Book Recommendations

2012 Releases: January – April

Here are the books my clients have released in the first four months of 2012. (Lots more coming in May!) Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life by Zeke Pipher (Howard/Simon & Schuster) Publishers Weekly: Both an outdoorsman and writer as well as pastor of the Heartland Evangelical Free…
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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

April Book Club Selection: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the…
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Far From Here

New Book Club Selection!

Far From Here by Nicole Baart A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY! SEE BELOW.~ “Pulsing with passion and saturated with lush language, Baart’s latest will leave an indelible mark.” ~Publishers Weekly “Nicole Baart is a huge talent who has both a big voice and something meaningful to say with it. Far From Here is a…
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Joy for Beginners

New Book Club Selection!

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY! SEE BELOW.~ “Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read.” -Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate…
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The Language of Flowers

February Book Club Selection

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY TODAY! SEE BELOW.~ I’m so pleased to share with you one of the best novels of the last year. I read The Language of Flowers in two days, passed it along to friends, and my book club just recently discussed it too…
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Unbroken

Life Changing Books

I just finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I have to say, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. (And like you, I’ve read a lot of books.) Laura Hillenbrand is truly a gifted writer, one of the best in the narrative non-fiction genre.…
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A Sound Among the Trees – by Susan Meissner

A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY TODAY! SEE BELOW.~ A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss. As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t…
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She Reads – The Violets of March

Apologies to the guys in the audience – this post is mainly for the gals (but you can pass the info along to the females in your life). Today I’m introducing my readers to a nationwide book club for Christian women. It’s SHE READS and it’s a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries. If you love to read…
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How Good Books Can Lead to Spotless Floors

Like most people these days, agents tend to keep pretty busy, and one thing we’re always doing is READING. My desk is piled high with manuscripts. Okay, I’m lying. There are no piles. There are files in my computer, and more files on my brand new 3G Kindle. They’re virtual piles. At the top of…
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Books We Love

I just finished reading The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas (or as one of my friends called it, Literary People Behaving Badly). I loved the book! It’s perfect for writers, particularly anyone who’s ever been part of a writers’ critique group. The author gets inside all these different writers’ heads, deconstructing their jealousies and insecurities,…
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Books I’ve Sold

Last Update: June, 2011 My permanent “deals” page is under construction. In this temporary post, I’ve included all my deals since I began agenting in 2008, in reverse chronological order. Fiction: Inspirational Erica Vetsch’s A BRIDE SEWS WITH LOVE IN NEEDLES, CALIFORNIA, taking place during WWI in which a young woman works with the Red Cross to…
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Books of the Year: Non-Fiction

It’s almost the end of 2009 so it’s time to talk about books we loved this year! Today we’re talking about our favorite non-fiction books from 2009. (Next week we’ll do fiction.) Here are a few of my recent faves. Columbine by Dave Cullen is the most captivating piece of non-fiction I’ve read in years.…
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Books, Books, Books

I’m a great believer in reading. Shocking, huh? I believe that you, as a writer, should read lots of books in the genre or category in which you are writing. If you write literary fiction, you should read literary fiction. If you write suspense, you should read suspense. It’s a great way to learn. I…
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Q4U: Books We Loved in 2008

Okay, I know, I’m almost seven hours late with this post. Sorry! Another Christmas party last night… by the time I got home I couldn’t think of anything but sleep. Is it Friday yet? Oh yeah, it IS Friday. Phew… So here’s today’s post, our almost-the-end-of-the-year version. Q4U: What was your favorite book in 2008?…
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