Composing Myself



Published May 1st 2013 by Ink Blot Communications




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Whitney Monroe’s not ashamed of the way her mother can work a brass pole, not really. It’s just that some things are better left unsaid; especially when your mother’s a stripper and you’re trying to get a job at a prestigious private school that definitely won’t appreciate her talents.

Raised by her grandma, Whitney’s always managed to keep her two worlds separate, even if it meant lying to everyone. And when Reid Phillips—a charming, sexy songwriter—becomes her not-entirely-welcome roommate, Whitney has no intention of telling him the truth either. But she wasn’t excepting Reid to see right through her and challenge her compartmentalized life. With Grams seriously ill, her mother’s life in turmoil and her dream job on the line, it’s more important than ever for Whitney to keep everything together. But that will mean being honest with everyone, starting with herself.

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

Family, travel, and writing are my passions … okay, and chocolate … and I’m seldom without a camera. I’m a mom to 7 grown children in our happily blended family and grandmother to 6, at last count … I don’t think we are finished yet. That’s fine with me because being a grandparent is a blast!


Life is busy and time is short but, when I can, I also play golf and tennis and ‘do lunch’ with girlfriends, most important of all!


I was given a Kodak “Brownie” camera for my 6th birthday and have been taking pictures ever since. My love for photography grew and I began taking courses as a young adult. I’ve been telling stories through photography all of my life and writing stories became a natural progression of that. Funny how things happen, isn’t it?


MBA&M: What is the inspiration behind “The Promise of Provence”?

Hmm – there’s a two-part answer to this.


First: I first went to Europe for a year with my ‘bestie’ in 1967 when I was 21. Everyone our age was backpacking around Europe in those days.


My love affair with France … the scenery, the culture, the language, the food, … oh just everything … was instant. I went back at every opportunity. In the past 16 years, my husband and I have been fortunate to spend a great deal of time in the south of France. In 2011 we lived in Antibes on the Côte d’Azur for five months. The urge to write a book set in that beautiful part of the world and also in the romantic countryside of Provence became irresistible.


Second: As I’ve gotten older, needless to say, I’ve seen a lot of life. I was widowed when I was 43 and my sons were 12 and 13. It was a devastating experience that taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined. As I have watched and supported friends dealing with life’s challenges, I knew when I began writing that I had a desire to talk about facing change. No matter what age we are, stuff happens. I hope my writing offers the message that we can all learn to see the positive in every negative situation. Facing challenges and recognizing the possibilities they offer empowers us to move forward and to be stronger and happy with our lives.


MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write and why?

I loved writing about all the characters but my main character, Katherine, was the most important. At first she was a composite of women I know, but eventually she grew to be her own person. I love to write about older women who open up to new possibilities in life. I have a friend who had gone through a similar shock to Katherine’s and I was able to draw upon some of her experiences and reactions. I think it’s important for women of all ages to realize life can always begin again.



MBA&M: Tell us a little about a secondary character?

No question! I want to tell you about Katherine’s mother, Elisabeth, who plays a relatively brief physical role but whose spirit and philosophy is felt through the entire story. She is based on my late mother-in-law who was also a Hungarian immigrant and Holocaust survivor. She was a great influence in my life and I wanted to share her inspiring story. In the book she has a special carpet that survived the war years. In my home, my mother-in-law’s carpet hangs on a wall. She received it at age 7 for her birthday in Hungary and it survived the Gestapo and the Communist regime before finally being brought to Canada. It has a story all its own and we treasure it.


MBA&M: Three words you would use to describe your writing style?

Readers have written that my writing style feels like listening to a good friend tell a story. Words they have used are “conversational, authentic and heartfelt”. I am a storyteller rather than a literary writer and I try to share the feelings and experiences many of us encounter as we go through life.


My books are not chicklit, as much as I love that genre. They are for an older demographic and I often tell young readers my books are the perfect gifts for their mothers or grandmothers! Having said that, I have heard good things from readers as young as 20 and as old as 82. I love that!




MBA&M: What do you hope your readers will come away with most by reading “The Promise of Provence”?

I’ll know I have been successful with my writing if each reader puts the book down with satisfaction and feels they have enjoyed a good read. It is always rewarding to hear people say they connected with the story or a character in a personal way and that it hit on some meaning in their life.

There are parts of this book that are much like a travelogue which I hope will give readers the feeling they too were on a lovely trip to France.


MBA&M: What is your next project?

There are a few story lines tumbling about in my mind. The one thing I do know is that my next story will be in three parts. Both The Bridge Club and The Promise of Provence have been fairly long novels. It’s time for something a bit shorter.


MBA&M: Now, Patricia, please tell our readers some of the writers that influence your writing?


How much time do you have? LOL! Jane Austen and Charles Dickens will always be my favourites from the classics while Margaret Laurence and Carol Shields are more current influences.


The list goes on through literary history: Oscar Wilde, Edith Wharton, and many others in that era. Then F. Scott Fitzgerald and his compatriots in Les Années Folles, through Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and Ayn Rand to the Beat Generation’s Jack Kerouac. I love to read all genres and greatly admire Agatha Christie. More currently I have been influenced by Robertson Davies, Maya Angelou, Michael Ondaatje, and Ian McEwan. I devoured all the Harry Potter books and all of Peter Mayle’s books about life in Provence. Sophie Kinsella, Bill Bryson, and Janet Evanovitch make me laugh out loud. I’m also a big fan of historical fiction and couldn’t put down Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.  Then there are the talented indie authors coming on the scene: Steena Holmes’ Finding Emma, Tracey Garvis-Graves’ On The Island, and Torre De Roche’s Love~With a Chance of Drowning were some of my favourite recent reads.


See what I mean? No matter what the genre, there is always something for writers to learn from other writers. The learning never stops and it is exciting to be part of that community.

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Author Bio

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto Canada most of the time, Florida some of the time, and the south of France whenever possible. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Her debut novel, The Bridge Club, was published through iUniverse in August 2010 and her second novel, The Promise Of Provence, will be released in early 2013.  Her stories celebrate the rewarding friendships of women and examine the challenges life often throws in our paths. Becoming a published author at this stage of her life was not on her agenda but she knows now she will never stop writing.

Patricia is a popular speaker with women’s groups on the subjects of writing and self-publishing. At other events (as one half of Sommers & Sands) along with her speaking partner, author Susan Sommers, through keynotes, workshops and conferences, audiences are encouraged to embrace change and see challenges as opportunities. “It’s never too late to begin something new,” she enthuses. “As the saying goes, just do it! Be a possibilitarian!”


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Surprise, shock, and a shift in life as she knows it tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she envisioned suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus on beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.


Fate has other plans for Katherine.


June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?


After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.


Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?


As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, the beautiful boulevards of Paris and the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast of the Côte d’Azur, unimagined possibilities present themselves.


An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.



Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel.” Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestseller Finding Emma

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Book Description(from Amazon)

Release date: February 5, 2013
As the Belle Epoque dawns, Paris attracts artists from everywhere. One is Jeanette Palmer, daughter of a prominent Ohio family, who has left Vassar College under a cloud of scandal.

Amid the city’s great bohemian neighborhoods and teaching studios, Jeanette befriends other female artists, as well as an American Civil War veteran named Edward Murer. She begins to achieve a level of artistic success. And her happiness increases as she and Edward grow more intimate with each other.

But Edward is plagued by his demons and addicted to laudanum—and as the world opens its arms to Jeanette, and the society around her is transformed by cultural and scientific innovations, she must resolve a conflict utterly new to so many women: the choice between ambition and love.

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257784



Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Katherine graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English and earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in the publicity department of the New Orleans Public Schools, taught in the expository writing program at Yale University, and served as the executive editor of the book publishing program of the Council on East Asian Studies at Harvard University. She now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, John Keenum, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

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Book Description(From Amazon)

Release date: February 5, 2013
On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else in her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest posessions? Because God told her to.

As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale–including Faith’s long-lost daughter–finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life’s most important questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?








A fifth generation Texan, Lynda has hopped across literary and geographic boundaries in her writing career. She’s been a freelance journalist, travel writer, ghostwriter, restaurant and film reviewer, copywriter, college professor, book collaborator, and nonfiction author while living/​writing/​studying in Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Madrid, and lots of other heres and theres around the globe.


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Catherine MacDonald graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Communication Arts. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. A former school teacher, she owns and operates several small businesses with her husband. She was the vice-president of the Romance Writers of Nevada before it disbanded in 2002. Her published works include The Jeweled Path, Divine Diva, Comstock Rose, Road Queens, Coming Home, and The Way. She is a Reiki Master Teacher who has pursued the Diva trail for over twenty years and she urges everyone to empower their life by accessing their own power and creating the life they deserve

Her latest book is Seasons of the Vineyard.

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MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind “Seasons of the Vineyard”?

CM:  The inspiration behind Seasons was a visit to Italy. We stayed in a home outside of Sienna, in Tuscany. (Okay, this was a cottage built in 1400, but it had be remodeled some.) We visited many vineyards and I wondered what it would be like to own and operate a vineyard. I fell in love with the Italian way of life. They enjoy their food and wine, and like the French, it is an artform.


MBA&M: What influences you while writing?

CM:  Usually, I play classical music to put my mind in the zone. I derive my ideas from real life, and I ask myself the question: What if?

MBA&M: What scene in “Seasons of the Vineyard” stands out to you and why?

CM: The harvest stands out. The entire story built up for that moment when Francesca was rewarded for all her hard work and she understood that love was the final ingredient in the wine. Without love, the grapes will not transform–just like in life for all of us. Everything is better when it is sprinkled with love.

MBA&M: Give our readers some background on Vineyards?the research required in writing to achieve the authenticity about Vineyards?

 CM: I read extensively about vineyards, visited vineyards, and learned about what it would take to operate one. At one time I had the romantic dream of owning and operating a vineyard, but it’s going to remain a dream. Weather can be fickle and so can the consumer.


Catherine MacDonald, author

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Francesca Bernard receives a call from Enrico, the foreman on the family vineyard telling her that her father has driven the truck through the barn and doesn’t remember. Reluctantly, Francesca returns with her son and notices the changes in her father and the vineyard. The vineyard is struggling and her father is slipping toward dementia. She must make the decision to stay and resurrect the Zinfandel wine, which once put the vineyard on the map, but the secret to the wine is buried with her mother. The vineyard is in financial distress and brokers are attempting to purchase the property, but her father refuses to sell. Tension arises between Francesca and Enrico and she can’t ignore the sexual energy. Francesca and Enrico have a turbulent past, which is the reason she left the vineyard.

Her mother’s spirit visits at night, startles Francesca, and urges her to help her father because he is too stubborn and arrogant to admit he’s scared and confused. Her mother’s spirit is stuck between worlds and cannot leave until her husband is taken care of. Francesca must make the decision to work the vineyard and bring it back to its once glory. The tension between Francesca and her father is thick and she prods his mind about the Zinfandel: Bella Serrano. She agrees to represent the vineyard at an event, where she meets the dashing Giancarlo, who is also after the vineyard.

Francesca and Giancarlo begin dating, which distresses Enrico so he quits, and she is left with an ailing vineyard, sick father, and rebellious teenaged son. Her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and falls and hits his head, ending up in the hospital.

Giancarlo steps up his pursuit of Francesca and the vineyard. Francesca finally understands that Giancarlo wants only one thing—the vineyard—and she isn’t selling. Nope. Her father slips further and further away. Her mother’s spirit repeatedly visits and Francesca tries to talk to her about the Zinfandel, but the spirit says the wine can wait but her father can’t. Her life is in turmoil. Her father dies. Her new vineyard manager is picked up for drunk driving, and her ex-husband shows up at the funeral. She and Giancarlo have an argument and he hits her, causing her to flee in her car. She hits a deer and ends up in the ditch. She wakes up in the hospital, where she is visited by the spirit who tells her goodbye because it’s her time to cross the great divide into the next world. Her father has safely made it. Then she tells Francesca the secret ingredient. Love. Enrico will love and support her so she grows into a world class vintner, but first she needs to make it right with him and tell him he’s her son’s father, not her ex-husband. Then love will flow through the vineyard and she will create the Zinfandel wine because the grapes will flourish when there is love.

Enrico returns when he learns of her accident. The intoxicating scent of the harvest awakens her true feelings for him. Passion resumes between them and she tells him he doesn’t’ have to wait for her any longer. The vineyard connects her with the cycles of the season. Wine is the holy substance that unites her to the vineyard. Enrico tells her they are going to love each other and because of their love the Zinfandel wine will flourish once more.


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Seasons of the Vineyard Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Wednesday, January 9

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Thursday, January 10

Guest blogging at Allvoices

Friday, January 11

Interviewed at Broowaha

Monday, January 14

Interviewed at Digital Journal

Wednesday, January 16

Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope

Thursday, January 17

Book reviewed and guest blogging at My Book Addiction

Friday, January 18

Guest blogging at Jody’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, January 22

Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, January 23

Interviewed at Review From Here

Friday, January 25

Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner

Wednesday, January 29

Interviewed at Examiner

Friday, January 31

Book reviewed at Review From Here



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Allison Winn ScotchAbout Me(from the author’s website)

I was born in the ’70s at 3:43 AM in Charlottesville, VA. After my mother assured my father that yes, he could take that business trip to Montreal because, no, there was no chance that I would be making my appearance while he was gone, out I popped. Which my parents now like to use as a frequent analogy about my general attitude and overall take on life.

Er, not the kind of biographical information you were looking for? Okay, here are the more pertinent details:

After dabbling my toe in the PR, marketing and internet worlds, I discovered that there’s nothing finer than a) working for yourself, b) working from home and c) getting paid to write full-time. To that end, I earned my keep for eight years as a freelance magazine scribe for every title you could think of, from Glamour to Self to Shape to Redbook to Men’s Health to Women’s Health to Family Circle to InStyle Weddings to Bride’s to Cooking Light to Parents to American Baby. You get the idea. These days, I primarily focus on celebrity interviews and profiles, which indulges my pop culture obsession and gives me an excuse to read junky magazines and watch lots of tv. For examples of some of these articles, check out this page, which is chock full of past pieces.

Of course, while all of the above is wonderful and fabulous and allowed my heart to swell each time I walked by a newsstand, what I’m really most proud of is the publication of my novels, The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found.

It goes without saying that all three books make excellent Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Mother’s Day/Birthday/Arbor Day/Secretary Day/Columbus Day/Monday-Sunday gifts for all of your loved ones. For more info, check out the their respective pages of my site.

My fourth book, The Song Remains The Same, was released by Putnam Books in April 2012.

My fiction is represented by Elisabeth Weed at Weed Literary. She can be contacted at

Other Tidbits

I graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Honors History and Concentration in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business.

When I’m not planted in front of the computer (which is nearly always – seriously, ask anyone who knows me, I’m here – send me a note!), I’m hanging with my kids, my husband and my pooch, Pedro.




Berkley Trade, January 2013
ISBN-10: 042525335X
ISBN-13: 9780425253359
352 pages

Trade Size


From the New York Times-bestselling author comes a novel that asks the question, who are we without our memories?  And how much of our future is defined by our past?
One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the crash – or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind — with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas.  She filters through photos, art, music and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon – in tiny bits and pieces –Nell starts remembering…
It isn’t long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband.  In the end she will learn that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself — and to finding happiness.


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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME by Allison Winn Scotch is a compelling women’s fiction. When Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of  what happened,herself,her family or who she was, she must piece together her life with the help of her family and friends. But things are not what they same as each family member,friend, including her husband tell their version of the story. When she starts to remember her past she learns some things are best not to remember or is it? Long hidden secrets,and feelings come to surface along with present events. Compelling story of one women’s life before and after a terrifying accident. You will need tissues. While, “The Song Remains the Same” will grip you from the first page to the last you find each family member has their own agenda. Nell,loves remembering songs, she wrote songs, as well as her father. A poignant story of past secrets,remembering the hurt and heartache,and moving forward. A must read for anyone who enjoys women’s fiction,a compelling and complex story of love,heartache,and secrets. Received for an honest review from the publisher. For more information visit the author’s website,Berkley Publishing Group,published by the Penguin Group and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book  Addiction Reviews





Welcome, JODI!

It is always such a pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers….

Welcome to my town, Harmony, Texas.  I thought readers might like to start the new year with a book set in a small town called CHANCE OF A LIFETIME.  Once in a while everything comes together in a story that makes it fun to write. I think you’ll love the visit where secrets whisper of old love affairs and kindness to others warms your heart.


In this visit to Harmony, you’ll see people from the town that you’ve met in other books, but the plot begins with a quiet librarian, Emily and her former childhood friend, Tannon Parker.  While he’s grown cold and hard over the years, she’s become afraid of the world.  He comes to the library every Friday night because he knows she’s afraid of the dark and though they barely speak as he walks her out, he thinks his heart only beats when she’s near.  For Tannon and Emily this may be their last CHANCE OF A LIFETIME.


Writing the story of Harmony in CHANCE OF A LIFETIME has been a pure joy for me.  I grew up in a small town and understand how the people’s life stories blend together and how everyone bands together when trouble comes.  So come along with me this cold night in January on an adventure that will make you smile and keep you reading long into the  night.


Jodi Thomas

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  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425250520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250525


Book Description(From Amazon)

Release Date: December 31, 2012 | Series: Harmony

The Harmony novels are “Jodi Thomas all the way—super characters [and] lots of riveting subplots.”* Now the New York Times bestselling author takes us back to Harmony, Texas, where big dreams are brewing—and anything and everything is possible…

Emily, the local librarian, has started a writing group, but as the group stumbles through both the fiction and reality of their lives, they’re learning much more than how to write. But Emily suddenly has other things on her mind when a friend from her past shows up in Harmony’s library. Now she must deal with a secret she’s kept for fifteen years—a secret that changed her life and threatens to shatter her future.

Meanwhile, new lawyer Rick Matheson thinks he’s in charge of his world until accidents start happening all around him. Just when he realizes someone is trying to kill him, he meets a beautiful U.S. Marshal named Trace Adam. Now that the marshal has given him an even stronger reason to go on living, he must learn to take a chance on life to dream bigger—and love better—than he ever has before…

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From December 2012 LIBRARY JOURNAL


Adding another chapter to her ongoing series set in idyllic Harmony, TX, Thomas sensitively details the lives of more of the townsfolk and the part that chance often plays in these stories that feature not only romance but a mystery. New characters are introduced and old ones are reprised in this well-crafted novel that seamlessly interweaves the various tales. Once again Harmony spring to life as the town librarian reconnects with an estranged friend when he asks her to visit his ailing mother; a criminal defense lawyer aligns with a lively Harley-riding U.S. marshal when he figures out that someone is out to kill him; and a young musician wants a girl who will live him for himself. VERDICT: Tender, realistic, and insightful, Thomas’s latest title deals with issues that will strike an emotional chord with many readers and will appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods. Thomas (Just Down the Road) lives in Texas.


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Polly Williams

About me

I work in a messy loft in a house in north-west London, boiling in summer, freezing in winter. It’s never quiet unless the eldest children are at school. I often write to the sound of the Peppa Pig theme tune, not through any choice of my own. I am surrounded by books that I cannot bear to ‘pass on’. And bags of clothes that my chlidren have grown out of (ditto). I am an enthusiastic not wholly successful cook who nonetheless makes a mean rhubarb and ginger crumble.  I get distracted by Twitter and I love a mink varnished toe nail. A morning at an art gallery. Cornwall. New York. Port Meadow, Oxford. Online clothes shopping. Really heavy red wine. Marcona almonds. The smell of wood smoke. A scuffed chunky brown boot. A silver heel. A boogie in a field. Poetry, mostly modern. Not necessarily in that order.






  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259436

Book Description(From Amazon)

Release Date: December 31, 2012
Sophie Brady is a force of nature—funny, beautiful, and devoted to all the people in her life—even in death. After a traffic accident cuts her life tragically short, Sophie finds herself attending her own funeral (on time, no less) and watching the reactions of those she holds most dear.

Sophie’s darling, gorgeous husband Ollie is heartbroken, trying to father their young son while working out how to use the washing machine. Furthermore, he’s absolutely clueless about his new status as most eligible bachelor in the neighborhood. Sophie is determined to help her husband find love again, with the right sort of woman, of course.

Luckily, she’s not the only one looking out for Ollie. Her best friend Jenny is ignoring her own pain by helping him navigate the murky waters of widower-hood. But as she grows closer to Sophie’s husband, Jenny unearths secrets that make her question how well she knew her friend, and where the line between loyalty and love ends…






AFTERWIFE by Polly Williams is an interesting British contemporary women’s fiction. It is the sometimes, laugh out loud story of Sophie Brady,who is funny,devoted to the people in her life,beautiful,who just so happens to be dead following a tragic accident.  And her heartbroken husband,Ollie,and her best friend,Jenny. When secrets surface concerning Sophie,Jenny,questions,do we really know the people we love after all? A funny,bittersweet story full of insight,second chances,loyalty,widowhood,raising a child after losing a parent,and love. A poignant story of love, loss,grief and loving again after a tragedy. The writer draws the reader into this story with her engaging characters, interesting and intriguing plot. Can the dead really communicate with the living? You have to read “Afterwife” to find out Ms. Williams take on this matter. A funny yet bittersweet,and heartwarming story of death,life,loss and love. An engaging story from beginning to end. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Berkley,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.



HEAT RATING: Hot: Detailed sex scenes,profanity or graphic violence

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews




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Claudia Welch graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in English. She is an Alpha Phi alumnae. Writing as Claudia Dain, she was first published in 2000; for more about her romance publishing history, visit A Los Angeles native, she currently lives in North Carolina with her family.





Berkley Trade June 5, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Publication date: 6/5/2012

Pages: 400

When life doesn’t give you sisters, make your own.

In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, they join a collegesorority.

Laurie was looking for a place to call home, even if it was only for the four years of college. She knew whatever bonds she made wouldn’t last. Life had taught her that.

Karen, as usual, was doing what her mother told her to do, even though she was afraid she wasn’t pretty enough to be a sorority girl.

Ellen was looking for friends, and the free beers that came with mandatory fraternity exchanges, and if her dad had to dig deep into his bank accountto foot the sorority bill, so much the better.

Diane, sexy and confident, guys trailing after her like wolves on the scent, is the kind of woman other women hate, until her mask slips.

In the same pledge class, they found each other. Through parties and pranks, finals week and skipped classes, boyfriends and bad break-ups they forge a bond built on laughter and trust that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break.

Now they’re sisters.

And with sisters, it’s not about what happens. It’s about no matter what happens.








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