Thursday, January 26, 2023

Spotlight of Friends With Issues by Meredith Berlin


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FRIENDS WITH ISSUES
MEREDITH BERLIN
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF CHRIS GORMAN OF BOOKS FORWARD AND THE AUTHOR.
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Three-time-Emmy nominee and former editor-in-chief of “Seventeen Magazine” and “Soap Opera Digest” Meredith Berlin is releasing her debut women’s fiction, Friends With Issues  which follows three glamorous, self-made women in their 40s who gamble with love, sex and their careers in NYC and L.A., as one charismatic man captivates them all.
 
Follows three friends who have made their mark on Manhattan but who now struggle with the daily balancing act of career, family and friendship.

Fans of author Taylor Jenkins Reid will enjoy story of self-made women gambling with love, sex and careers.
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January 24, 2023
Berkley Trade Original
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PRAISE FOR FRIENDS WITH ISSUES:

"Friends with Issues makes a strong case for novels about grown-ass women—strong, vibrant, edgy, capable, and super sexy. Berlin digs beneath the veneer of privilege to create complex, layered female characters with real-world problems: health, identity, sexuality, and marriage. A captivating tale of three women at a crossroads in life. Pour yourself a glass of wine or draw a bubble bath and dig in … you’ll be hooked!"-- Marcie Maxfield, award-winning playwright of Girls Together Always and award-winning author of Em's Awful Good Fortune

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ABOUT FRIENDS WITH ISSUES:

Friends With Issues follows Brooke, Elizabeth, and Susan, three friends who have made their mark on Manhattan but who now struggle with the daily balancing act of career, friendship, and intimacy. 

Brooke thought she married the man of her dreams, but now she’s questioning her marriage as she embarks on a new venture to Hollywood. 

Elizabeth’s sex life is incredible, but only on her husband’s terms–and after a shattering diagnosis, she attempts to remake herself in order to recover some semblance of her identity. 

Susan should be ecstatic when her media mogul husband catapults them into financial security, but as her uncertainty about their relationship grows, she opens a Pandora’s box of new passion by finally admitting that her sexual and romantic preferences do not lie exclusively with men.

In Meredith Berlin’s provocative debut, these women discover that their relationships to sex, love, friends, and personal identity can transform at any age–and money doesn’t protect you from the unimaginable. 

Fans of Big Little Lies, The Manhattan Girls, Valley of the Dolls, and novels by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Jessica Anya Blau will devour this absorbing drama to its powerful end.

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An Interview with Meredith Berlin:

How has your professional life, working as editor-in-chief for Seventeen Magazine and Soap Opera Digest, influenced your writing?

Soap Opera Digest not only taught me about that particular community of actors and actresses. More importantly, it taught me about the art of storytelling. Daily soap scripts are the length of most movies. No reruns. Soaps are where writers learned about arcs and long form storytelling. They’ve been around since the early days of radio. Seventeen, is considered a national treasure. A girl’s first real magazine. It taught me about fashion, respect for teens, what is current and on the minds of girls. It taught me how to capture a reader and not let go.

How has your MS diagnosis impacted you and your writing?

MS taught me that I have to respect my body. It’s a disease that doesn’t allow you to “push through” When you need to rest, you must rest. Because I look fine, with no outward symptoms, it’s also called on me to be more of an advocate for myself. My disability is not seen but I must communicate that I have one, IF the situation calls for it. It’s taught me about self advocacy in general. I have learned to accept what my body tells me and listen to it. I would LOVE to expand on this.

What made you decide to return to writing, and how has your life changed since you have?

I saw a movie on TV 20 years after I wrote the book and said, “That’s my book!” Of course it wasn’t, but the relationship between the women, the fact that they were wealthy but also self made, had strengths, weaknesses, love problems, children problems and relied on each other, made me realize that my book’s themes were evergreen. I was enthused to return to it. And finishing the book became a fever goal. My family pushed me on.

Let’s talk about your characters. You mention that people are not just “one thing”. How does this show up in your characters?

I can expand more fully! If you see a well dressed, wealthy woman, you can come up with an idea of what kind of life that person lives. If you talk to someone who’s confrontational, and rude, you want to stay away. If you meet someone with a wrenching disease, you imagine that their life is a struggle. But you don’t know their backstory. It’s only by listening and investing the time in someone else that you might learn, ie, that the confrontational person, ie, has been severely emotionally crippled in their past and it colors what they say and do. Listening, giving people second chances and believing that everyone has a story is, for me, a more connected way to live. Doesn’t mean you have to like them. It’s just interesting to remember that most of us have layers and reasons for what we do.

How does this book show the truth of life – that we all struggle and have to adapt?

Yes, it’s a good subject to expand on. Well, the most recent example of that is that my entire family has come down with CoVid and I’m on deadline. I’m here in Massachusetts, meant to take care of my granddaughter, while being slayed with the disease. Didn’t plan on it. I’m exhausted, anxious, worried. I want to push through but I can’t. So what to do? Ask for help, lower my expectations, believe that I will still show the world the best book I can write and rely on family and friends to support me when I tell myself a million times a day, “Oh God, what if I can’t?”

As somebody who has interviewed a lot of celebrities – who was your most interesting interview?

The first interview I ever conducted was with the most famous man in the world — Muhammad Ali. It was also the easiest because he did all the talking. I was 20 years old and scared to death! I was also paid the “ridiculously high fee” of $25 for for writing the story for my local newspaper. How I got the interview and why Ali said yes is a story of persistence, fear, and the generosity of an incredible boxer.

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I want them to relate to my characters. I want them to see themselves or someone they know in them. I want them to know that we–as humans–have inner strength to get us through the worst. I hope they see that humor, love and support can help us through the good times and bad.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Meredith Berlin was the editor-in-chief of several magazines, including Soap Opera Digest and Seventeen. 

Her freelance articles and profiles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines. 

Meredith is a three-time Emmy-nominated executive producer and has been a regular on-air contributor to television news and entertainment shows. 

Like a few of her characters, she worked as a jeweler and lived in the northern suburbs of New York City. Meredith has been married for over thirty years and has three adult children and one perfect granddaughter. Like many former New Yorkers, she currently lives in Florida. This is her first novel.

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Follow Meredith Berlin on social media:

Instagram: @meredith_berlin

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Spotlight of Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broke


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DO I KNOW YOU?
EMILY WIBBERLEY AND AUSTIN SIEGEMUND-BROKE
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF KRISTIN CIPOLLA | PUBLICIST | BERKLEY | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE.
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What if you could start over with the love of your life? 
 
Would you pick them all over again? These are the questions that come to mind after reading Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broke’s highly anticipated new novel DO I KNOW YOU?

 

This beautiful and honest portrayal of a young marriage moved me in a way very few books have, and I think you will get the same flutters in your stomach as I did.
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One of Buzzfeed’s Romance Books To Look Out For In 2023!

When a couple starts to feel like they’re married to a stranger, a flirtatious game of pretend becomes the spark they need to reignite their relationship.
 
**INFORMATION TAKEN FROM PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE'S WEBPAGE**
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January 24, 2023
Berkley Trade Original
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ELEVATOR PITCH:

In this heartwarming romance, a couple who feels their relationship is deteriorating begins a flirtatious game of pretend that may just be the spark they need to reignite their relationship.

 

Keep it on your radar: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are no strangers to romance stories—they met and fell in love in high school and are now five-years married. 

 

DO I KNOW YOU? follows a couple who married young and are struggling to remember why they fell in love in the first place. 

 

This is a refreshing and uplifting novel that is sure to remind readers that falling in love and staying in love look awfully similar.

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PRAISE FOR DO I KNOW YOU?:

“Many authors can write compellingly about falling in love…but it takes a deft hand (or two, in this case) to write compellingly about staying in love.  Luckily, we have Wibbroka, who have crafted a novel about marriage that is honest to the bone, refreshing, and — like a long-term relationship — deliciously surprising.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

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Do I Know You? shows the pure magic of that pivotal moment when two people make the choice to fight for each other. This book is more than a story of a marriage in trouble. It's the story of a spark rekindled and the new flames deliver all the warmth you could want in a novel. Full of humor and heart, Do I Know You? had me in my feelings!"—Denise Williams, author of The Fastest Way to Fall

Do I Know You? offers the fresh twist on a marriage in crisis that I didn't know I needed! Wibbroka does it again with a magnetically raw and intimate portrayal of where love begins, fades, and begins again. Flirty, sweeping, and hopeful, readers will clutch their chests and root for Eliza and Graham until the very last page.”Amy Lea, author of Set on You

"Reading Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka's prose is like sliding into the crisp sheets of a luxury hotel bed. Do I Know You? is such an inventive take on a 'marriage in trouble' story, showing the fragility that can sometimes hide behind familiarity. By the end, I cared about the fate of Eliza and Graham's relationship like I knew them personally."—Alicia Thompson, national bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers

“Readers won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.”
Publishers Weekly
 
**PRAISE TAKEN FROM AMAZON'S PAGE ABOUT THE BOOK** 
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THE STORY:

Eliza and Graham’s marriage is quietly failing, and they find themselves on a weeklong getaway intended for their five-year anniversary. 

When they are introduced as strangers at the hotel bar, instead of correcting the well-meaning guest, they find themselves… enjoying the act? 

They flirt like it’s their first date and share pillow talk secrets like they haven’t been sharing a bed for the past five years. 

The two decide to spend the rest of the week as strangers, creating alter egos who embrace the parts of themselves they thought were lost. 

Their chemistry is palpable and everyone at the retreat can see—this game of pretend that may just be the spark they need to reignite their relationship.

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MORE ABOUT DO I KNOW YOU?:

Eliza and Graham are anticipating an anything-but-sexy, weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. Nestled on the Northern California coastline, the resort prides itself on being a destination for those in love and those looking to find it. For Eliza and Graham, it might as well be a vacation with a roommate.
 
When a well-meaning guest mistakes Eliza and Graham for being single and introduces them at the hotel bar, they don’t correct him. Suddenly, they’re pretending to be perfect strangers and it’s unexpectedly…fun? Eliza and Graham find themselves flirting like it’s their first date, and waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back. 

Everyone at the retreat can sense the electric chemistry between Eliza and Graham’s alter egos. But when their scintillating game of roleplaying ends, will they still feel the heat?

**INFORMATION TAKEN FROM PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE'S WEBPAGE**

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka met and fell in love in high school. Austin went on to graduate from Harvard, while Emily graduated from Princeton.

Together, they are the authors of several novels about romance for teens and adults.

Now married, they live in Los Angeles, where they continue to take daily inspiration from their own love story.

**AUTHOR INFORMATION AND PHOTO TAKEN FROM PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE'S WEBPAGE**

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Spotlight of The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Myra Malone

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THE MINUSCULE MANSION OF MYRA MALONE
AUDREY BURGES
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF CHELSEA PASCOE | PUBLICIST | BERKLEY | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
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Perfect for fans of books with a touch of magical realism, like Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. 
 
Readers will love this unique story that centers on a miniature house with deep historical roots and special connections. 
 
Audrey is an accomplished writer who has stories published in McSweeney's, Hobart Pulp, Pithead Chapel, Cease, Cows, HAD, Into the Void, and numerous other outlets.
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January 24, 2023
Berkley Trade Paperback Original
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PRAISE FOR THE MINUSCULE MANSION OF MYRA MALONE:

The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone is a refreshing and unique entry into the genre of mystical realism. Quirky and scarred yet very authentic characters populate this richly told tale of friendship, family, and timeless love.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

“This creative, engaging debut weaves together an unusual family legacy, a romance between two lonely souls, and a touch of magic in the form of a tiny mansion that seems to know what's best for everyone.”Booklist 

“This well-written novel with heart-warming characters is perfect for fans of magical realism by the likes of Sarah Addison Allen and Isabel Allende.”Library Journal

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ABOUT THE MINUSCULE MANSION OF MYRA MALONE:

The story: From her attic in the Arizona mountains, thirty-four-year-old Myra Malone blogs about a dollhouse mansion that captivates thousands of readers worldwide. 

Myra’s stories have created legions of fans who breathlessly await every blog post, trade photographs of Mansion-modeled rooms, and swap theories about the enigmatic and reclusive author. 

Myra herself is tethered to the Mansion by mysteries she can’t understand—rooms that appear and disappear overnight, music that plays in its corridors.

Across the country, Alex Rakes, the scion of a custom furniture business, encounters two Mansion fans trying to recreate a room. 
 
The pair show him the Minuscule Mansion, and Alex is shocked to recognize a reflection of his own life mirrored back to him in minute scale. 
 
The room is his own bedroom, and the Mansion is his family’s home, handed down from the grandmother who disappeared mysteriously when Alex was a child. 
 
Searching for answers, Alex begins corresponding with Myra. Together, the two unwind the lonely paths of their twin worlds—big and small—and trace the stories that entwine them, setting the stage for a meeting rooted in loss, but defined by love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photo: © Christy Davis – From the Heart Images

Audrey Burges writes novels, humor, short fiction, and essays in Richmond, Virginia. 

Her presence is tolerated by her two rambunctious children and very patient husband, all of whom have become practiced at making supportive faces when she shouts, “listen to this sentence!” 

She is a frequent contributor to numerous humor outlets, including McSweeney’s, and her stories and essays have appeared in Pithead Chapel, Cease, Cows, and lengthy diatribes in the Notes app on her phone. 

Audrey was born and raised in Arizona by her linguist parents, which is a lot like being raised by wolves, but with better grammar. 

She moved to Virginia as an adult but still carries mountains and canyons in her heart, and sometimes, when she closes her eyes, she can still smell ponderosa pines in the sun.

**AUTHOR PHOTO AND INFORMATION TAKEN FROM PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE'S PAGE**

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Spotlight of The Greenleaf Murders by R. J. Koreto and $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

The Greenleaf Murders

by R.J. Koreto

January 23 - February 17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour

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SYNOPSIS:

Young architect Wren Fontaine lands her dream job: restoring Greenleaf House, New York's finest Gilded-Age mansion, to its glory days. But old homes have old secrets: Stephen Greenleaf—heir to what’s left of his family’s legacy—refuses to reveal what his plans are once the renovation is completed. And still living in a corner of the home is Stephen's 90-year-old Aunt Agnes who's lost in the past, brooding over a long-forgotten scandal while watching Wren with mistrust.

Wren's job becomes more complex when a shady developer who was trying to acquire Greenleaf House is found murdered. And after breaking into a sealed attic, Wren finds a skeleton stuffed in a trunk. She soon realizes the two deaths, a century apart, are strangely related. Meanwhile, a distraction of a different kind appears in the form of her client's niece, the beautiful and seductive Hadley Vanderwerf. As Wren gingerly approaches a romance, she finds that Hadley has her own secrets.

The Greenleaf Murders by R.J. Koreto

Then a third murder occurs, and the introverted architect is forced to think about people, and about how ill-fated love affairs and obsessions continue to haunt the Greenleafs. In the end, Wren risks her own life to uncover a pair of murderers, separated by a century but connected by motive. She reveals an odd twist in the family tree that forever changes the lives of the Greenleafs, the people who served them, the mansion they all called home—and even Wren herself.

PRAISE FOR THE GREENLEAF MURDERS:

"A delightful who-done-it in which the house is as engaging as the wonderful heroine. Readers will want to get lost in these rooms and these pages."

Cate Holahan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Three Lives

"If you love houses and puzzles - which I do - you will be captivated by THE GREENLEAF MURDERS, the first in Richard Koreto's new series. Equally sure-footed in the gilded age of the mansion's heyday and the contemporary world of its decline, Koreto has woven a pretzel of a plot, introduced a charming new heroine, and whetted appetites for more grave deeds and grandeur."

Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series

"The Greenleaf Murders mixes a modern suspense mystery with the love of old-world mansions and iconic High Society. Buried secrets threaten a family clinging to their former glory as two murders surface, a century apart. Koreto weaves a story that creates the perfect tension between the beauty of the golden era and the fear of a killer in plain sight."

L.A. Chandlar, national best selling author of the Art Deco Mystery Series

"One would think that a murder mystery featuring old homes, architecture, and rich blue bloods would be a dull read, but that’s not the case with R.J. Koreto’s finely-written “The Greenleaf Murders.” Filled with twists and turns and sharply-drawn characters, this well-done novel is very much recommended."

Brendan DuBois, award-wining and New York Times bestselling author

BOOK DETAILS:

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: November 2022
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781685122089
Series: Historic Homes Mysteries, #1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop.org | Goodreads | Level Best Books

READ AN EXCERPT:

Last night, Wren had dreamt she went to Manderley again.

When she was fifteen, her mother had given her a copy of Rebecca, saying it was one of her favorites. A voracious reader, Wren finished it in a few days, but her reaction was not what her mother had hoped for.

“Rebecca was horrible, but Maxim was no prize either. And the second Mrs. De Winter—kind of wimpy.”

“You didn’t like anyone in that book?” asked her exasperated mother.

“I liked Mrs. Danvers. I know she was insane, but she really appreciated the house. If people had been nicer to her, maybe she wouldn’t have burned it down. The best part of the book was Manderley. I’d have liked to live there, in splendid isolation, and Mrs. Danvers would take care of things. She was the only one in the book who knew how to do something.”

Her mother just stared. What teenaged girl talked about living by herself in an ivy-covered British mansion? She kissed her daughter on her forehead. “Wren, you really are an old soul.”

But although Manderley was her first love, Wren proved fickle, and also fell in love with Holyrood House, Blenheim Palace, and Versailles.

A succession of guidance counselors worried about Wren, although she gradually learned to make friends, and even go on dates. However, nothing could replace her love for houses, and it was a foregone conclusion by college that she would become an architect like her father and spend as much time as possible working with houses and not people. And not just any houses, but the kind no one had lived in for a long time.

As Wren approached 30, her father made her a junior partner and told her if he could close the deal with Stephen Greenleaf, he’d let her take full responsibility for Greenleaf House. Once the proposal they had worked on so hard had been completed, Wren couldn’t think about anything beyond spending her days in that Gilded Age gem, one of the largest private residences ever built in New York City. Over the years, like the second Mrs. De Winter, she dreamed of Manderley, never more than when she was hoping for the Greenleaf job.

She came home late one evening after visiting a job site and found her father in the study of the home they still shared. Living at home had become a temporary convenience while she was at graduate school, which turned into a habit, as they liked each other’s company. Not that either would admit it.

She watched him sketch. Although the firm had an office in midtown Manhattan, her father preferred to work in the study of their Brooklyn townhouse. For normal work, she knew it was safe to interrupt him, but not while he did the sketches—his avocation, his passion, just him and his pencils, creating columns and cornices, chair railings, and gargoyles. The only light poured from the desk lamp, illuminating the fine paper and her father’s high-domed forehead. She wanted to know if he had heard anything—but had to wait patiently.

Eventually, the scratching stopped, and he put his pencil down.

“If you haven’t eaten yet, Ada left her spaghetti and meat sauce in the refrigerator. She’s a fine housekeeper, but that particular dish is a little common.”

“Only you would describe a dish of pasta as ‘common.’”

“You know what I mean. And if you don’t understand the context, you shouldn’t be an architect.”

“Fine. But I think it’s delicious.”

“Yes,” he said, with a touch of impatience. “I didn’t say it wasn’t delicious. I said it was common.” He swiveled in his chair and smiled. “But you’re really here to ask if I’ve heard from Greenleaf? I told him today that we couldn’t put aside our other projects indefinitely. And that Bobby Fiore was the only contractor we could trust, and we couldn’t ask him to postpone other jobs, so with a few arguments about the price, he agreed.”

Wren laughed, did a little dance, and punched the air. Then she ran and hugged her father, which he tolerated. “I knew you’d convince him. You are the most wonderful father.”

“Wren. Take a seat.” He said it in his even, measured tone, the one he used for serious discussions. Wren wiped the smile from her face, pulled up a chair, and tucked a rebellious lock of hair behind her ear. In the half-dark room, he took her hands in his.

“I have no doubt that you have the technical skills for this job. My concern is the personal skills. These are the Greenleafs. They were a force in this city when it was still New Amsterdam. We see their house merely as an architectural jewel. The family sees it as a symbol of how tightly they are tied to the history of this city. They are different from other people.”

“People are people,” she said.

“First of all, no. People are different. And even if you were right, people are not your strong suit.”

“I’ve worked well with our clients,” she said defensively.

“You referred to one of our clients as ‘a pompous bourgeois vulgarian.’”

Wren rolled her eyes. “Let’s not go there again. I didn’t say it to his face, just to you.”

“Do you think you hid your feelings?”

“You’ve said worse,” she countered. Then realized she had lost the argument when his eyes went up to the framed certificate on the wall—the Pritzker Prize, often called the Nobel Prize of architecture. I’ve earned my right to arrogance. You have a long way to go.

“Just remember that these people pay our bills. I know we often work to protect them from their own worse instincts, but let’s try to be a little more politic. Your mother used to say you lived in your own special world. But you have to join the rest of humanity every now and then. And that brings me back to Greenleaf House. This is the very important symbol of what was once one of the most important families in this city. Keep that in mind when dealing with Stephen Greenleaf.”

“We’ve already had several meetings, don’t forget. He didn’t seem that unusual to me—runs his own asset management firm. I’ve dealt with Wall Street types before. It won’t be a problem.”

“Wren.” Again, heavy on her name—all her life, this had been the sign of a serious conversation. “The Greenleafs made their money before there was a Wall Street. People like this are unusually touchy about their families and histories. Now that you’re actually starting, his behavior may change. There could be some emotional repercussions. To make this a success, you will have to watch out for those feelings and manage them.”

“And you’re about to say—again—that I understand houses but not people.”

“Let’s just say it’s more of an effort for you. You can work with people. You just don’t like to. But I made you a partner. So you can’t just do the fun parts of your job. You have to do it all.”

“Yes, father,” she said. He was serious, so there could be no more pushback from her. No verbal fencing. He wanted her to live up to his expectations.

“It isn’t your father who’s asking you, Wren. It’s the senior partner of this firm, Ms. Fontaine.”

She nodded. “I understand, Ezra.”

And then he lightened his face with a smile. “But before we move on to the particulars, there is one more piece of advice, this time from your father. It may be hard to remember in any residence we work on, but especially in one with more than 70 rooms, it is not just a house. It’s someone’s home. It was Mr. Greenleaf’s childhood home, in fact, and his aunt has lived there her entire life. You’re not very sentimental Wren—and that’s fine. Neither am I. But please remember that—it’s not just a building. It’s a home.”

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Excerpt from The Greenleaf Murders by R.J. Koreto. Copyright 2022 by R.J. Koreto. Reproduced with permission from R.J. Koreto. All rights reserved.

R.J. Koreto

 AUTHOR BIO:

R.J. Koreto is the author of the Historic Home mystery series, set in modern New York City; the Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery series, set in Edwardian England; and the Alice Roosevelt mystery series, set in turn-of-the-century New York. His short stories have been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, as well as various anthologies.

In his day job, he works as a business and financial journalist. Over the years, he’s been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, book author, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Like his heroine, Lady Frances Ffolkes, he’s a graduate of Vassar College.

With his wife and daughters, he divides his time between Rockland County, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 1/23/2023


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I hope you had a great reading week.
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:
 
THE CUBAN HEIRESS by Chanel Cleeton - review will be on April 11.
 
LOVED it!!  
 
Great characters and story line, and I learned about the SS Morro Castle - a ship that caught on fire at sea.  
 
I had never heard of that ship.
 
 
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THE POLISH GIRL by Gosia Nealon - review will be on February 26.
 
Historical fiction fans won't want to miss this book.  
 

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THE GOOD LUCK CAFE by Annie Rains - review will be on March 16.
 
A very sweet read with an adorable main character.   
 
You won’t want to stop reading or want the book to end.
 
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JUNIPER ISLE by Ava Roberts - review will be on March 4.
 
A great debut - it is out NOW!! If you are a mystery fan, check it out.
 
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 THE SOULMATE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 4, 2023.
 
WOW!!  This is a good one....hope you get to read it!!
 
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THE ECHO OF OLD BOOKS by Barbara Davis - review will be on March 29.
 
FABULOUS READ!!  Do NOT miss this one!!  Her BEST one yet!!
 
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 HANG THE MOON BY JEANNETTE WALLS - review will be on March 28, 2023.
 
Pretty good!!
 
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THE LONDON SEANCE SOCIETY by Sarah Penner - review will be on March 21, 2023.
 
Very disappointed in this book.  
 
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IT'S ONE OF US by J. T. Ellison - review will be on February 25, 2023.
 
Fans will be glued to the pages.  

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THE LOST ENGLISH GIRL by Julia Kelly - review will be on March 9, 2023.
 
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book...I hope you get to read it.
 
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THE LAST CAROLINA GIRL by Meagan Church - review will be on February 28, 2023.
 
LOVED it - well researched, but it is heartbreaking.
 
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WHAT HAVE WE DONE by Alex Finlay - review will be on March 7, 2023.
 
Disappointed because I really enjoyed his other two books.  This was very dark and difficult to follow.
 
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WHEN THE MOON TURNS BLUE by Pamela Terry - review will be on February 21, 2023.
 
Disappointed...loved her book, THE SWEET TASTE OF MUSCADINES.
 
This book was VERY confusing and all over the place with too many characters.
 
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CODE NAME SAPPHIRE by Pam Jenoff - review will be on February 7, 2023.
 
Another Pam Jenoff masterpiece....do not miss it!!
 
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A MATTER OF HAPPINESS by Tori Whitaker - review will be on January 19, 2023.
 
Another lovely read that historical fiction fans, women's fiction fans, and vintage car fans will adore.
 
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THE GIRLS WHO DISAPPEARED by Claire Douglas - review is in the book's title.
 
Another good one by Claire Douglas.
 
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JUST THE NICEST COUPLE by Mary Kubica - review is in the book's title.
 
It's a good one!!  Don't miss it!!
 
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ONCE WE WERE HOME by Jennifer Rosner - review will be on March 14, 2023.
 
Another beautiful, but heartbreaking read by Jennifer Rosner.  Don't miss it!!
 
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THE NIGHT TRAVELERS by Armando Lucas Correa - review is in the book's title.
 
A beautifully written, heartbreaking book.
 
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ALL THE DANGEROUS THINGS by Stacy Willingham - review is in the book's title.
 
Don't miss this one - dragged a bit, but it is worth the wait for a brilliant, clever ending.
 
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Book Currently Reading: 
 
WHERE COYOTES HOWL by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 18, 2023.
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Books Up Next:

ONLY THE BEAUTIFUL by Susan Meissner - review will be on April 19, 2023.
 
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THE DUTCH ORPHAN by Ellen Keith - review will be on April 20, 2023.
 
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FIFTH AVENUE GLAMOUR GIRL by Renee Rosen - review will be on April 25, 2023.
 
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THE COLLECTED REGRETS OF CLOVER by Mikki Brammer - review will be on May 9, 2023.
 
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ADRIFT by Lisa Brideau - review will be on May 10, 2023.
 
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NO LIFE FOR A LADY Hannah Dolby - review will be on May 11.
 
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THE SENATOR'S WIFE by Liv Constantine - review will be on May 23.
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THE REVENGE LIST by Hannah Mary McKinnon - review will be on May 24. 
 
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THE WISHING GAME by Meg Shaffer - review will be on May 30, 2023.
 
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THE PARIS DAUGHTER by Kristin Harmel - review will be on June 6, 2023.
 
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THE BOOKSHOP BY THE BAY by Pamela Kelley - review will be on June 7, 2023.

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WHAT REMAINS by Wendy Walker - review will be on June 13, 2023.
 
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THE LAST LIFE BOAT by Hazel Gaynor - review will be on June 14.
 
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A MOST AGREEABLE MURDER by Julia Seales - review will be on June 27, 2023.

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THE BLOCK PARTY by Jamie Day - review will be on July 18.
 
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GONE TONIGHT by Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on August 1.
 
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DARK CORNERS by Megan Goldin - review will be on August 8, 2023.
 
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THESE STILL BLACK WATERS by Christina McDonald - review will be on August 9.
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