever. But which dreams will they pursue and will fate ultimately tear them apart? Find out in Alice Rosenthal’s new historical novel, Bess and Frima, a coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and daring to be different. Read more of this post

Artist Defies Conventional Society in ‘A Different Kind of Fire’ [BOOK BLAST]

Suanne Schafer's A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRE Book Blast

In a time when women seldom dared to be different, there was once a Texas girl who dreamed of something more. Her aspirations would challenge society’s ideals, lead her into love, and even give her a career. But will she be able to maintain the life she’s built, or will it all come crumbling down around her? Find out in Suanne Schafer’s dazzling new historical novel, A Different Kind of Fire.  Read more of this post

Maisey Yates’s ‘Good Time Cowboy’ Lives Up to His Name [REVIEW]

Cowboy and his girl at sunset

Even after your heart’s been broken, new love can blossom in the most unlikely of places. (Photo by Bob Jagendorf, Flickr)

Her ex-husband is a self-absorbed, philandering fool, and most of his friends and colleagues are no better. Yet there’s that one guy who she always felt a spark of attraction toward, the one who would spell trouble for her if she just gave him the chance. Now that she has to work with him, however, will she be able to resist a romance with the one kind of man she always avoids: a bull rider? Find out in Maisey Yates’s latest cowboy rom-com, Good Time Cowboy. 
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Maisey Yates’ ‘Good Time Cowboy’ Needs Taming [EXCERPT]

Heading Home

After Lindy Parker gets rid of one cheating cowboy, will she fall for another? (Photo by Andy Smith, Flickr)

Who doesn’t love a good cowboy novel? After all, these rugged heroes are the stuff fantasies are made of. Usually. But in Maisey Yates’ new book, they are also the very individuals who can break your heart. You’ll see what I mean in this excerpt from Good Time Cowboy. Enjoy! —J.R.  Read more of this post