By Donna M. Gershten
Selected because the first winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a fantastically written, lyrical first novel that provides a unprecedented window into one other tradition. Its impossible to resist heroine takes the reader into her Mexican global and the event is unforgettable.
Barbara Kingsolver based the Bellwether Prize in aid of a literature of social switch. In her phrases, Donna Gershten's novel has "the type of political boldness and complexity we are hoping to advertise with this prize. It units a regular for what we are defining as a literature of social responsibility."
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is the fictitious memoir of Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez -- spouse, scoundrel, courtesan, and mom. In a global the place gender and sophistication roles are unbending, and faith main, Magda creates a philosophy of existence that she will be able to thrive in, a faith of cynical optimism, pragmatism, and decided gratitude. The invincible but fallible Magda climbs from the bad barrio of a coastal Mexican city to American affluence, from wide-eyed youth to worldly courtesan existence, from full-blooded adolescence to oncoming blindness.
In the Golden area of Teatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, the place travelers and filthy rich Mexicans thrive and the place bad Mexicans come purely to paintings or to go to the shrine of the miracle child Jesus, Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez plays her day-by-day ritual. within the chair of her loved Tía Chucha, mortared to the roof of her Golden area domestic, Magda shaves her lengthy legs, tells her existence tales, and thrusts her fierce prayers of gratitude towards the ocean of Cortés.
"More cabrón than starvation is the individual that has suffered it," Magda says, and in her unsentimental and savvy style, she recounts her lifestyles suggestions -- pro with an earthy, well-merited knowledge -- in order that she may perhaps move them alongside to her half-American daughter, Martina, and to her younger Mexican cousin, Isabel.
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a unique approximately love, the ability of intercourse, and the struggles of girls. it truly is in regards to the secrets and techniques of survival. it really is approximately what a girl can do.
By Winter Renshaw
It used to be an blameless mistake…
All workaholic actual property dealer Addison Andrews sought after was once one evening of enjoyment, and choosing the right man used to be no diversified than procuring from a catalog because of the courting app on her mobile. His identify used to be Wilder, and his profile was once clean – only a attractive photograph of a guy who promised each depraved purpose of a one-night stand.
The contract used to be basic. One evening. No final names. however the moment their our bodies melded jointly within the sheets in their posh new york lodge room, there has been no denying they healthy jointly like items of a damaged puzzle.
There’s only one problem…
Addison unknowingly swiped correct at the one guy she wasn’t speculated to be with – her new stepbrother. All it takes is one chunk of forbidden fruit to turn into addicted, yet being with him has significant results for his or her whole kin. And if someone figured out approximately them, the profession she labored so challenging to construct might disintegrate to the ground.
But Wilder Van Cleef doesn’t care concerning the threat of a scandal. He wishes her, and he’s prepared to do no matter what it takes.
PLEASE be aware: this can be a standalone, full-length romance novel with out cliffhanger.
By Erika Snow
Nellie, the South Carolinian seashore woman with the curly blonde hair and flashing eco-friendly eyes, discovers the reality of her adolescence. She and her mom, the courageous Marjorie, were put within the witness relocation software to guard them from a Chicago mobster.
Marjorie dies unexpectedly leaving Nellie with a destiny full of secret and surprises—one of that's the knowledge that her father resides and desperately desires her in his life.
Ray isn't really by myself, besides the fact that. He has a brand new spouse and her son: the good-looking Dane. powerful, tanned, and extremely vivid, he’s supporting Ray with a fencing company, yet his middle longs for better studying and assorted experiences.
Dane and Nellie suppose the moment allure, performing on it although the realm sees them as brother and sister. Can they get earlier the gossip and discover a lifestyles jointly?
By Jennifer Gilby Roberts
A British chick lit romantic comedy novel for fanatics of Bridget Jones, Sophie Kinsella and ally romance.
This e-book is the 1st within the Parker Sisters British chick lit sequence, yet might be learn as a standalone (no cliffhanger).
25-year-old Mel Parker has a number of tiny problems:
* Her task is terrible
* She's been dumped once more (and her ex is now her boss)
* Her mom and dad imagine she's a loser in comparison to her excellent more youthful sister
* All her efforts to enhance her lifestyles look doomed to failure
* There is absolutely not adequate chocolate on this planet to make up for the above.
The neatest thing in her existence has constantly been her ally Will, who has obvious her via each hindrance from misplaced toys to being pregnant scares. yet his female friend (who's prettier, better-dressed, extra winning and secretly evil) is set to exchange Mel because the lady in his existence and the way is Mel alleged to compete?
And what do you do while you've gotten pretty well given up by yourself existence? You support others, in fact! whether or not they love it or not.
After all, what is the worst that can happen?
A snigger out loud British chick lit romantic comedy novel dependent (loosely) on Jane Austen's Emma.
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Bronze Medal Winner within the Readers' favourite ebook Awards 2014 - Chick Lit.
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Could you surrender your entire rules of ‘what’s attainable’ to spend time with a family member who has kicked the bucket? it can definitely be the final word event . . . From NY instances Bestselling authors, GOING house is a undying tale, frequently funny, concerning the energy of affection over loss of life, non secular renewal, and a relatives restored. while the spirit of Mark Twain arrives, bearing miracles and knowledge for a grieving guy, he's requested to toss out every thing he believes to create a brand new lifestyles. Will he take the jump? “Win and Meredith Blevins are a super-fun couple and high-quality writers!” ~ Clive Cussler
Twain, and his specific model of humor and deep knowledge, could be simply the shake-up Lewis wishes. Twain prices himself, announcing, “I imagine we by no means develop into quite and surely our whole and sincere selves until eventually we're dead—and no longer then till now we have been lifeless years and years. humans should begin lifeless, and they'd be sincere quite a bit earlier.” Lewis acknowledges the phrases. “That’s out of your pages, Eruption!” after which Mark smiles.“This goes to see very well.”
Lewis Evans, an award-winning author from Twain’s native land, has been blasted through the worst information he may perhaps get—his spouse Sally has been killed in an automobile coincidence. the subsequent information is simply as surprising. His idol Mark Twain comes calling to provide condolences and advice. yet how might it's the literary genius, and very good wise-cracker, long gone from the earth for a century and a half?
The fellow declares that he's, certainly, the spirit of Twain and has been despatched through Sally. He seems and seems like Twain, and he understands issues approximately Lewis, his spouse, and their family members that purely Sally can have informed him. yet it’s very unlikely!
When Lewis places his concept of what's possible on carry, the 2 males trigger on a grand steamboat trip down the effective Mississippi River, the river they either love and get in touch with home.
Lewis figures he'll get to switch tales of years spent piloting the river, and of years spent misplaced and wandering the realm. he's teased into considering he may get a peek into the secrets and techniques of existence and demise from the storyteller he admires such a lot. And, that he could get to work out Sally yet one more time. so much of all, he'll become aware of how he can dwell the remainder of his lifestyles by myself, but in pleasure and love.
In a climactic scene, cradled in a scorching spring in a Natchez local American rite of renewed existence, Lewis starts off to appreciate this quest. He faces down difficult truths and blazing gentle with the strength of affection . . . and all will hold him home.
Readers who get pleasure from Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) and Nicolas Sparks The workstation) will get pleasure from GOING HOME.
“Win and Meredith Blevins are a super-fun couple and effective writers.” – Clive Cussler
“A smooth and unflinching exploration, Going Home is at first a very good tale. just like the robust Mississippi, the Blevins maintain you captivated as eddies and currents bob the unforgettable characters alongside. GOING domestic deftly strips sorrow to its naked bones at the same time it buoys the center with thoughts of undying love, funny exchanges, and the unimagined energy of suspended disbelief. i could not positioned it down.” Na’ama Yehuda, writer of Emilia
“ . . . The Blevins writing group has brought the topics of non secular awakening, own redemption, and love rekindled.” NY Times Bestselling writer, Loren D. Estleman on Moonlight Water
By Mona Ingram
Maya Kincaid lacks for not anything. at the least that is what she tells herself. occasionally a whole day will pass by means of while she does not take into consideration the fellow who nonetheless owns her center; the guy she met for a number of astonishing, sun-filled days all these years in the past. the fellow she's by no means forgotten.
All bets are off whilst Maya's buddy religion makes a decision to seek for Sean.
By Gisele St. Claire
Taylor Dawson spends her days getting down and soiled as a mechanic at her father’s storage, instead of with a scorching man. At nineteen, she’s so able to do away with her ‘v’ card yet hasn’t discovered the fitting guy but. gathering her roommate from her bartending task at membership V, Taylor stumbles throughout membership proprietor, Jake Mesa, giving a lesson in submission. Tay doesn’t imagine she’d ever have the ability to obey just like the collared lady at Jake’s mercy and slips clear of the room unnoticed.
However, Jake’s safety pictures stuck the attractive voyeur in his room and now she has his complete consciousness. whilst Taylor’s dad admits to a enterprise catastrophe which can finish not just the storage yet his existence, she doesn’t recognize the place to show. Then Jake makes her an offer... Will she be ready to face up to or turn into thoroughly undone?
If lovely heroes, instalove and horny instances are your factor, learn on...
By Sherryl Woods
There's not anything like a bit serenity...
Maddie Townsend may possibly stay in a city known as Serenity, yet there is been not anything calm or peaceable approximately her lifestyles on the grounds that her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mother has no activity abilities, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who is without notice long past silent, a six-year-old daughter whose middle is damaged, an ex-husband whose more youthful female friend is anticipating their child and top neighbors who imagine she's one way or the other certified to aid them open a health spa for girls.
But if Maddie is a tad on facet with all that on her plate, it truly is not anything in comparison to the chaos that ensues whilst she discovers that her son's baseball trainer has emotions for her and the entire city disapproves. Maddie's confronted loads of demanding situations in recent years with power and unravel, yet Cal Maddox may perhaps turn into greater than she will handle.
Then back, he may possibly simply be the only guy in all of South Carolina who might help her locate serenity.
By Carol Maloney Scott
Twenty-something, unmarried mother Bianca yearns for extra. The cosmetology license she labored so not easy to get is accumulating dirt whereas she waitresses for her mother’s catering enterprise, yet she has no clue the best way to flip her goals of being a make-up artist into truth. including to her sadness is her dead-end dating along with her immature, video game-obsessed child daddy, Max. even though he runs a profitable enterprise and Bianca nonetheless will get a thrill every time she sees him play the drums in his disguise band, Chain, she can’t deny that he’s commencing to believe like her mammoth, tattooed moment child.
In determined want of a existence makeover, her fortune takes a favorable flip while she crosses paths with an impulsive, runaway bride who has the connections to assist Bianca in attaining her pursuits. all of sudden, doorways are being opened for her and she or he has a superb, new activity that’s reigniting her zest for all times. Too undesirable Max isn’t on board with those adjustments, and he starts off performing like a jealous jerk, which brings their faltering dating to a boiling aspect almost about the time Bianca meets Eric, a gorgeous and captivating monetary supervisor. Eric comes from a unique international, yet one Bianca is more and more desirous to subscribe to.
Bianca expects her family and friends to be supportive of her budding romance with Eric, yet to her shock, they’re all on group Max they usually rally at the back of him while he launches a crusade to win her again. not anything fallacious with bar fights, pretend girlfriends, and strategically put rodents while they're all within the identify of real love, correct?
Quite accidentally her international is reworked in a single day, yet can a occupation makeover decorate her love existence?
ACCIDENTAL MAKEOVERS is booklet four within the Rom-Com at the side sequence. All books are standalone novels, despite the fact that learn to ensure that greatest enjoyable!
By Eliza Maxwell
A chilling mental suspense novel, The Grave Tender explores the darkish obstacles humans pass to save lots of family, and the boundaries of relatives bonds confirmed by means of the private of betrayals.
Endless questions from a shadow-filled East Texas youth hang-out Hadley Dixon. humans acknowledged her mom, Winnie, was once by no means fairly correct, yet with one unmarried, irreparable act, lifestyles as Hadley knew it used to be shattered. The aftershocks of that moonlit evening left her reeling, however the secrets and techniques and lies had begun lengthy before.
When a widowed and pregnant Hadley returns years later, it’s no longer the secure harbor she expects. The mysteries surrounding a neighborhood boy’s disappearance stay, and the townspeople nonetheless whisper approximately Hadley’s unusual and reclusive Uncle Eli—whispers a couple of monster of their midst.
But Hadley’s father and grandmother, the cornerstones of every little thing secure in her global, steer clear of her questions. If Hadley remains right here, will she be giving her kids the kinfolk they wish, or placing their lives in danger?
The hunt for solutions takes a decided Hadley deep into the pine forests, looking for sun that would holiday in the course of the cover of lies lengthy sufficient to bare the truth.
Revised version: This variation of The Grave Tender contains editorial revisions.